An intense and gripping week of events unfolds in Ambridge. Listen to all the drama here. More
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Writer, Nick Warburton
Director, Kim Greengrass
Editor, Jeremy Howe
Brian Aldridge ….. Charles Collingwood
Helen Archer ….. Louiza Patikas
Pat Archer ….. Patricia Gallimore
Tom Archer ….. William Troughton
Tony Archer ….. David Troughton
Lee Bryce ….. Ryan Early
Harrison Burns ….. James Cartwright
Susan Carter ….. Charlotte Martin
Ian Craig ….. Stephen Kennedy
Justin Elliott ….. Simon Williams
Tracy Horrobin ….. Susie Riddell
Jim Lloyd ….. John Rowe
Adam Macy ….. Andrew Wincott
Jazzer McCreary ….. Ryan Kelly
Elizabeth Pargetter ….. Alison Dowling
Freddie Pargetter ….. Toby Laurence
Stella Pryor ….. Lucy Speed
Adil Shah ….. Ronny Jhutti
Oliver Sterling ….. Michael Cochrane
Harriet ….. Janice Fryett
Brian has called in on Justin for an off the record chat. He wants to know how he found Stella to work with when she was employed by Damara. Justin says she was always professional and that they never fell out. If anything, Stella always kept her cards close to her chest. Justin guesses there is some sort of trouble at Home Farm. Whatever it is, he advises Brian to value Stella’s contribution.
Harrison is in The Bull dropping off some dishes for Fallon. Tracy offers him a pint. He looks like he needs with one. Harrison admits it’s been a tough week. Tracy reveals that Jazzer is struggling as well with his broken leg. She’s encouraging him to connect more with nature. Harrison thinks he might give it a go too.
Adil bumps into Tracy and asks after Jazzer. She reveals he’s become obsessed with finding Jim’s glasses. Despite contradictory leads, Alistair is sure he was wearing them when he got home from the stag night. It prompts Tracy to mention her hen party at Grey Gables, but it’s clearly the first Adil’s heard of it. Later, he reprimands Oliver for allowing people to use the hotel without his or his co-owner’s knowledge – especially as it was Tracy’s son and her nephew who broke in the other week. Oliver can’t behave as if he’s the sole owner anymore.
Adil is at Late Mayfest at Lower Loxley. He introduces himself to Brian, who hadn’t realised the event was happening. Brian now regrets not letting his family badger him into marking his and Jennifer’s anniversary and had come to Lower Loxley for some quiet contemplation. Later, Brian shows Adil the knitted ferrets he’s bought Xander and Martha from Eddie’s stall. Together, they joke about Jim losing his glasses, the latest lead being that Chris put them on a statue of a dog in Borchester. Having hit it off with Adil, Brian opens up about Jennifer and his family. None of them are shy about sharing their opinions. Brian and Adil raise a teacup to families. May they remain ever close, but not too close.
Freddie reveals to Elizabeth that he’s hidden Eddie’s ‘Ferrety Fun’ stall behind the greenhouse. Then Ian rushes up, unhappy with his pitch. Eddie has moved next to his pizza van, and it won’t do. Freddie agrees to relocate Eddie, later explaining to Ian that he made up some regulations about not allowing animals and food in close proximity. Also, Eddie can’t let the ferrets out of their cages now because they’re next door to the birds of prey display. Freddie is pleased with himself, but then Elizabeth approaches and informs him that the trustees have decided to delay his inheritance. Freddie wonders if they’ll ever think he’s fit to inherit Lower Loxley. He feels like throwing in the towel. Elizabeth urges him not to. She tells him to have some time off instead.
Adam talks to Ian about Stella’s decision to buy the new drill. Brian is still furious that she didn’t get his say so to go ahead. Ian remarks that she did speak to Adam, who is shocked to realise that in the wake of Jennifer’s death, Stella may have taken his instruction to use her initiative as permission to spend £150,000. Since Adam’s keen to return to Home Farm at some point, Ian discourages him from admitting he may have inadvertently okayed the purchase. No point volunteering for Brian’s bad books. Stella can defend herself.
Having bumped into Lee at Bridge Farm, Susan mentions she knows Jazzer’s stag party visited Chuck’s Chips burger van after their meal in Borchester. Meanwhile, a food inspector arrives unexpectedly to tell Helen they’ve received a complaint. She can’t say from whom, but she needs to inspect the ice cream-making facilities. Susan shows her around and the dairy gets the all-clear. Helen isn’t relieved though. She tells Pat she’s worried the complaint came from Rob, along with the nasty online review they received the other day. Pat urges Helen not to let Rob inside her head and offers to have the boys for a sleepover so Helen and Lee can spend the evening together. Later, over a Mexican takeaway, Lee offers to forego the trip to San Francisco this year. They should use the money for Jack’s access case instead. A touched Helen insists he must visit his daughters. She doesn’t need his money. The fact he makes her so happy is enough.
Adam calls Brian at Blossom Hill Cottage, ostensibly to check about today’s shearing of the Brookfield sheep at Home Farm. Brian doesn’t seem particularly interested and gives him short shrift. Later, Adam is surprised to find Brian watching the shearing. Brian knows that the real reason Adam called was because it’s his and Jennifer’s anniversary. He thanks Adam for not making a big deal of it, unlike Kate and Alice. Visiting the farm has reinvigorated Brian. He appreciates Adam holding the fort, but he’s determined to get back into the swing of things – starting with the accounts. Later, Brian discovers Stella’s purchase of the new disc drill. He’s furious. He didn’t approve this. Adam claims he didn’t either.
Helen and Pat are cleaning the dairy’s viewing window. It’s been a hit with the public, although Helen mentions one nasty piece of feedback online. A tap on the window makes Helen jump. It’s Harrison asking to speak to her. Alone together, he tells Helen that the Crown Prosecution Service have decided not to charge Rob with kidnapping Jack. Later Helen, Pat, and Tony try to make sense of the decision. Once again, the justice system seems to have failed them. Tony is especially angry and storms out. Having calmed down, he explains he’d convinced himself Rob was heading for prison. He wonders if there are other offences they could go after him for. But Helen can’t bear the idea of another court case. Unlike Tony, she doesn’t want to nail Rob. She just wants him out of her life.