A contemporary drama in a rural setting.
Kirsty’s had a brainwave after receiving a letter from Philip’s solicitor. Philip wants Kirsty to keep living in the Beechwood house for now, but she doesn’t want to, so she suggests Helen, Lee and the kids move in and rent it. Lee and Helen are excited as they tour the garden, planning veg patches and climbing frames. Helen worries it’s too good to be true, but Kirsty reassures them it’s all legal and above board, and they accept her offer.
Alice is repentant but Chris is unforgiving; he spent hours last night trying to get Martha to take the formula he bought. When Martha wakes up crying he refuses Alice’s pleas to let her feed Martha herself; how can he be sure there isn’t still alcohol in her system? Alice insists the baby’s crying for her but angry Chris has no sympathy. Alice tries to explain she was exhausted and thought she could handle one glass of wine but didn’t have the willpower to stop. Later Chris is sarcastic when Alice says her detox buddy praised her honesty when she spoke to her. How can he trust Alice? Alice insists she loves him and Martha, and promises never to drink again. Chris needs time. Alice persuades him a christening would be good thing to do. Chris admits he’ll never stop loving Alice, and falteringly believes her when she promises to make things right.
It’s George’s sixteenth birthday and Emma grumbles to Chris she hopes he’ll be back in time for the dinner she and Clarrie have slaved over. Will appears as they wait for Alice to arrive and together they reminisce about their own teenage tearaway years. As Martha sleeps, Chris admits he feels anxious for her but Emma says that’s normal with a first baby. When Alice still doesn’t arrive, Chris becomes nervous; she isn’t replying to his texts. He jumps when a phone pings but it isn’t Alice, it’s George saying he’ll be late; he’s busy planning a lads’ holiday. Chris slips off to find Alice while Will and Emma discuss their crafty son who reminds them of Joe.
Phoebe doesn’t have the same vision as her mother about her yurt plans, and doesn’t want her advice. Phoebe talks to Brian about her plans and although he’s initially complimentary about Kate’s ideas, he’s furious when he understands she wants to move Spiritual Home to Phoebe’s site. Her refusal to adapt in the past cost them so much family heartache. She should back off.
Jazzer and Chris chat proudly about Martha. Jazzer’s struggling to find the right words for an important text but he’ll go to visit Martha soon. He gives up on the text and turns up on Tracy’s doorstep. After offering her the smellies that Jade rejected, he thanks her again for her help and admits he wouldn’t find it easy if she had a new boyfriend because he really likes her. Tracy is affronted – he’s going out with Jade! Jazzer explains he’s dumped Jade – but Tracy isn’t flattered by Jazzer’s attention; he’s clearly on the rebound. She slams the door on him. Jazzer knocks again and this time clumsily manages to tell Tracy how he feels about her. Tracy warns she needs a reliable man – she’s got children and responsibilities. When Jazzer declares he’s deadly serious, Tracy admits he’s not so bad and invites him in.
Alice is shattered so Brian offers to take Martha for a walk. He’s shocked by all the paraphernalia a baby needs! But their walk is a great success; he’s bonded with Martha and Alice has caught up on some sleep. He’s bought her some chocolates and a bottle of Rioja. Alice balks at the wine and quickly explains she can’t drink as she’s breastfeeding. Just before Brian takes it away Alice casually mentions that Chris could drink it. Chris is delighted that Alice has cooked supper. Chris is impressed with Brian; taking Martha for a walk and supplying chocolates. All in all not a bad day.
Feeling lonely in a deserted Grey Gables, Kirsty calls Helen. She feels weird after Philip and Gavin’s sentencing and her difficult year. After work, she pops round to Helen’s and returns a wedding present Pat and Tony gave her; she doesn’t want any reminders of her marriage. She feels lost she admits, nothing in her life has worked out as she imagined. Helen counsels Kirsty that setting up her own business helped her win back self-confidence. Why doesn’t Kirsty go freelance as a conservation consultant? Kirsty is hesitant; she’s nearly 40. But Helen insists she’s at her peak.
Jazzer has treated Jade to a birthday picnic. He’s still gutted about the Mystery Plays being cancelled, but Jade can’t understand how amateur dramatics can be fun. She loves the biker jacket Jazzer has bought her but she’s insulted by Jim’s hamper of luxury smellies; is he implying she needs to wash more? Later, she picks Jim apart; he’s controlling, she insists, is turning Jazzer old before his years and she thinks their relationship is a bit creepy. Jazzer snaps at this. How dare Jade be so rude about his friend? She’s dumped! Later Jazzer tells Jim they’ve broken up. He then hints that he already has the eye for a mature lady who’s also a good mate, but he’s scared of getting it wrong. Jim thinks he should go for it – nothing ventured, nothing gained!
Alice and Emma are shopping but Alice is distracted, concerned about Martha who’s with Chris. Emma reassures her and Chris’s text shows Martha is still sleeping. You never stop worrying about your kids, Emma says. Alice begins to enjoy herself as Emma reminisces about her own experiences of motherhood. Emma investigates booking a manicure for them both but on her return she’s perturbed; the prices are very low and the workers look scared. Emma decides to call the modern slavery helpline; better safe than sorry.
Kirsty’s waiting nervously for a call from Harrison about the court case. Roy tries to take her mind off it by asking about the Mystery Plays which most people seem relieved are now cancelled. Kirsty admits she’s worried the judge will fall for Philip’s smooth talking just as she did. Roy suggests they think of something positive about 2020 to put in Ben’s time capsule. But what was good about last year, Kirsty asks? Roy insists you have to look for silver linings and then reveals he’s met someone online – though it’s early days.
Later, when Harrison calls, Kirsty learns Philip got eight years and Gavin, five. Philip was unrepentant, recalls Harrison and he became aggressive when the judge accused him of preying on the vulnerable. Kirsty feels sorry for Gavin but Harrison tells her he knew what he was doing. She feels sick but Harrison reassures her it’s over now. Roy rallies round. Kirsty’s glad he’s there, and he tells her she’s amazing.
Ben has spruced up the caravan ready for his date with Evie but Ruairi winds him by saying he’s also got a date tonight and it’s his turn to use the place. Ruairi eventually cracks up laughing and Ben’s relieved. Ruairi gives Ben an audio message on a memory stick for his time capsule. Ben’s inspired to do the same. Where will they be in ten years, they wonder? Ruairi wants to be a hot-shot financier but Ben’s focus is on Evie and having kids. But for now, he admits, he’s not enjoying uni. Later he calls Ruairi to tell him about his disaster date; when he and Evie got to the caravan, they found Jill and Leonard snuggled up there!
Lynda is determined to derail Darrington’s production and despite Kirsty’s reasoning, she goes to meet rival director, Evangeline Lowminster. During an icy confrontation, Lynda seems to unseat Evangeline by asking if she has obtained the necessary rights to use the author’s script in a public production? Evangeline then reveals that she is actually the script’s author; Colin Whitstable is her pen name! Back with Kirsty, Lynda is cagey about what really happened but announces she is pulling their own production. Kirsty’s stunned but her real focus is on the court hearing; tomorrow Gavin and Philip will get their sentences.
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Life returns to normal
I’m so pleased the Archers has returned in it usual form. It was hard to listen during lockdown. It’s back better than ever. Well done.
Should have gone into hiatus
I’ve listened since I was a little kid in the UK on and off, but solid for the last 11 years... what is being programmed now is something awful, I can’t listen to it, really should’ve gone into hiatus until this pandemic is over, or found a safe way to record apart... it really is atrocious to listen to, I could do a better job, and that really is saying something... please inform us on the Facebook feed when you go back to normal cos I’m not gonna be listening until then
Started listening just 3 weeks ago. Enjoyed it. Then, they have a whole session and 1/2 of the next about alcoholism. What a well scripted, well acted piece of work. No where else but a government funded org would you see the issue dealt with so honestly and openly.