A contemporary drama in a rural setting.
Writers, Adrian Flynn and Katie Hims
Director, Gwenda Hughes
Editor, Jeremy Howe
Helen Archer ….. Louiza Patikas
Josh Archer ….. Angus Imrie
Brian Aldridge ….. Charles Collingwood
Harrison Burns ….. James Cartwright
Neil Carter ….. Brian Hewlett
Rex Fairbrother ….. Nick Barber
Toby Fairbrother ….. Rhys Bevan
Tracy Horrobin ….. Susie Riddell
Alistair Lloyd ….. Michael Lumsden
Jim Lloyd ….. John Rowe
Jazzer McCreary ….. Ryan Kelly
Kirsty Miller ….. Annabelle Dowler
Philip Moss ….. Andy Hockley
Fallon Rogers ….. Joanna Van Kampen
Tracy wakes up in Jazzer’s bed. With Jim not taking his usual morning walk because of bad weather there’s no way of leaving unnoticed. Jazzer tries to persuade Jim to go to the shop but the refuses. Jazzer leaves his room to have breakfast with Jim and Jim can’t help notice that he’s agitated. Jim insists he’s comfortable in the kitchen when Jazzer tries to get him to move but then suddenly decides to go for his morning walk after all.
Neil calls Brian with news that an auditor is on the way to Berrow Farm. Neil worries about what the auditor will make of their records. He’s finding it hard to sleep thinking about the lads that Philip enslaved. Brian calls for calm and asks if there is anything he should know about Justin’s running of Berrow. Neil assures him that everything has been above board. Nevertheless, Neil’s terrified that Berrow is going to go under but Brian tells him to pull himself together. Neil hasn’t done anything wrong and Brian promises that he won’t let Berrow or Neil be destroyed by the Philip revelations.
Jazzer calls Tracy who reveals she’s back home after climbing out of his bedroom window. She’s exhilarated by her escape but Jazzer isn’t impressed. He feels bad for forcing Jim out into the rain. Later, Jim asks Jazzer who his mystery woman is. Jim was hoping that Jazzer was on his way to finding love but Jazzer quickly says his liaison was nothing important and will never happen again. He admits he does want more from a relationship but this woman isn’t the one for him.
Josh approaches Rex for help with mending a roof at Hollowtree but for Rex the combination of the ending of his tenancy and Brookfield’s culpability in using Philip’s enslaved workforce is too much. He angrily confronts Josh about his and his family’s inability to admit their failures and mistakes.
Tracy starts a quarrel with Jazzer over his motorbike blocking in her car. It transpires they staged the row to put an end to any rumours about them. Tracy is confident it will have the desired effect. They both insist that nothing is going on between them anyway and more accusations fly. Later, Tracy turns up at Jazzer’s to put him right on what he said earlier. He counters with details that she got wrong and then invites her in.
Toby looks round the council farm with Rex who is still fuming about the Brookfield Archers. He compares Neil’s sorrowful reaction to being connected to Philip’s business with their lack of guilt. Toby discovers that Rex is about to post a poisonous message about Brookfield online. Toby doesn’t want Rex to post it but he does it anyway. Meanwhile, Toby wants to take on the council farm with his brother but Rex flatly refuses.
Josh brings beers to Rex and apologises for everything. Josh is positive about Rex’s chances of getting the council farm and comes clean about how the revelations about Philip have affected his parents. They truly are devastated. Josh seeks assurance from Rex that he knows that Ruth and David are ultimately good people.
While collecting more of her things from her Beechwood home, Kirsty gets a call from Helen. She describes how the Christmas decorations are still up but the police have confiscated some items. Then, Kirsty calls in at the shop and Jim is pleased to see her. He tells her no one thinks less of her but Kirsty says that’s not true. People have been talking and she admonishes herself for not spotting any signs about Philip’s illegal activities. Brian comes in and immediately needles Kirsty. Jim stands up for her but Brian reminds Kirsty how quick she was to judge when he was in trouble with the contamination. Kirsty leaves while Brian and Jim continue to lock horns.
Harrison stops Brian for speeding and Brian can’t believe that Harrison follows proper procedures. Later, Harrison tells Fallon about catching Brian. He thinks people in Ambridge see him as a soft touch and he vows to not look at the village through rose-tinted glasses any more. He reveals that he’s not going to be part of the investigation into Philip’s slavery charges. He kicks himself for not spotting anything when he investigated the Grey Gables explosion.
Helen visits Kirsty who gives a rundown of her Beechwood visit and Brian’s words in the shop. Helen thinks Brian was outrageous but Kirsty thinks he has a point. She hates that she never looked past the bubble of her own life to notice the true situation with Blake, Kenzie and Jordan. She’s determined to do something so she can live with herself.
Roy says he’ll check in with Kirsty for Helen who hasn’t had any reply to her attempts to contact Kirsty. Roy finds Kirsty collecting litter, even though she no longer works for the Wildlife Trust. Kirsty admits she can’t face Helen yet. After Rob’s coercive control, Kirsty was confident she could spot liars a mile off but she ended up marrying one. Kirsty doesn’t want to burden Helen with her own experience. But Roy points out that by keeping away she’s upsetting Helen.
Kirsty and Helen meet and apologise to one another. They agree to not discuss Philip. Helen offers to go with Kirsty when she’s ready to go to the Beechwood house to collect her belongings. Helen’s less than certain about buying the property now.
As Alan prepares to deliver his sermon on slavery, Shula’s worried he will be blamed for her decision to get Philip to do repair work to the church. She admits the whole experience has made her seriously doubt her own judgement. Alan doesn’t think she should be so hard on herself. In his virtual sermon, Alan encourages people to not only pray for victims of modern slavery but also those who perpetrate it. Afterwards, Shula thanks Alan for helping her feel better. Her phone rings and she’s surprised to see it’s Philip. She doesn’t answer but expects he will call again. She asks Alan what she should do but he says only she can decide that.
While out on a walk together, Lynda encourages Robert to let go of his anger over Philip. He says he always knew something dodgy was going on. Meanwhile, Lynda is invigorated by climbing Lakey Hill again following her injuries last year. Later, Alan congratulates Lynda on her MBE. He’s holding a special service online tomorrow to bring people together after the discovery of Philip’s slave labour.
Emma reports how excited all the children are about Clarrie and Eddie renewing their vows. Clarrie’s worried about their expectations being too high but Emma points out what a big occasion it is. As they look at photos from Clarrie and Eddie’s wedding, Clarrie reminisces to Emma about the honeymoon. Though if she could go anywhere now it wouldn’t be back there but to Paris, which gets Emma thinking.
Lynda notices how cheered Robert is by spotting some redwings. She tells him she doesn’t think she’ll go to Alan’s service to lift the mood of the village – she’s moved on from her time of grieving for the life she had before the Grey Gables explosion. She wonders how she can help the village overcome Philip’s crime. Whatever she decides, it will have to be spectacular, muses Lynda. She is to be Lynda Snell MBE, after all.