A contemporary drama in a rural setting.
What on earth is Kirsty hanging on the washing line? Pip needs an urgent favour.
Writer, Sarah McDonald-Hughes
Director, Gwenda Hughes
Editor, Jeremy Howe
Alan Franks ….. John Telfer
Ben Archer ….. Ben Norris
Beth Casey ….. Rebecca Fuller
Chelsea Horrobin ….. Madeleine Leslay
Clarrie Grundy ….. Heather Bell
David Archer …… Timothy Bentinck
Eddie Grundy ….. Trevor Harrison
George Grundy …… Angus Stobie
Jill Archer ….. Patricia Greene
Jolene Archer …… Buffy Davis
Josh Archer ….. Angus Imrie
Kenton Archer ….. Richard Attlee
Leonard Berry ….. Paul Copley
Lilian Bellamy ….. Sunny Ormonde
Ruth Archer ….. Felicity Finch
Shula Hebden Lloyd ….. Judy Bennett
Usha Gupta ….. Souad Faress
Vince Casey ….. Tony Turner
Mischievous George draws Kenton into the conversation he’s having with Clarrie, who gets embarrassed and bustles away. George discloses to Kenton that his grandma and grandpa have fallen out big time, recounting to mortified Kenton the tale of Clarrie’s ‘affair’ of years ago. Kenton rushes to Grange Farm to speak to Eddie, who plays the wronged husband to a tee. He makes Kenton squirm; Kenton insists his kiss with Clarrie when they were teenagers meant nothing, it was years ago and he certainly would never laugh at Eddie. Eddie continues to tie Kenton in knots, and turns on the tears. Kenton declares he’ll do anything to put things right. Later George congratulates his grandpa on his performance, and for securing free drinks for the foreseeable future. But Clarrie smells a rat when she finds them giggling, and wonders what scheme they’re cooking up.
Beth visits wrongfooted Chelsea, who in a bizarre turn of events ends up doing her hair. Beth asks Chelsea for the truth, and Chelsea recounts the events of the night of the rave. Beth asks Chelsea if she’s decided what to do about the baby. In turn Chelsea asks Beth whether she’ll stay with Ben. Beth hasn’t a clue. Chelsea points out Ben was heartbroken when Beth ended it last time, and that he’s desperate not to lose her again now. He’s also offered help to Chelsea and is a good person. Beth can’t cope anymore and leaves.
David and Ruth compare the merits of Meadow (green) and Ferret (also green) paint for the Brookfield refresh, and speculate on what might be wrong with Ben. They can’t believe their children will have all finally left, after nearly thirty years. They feel lucky none of them have gone far. Later with Leonard the pair disagree mildly again over the new décor. Ruth favours boutique and cosy, whereas David would prefer minimalist chic. Leonard reckons there’s a way of satisfying both of them. He makes some notes on what they’re each after, and offers to play around with some ideas. They’re very impressed with the sketches Leonard comes up with, and he declares he’d be happy to take the whole project off their hands if they want.
Jolene can’t believe Kenton’s teenage kiss was with Clarrie. Kenton declares it wasn’t effective in winning Janet Adkin back, it’s water under the bridge and he and Clarrie have never spoken of it since – so Jolene had best keep it to herself. Jolene’s lips are sealed. But she winds him up, and mentions Janet to Clarrie and Eddie when they come into the bar. Tense Kenton warns her to stop, especially when it’s clear Clarrie’s flustered. Jolene teases Kenton: maybe Clarrie still carries a torch? Eddie quizzes Clarrie and she admits to the kiss with Kenton. George walks in and is horrified. When unfazed Eddie says it was years ago and he’s ok with it, George observes with guile that Kenton doesn’t know that, does he?
Lilian’s keen to show Alan the Bridge Farm family’s ideas for a dedicated window in St Stephen’s. Alan tries to explain that any decision would involve a complicated process, and that church window designs these days tend to focus on broader Christian thinking rather than individual or family dedications. Lilian mentions it would be based on a psalm. Alan goes on to point out the sustainability issues around replacing a good window. Later Alan confides to Usha he feels it’s a vanity project. Usha agrees it’s probably not appropriate. How’s Alan going to tell Peggy?
Lilian walks in on Jolene rifling through Kenton’s old diary. Between them they try to find out what happened next in the story of Kenton and Janet Adkin. They discover he gave Janet an ultimatum and she ditched him. Jolene’s about to reveal the identity of the girl Kenton used to make Janet jealous, when he rumbles them.
Beth’s pleased to be home from Magaluf. She’s missed Ben. Ben covers his lack of enthusiasm for Vince’s holiday offer by claiming his own gift of Jill’s pendant can’t compete. Beth insists the pendant means much more to her than her dad’s extravagant present. She thinks he’s being weird. Ben confesses the truth behind his mood. When Beth hears he slept with someone and she’s pregnant, she runs for the bathroom. She wonders when he was going to tell her, and wants to know who the girl is. When Ben says it’s Chelsea, and tries to explain, Beth doesn’t want to know and leaves.
Eddie updates George on the growing Grundy Borsetshire Bronze turkeys, including his tried and tested sales patter, as they watch the comical poults’ antics. George is impressed with the money they’ll make, and later he asks his Grandpa for a loan of £75 for a ‘business opportunity’. He wants to buy fifteen more turkey poults to supplement their stock. Eddie thinks the price is suspiciously good, but George entreats his Grandpa to trust him. Later when George tells him the deal’s done, Eddie reckons he’s done good. George talks Eddie into promising a ten percent cut of the profits, and Eddie laughs he’s been well and truly fleeced. George wants to start a social media campaign featuring video of the poults – everyone loves pictures of animals doing daft things.
Ruth worries Ben’s ill, and Josh covers for him, advising her not to fuss. Ben’s horrified to learn Vince is coming over to talk to him. After Vince has discussed putting extra solar panels on one of the barns he raises the topic of Beth’s birthday present; how would Ben feel about a holiday in New Zealand? Beth’s always wanted to go, and there’s no-one she’d rather go with than Ben. Ruth waxes lyrical, and can’t understand Ben’s lack of enthusiasm. Ben tries to tell Vince he’s too busy to go, but Vince announces the trip will be in the Christmas holidays. Josh reassures Ben. Depending on Chelsea’s decision, he might not even need to tell Beth about the baby. But Ben insists he has to, whatever happens.