Week Beginning: Sunday 19th August, 2018
Sunday 19th August
Lynda is determined to get to the truth
Fallon, Hannah, Lynda, Tom
- As Fallon calls at the tearoom to check that it is ready for opening, Hannah calls in to buy cakes to take to the cricket. She is surprised to see Fallon there; shouldn't she be on honeymoon? Fallon explains about the planned trip to Cornwall, and then Lynda appears. She gushes to Fallon about the wedding and then demands to know how far Harrison has got in his search for Constanza's abductor. Caught off-guard, Fallon almost comes out with the truth, but manages to offer anon-committal answer instead.
- As Tom and Hannah wait for Johnny to finish ironing his shirt, Hannah can't resist teasing Tom. She calls him an old woman for fussing over the ironing, and when he receives a text, teases him about the sender. Tom admits it's a girl - Natasha- whom he met on the Nuffield course. She's coming to look at Bridge Farm on Thursday.
- Lynda really has the bit between her teeth, and accosts Harrison at home. It has a been a week since the incident; surely his enquiries should have produced a result by now. She suggests that Fallon might be the culprit, such was her response to Lynda's earlier enquiry. As Harrison prevaricates, Lynda informs him that she fully intends to raise the matter with his superiors.
- Ambridge cricket team in one short thanks to Anisha's departure and Lily having gone to ground. Tom suggests that Hannah might like to give it a go, but she declines, and goes to sit with Fallon. They admire Tracy Horrobin's skills, and see Ambridge all out for 67. Harrison notices Hannah's interest and actually manages to persuade her to come to nets. he then learns that Freddie's case will go to Crown Court, and is horrified. No wonder Lily won't reply to messages. Freddie could end up in prison.
Summarised by Jo Saunders
Monday 20th August
Phoebe attempts to offer advice
Ruth, Jill, Josh, Pip, Elizabeth, Lily, Phoebe
- As Ruth and Jill discuss the way Elizabeth is coping with the Freddie problem as well as her business, Josh appears, in search of coffee. Since David is away from the farm all day, Ruth needs Josh to help her sort sheep for slaughter, but Josh protests vehemently; he has been up since the crack of dawn dealing with his machinery. Pip then arrives, and Jill rushes to make her some tea. Josh thinks she could help Ruth instead, which leads to a horrified rejection by both Ruth and Jill. A sibling spat then escalates when Pip announces her plans for herbal leys.
- Another sullen child, Lily, comes down for breakfast, this time at Lower Loxley, and rudely rejects all Elizabeth's attempts to apologise for being so bound up with Freddie. Lily rejects offers of breakfast, shopping and lunch, and slams out.
- Josh does eventually help Ruth, and agrees with her proposal to reduce the flock by 30%. Her wish to do all the lambing themselves, rather than employ Eddie, meets with a more negative response, but he does announce that Brexit may well be good for his business.
- Phoebe arrives at Lower Loxley in search of Lily, and is sympathetic towards Elizabeth, who is doing her best to win round the licensing authority by installing more CCTV. She has been to see Freddie. Lily appears and is once again rude to her mother when Elizabeth asks whether she has responded to Harrison's calls about cricket
- Pip hands Rosie over to Jill while she opens the packets of seed for the herbal leys. Jill is fascinated; the fields will look as they did when she first came to Brookfield 60 years ago.
- Over lunch, Lily tells Phoebe that a friend of Russ has found them a flat in Manchester. Phoebe suggests that lily will miss out on all the freshers' fun if she has a 40 year old bloke in tow, but Lily will not be swayed. Why doesn't she go up alone, asks Phoebe, and Russ could come later. Lily informs her that he needs to give in his notice and tell his wife he is leaving her for Lily. We both want a new life - it will be amazing - you'll see. Oh Lily...
Summarised by Jo Saunders
Tuesday 21st August
Ian imparts some bad news and Neil is asked an important favour
Emma, Usha, Helen, Henry, Ian, Elizabeth, Neil
- As Usha checks Blossom Hill Cottage prior to her new tenants moving in, she encounters Emma, who is her usual sullen self, informing Usha (who did not ask) that she has no time to clean the cottage for her, and launching into one of her familiar rants about the way people like her and Ed are unable to afford housing. Usha politely makes her escape good.
- A bored Henry makes life difficult for Helen, refusing to go and see the pigs with Jack. He wants to play on the computer. Ian rings, inviting Helen to lunch. She quickly accepts- Tony can have the children (as usual.)
- Usha has called to speak to Freddie in preparation for his Crown Court appearance. Afterwards she talks to Elizabeth, but makes it clear that the outcome is uncertain. It all depends on the judge. Usha has done her best to persuade Freddie to come clean about Ellis, but he refuses. She thinks it will harm his defence. Usha then suggests finding an upstanding member of Ambridge society to write a character reference. It can't be a relative, so Elizabeth decides to ask Neil.
- Tired of being cooped up in the office, Neil enjoys his sandwiches in the sunshine, where Emma joins him. They talk about the Parish Council meeting, and Emma is angered to learn that because she has an interest in the Bridge Farm development, she will not be permitted to take part in the discussion.
- Helen enjoys her lunch with Ian, telling him about Henry's difficult behaviour. Ian suggests that he is just a normal seven year old. But at least Jack will be at nursery in September, so Helen will have time to herself. (Surely she has plenty already?) Then comes a bombshell; the Borsetshire Blue has lost its flavour, and Ian has sourced cheese elsewhere for now.
- Elizabeth wastes no time in tracking Neil down, and immediately puts her request to him. Neil kindly but firmly turns her down; he doesn't really know Freddie; he remembers what drugs did to Ed; he has strong feelings about those who deal.
Summarised by Jo Saunders
Wednesday 22nd August
Helen is on a mission
Jim, Alistair, Pat, Tom, Helen, Jazzer, Hannah
- Jim tries to make Alistair see that he needs to stand up to Shula over the divorce. None of it is Alistair's fault so why did he move out when Shula has relatives with spare rooms all over the village? Alistair retorts that all he wants is a decent financial settlement. He's only too well aware of all the local gossip.
- Tom is what passes for excited where he is concerned, about the imminent visit of Natalie, whose Nuffield experience helped her to move out of cosmetics into a spectacular fruit drink success. He tells Pat all about Natalie's amazing marketing skills, hoping she will spread her magic dust on Bridge Farm. he is brought down to earth by the arrival of Hannah, bringing his phone, and teasing him about the saintly Natalie.
- Jazzer arrives home to find Jim practising for a lesson with Kiki. Jim asks him how he thinks Alistair is coping. He is concerned that the joint efforts of Shula, Anisha and Lavinia might tip him into gambling again. Jazzer quickly changes the subject, saying that he's always willing to take Alistair to the pub. He might even offer to teach him the bagpipes. This gives Jim an idea and he rushes off to make a phone call.
- Moody Helen returns from a trip to the adventure playground, which Henry called boring. She asks Tom to help her taste her cheese, but Tom has nets, veg boxes and the arrival of Natalie to cope with. As tension between the siblings rises, Pat steps in to offer help. She is forced to admit that the cheese has indeed lost its depth and tang. What can be the cause?
- Despondent after an attempt to persuade Shula to allow him to bring the divorce petition, Alistair returns to Jim's, where a spirit-lifting surprise awaits him - a piano lesson with Kiki. It is not a success, and despite assertions to the contrary from Jim, Alistair calls the lesson absolute purgatory. He and Jazzer set off for several large drinks.
- Attending her first cricket nets, Hannah is not pleased that Tom should arrive late. She learns that Ed's ram has won another rosette and that he has had an offer of 4K for the animal. This leads neatly into a full-scale rant from Hannah about Emma, Neil, Justin and the lack of affordable housing
Summarised by Jo Saunders
Thursday 23rd August
Tom is desperate to impress
Oliver, Elizabeth, Natalie, Johnny, Helen
- Oliver meets Elizabeth in the shop, and seeing her dejection, advises her to ignore the Echo and its coverage of Lower Loxley and Freddie's trial. She is to meet up with Oliver and Kathy later to discuss a proposition. meanwhile Oliver gives a stranger directions to Bridge Farm.
- The stranger is Natalie, and Tom is, to say the least, over-eager in his approach, to the amusement of Johnny, who sends Tom up at every opportunity. She pretends to be appalled that her Summer Orchard drinks are not on sale. Helen takes her to the dairy, in the absence of Susan and Clarrie, where Natalie tastes, but fails to enjoy, Tom's Kefir. After seeing the polytunnels, Johnny treats her to a discourse on cattle, to the fury of Tom.
- Elizabeth's meeting with Oliver and Kathy goes well, though Kathy contributes remarkably little to the discussion. They will be happy to have Lower Loxley bookings referred to them until the alcohol licence matter is resolved. Oliver will gladly speak for her at the licensing appeal.
- Having managed to get rid of Johnny, Tom asks Natalie what she thinks of Bridge Farm. She says she has had a lovely day, and admires Helen's forensic approach to the cheese problem, but will not be drawn to give marketing advice despite Tom's heaped-on adulation. She promises to email her thoughts in a day or so.
- Elizabeth has one more favour to ask of Oliver - a character reference for Freddie. Gently, Oliver points out that he barely knows Freddie. A college tutor would be more appropriate, perhaps; it's not, after all, an academic matter. This is clearly a revelation to Elizabeth. Yes, there must be someone at the college who could do that... the vice-principal, perhaps?
Summarised by Jo Saunders
Friday 24th August
Russ plays a dangerous game
Credited scriptwriter: None Specified