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The Archers

A contemporary drama in a rural setting.

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  • 24.06.2021
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    24/06/2021

    Adam asks Justin a question. If someone – hypothetically – was to put in a tender for the Home Farm contract, what could they offer that would prove tempting to Borchester Land? Sharp Justin rumbles Adam in no time, and asks if he’s thinking of going it alone. Adam quickly covers, assuring Justin that he and Brian aren’t going their separate ways. Justin’s glad – it’s their partnership element that works so well for BL. They know Adam’s a safe pair of hands. Justin affirms that there’s no worry that Home Farm is about to be undercut. The other farmers in the area know Brian too well – Brian could make life very difficult for a rival. Adam thanks Justin for his thoughts. Neil and Shula work in the garden while he waits for Keira to finish her riding lesson. Neil admits he could do with a break at the moment. Even this weeding seems attractive! Shula acknowledges the stress his family’s under. Their chat’s interrupted by a downpour and they run inside. Soaked through, they’re drying off when Alistair drops in. Neil’s wearing some of Dan’s old clothes, and through fits of giggles they try to explain to Alistair what’s happened. Awkwardly he comes to the rescue with more spare clothes. Later Alistair believes he detected a spark, and a radiance on Shula’s face. She denies this as preposterous – she and Neil are just friends. Alistair’s concerned people might get the wrong idea. Riled Shula accuses him of jealousy, and he backs off. Shula asserts Alistair couldn’t be more wrong.

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  • 23.06.2021
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    23/06/2021

    Susan and Neil are grumpy with one another. Susan feels she’s missing out on George and Keira as all her time is taken up with baby care. She’s also trying to negotiate Martha’s next visit to the Aldridges but doesn’t fancy bumping into unpredictable Alice. Neil tries explain Alice isn’t in her right mind at the moment, and needs some understanding. But Susan can’t forget the shock of the brick through the shop window. She wouldn’t mind some understanding coming her way. Later Neil drops in on Shula, with Martha. He admires Shula’s listening ear, feeling he should be more patient himself. He suggests arranging some riding lessons for Keira, which Shula thinks is a great idea. She’ll provide the first few free. Neil won’t hear of it and offers to tidy Shula’s garden in exchange. Frantic Susan calls, reminding Neil Martha should be at Jennifer’s, and he has to leave. Lynda’s up to her ears in fete logistics. Eddie recommends a break in his limo. Lynda asks him to take her to Darrington. Dressed in smart jacket and tie, Eddie bumps into Rex, who smells a rat. Peggy’s cancelled her regular shopping trip in his cab, and he doesn’t know why. Later Lynda recounts her adventure to Rex. She’d enjoyed being able to wave to Evangeline Lowminster from the limo. Rex accuses Eddie of pinching his customers. Lynda brokers a deal between them. If Eddie stays away from Rex’s regulars, perhaps he can continue with this service to the community? Rex grudgingly acquiesces.

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  • 22.06.2021
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    22/06/2021

    Clarrie’s loving Eddie’s limo, but she reminds him it’s costly to run. Eddie promises to keep the limo for special occasions for a bit – though it is for their vows renewal. Clarrie admits to enjoying the sensation the car caused at the Lower Loxley movie night, but insists she doesn’t need it for their vows. Eddie promises to think about it selling it. Later he has a brainwave. He could do a free dial-a-ride service in exchange for tips and donations. He’s already had some money from a delighted Jill, and she’s spread the word. He’s found a chauffeur’s hat among Joe’s old things. Clarrie declares it’s very smart – he might be on to something! Adam thinks he and Brian need to talk, but Brian’s more concerned with the bigger family crisis, and bats Adam away. He’s totally forgotten it’s Adam’s birthday, and is mortified and full of apologies when he realises. He agrees it’s time to talk, but it’s too late for Adam – Brian’s made it clear where he stands. Adam declares he’s constantly getting the blame for everything, to which Brian counters that it’s true Adam’s messed up time and again. Adam spits that everyone’s made mistakes, including Brian. They agree they can’t go on like this. Adam says he’ll leave after harvest. He understands how difficult things are with Alice. Brian apologises again – he shouldn’t have taken his stress out on Adam. Adam is also sorry. He feels a fresh start will be good for him. They both agree not to tell the family yet.

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  • 21.06.2021
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    21/06/2021

    Alice hopes to see Banjo, maybe even ride him out. Shula lays out carefully her two conditions – that Banjo will be safe, and that Alice hasn’t been drinking. She leaves the judgement call with Alice. Alice decides she’ll just groom Banjo for now. Shula admires her natural affinity with horses. She reassures her that things won’t be like this forever – especially now Alice is making a positive step by accepting rehab. Alice declares she can’t picture rehab working, so what’s the point? Shula reminds Alice of a time when she calmed a nervy horse, and that she’s still that same determined little girl who doesn’t give up. This gives Alice pause for thought. Lee’s at Honeysuckle Cottage for beer and pizza. He starts to ask Adam how he is after last week, and Adam hastily covers, diverting the conversation. Lee cottons on that Adam hasn’t told Ian about his run in with Brian. He brightly changes the subject to Adam’s upcoming birthday, leading Ian to joke that Adam will spend it at work – his obsession. Ian goes on to share an idea he has about starting his own business. Adam can’t hide his alarm, warning it’s a bad time to take such a risk. Lee’s put on the spot when they ask him his opinion. When he comes down diplomatically on Adam’s side, Ian’s huffy. Later Adam informs Lee that Brian’s sacked him. He begs Lee not to tell Ian. Shocked Lee counsels Adam to fight for whatever he wants. But it needs to be on his terms, not Brian’s or anyone else’s.

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  • 17.06.2021
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    17/06/2021

    Phoebe’s ready to welcome the first wild camping visitors. Roy visits her in the converted shepherd’s hut they’ve set up as a reception office, and wishes her luck. Phoebe’s irritated with his excessive attention but Rex feels she’s lucky he takes an interest. Rex thinks the site gives off a good vibe. All’s well until they realise neither of them have taken delivery of the solar lights for the compost loos; the company can’t come back with them until tomorrow. They’re stumped until Rex suggests asking Roy for help. Sure enough Roy comes up with a contact who can lend them a solar generator and some LEDs. Phoebe really appreciates her dad’s help. The two of them have a father daughter moment. The atmosphere between Brian and Adam is arctic. Adam attempts a half-hearted apology for his misdemeanour, but Brian’s unimpressed. Later Adam informs Brian he’s paid the borrowed money back into the farm account. Now that’s he’s apologised he queries Brian’s own behaviour. Brian in turn says he’ll forgive but not forget. The two lock horns again, Adam insisting there should be nothing to forgive and Brian continuing to blame Adam for helping himself to money without telling anyone. Adam accuses Brian of favouring his other siblings and not listening to him. Brian asserts he does listen – he’s just not sure he can always believe him. Adam’s sick of being where he’s not wanted. Brian suggests he leaves in that case. In this time of difficulty, he needs a farm manager he can rely on, and that’s not Adam.

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  • 16.06.2021
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    16/06/2021

    Helen’s having no luck finding replacements for Lee’s figure boxes. It’s time to tell Lee what’s happened. Joy offers to do it as the damage occurred on her watch, but Helen says she’ll tell Lee herself. In the end they do it together. Lee’s sad, but stoic. He admits later when coaxed by Helen that he was being polite to start with. He’s had some of those figures for years. But now he’s realised for the first time that they are better played with. Helen thinks Jack will be over the moon, which makes Lee happy. Peggy wonders whether Jennifer will ever forgive her for hiding the truth about Alice. Lilian tells her Jennifer’s just frantic with worry; Alice has agreed to rehab but is being uncooperative. Peggy remembers similar feelings before Jack went into the sanitorium. She could help Jennifer, if she’d let her. Peggy asks whether Lilian believes she did the wrong thing by not telling Jennifer when she first knew about Alice. Lilian admits she might feel as Jenny does if it was her. But what’s done is done, and she’ll do her best to sort it for Peggy. Peggy’s grateful. She confesses she’s not sure rehab is the best option for Alice. It was a fool’s errand in Jack’s case, and he died a horrible death. Lilian assures Peggy things are different these days, and that Alice will be treated well and appropriately. Fears allayed, Peggy suggests offering to help pay for the rehab. She can’t bear to think of Alice ending up like her grandfather.

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  • 15.06.2021
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    15/06/2021

    Joy arrives early for her interview with Lynda, and flatters Lynda’s garden while trying to tempt her with the butterfly buns she’s brought. As Lynda lists the qualities required to be an effective committee member, Joy gently steers the conversation round to her own agenda. Before she knows it Lynda’s acknowledging Joy’s formidable fundraising experience. She agrees she’ll take a chance on Joy – she can join the committee as a quiet observer for now. Joy can’t wait. Lee’s after some clamps from distracted Adam – he’s attempting to dampen the sound of his practising on the drumkit. As he chats Adam can’t keep a lid on his irritation and explodes, then immediately apologises. He recounts the argument he’s had with Brian over the missing farm money, which Brian’s virtually accused him of stealing. He explains he’d only borrowed it to pay for the electrical work at the cottage. He admits he’d let a request for an advance on partnership drawings slide, but he’s unhappy at Brian’s attitude. He never blows up at the other siblings like he does at Adam. Adam begs Lee not to tell anyone, particularly Ian, whose been anxious about money and thinks it’s sorted. Adam‘s going to let Brian stew for now, but Lee reckons letting things fester will make them worse. If he was Adam, he’d put the money back as soon as possible, and apologise to Brian. If he makes things right between them, they might both be able to move on.

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  • 14.06.2021
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    14/06/2021

    Lee’s managed to get on to the Beechwood WhatsApp group courtesy not of Joy but a different neighbour. Joy gets a text from Fallon, who’s recommended her for the fete committee. Joy’s shocked to learn Lynda wants to interview her. Helen explains Lynda takes the fete very seriously. Joy asserts she’s met a few Lynda Snells in her time – she’ll deal with it. She offers to babysit for Helen and Lee while they go to the Lower Loxley drive-in movie. But when Helen checks in with Joy later, she discovers Jack and Henry have been playing with some of Lee’s superhero figures. The figures are undamaged but the boxes are ripped. Joy reassures panicked Helen she can look online and replace them. Lee will never need to know. Nervous Adam finds Brian scouring the farm accounts. He’s relieved to find Brian’s only looking for a source of funding for Alice’s rehab, hoping to take some of his share of any partnership profits early. Before Adam can intervene Brian spots a discrepancy – the machinery investment account is sitting at five thousand less than it should be. Adam’s evasive, and when Brian starts to suspect Alice might have had a hand in the shortfall, Adam assures Brian he’ll sort it, and to leave it with him. But later as Brian persists with the idea that it was Alice who took the money, Adam is finally forced to admit it was him.

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  • 10.06.2021
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    10/06/2021

    Harrison and Fallon meet Chris for their night out; something normal at last. They declare he deserves it. He doesn’t know about that, but concedes it is just what he needs. Emma doesn’t make it due to a late running parish council meeting. Unfortunately the restaurant she’s chosen is the one Chris took Alice to for her thirtieth. He admits he misses her in everything he does. The others try to distract him but it doesn’t work and he’s preoccupied worrying about Martha. Fallon and Harrison have to acknowledge it may have been too soon for this gathering. Chris asks to leave early, and apologises for spoiling the evening. Fallon stresses that it’s him they care about, not going out. They agree to get chips, go back to Woodbine and watch some TV. Brian and Jennifer are trying to find the moment to raise the subject of rehab with Alice. Jennifer observes ruefully that without Peggy’s secrecy it might not have been necessary. Brian thinks the important thing is to get Alice on board now. At first they receive a flat no from Alice. A month away from Martha is out of the question. She blames Susan, and then her parents’ lack of support, for the situation she’s in. Jennifer shocks Alice by suggesting she might die. After a while Alice relents; she’ll sign the authorisation for rehab. They can’t go on as they are. Relieved Jennifer assures her they can beat this thing together.

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  • 10.06.2021
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    09/06/2021

    Fallon tell Chris she can’t join him for the night out Emma’s organised. She wouldn’t be able to bear to listen to everyone badmouthing Alice. Everyone’s being forced to pick a side, and if Alice is left out in the cold they have to think of the future, and Martha. She cites her own dad as an example of how things can be turned around. Chris thinks Alice is a long way off that. Fallon reassures him – he’s doing a great job. In turn Chris thanks Fallon for looking out for Alice while he can’t. Fallon agrees to the night out – she’ll come, if Chris makes sure Alice is not up for discussion! Chris declares he’s grateful to Peggy for the talk they had at New Year about prioritising Martha. He takes strength from it whenever he’s tempted to wonder if he’s done the right thing. Peggy thinks Chris is brave. Jennifer arrives and is sad when Chris and Martha have to rush off. She shares with Peggy that she and Brian are looking into residential treatment for Alice. She gives credit to her mum for being a shining example of family not giving up on family – Peggy always stuck by their dad Jack. Peggy’s exercised by this show of gratitude. She admits to Jennifer that she’s known about Alice’s alcoholism for months, and that Chris to some extent acted on her advice. Peggy’s justifications around her own past experiences don’t wash with shocked Jennifer. How does Peggy think she was acting in Alice’s best interests? Jennifer blames Peggy totally for the current situation; she doesn’t see how she’ll ever forgive her.

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  • 08.06.2021
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    08/06/2021

    Jazzer’s trying to fix his motorbike. He tells Ed the love of bikes is the only thing he and Tracy don’t have in common. Ed’s not sure about that. Jazzer counters it was Eddie turning up to whisk Tracy off in his limo that really fouled up their date. Jazzer thinks Jennifer had a cheek going to Ed for advice on addiction. But Ed feels a bit sorry for her. Emma had called it ages ago, but it seemed like Jennifer had only just worked out what was wrong with her daughter. Jazzer’s going to Berrow Farm for a few hours since the shearing’s rained off. Ed gives him a lift.Jazzer’s not pleased to see Brian at Berrow, who’s come with a quibble over the gilts’ returns figures. Jazzer and Neil manage to handle grumpy Brian, as Neil points out how useful it is to have Jazzer there prior to him starting formally. Brian grudgingly acknowledges this.Brian’s horrified to find out Alice and Fallon are going to a pub. He’s got the wrong end of the stick and Fallon puts him right – she’s actually going with Alice to keep an eye on her. Brian’s chastened. Afterwards he thanks Fallon for making sure Alice kept her drinking manageable. He’s grateful. Fallon understands. She can see it’s because he just wants the best for Alice. They agree it’s like walking on eggshells, and neither know how to reach the old Alice. Fallon mentions rehab, which sets Brian on a chain of thought.

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  • 07.06.2021
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    Desperate Jennifer turns to Ed for advice on what it’s like to be an addict. After all, he managed to get back on his feet. At first Ed is wrong-footed and outraged, but then he allows Jennifer in. Ed shares that he turned to Oliver rather than his own family, and that it worked because Oliver took no nonsense. The wake-up call was when he nearly died; Oliver stuck by him and got him counselling. Seeing that there’s hope, Jennifer’s grateful. Her difficulty with Alice is that she can’t see where it came from. They both agree it’s hard to understand.Emma’s keen to get Fallon and Harrison together with her and Chris, to help take his mind off his troubles. Harrison points out it’s still awkward after what Alice did, and Fallon tries to deflect too, but eventually Harrison agrees they could give it a go. After a river swim together Fallon and Harrison talk some more. She’s still very wary of meeting up with Chris and Emma socially. Emma hates Alice, and won’t leave it alone – Fallon doesn’t want it to turn into an occasion to slag off Alice. That will do none of them any good. Later Harrison tells Emma he’s happy for a night out with Chris. Meanwhile Fallon feels for Jennifer in her desperation over her daughter. She assures Jennifer she gets it. Alice is ill – and ill people need help, don’t they?

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  • 03.06.2021
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    03/06/2021

    Mia’s having a hard time. After an initial struggle Will manages to chat with her, gently trying to tease out what’s wrong. She finally confesses she didn’t realise heartbreak would hurt so much. Will empathises, describing when it happened to him at Mia’s age. He assures her it gets easier. Mia’s brave, clever and funny. The boy in question doesn’t see any of that, she replies ruefully. Will counsels there’s no easy way, she just needs to let the hurt happen, and remember that the whole family loves her. She loves them too, admits Mia. Tipsy Alice has brought someone back to Willow Cottage. Unsuspecting Calvin is met with an icy reaction from Jennifer, who wastes no time in informing him Alice is not only an alcoholic, but married with a baby. As embarrassed Calvin beats a hasty retreat, Jennifer is left alone with her daughter. What on earth was she thinking? Alice accuses her mother of overreacting. She just wanted some company. Brian suggests that if Alice was feeling lonely she should turn to Chris and Martha, her own family. Alice retorts they’re not her family anymore; she doesn’t need them. She wishes they’d all leave her alone. Her parents plead with Alice to remember she and Chris love each other. But when Brian urges her to remember her marriage vows, it’s a step too far for Alice, and she bites back. He’s a hypocrite. These are the same vows he made, and broke, years before. She’s a selfish liar who drinks too much – so she’s just like him.

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  • 02.06.2021
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    Tracy’s keen to go out on the bike with Jazzer. She’s packed a picnic. Jazzer grins that she’s changed her tune – she didn’t like the noisy bike before. Tracy explains she was just jealous. She really fancies a go on the bike. However once she’s had a ride she’s appalled at the speed Jazzer rode; he nearly killed her! In turn he’s furious she didn’t lean with him on the bends. He thinks she’s being a drama queen; she thinks he’s a madman. She refuses to ride back with him, so he offers to flag someone down to give her a lift. But he can’t start the bike, and they’re both marooned as the heavens open. Eddie comes to the rescue in his limo. Jazzer’s crestfallen; he’ll never get the bike in there! Eddie won’t have Jazzer inside either – he’s covered in oil. Tracy climbs gleefully into the limo. This has turned from the worst date ever into the best. Mia broaches the subject of her plastic survey with Eddie, who’s less than keen. Not even her best persuasive powers can get him on board. She calls Ruairi, explaining Eddie’s blown her out, bumbling through the conversation as she ties herself in knots. Kind Ruairi offers to show Mia round Home Farm for her survey. As they chat about their respective families’ troubles past and present, Mia tells Ruairi she thinks he’s lovely. He returns the compliment, but makes it clear there’s nothing else from his side. Crushed Mia styles it out. She didn’t mean anything like that – as if…

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  • 31.05.2021
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    31/05/2021

    Ed and Jazzer chat during a break in shearing. Jazzer admits to feeling it this year. Ed teases him about getting old. But Jazzer wants to hang up his clippers. Once he starts at Berrow Farm he’ll need his days off – maybe he’s settling down a bit. Ed admits he’ll miss him. Jazzer suggests George might want to give shearing a go as his replacement. Ed sees this might work, but is cautious – George is very much a teenager with his own ideas. Meanwhile Jazzer challenges Ed to a shearing race tomorrow; we’ll see who’s getting old! Lee’s finding Jack and Henry exhausting; he’d forgotten what’s it’s like to entertain a five year old. He does love playing with them though, and Helen assures him it’s mutual. They might just need to set a time limit on the drum playing! Lee looks forward to the boys’ bedtime and getting Helen to himself, but Helen informs him Joy’s dropping in for nibbles later. When she arrives they apologise for the drum noise, but Joy thinks it’s fine – she loves to hear children playing. She lets slip there’s a residents’ WhatsApp group. Helen’s lukewarm, but Lee’s eager to join. As Joy and Lee gossip happily, he can’t wait to get involved. Joy’s a little reticent but promises to add Lee to the group soon. Helen observes wryly that as the two of them are getting on famously, she’ll go and read Henry’s bedtime story. She leaves them to it.

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  • 27.05.2021
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    27/05/2021

    Neil observes ruefully to Shula how damaging the ripples outwards are of Alice’s problems. Susan’s taking it very hard. Over a cup of tea Neil confides that Susan found the social worker visit quite intrusive, and she’s still shaken from the incident at the shop. He doesn’t really blame Alice, she’s always been a good daughter-in-law. But for Susan it’s not so easy; caring for Martha and seeing Chris in such a state is wearing her down. Neil doesn’t know if Chris will ever get back with Alice, and he’s afraid of the potential bad blood it’s all going to cause. Shula counsels him to take care of himself. Neil feels a lot better for talking to her. Adam’s been slightly blindsided that Brian’s suggested Ruairi moves in with him and Ian for a while. Ian assures him it will be fine. Adam hopes he’s right. Lee’s in a panic. Helen, Henry and Jack are due back soon to see their newly decorated bedrooms, and he’s not ready. It’s Adam and Ian to the rescue, and the three of them soon have everything ship-shape and brightened up. Helen’s delighted – she can’t decide which of the two boys’ bedrooms she prefers. She’s glad Lee was allowed to keep the giant spider stencil he’d done on Jack’s ceiling; Jack loves it. And they agree that the siting, or concealing, of each of their more eclectic knick-knacks works for both of them. Helen assures Lee that she and the boys are very happy to have him with them. They’re all going to be alright.

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  • 26.05.2021
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    26/05/2021

    Lee’s grateful to Adam for dropping off some of Jennifer’s donated furniture. It’s so kind of Jennifer, when she has so much going on. He asks Adam for a second opinion on Jack’s newly painted bedroom. It’s done out in Spiderman colours, but they agree it looks very dark. Adam’s diplomatic about the finish and the shelves Lee’s put up using his new drill. He primes Ian before the two of them return to Beechwood later. They find an even worse scenario as Lee’s attempts to improve things have only exacerbated the situation. Ian pulls no punches on the paint job: Lee’s created Dracula’s man cave. Lee’s distraught. He wants to impress Helen’s boys but instead he’s letting them – and Helen – down. Kind-hearted Ian rashly offers to help with a makeover before Helen and the boys see it. Jennifer feels they’ve been part of Alice’s problem by normalising drinking. Brian disagrees. Jennifer feels helpless, and Ruairi steps in with an offer. He suggests Alice comes to Willow Cottage. He can move out to the Nest or in with friends. Brian and Jennifer don’t see this as an option – they don’t want him on his own at such a crucial time with his A level work. But they can definitely see the benefits of having Alice with them. It’s a conundrum – to which Brian thinks he might have a solution.

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  • 12.11.2020
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    Making Mince Pies with Jill Archer

    Join Jill in the kitchen at Brookfield as she makes a batch of her much loved mince pies

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