Hi everyone, a happy new year to all. Here is tonight's episode:
We begin at the Barlow's breakfast table, Blanche is scraping some extremely burnt toast (the kind I throw away and start again) and Ken ponders on what the new year will bring. Deirdre comments sourly that it will probably bring the same amount of misery as the past three years, when Blanche remarks that she might die, that would put a spring in Deirdre's step for the rest of the year! Ken and Deirdre are shocked, and protest, and there ensues an argument in which Blanche accuses Deirdre of not doing enough to persuade Tracy to keep the baby, and asks whether she cares who brings up her grandchild. The argument then quickly turns into one about the house that Blanche has bought for Tracy, which means that Deirdre will not get any inheritance when Blanche finally pops her clogs, and also about money, with Blanche saying that most children would look after their parents out of love, but Deirdre only has her there for the money. She then tosses her purse across the table at Deirdre, telling her to take it, saying she's only just realized what a money-grabber she is!
We then see Betty wandering into the back room of the pub, where Shelley and Sunita are sitting. Shelley wishes Betty a happy new year, but Betty doubts that it will be somehow. Sunita announces that she is going away, she needs space to think and she's going to Scotland for a few weeks. Shelley says she doesn't like the idea of Sunita wandering around brooding, and feels she needs to get back into routine as quickly as possible, it worked for her. She wonders if Ciaran has been getting at Sunita, but Sunita tells her it's not about him, it's about Dev, and she breaks down telling Shelley he's got Maya now.
Back at the Barlow's, Deirdre is pulling saucepans out of the cupboard to give to Tracy, who is standing studying an empty calendar and thinking about the year ahead. She tells Deirdre she's going to be 27 this year, and Deirdre tells her that Ken will be 65, she'll be going to bed with an old age pensioner! 'Eugh!' comments Tracy. She asks her mum if she's angry with her over the house business, and Deirdre tells her no, it's her gran she's cross with. In a rare moment of mother/daughter togetherness, Deirdre tells her she's glad she's going to be just down the street and maybe with not living in each other's pockets they won't fall out so much. She tells Tracy there's a couple of old chairs in the attic and she'll get Ken to bring them over later. Tracy thanks her mum for being there for her, and Deirdre tells her that she does love her, even if she makes it hard for her sometimes. 'Kids, who'd have 'em?' comments Tracy, somewhat ironically.
Over at the Battersby's, Kirk and Les are playing a video game, and Fizz is disgusted because Cilla has locked Chesney in his room for eating her chocolate liqueurs. Cilla tells her if he wants to get drunk he can spend his pocket money on shandy like other kids! (Brilliant!) Fizz asks what pocket money, she doesn't give him any! Cilla tells her to shut up and read her out her horoscope for the coming year. Fizz tells her to go and get her own paper, and when Cilla reminds her that this is the season of goodwill, Fizz wonders if she should go and tell Chesney that through the keyhole! Les then pipes up that he will tell Cilla her future - plenty of action with her stud (him?) and her own pub by Easter! When Fred Elliot sees her running rings round Shelley he'll sack her and put Cilla in charge. (Talk about love being blind!) When Fizz asks how he's worked all this out, he tells her he's trying to persuade her mum to work there. Cilla says she's enjoying being between jobs, and Fizz tells Les she was between jobs for four years once.
At the Barlow's, Betty has come to dinner and all four of them are eating their meal wearing paper hats from crackers. Ken asks Betty if Shelley is looking after her all right and Betty says she is, but it's not the same as home. Blanche says that's how she feels, this used to be her home but not any more. Deirdre is cross and asks how she can compare herself to Betty who has practically lost everything. They then start to argue yet again, and Blanche tells Betty that Deirdre can't wait to get her hands on the small pittance that she's scrimped and saved for all her life. Deirdre tells her she's bought a house, if she wants to see a pittance she should look at Deirdre's savings book. Blanche tells her she should have married Ken, then his house would be half hers. Ken butts in and says it is half Deirdre's and will be hers when he dies, and Blanche then tells a rather bewildered Betty that now Deirdre is planning Ken's death! Deirdre storms out in disgust.
In the Rover's, Fred is testing the microphone for the forthcoming auction of promises. Bev says quietly to Ciaran that now he's single again there's nothing to stop them meeting up, it can be their little secret. Ciaran says yes there is, he doesn't want to have little secrets with her, he enjoyed their time together but it was a one off, no repeats. Bev, a trifle miffed, says that now they know where they stand.
Sunita has gone to the corner shop to see Dev and is asking him to keep her job open. He says of course he will, he'll give Todd some extra shifts. She says she needs to get away, and he asks 'From me?' she tells him 'from everything'. He assures her her job and the flat above the shop will be there for her. She tells him she's made a right mess of everything, but he tells her it would have been more of a mess if she'd married him. Sunita points out that this is the second marriage she has run away from, how many more chances is she going to get? He clasps her hand tenderly, but she jumps up, saying she can't do this, and leaves.
In the pub, Fred is beginning the auction. First up is Harry, who will, as Fred puts it, 'make your knobs shine and clear all your nooks and crannies!' The bidding for Harry finally closes at 12 pounds from Blanche, who is quick to point out she wants him to clean No. 7 for Tracy. (I thought she'd already cleaned it several times herself!) She says that Deirdre cleans No. 1, well, if you can call just pushing the duster round cleaning. Deirdre, sitting with Ken, hears all this and is obviously furious.
Out in the street, Tracy sees Betty sitting on the bench. Betty confides that she feels in the way at the Rovers. She knows from watching the news on TV that there's a lot worse off than she is, but right now it doesn't feel like it, she feels she can't get much lower. Tracy asks about Betty's son, but is told that he doesn't want her, or at least his wife doesn't. She tells Tracy that it's her own fault, and when Tracy asks how that can be, Betty tells her how she wasn't married to her son's father and she gave Gordon to her sister to bring up, as she couldn't have children of her own. But, she tells Tracy, it was awful seeing him grow up not knowing who she was, he found out in his twenties. Tracy tells Betty that people keep telling her she will regret giving her baby away, and what does Betty think? Betty tells her that not a day goes by without her regretting what she did, but she will just have to bear it until the day she dies.
Back in the Rover's, Fizz is accusing Candice of being addled for paying thirty quid for a date with Jason Grimshaw, and Norris is offering a service of choosing greetings cards for people and bringing them round at the right time, all addressed and everything, just needing to be signed. Blanche asks what if they don't like the card he's chosen? But Norris assures them he has impeccable taste. The bidding starts, but gets no higher than Rita's one pound.
Meanwhile, Tracy has brought Betty into the bar and tells her to go and sit down while she gets her a drink, it's her good deed for the year. Ciaran serves her, and has he's bringing her the drinks, Bev asks, rather acidly, if Tracy's more his type. Ciaran tells her not to be like that. Serving Tracy, he says he can't remember if he kissed her or not the night before, and she tells he he couldn't have because he would have remembered if he had.
Ken and Deirdre are talking about Blanche and the house she bought. Ken points out that at least she didn't leave it to a dogs home or something like that.
Les steps up to be auctioned, he'll do anything. Cilla says it was her idea, she doesn't think anyone but her will bid, so he'll be hers all day and she won't let him out of the bedroom. Les starts the bidding and she bids five pounds, but is horrified when Janice pops up and bids seven pounds and 30 pence. Janice wins, and tells Eileen that the look on Cilla's face makes it worth every penny. Cilla wants to know what Janice's game is, but Fizz tells her she probably just wants to boss him around. Cilla is not convinced, thinks there's more to it, and Les is a saint! She knows how to put a smile on his face though, and asks Shelley if she's looking to take on any staff behind the bar. Shelley tells her to come and see her tomorrow.
Steve is next up to be auctioned. He's promising to chauffer someone in style for a night out in Manchester anywhere they want to go. Tracy and Karen end up in a bidding war, and the price goes up to 150 pounds, with Karen winning. When Deirdre asks Tracy what she's up to, she says she just wanted to raise some serious money for Auntie Emily's hospital.
Ciaran quietly asks Tracy what that was all about, and then guesses that the person Tracy kissed the night before was Steve. Tracy eventually confides in Ciaran that she loves Steve, and has had a major crush on him since they were kids.
Steve has a quiet word with Karen, aghast that she's offered 150 pounds.
Blanche is talking to her friends, saying how unpredictable her granddaughter is. Norris wonders if she's that unpredictable, then she might sell the house. Blanche announces loudly that although she's bought the house for Tracy, it's her name on the deeds. Deirdre, who just happens to be walking past at that moment, hears all this. She tells Blanche that this is all just a grand gesture, she's giving Tracy nothing. Blanche protests that she's giving Tracy her independence. In the ensuing argument, in the pub, in front of all Blanche's friends, (Rita, Norris, Emily etc) Deirdre loudly exclaims that she's glad Blanche has bought the house, she tells her: 'Pack your bags, Mother, now that you own a house you don't need to live in mine any more!' There's a stunned silence, and Blanche's face drops a mile!
And that's it for today!
There's only one Daran Little, I say there's only one Daran Little.
Events in Weatherfield are copyright Granada TV, sponsors (sadly) Cadbury's Creme Eggs as it appears it is already Easter, writer the one, the only Daran Little and Director Oliver Horsbrugh.
Tonight in the Street events are dominated by wars between mothers (Blanche, Cilla, Deirdre) and daughters (Deirdre, Tracy and Fiz). And the atmosphere is electric as Daran provides those concerned with the ammunition.
So without ado we join the action in no 1 where Blanche is complaining to Ken about her treatment by Deirdre; the latter arrives ready to attend induction on her new job. Blanche demands an apology which Deirdre offers - for doing it in public - but if Blanche owns no 7 then she can live there! Later Blanche seeks a sympathetic ear at the Kabin. Neither Rita or Norris pay much attention. Blanche makes it quite clear that she is going to ensure Deirdre begs her to stay.
Norris has to copy out Rita's address book as he is going to provide birthday cards in advance of each birthday and Daran reminds us of the extensive list of Rita's boyfriends, a slight slip here - Norris knew Anthony Stevens but appears not to remember the name.
Brenda Fearns is looking after Bethany for the day, allegedly at the sales. Her remaining grip on reality appears to be slipping as she chides Jason and Todd for the way they discuss Candice who has "bought" a date with Jason. Jason reckons Candice is looking better! As Brenda and Bethany depart they meet Gail and Brenda who runs down both Todd and Gail. Brenda says that some people do not deserve to have children. She departs somewhat upset.
Fiz asks Janice if any flats are available for Kirk - she wants to get him away from Cilla. In answer to a question Fiz tells Janice how worked up Cilla is over Janice winning Les in the auction. Fiz also tells us for the first time about Billy who is in the Army - they do not know where he is - and Cilla had her nails done rather than go to Fiz's nan's funeral.
Roy and Hayley discuss decorating the spare room and buying a cot. Tracy wanders in to collect Ciaran - they are going shopping together for furniture.
A little later Cilla arrives in the corner shop and runs into Janice. Cilla accuses Janice of wanting Les back - she left him to go off with his best mate and no that someone else is showing interest she wants to pick up again. Janice puts on her really evil face (you have to see it to believe it - I am still scared, has she ever made a horror movie?) and tells Cilla that she is wild with jealousy and she is not going to be warned by a "common tart". Cilla denies she is common when Janice interrupts and tells her to look in the mirror. Fiz is one of Janice's best mates - she is watching Cilla and she will not let Cilla take Les for a ride. She calls Cilla a nothing and orders her out of her way.
Deirdre returns home to find cases waiting in the hall, Blanche explains she would have gone but cannot find her certificates. Blanche will not stay where she is not wanted. Deirdre does not hate her mother - but asks Blanche to imagine how she felt on Xmas Day - over gloves for Deirdre and a house for Tracy. Blanche says that the house is going to be in her name - Tracy will only inherit on her death. Blanche almost talks Deirdre round and the latter says she does not have to go after all. Deirdre tells Blanche to put the kettle on and she will put the cases away. As Deirdre picks up the cases she finds they are empty - clearly Blanche had no intention of leaving. Deirdre wakes up as she realises she has been had and instructs Blanche to pack properly and depart. So far Deirdre is 2 - 0 up - will it last?
Ashley is visiting Maxine's grave and admits that she has been taped over. As Ashley departs he finds Bethany and asks if she is lost. Brenda arrives and tells him to take her hands off her "daughter". After asking some questions Ashley returns Bethany to Brenda who departs (so no going to the sales then). Ashley later reports these events to Sarah but is not sure if he mis-heard daughter / grand-daughter.
Back at No 1, Blanche is telling Deirdre some home truths. Blanche reckons that having her their meant that she did not have to face being in a rut - and the age difference with Ken being 65 this year is making Deirdre old before her time. Blanche is told to finish her packing and go.
Tracy and Ciaran have a discussion. Apparently Tracy had a crush on Steve McDonald when they were both growing up on the Street.
Norris recites much of Rita's history as he tries to prove that he knows her well. Nice Daran touch. Fiz takes the opportunity to tell Shelley about how (un)reliable Cilla is and Shelley takes notice. Fiz later tells Cilla about this conversation and how she cannot get a job. Cilla responds in kind - perhaps Kirk should know about her staying overnight with Tyrone and calls her a mucky cow. Cilla will teach Fiz to call her a thief. (Oops bit unlucky there Fiz).
Candice and Jason have got along reasonably well during the date but she does not take him up for coffee. She explains she is grown up and is a different person. They can go out again - tomorrow.
Ken and Deirdre discuss Blanche - she pushes Deirdre to the end. Blanche will collect the rest of her stuff tomorrow. Blanche departs leaving Deirdre feeling guilty - and she loves Ken. Ken re-assures her. They have got the house to themselves.
Tracy is creating "Home Sweet Home" and Blanche arrives saying she has been thrown out.
And best news of all - in the UK it would appear that we are at last getting a nation wide terrestrial omnibus edition of the Street on Saturdays.
Much better this week as we have moved away from some un-realistic stories and there is greater focus on characters. Well done everyone.
Kosmo Richard W
Hello everyone and a Happy New Year to you all.
We start tonight at no 7 with Blanche and Tracy. Tracy is complaining about sharing a bed with her grandmother and the fact that every time she woke up there was a pair of teeth in a glass staring at her. Tracy is trying to persuade Blanche that she would be better of at Deirdre's. Tracy's face lights up when Blanche says that she has a solution and that they will not longer be sharing a bed. Only to be let down again by Blanche saying that she is getting her own bed delivered.
In the street Sarah bumps into Gail and mentions Brenda Fearns ö she mentions that she is a bit worried about Brenda and offers to look after Bethany if needed. For once she didn't do it in a typical Gail way and this leaves Sarah worried about what she has said.
Janice knocks on Les's door and says that she has come to claim him and wants him in Roy's Rolls by 10.00am so she can give him his jobs for the day. Cilla comes out wanting to know what is going on. Les goes off to receive his orders. Cilla then attempts to blackmail Fizz and say that she wants her to look after Chesney more otherwise she will tell Kirk all about her and Tyrone. Fizz tells her that nothing went on and she can tell him as she refuses to be blackmailed.
Tracy is still manipulating Blanche into thinking that Deirdre wants her back at home and goes on about Deirdre confessing to Tracy how much she misses her and how important the mother daughter bond is to her. The whole story backfires on her though when Blanche says that it will make Deirdre realize how much she misses her.
Les walks into the cafŽ to be told that Janice has sub-let him for the day and all the girls in the factory are having a piece of him. He tries to say no but then Karen tells him that Steve is his boss and he doesn't like it when she is upset, Angela says that Tommy is very worked up at the moment and doesn't have an excuses and so basically he bottles out of refusing and gets to work.
Sarah is discussing the conversation that she had with Gail to Todd and is going to tell Brenda not to take Bethany to the cemetery any more.
Fizz is talking to Tyrone in the cafŽ and she tells him that her mum saw her leaving his house. He panics and tells her to sort it out with Kirk and demands that she goes and sees him and then he runs out of the cafŽ because he doesn't want to be seen with her.
Meanwhile Cilla is sitting on the sofa and in walks Kirk. He is working at the kennels and has come home to go to the pub with Les for his dinner. She tells him that Les is doing his chores for Janice and offers him a fry up which he readily accepts. She then tells him that she was meant to tell him something but she cant think what it is ö oh yes she says I remember ·..
We then go to the cafŽ and Maria has ordered herself a green salad as she is on a diet as part of her new years resolution. Fizz comes in asking after Kirk and is relieved when Maria tells her that he is at the kennels ö she orders herself pie and double chips to celebrate. Blanche then comes into the cafŽ and tells Hayley that she has now moved into No 7 and will therefore influence Tracy in her decision making and the only way that either Roy or Hayley will get to be with her grandchild is when he/ she is a customer. Hayley is fuming at this comment but Roy calms her down and tells her to be patient. He says that they must get everything in place ready for the baby, as it is clear that Blanche knows nothing about the money.
Back with Cilla and she has finished telling lies about Tyrone and Fizz ö he is clearly very upset and she pretends to be sincere but has a nasty snide look on her face.
Tracy is now trying to manipulate Deirdre into thinking that Blanche is missing her and gives her a long sob story about how Blanche opened up to her about the mother/ daughter bond.
Over at Sarah and Todd's ö Bethany has told Sarah that Brenda told her that she would not be wanted once the new baby arrives. They are both appalled at this and decide that they no longer want Brenda to visit.
Blanche lets herself into Deirdre's and so Deirdre thinks she has come back and she starts being nice to her. Blanche accuses her of being drunk and they find out that Tracy has been trying to trick them both so she can have the house to herself ö they end up rowing.
Kirk goes to see Maria and asks if Fizz was with her on Christmas night ö no is the answer. He then goes and sits on the bench outside the house. Les comes along and he tells Les that Fizz is having an affair. Les tells him that he has still got him (very touching scene).
Back at Tracy's more lies from her and Blanche lets her carry on with her stories of how sad Deirdre is. She then tells her that she has seen Deirdre who showed no sign of wanting her back. Tracy then says that she may want to sell the house and move from Weatherfield. She is gob smacked when Blanche tells her that she cant ö it is her house until Blanche dies and then it will be left to Tracy in her will. Tracy looks far from pleased.
Sarah and Todd attempt to tell Brenda to stay away from Bethany who goes a bit creepy and says that they are alienating her from her grandparents. Todd becomes assertive and tells her to GO NOW and she scuttles out of the door.
Candice is in the Rovers and Jason asks if she is ready ö she has decided to treat him mean and orders another drink ö as soon as he has gone to the bar she asks Fizz's advice and asks if she should be more friendly. Fizz tells her to carry on how she is.
Kirk then comes in and he asks if she is having an affair ö she looks flummoxed and of course all this is witnessed by Cilla who looks delighted.
Back at Sarah and Todd's they are making themselves feel better with a cup of tea and Sarah wonders whether there will be any repercussions. Todd assures her that there won't be ö and of course we then pan down the street and a mad looking Brenda Fearns is looking up at the window.
Fizz and Kirk are back on the bench. She tries to explain what happened and why she didn't tell him. They kiss and make up which of course is witnessed by Cilla who attempts to stir things up. She lies about seeing Tyrone and Fizz kissing. Kirk asks Fizz if she kissed Tyrone which she can't deny. Cilla then tells him that Fizz is not worth it and puts her arm round him and leads him off. Boo hiss to Cilla.
HI everyone, here is the first episode of the evening:
We start off in Todd and Sarah's flat, he's about to leave for work. He asks Sarah if she's all right, he thinks she had a bad night, that the situation with Brenda got to her. Sarah tells him of course Brenda got to her, she'd get to anybody, but she doesn't want to talk about her. He agrees, but says they might need the occasional babysitter, and Bethany does have another grandma. Sarah says they'll make do.
Over at the Barlow's, Deirdre is agonising over what to wear for her first day at work, and asking Ken, who is eating his breakfast, to help her choose. When he does make a choice she demands to know why he chose that, and then scolds him when he doesn't have an answer. Ken, forever the diplomat, tells her that whatever she chooses will be perfect, because she's perfect for the job and they are lucky to have her.
Sarah, on her way out of the front door with Bethany, meets Brenda hanging around outside. Sarah demands to know what she's doing there, and when Brenda says she thought she might take Bethany to nursery, Sarah asks if she heard a word she said the day before. She tells Brenda she was ranting and raving, and Brenda admits she may have got a bit carried away and said too much. She tries to kiss Bethany and Sarah pulls Beth away and tells her not to touch her ever again. She picks up Bethany and hurries off. All this has been witnessed by Emily Bishop, and when Brenda is left crying, Emily comes over and asks if she can help. She recognizes Brenda from a Christmas function at the church, and introduces herself. She is somewhat puzzled when Brenda tells her she is Bethany's gran, but Brenda explains that her son was Bethany's father but he died recently. Emily takes Brenda off for a cup of tea.
Janice is knocking on Les's front door. Cilla sticks her head out of an upstairs window and bellows that they're not in. Janice, grinning, asks if she'll tell her man she has another little job for him, nothing too taxing, she knows how tired he gets. She tells a furious Cilla she'll pop back at lunch time.
Maria and Fizz are in their flat. Maria asks what's wrong, and Fizz tells her Kirk has dumped her. Maria is incredulous, she knows Kirk is mad about Fizz, he even prefers her to his greyhounds! Fizz explains that Kirk thinks she has cheated on him with Tyrone, but he's got the wrong end of the stick. Tyrone is his best mate, they wouldn't do anything. She tells Maria that her mum has been winding Kirk up, so Maria tells her she'll sort him out and she should meet her in the Rover's at dinner time.
Meanwhile, over at the Battersby's, Cilla is still stirring things with Kirk. She tells him there's only two type of women, the sort you put on Christmas trees, and the other. Les turns round from dismantling the Christmas tree and offers to tell Cilla which type she is. She smiles sweetly at him, and then tells Kirk that unfortunately these things don't run in families.
Over in the cafe, Emily is having a heart to heart with Brenda. She asks her if she's spoken to her minister, he could help. Brenda asks if he'll help her get Bethany back, but Emily meant help with the grieving for her son. Brenda tells her she's trying to save the soul of a little child. Emily is still pressing for her to speak to her minister when Sarah walks in. After apologizing to Roy, who is very busy and somewhat flustered, she's just taking her coat off when Emily comes over for a quiet word. Sarah asks who's side she's on, Brenda is mad, all she does is take Bethany to weep over her son's grave, and that it's freaking out her and Todd and mostly Bethany. Then, if she stands up to her, Brenda turns horrible. Emily returns to the table and tells Brenda that Sarah's young, she'll calm down given time and she's sure everything will work out in the end, (however, she looks doubtful!) Brenda nods, and leaves.
Charlie the builder is giving Jack a quote of two thousand pounds for the repairs to the extension and the damage done by Terry's fridge. Jack is horrified, and asks whether he couldn't just put some floral paper over it all. Charlie tells him he can only give him till this afternoon to make his mind up before he commits to another job. He goes off, leaving Jack to think about selling the giant fridge to raise some money to pay for the damage it caused.
In the Kabin, Rita is fed up with Norris sending cards to people she hasn't seen for years, because they have been they are writing back threatening to visit. She demands her address book back, but Norris is reluctant, and tells her that if she would give her more information about the recipients he would be more able to fulfill his function. Rita says she doesn't want him to fulfill his function, she wants him to give it her back. Emily comes in and Norris complains that Rita is trying to renege on her auction prize, which after all, was for charity. Rita tells him she'd pay for his inaction, in fact some days she thinks that's all she does! Emily is looking 'pasty' according to Norris, and she says she's had a trying morning. She doesn't think the auction raised that much money. Harry, who has just come in, turns round and asks how much it did raise. Emily hasn't totted it all up yet, but it's never enough, the hospital always needs more money. Harry wonders if she has ever thought of running a charity shop.
Jack has gone over to the cafe and is trying to sell a rather harassed Roy the enormous fridge. He tells him it's the Taj Mahal of the frozen world and people would come from miles around just to look at it! Roy, waving his arms around, tells Jack he's not interested in people coming on some sort of refrigerator pilgrimage, he wants them to buy the all day breakfast. Just then Sarah comes past, and one of the aforementioned all day breakfasts ends up on the floor, plate smashed. Ken comes up to the counter, and just as Jack begins his selling technique, Ken tells him that if it's too big for Jack's house, it's too big for his. Roy asks Ken if Deirdre started her new job, and suggests that Ken has a hot meal waiting for her when she gets home. Ken says he'll give it a try.
Out in the street, Maria sees Kirk helping Les take down the exterior Christmas decorations. She asks what he's playing at, giving Fizz the elbow. He tells her that Fizz means nothing to him, ever since she slept with his best mate. Maria assures him that Fizz did not sleep with him, just went round there for a Christmas drink. Les, at the top of the ladder, sees Tyrone coming down the street with Jack. He shouts 'Oi you!' and asks if Kirk's girl slept round his place on Christmas night. Tyrone sheepishly nods that she did. Maria then drags Kirk off to the Rovers to sort it out, leaving Les shouting at the top of his ladder. Janice and Fizz come along just then, and Janice offers to help. Les doesn't trust her, and then Cilla comes out of house. Janice tells her she's got a job for Les, signing the divorce papers. Les tries to hurry down the ladder, slips on the wiring for the lights, and ends up hanging upside down on the ladder, his head only inches from the ground. Janice and Cilla look unperturbed, as if this is normal behaviour, which I suppose it is. Janice says that when Les has finished rolling around on the ground with Santa, could Cilla get him to take the papers to the Rover's. She thrusts the envelope at Cilla and walks off.
Over in the pub, Maria is taking her brother's side, and asking Fizz why she didn't tell her she stayed over with Tyrone on Christmas night. Fizz said it wasn't really staying over, she just got drunk and fell asleep on the sofa, and when she woke up it was Boxing Day. Kirk says that's staying over. Fizz tells him not to get clever with her now, but Maria says he has a point.
Les comes in with the divorce papers for Janice. Although he'd always said he'd never sign, he's changed his mind. He's found happiness and he wants her to as well. Janice buys him a pint.
Back at their table, Fizz tells Kirk he must be stupid to believe what her mum says. Maria asks why her mum would make up something like that. Fizz reckons it's because she's her mum. Maria scoffs that doesn't make sense and marches out, Kirk leaves the table and goes to talk to Les at the bar. Les tells him there's plenty more fish in the sea, but to be careful what he picks.
Jack is talking to Tyrone in the cafe. Tyrone tells him Kirk is his mate, and Jack tells him to let him give Tyrone a smack or two, and next time to do what he didn't do, at least he'd have some fun.
Todd has come in the cafe, and Roy tells him that so far Sarah has cost him three plates, two cups and an all day breakfast with black pudding. He asks Todd if he would take Sarah off somewhere 'of a therapeutic nature'. Todd is pleased and agrees readily.
Over in the pub, Janice is asking Fizz what it is with her mam. Fizz tells her that Cilla just wants everything. She swoops in like a cuckoo, and she's taken over Kirk because she's jealous of what he and Fizz had.
Blanche and Harry have just stepped out of No. 7. Blanche asks if there are any problems with the house, but Harry tells her there's no dry rot, no death watch beetle. The house is nice. He leaves and Jack comes along and tries to sell her the fridge. She tells him she already has one. As he goes, along comes Ken, with shopping bags. Blanche asks if Deirdre left him a list, and he tells her he's trying to support her daughter. Blanche tells him that she's trying to support Deirdre's daughter, and her unborn grandchild.
Fizz is knocking on Cilla's door, she wants to have it out with her, and it's answered by Cilla in a face mask. Janice falls about laughing. Cilla warns Fizz not to make her laugh, the mask cost a fortune, and lets her in.
At the nursery, Bethany is told it's time to go, Brenda has arrived to take her for a fictitious dental appointment. (Ooooh err!!!)
Fizz is questioning Cilla, why doesn't she like to see her happy? Would she please just tell Kirk the truth. Cilla, filing her nails, is keeping her face blank and expressionless behind the face pack. Fizz gets more and more aggravated. 'Why?' she asks her, 'Why are you doing this to me?' Eventually Cilla laughs, and the face pack cracks all over. She blames Fizz, naturally.
Jack is demonstrating the virtues of the enormous fridge to Charlie, showing him how the light goes on and off when the door is opened and closed. Charlie points out that they all do that, but agrees to take it off Jack's hands. Jack is ecstatic until he realises that Charlie is not offering to do the whole job in return for the fridge, just offering to knock five hundred pounds off the bill. Jack is crestfallen.
Sarah and Todd have arrived at the nursery to collect Bethany, and are horrified to learn that Brenda has already taken her, supposedly to a dental appointment. The nursery let her go because Brenda's name is on Sarah's list of people who can pick Bethany up. Sarah tells them to take Brenda's name off the list.
Meanwhile, Brenda and Bethany are in the graveyard, putting fresh flowers on Neil's grave. Brenda is talking to Bethany about her real daddy, and asks if Bethany would like to meet him. She tells Bethany she'll take her there, and Bethany will love him, cross her heart and hope to die...............
And on that gripping note, we finish this episode!
Welcome to tonight's second episode, sponsored by Cadbury's Creme Eggs, which, as everyone knows, is appropriate fare for Martin Luther King Day, Chinese New Year, Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Mardi Gras, and Persian New Year, as well as Easter. There's a real treat in store as the scriptwriters reveal just how Norris will be written out -- he'll be taken out by a crazed fan who can't stand him any more -- just as soon as I find where I put my axe.
As the episode opens we see Brenda and Bethany together in the cemetery. Brenda tells the child that she and her daddy have a special bond that can't be broken and tells her they are going to a special place.
In the Battersby-Brown-Sutherland household, Battersby and Brown are trying to cheer up Sutherland, but Kirk of that ilk will have none of it. "What's Tyrone got that you haven't?" asks Les. "Fiz." Les reminds him that the only people who stuck by him when he was in prison were Kirk and Fiz, so that proves Kirk can be strong. He urges Kirk to fight for what he believes is his and tells him no-one wants to see him called Kirk The Loser, and if he is he'll bring shame on the house.
In the church, Brenda lights candles for herself and for Bethany, so Bethany's father will know they are there. She tells Beth that their lives are like candles and will flicker and disappear, but that doesn't matter, because when their flames disappear, so does their pain and suffering and they will be reborn.
Over to the Duckworths', where Very arrives home from Blackpool to find Charlie just starting to rebuild her kitchen, despite her expecting it to be done well before now. "Whoever put up this extension wasn't fit to build a Wendy house," he tells her. Jack tries to explain to her that the answer has several layers, but Vera is having none of it. "Never mind about layers, where's me fridge?" Jack, proving that he reads more in those papers than the racing pages, explains carefully that in order to pay for the repairs they have had to "release some funds". To Vera's protestations he says: "It's no good expecting me to be sitting here like Captain Scott in me thermals. We 'ad to pay 'im up front!" "It's the way I work," nods Charlie. Then they tell Vera that it's Charlie who's bought the fridge, and she shouts they've been sewn up. "Stitched up," corrects Jack, breaking the news to her that Charlie wants £1500 for the job. And with Vera's "WHAT?!!?" still ringing in our ears we move to...
Brenda's house, where Todd and Sarah have been peering in the windows and talking to a neighbour trying to find out whether Brenda is at home. Sarah is sure she is and persuades Todd to break a window to get in.
We next see Ken talking to Charlie in Charlie's yard, which seems to be just over the road from Fred's butcher shop, which I think would put it halfway inside the bookies, but let's not quibble... Ken introduces himself for no reason that I can see and tells him he's just bought some lamb chops which he's going to cook for his wife, Deirdre (yes, I know you know that, but Charlie seems to have missed meeting any of the locals in the Rovers, or at least Ken thinks he has). Charlie says he's just removing some sheets of asbestos roofing and when Ken expresses concern, jokes that he will remove them carefully and dump them in some farmer's field when no-one is looking.
Janice and Fiz have been to the chippie and have a go at Maria outside the salon. Janice warns Maria not to judge everyone else by her own standards.
In Brenda's house, Todd is looking at a picture and tries to stop Sarah seeing it. She is horrified. It is a photo of Bethany holding a photograph of a young Neil wearing teddy pyjamas just like those that Brenda gave to Bethany. Feel free to read that sentence again. Sarah is starting to panic and says it's six o' clock, but Todd convinces her that Brenda will have lost track of the time again and is probably back at their flat with Bethany.
He's wrong. Brenda and Bethany are still in the church. And I just want to say that Bethany (either Amy or Emily Walton) is sometimes such a good little actress that I wonder if there's some sort of trick -- hypnotism, or whips, or a really really short adult actress -- to getting her to say and do the right thing. Maybe it's just the promise of all those Creme Eggs. Anyway, in the church, Brenda is telling her that she has lost everyone she ever cared about and Bethany is also going to suffer loss when her parents get a new baby and forget her. But she and Bethany can go and be with Bethany's daddy and all three of them can be together. "I want you to be ever so brave for me, Bethany. There's nothing to worry about. You and me, we're going to heaven." [and of course this is where the break and the reminder about Creme Eggs comes]
Back in Weatherfield, Sarah and Todd are coming out of their flat and
thinking about where Brenda might have taken Bethany. They decide to try the
cemetery and a handy bus pulls up. But they have no money left. Norris is
passing by, carefully carrying what appears to be takeaway food.
Asking the driver to wait (this is Soapland, so he does), Sarah asks,
"Norris, can we lend two quid off you?"
"I may lend. You may . . . " says Norris.
"I may lend. You may . . . "
"It's urgent!" says Sarah.
"Oh, granted," says Norris. "It's one of those common grammatical errors that really niggle me." He opens his mouth to say more, but Todd (he almost went to Oxford, you know) catches on.
"Borrow. Borrow. Can we borrow two quid?" He explains the whole situation in two sentences.
As the bus driver parps the horn, Norris hands over the money and Sarah and Todd leap into the bus. "Don't mention it," says Norris. That crash you hear, gentle reader, is the sound of my pen hitting the television screen.
In the Rovers, Janice has a go at Cilla about Kirk. Cilla snipes back and
calls Janice a top notch home wrecker. For those of you without a moving
picture of Cilla, you have to imagine her with lips curled in a sneer as she
says this, and with her lower jaw working as if she's chewing steel.
Vera comes in, followed by Jack and Tyrone and Les moves into place behind
Kirk. Then begins a round of "My surrogate son is bigger than your surrogate
Kirk and Tyrone get out one sentence each before Les and Vera take over.
Les warns Tyrone.
Betty warns Les.
Vera warns Kirk.
Jack warns Les he's picked the wrong day.
"And you picked the wrong fella to make a fool out of," Les tells Tyrone.
"And you'll live to regret it."
"Yeah," pipes up Kirk.
Ken is in the Kabin talking to Emily and Norris.
"So, six minutes each side," he says. I'm sure we've seen Ken cooking
before, but maybe his memory is starting to go. He's still clutching that
packet of lamb chops, even though some time has passed (Fiz and Janice have
finished their chips and have been in the pub long enough to order and drink
most of their pints, and it's taken him all this time to wander past his own
house and down to the Kabin, presumably looking for someone who knows
exactly how long it takes to grill a lamb chop. And surely he had the
shopping bags in the previous episode?).
"Yes," says Emily. Six minutes if you like the lamb on the pink side. She explains she was distracted by something Norris said.
"Did I interrupt?" asks Ken.
"No, I wouldn't want to be responsible for your lamb not cooking properly," Norris says.
Ken leaves as Harry comes in. Emily explains that they have been discussing the problem of Brenda disappearing with Bethany. As she explains, Emily gets an idea.
"She's on a roll, you see," Norris explains. "She's just helped Ken with his lamb." Whack, as my notebook hits him in the face! Emily doesn't notice my distress, and carries on telling Harry that Brenda seemed to find comfort only in the church. She orders Norris to go and check the cemetery, and says she'll check the church. Norris is taken aback but obeys her.
In the pub, Les is still playing the pitiful bully, mouthing off about
Tyrone. Betty tells him he's already had one warning.
Les says it takes two to argue, and Tyrone is shaking in his boots.
"Oh, yeah, that's right," says Tyrone.
"Kirk's a grown man and can stick up for hisself," Vera says.
"Yeah, he can," says Les. He says that if Kirk won't take Tyrone outside, he'll do it himself. Vera replies that if he does, it'll be Les who's being scraped off the pavement. Jack hustles her away. "Well done, son," Les tells Kirk. "That's how to earn respect." In a booth, Steve and Karen are talking about wedding arrangements. Her sister and a cousin have agreed to be bridesmaids and will look stunning in the photographs. Steve says Andy has agreed to come back from Spain to be his best man.
Elsewhere in the pub, Deirdre is talking to a workmate who also lives in the area. They are fast becoming great pals.
At the church, Brenda and Bethany emerge on to the roof and Brenda says a prayer for Bethany. "Behold I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me." (Psalm 51:5). It looks like a long way down.
In No 1, Ken is opening a bottle of wine and carefully cooking the chops with a timer.
Emily enters the church and calls out, but no-one answers. Then she sees the two candles burning.
At the Duckworths', Vera confesses to Tyrone that she has taken her engagement ring to the pawnbroker to help pay for the repairs. It cost Jack £400 but she got only £225. She says she wished for Terry to remember her at Christmas, but all she wanted was a card or some chocolates. "Be careful what you wish for," she tells Tyrone. "You could end up with a broken heart."
Emily leaves the church but hears a voice and looks up to see Brenda above.
In the cemetery Sarah and Todd have found the fresh flowers on Neil's grave. They argue. Todd tells her that Brenda doesn't want revenge, she wants Bethany.
Emily climbs the stairs in the church and arrives on the roof. "Leave us alone," shouts Brenda. "You're not welcome here." Emily speaks very reasonably and tells Brenda she thinks it's time Bethany went home. She offers to take her so Brenda will not have to face Sarah's anger. "She's staying with me," says Brenda. "You know that only the Lord can grant second chances." She lifts Bethany up to the edge of the parapet. Emily screams "Brenda, please!" and the credits roll.
Happy New Year All!
An emotional roller-coaster tonight!!
Tonight's episode not surprisingly begins with Todd and Sarah at the Cemetery trying to find Batty Brenda and Bethany. All they come across though is Norris who tells them that Emily has gone to St Saviours Church thinking that Brenda may be there with Bethany. Todd (about time as well) suggests it is about time the Police were called.
Meanwhile at the church - Brenda is on the edge (literally and metaphorically) of the tower, Emily is there as well and is trying to talk her into handing Bethany over. Brenda's ex-husbands carrying on and then the divorce followed by the death of her son has tipped her to the edge and she is going to go to a better place taking Bethany with her. Emily becomes aware of why Brenda is there when she tells Brenda that her son is dead and with the camera closing in on Brenda she tells Emily "no - he's gone to eternal life - a better place than this one".
Chesney and a couple of his friends are (I nearly left the "r" out of friends - although maybe fiends is more appropriate...) in the Kabin, Rita is there by herself and is keen to shut up shop, after some cheek from Chesney she tries to get them out as they start throwing packets of crisps about, luckily Fiz comes in now and chucks Chesney out and is followed by the other two.
At Les's Kirk still looks miserable and is being pestered by Les to go and sort out Tyrone. Les the well known counselor proceeds to part his wisdom on to Kirk, who would have got up and thumped Tyrone then if not for some unusually mature guidance from Cilla.
Back at the church - the situation seems to have degenerated somewhat - Brenda is now is tears and Emily is doing a good job of placating her. Brenda also seems to have lost it with the church as well as her divorced husband was allowed to get married again in church. The police turn up now, Brenda thinks Emily has called them.
Ken is cooking the rather well-done lamb chops and rings Deirdre at work to tell her to get home quick before the chops end up like the ones I cook - charcoal!
Deirdre is at the Rovers and Bev is asking her how the first day went.
Also at the bar Fiz and Tyrone are having a drink, Tyrone still wants to be a mate of Kirks and Fiz's as well.
Deirdre is telling Bev about the planning dept. when Fred sticks his oar in and says nothing nice about local govt. employees. Charlie Stubbs is there as well - (my God does he fancy Deirdre!!) and after a bit of banter offers to buy her a drink.
Ken rushes in now, minus apron and street cred, to tell Deirdre to get home for dinner!
The police have asked for negotiator and an ambulance just in case of any problems as there are doubts about the mental health of Brenda. Sarah, followed by Norris and Todd turn up now, with Sarah sounding more and more nasal by the minute. The police tell Sarah to shut up and stop shouting (well done chaps) as this could disturb the already disturbed Brenda even more.
At the church tower Emily is continuing to try and talk sense into Brenda, a good choice putting Emily in the firing line here as both her and Brenda have a cut and thrust session quoting bible passages at each other.
At the Rovers - Karen is trying to get Steve to do the chauffeur job as per the promise night. Fred also is trying to get £25 for a night out with Jason Grimshaw.
Back at the church - Sarah is demanding the police do something and Todd mentions Brenda's behaviour, police don't seem too interested, Sarah who has managed to keep quiet for about 10 seconds starts up again and plans to make an SAS style assault on the tower until she stopped by the police. Unfortunately Brenda has heard all the shouting as well and looks positively demonic.
A bit of humour now as Kirk has turned up at Fiz's and tells her that he has decided to give her a second chance to be his girlfriend if she apologises, Fiz not surprisingly tells him to get lost!
Brenda is getting more and more unbalanced and it seems like she is getting ready to end it all taking Bethany with her when Emily pleads with her to remember Sarah and that she will lose Bethany as a daughter as Brenda lost her son.
Fred at the Rovers is now trying to get £25 out of Jason, did Jason not satisfy her?
Charlie Stubbs meanwhile is doing a bit of mutual flirting with Bev, a new bed-warmer for her now that Ciaran is not available?
Mike Baldwin turns up at the Rovers next and joins Harry at the bar, doesn't get much peace as Fred asks him about Penny King - bit of fishing for info. here..
Candice and Jason are getting a bit cozy, is it because Candice is trying to coax Jason to pay the £25 for her.
Back at the church the negotiator has arrived and is keen to get on with it, when Norris notices there is no-one on the tower now. Emily then makes a dramatic entrance from the church to tell all that everything is ok, she is followed by Bethany and Brenda, poor woman has had a hard day. Sarah rushes over none too quietly to recover Bethany while Brenda is taken away by the police before Todd can manhandle her. Emily tells Todd that Brenda is not well - bit of an understatement!
Ken and Deirdre are enjoying the well done chops when Ken brings up the subject of Charlie Stubbs and the asbestos sheeting - Ken turns a bit pompous here - how surprising - and demands Deirdre gets something done about this through the council.
Brenda is now is the ambulance praying to be forgiven, Norris is telling the others what could have happened and what a good job Emily has done, all Emily and the others want though is to get home, Norris just doesn't know when to stop, nor does Sarah as she goes on until the closing credits saying that she will not trust Bethany with anybody ever again.
Time for the darkened room and medicinal brandy!
Events in Weatherfield are copyright Granada Television, sponsored by Cadbury's Creme Egg ,written by Jayne Hollinson and directed by Haldane Duncan.
Much of the episode is taken up with the aftermath of the abduction of Bethany who is suffering nightmares. Sarah does not want her mother to know - she has decided that she must stay with Bethany all of the time and is going to hand in her notice. Sarah accuses Todd of not understanding. Sarah then points out that Bethany is not his daughter (a nasty cruel and simply wrong statement - but then I have children who are not "mine").
Deirdre has cooked Ken his breakfast. He is going to write his newspaper article and is going to write another book. And they agree to eat a Chinese that evening. Ken reminds her to raise the subject of the builder's asbestos roofing. Dreary spends half the scene applying bright red lipstick. On leaving the house it is obvious that she has changed the colour of the lipstick. Outside she meets Blanche who has obviously got out of the wrong side of the bed as she tells her daughter that she is going off to work and leaving her family to fend for itself, then she tells her that she gives no thought for her daughter, unborn grandchild and she turned her own mother out of the house and no abandoning her husband (well as Dreary observes they are not married - which gives the Blanche the opportunity to stick the knife in over that(!)) to do the housework and the cooking. No he's not - we are having a takeaway says Dreary. Blanche fires back that it has already sunk to that level has it, eating out of plastic containers. Bye Mother - you still call me that do you?
In the Kabin Chesney has a dental appointment so if off school, whilst an older kid has been suspended. Whilst Rita and Norris were distracted by Chesney the older kid lifted a load of pens and markers. Outside the older kid tells Chesney he is going to flog the pens and to get lost.
Blanche makes herself welcome at no 1. No point the two of them being lonely in separate houses!
In the Rovers Todd asks Jason what a "Dad" is. Both reflect that their dads were a waste of space. Todd philosophizes on the subject of parenthood - day to day is more important than biology. Dreary arrives in the Rovers - she has been looking for Charlie Stubbs - she wants a chat over the roofing. They share a lunchtime drink and meal. She asks him to sort the roofing. Charlie claims that he has had Elven Safety in and as the asbestos is undamaged and not likely to release fibers - so he can dispose of it himself. (Legal point for overseas readers - the rules for handling asbestos in this country are now a little tighter and all those handling asbestos have to be licensed and there are very particular rules on the subject over the methods involved). Blanche spots Dreary and the former berates the latter for not looking after Ken. Bev asks Charlie if he will be in later.
The missing pens are spotted by Rita. Norris wants to start bag searches and get the police in. Rita knows that the police will do nothing. Rita thanks the arriving Emily for talking down Brenda and Norris suggest Brenda should be locked up for ill treating Bethany. He has not noticed that Gail has entered and is within earshot and she wants to know what has been happening. Emily tells Gail about the events and she decides to go round and see how Beth is.
Beth and Sarah are cooking when Gail arrives and Gail (who needs a haircut) cuddles Beth. Gail wants to know how Sarah is - the latter starts to collapse - she is a rubbish mother, a stupid kid who cannot look after her own daughter - all the things which Gail said are true - no wonder she phoned social services - Beth would be better off in care. Gail reassures her that she has done nothing wrong and (unusually for Gail is sweet and reasonable). Gail tells her about a time when Sarah went missing when the latter was 4 when out shopping. She was looking in the window of a toyshop. They cuddle, smile and Gail admits that she was partly wrong. They make up.
Ken arrives back from the library to see Blanche going into number 1. He walks off in the other direction.
The suspended Bradley Diggins later threatens both Norris and Rita when they accuse him of stealing - he will be around every day. A rather typical teenager these days I fear.
Bev is trying to chat up Charlie. He got married at 18, he has two children - but they are like strangers. Bev tells about her departed daughter. They sort of agree to go out together. Harry Flagg admits to having a daughter. He suggests to Emily that they setup a charity shop in the empty shop in Victoria Street (presumably Sally's hardware shop). Initially Emily is not interested but Norris saying that she is not capable of it and how it would upset their domestic arrangements changes her mind and she tells Harry that the answer is yes - she cannot wait - it will be liberating.
Ken and Deirdre are unpacking dinner. She reports that she spoke to "someone" about the asbestos without giving any more details!
Sarah tells Todd about Gail's visit but she senses he has a problem. Todd is still worried about not being Beth's father - and he does think it matters. And as even my young daughter sensed the inevitable arrived - Todd asks Sarah if she will marry him.
As ever Blanche demonstrates that she gives not an inch. Wonderful. Bradley Diggins is clearly a nasty bit of work. No doubt he will be a one man crime wave for a while. See you all next week.
K Richard W
Hello Everyone ö a bit of a boring episode tonight I'm afraid.
We start off at Sarah and Todd's flat ö Bethany gets into bed with Sarah whilst Todd is still sleeping. Sarah tells her that she is going to marry Todd and that she will become Sarah Grimshaw and that Todd will be her daddy.
Rita and Gail are in the shop discussing dry cleaning and Norris informs Gail that Brenda has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital ö Gail admits that in a way this has been a blessing as it has meant that her and Sarah are reconciled. They then go on to discuss the problems that Rita is having in the shop and Norris is going on about putting a notice up allowing two children in at once ö Rita is very against this idea and tells Norris if he cant handle it he needs to get a new job.
Todd wakes up and is anxious to know what Sarah's answer is ö she accepts his proposal.
Cilla kicks Chesney out of the house and tells him to amuse himself while she has some time alone with Les ö he wanders down the street wondering where to go.
Angela is trying to clean things and is getting annoyed with Tommy as he is always around. He tells her he is not going to work for a big tyre place.
Deirdre is in the street cleaning the outside of the house ö when Charlie comes by and starts flirting with her. He is trying to get in with her so that she puts in a word for him with regard to council contracts.
Sarah bounces out into the street and bumps into Martin ö she tells him that she and Todd are getting married ö he is shocked but offers his congratulations.
Chesney is bored and asks David and his friend if he can play ö his friend says only if he goes into the Kabin and steals some sweets to prove that he is a man. He goes into the newsagent where Deirdre and Rita are now discussing dry cleaning (I didn't even know that they did it!) and Rita spots Chesney and makes him empty his pockets. Norris then goes on again about the ongoing problems they are having.
Back at Sarah and Todd's she is telling him about Martin and they decide they have to tell Gail and Eileen as soon as possible ö they both get on their mobiles and invite them round.
In the pub ö Bev is drooling over Charlie which Shelly is finding embarrassing ö Charlie knows that she is staring and is talking to Jason about how to woo women. He flexes his muscles on purpose which makes Bev so flustered she drops a glass. Charlie then tells Jason that he is also chatting up Deirdre to try and get a Council contract and then they will have office block jobs and can date as many women as possible. He asks how Jason is getting on with Candice ö and tells him not to get hemmed in by her. He then manages to get a free drink from Bev and Jason is in awe of him. Bev asks him out on a date and they fix up for tomorrow lunch time.
Tommy asks Kevin for his job back and Kevin point blankly refuses.
Eileen and Gail arrive at Sarah and Todd's. On hearing the news from the happily engaged couple Eileen is furious and walks out of the flat whereas Gail just looks like she has swallowed a fish whole.
Back in the Kabin this story is still painfully drawing on ö Martin is admiring David's football skills where as Norris is saying that its a dreadful noise against the shop all day and on this note a ball comes through the window. Rita comes bursting out of the shop and shouts at David and then at Craig ö both who say they were nothing to do with it and it was Chesney. We then see Chesney desperately trying to get into his house ö Cilla is shouting out of the window telling him to go away. Rita comes storming up and she and Cilla have a massive row much to the amusement of everyone in the street who are watching.
Maria and Nick are in the Rovers. Maria is bored and has nothing to do but Nick tells her he is off home because its Sunday and his mum cooks roast ö Maria then threatens that one day she will cook him a nice meal.
Claire is in the pub and Jason decides to try Charlie's trick which completely backfires on him as she says that she thought he was going out with Candice ö he is humiliated by this and walks out. Maria then chats to Claire and asks if she has a boyfriend ö Claire admits she likes someone but there is no point as he is not interested.
Todd has run after Eileen and we have a whole scene where Eileen tells him that he is stupid and that he is ruining his life. He cannot understand why she is being like this and pleads with her to talk to him.
Meanwhile Gail for once has learnt her lesson and is offers her full support to Sarah.
The we go back again to Eileen and Todd who are still yelling at each other. Jason comes in and Todd tells him ö Jason is pleased and asks if he can be best man which does not amuse Eileen. She then announces that if he goes through with this she is washing her hands of him and will never give her blessing.
We end with a crestfallen Todd looking at his mother as she storms in the house.
That's all for this week.
Hi everyone, here is the first episode of Monday evening. Sorry it's late but a blinding headache forced me to delay getting it done sooner.
We open in the Kabin with Rita and Norris. Rita is looking up the phone number of glaziers in the phone book, and Norris is wittering on about the fact that if there were more policemen on the beat they wouldn't be needing a glazier. Rita finds the glazier's phone engaged, a fact that doesn't surprise Norris, he thinks they're probably run off their feet with all the broken windows. Of course, he blames the parents, which is how Chesney came to break their window, and is just voicing this opinion to Rita when Cilla walks into the shop. She demands to know if Rita is still slandering her lad, Rita tells her no, she's ringing a glazier. Cilla tells her she needn't come to her for the money and Rita says she's no intention of coming to Cilla, her insurance will cover it. She tells Cilla she understands, boys will be boys, she just wants to encourage Chesney to play somewhere more suitable, and she wishes Cilla would do the same. Cilla goes off after buying Les's fags, saying she might mention it if she gets a chance. After she's gone, Rita concedes that maybe Norris was right about only having two children in the shop at one time. Norris rushes to put a notice up to that effect straight away.
In Sarah and Todd's flat, they are having breakfast. Sarah is moaning about Eileen's reaction to the news that they are getting married. She wonders how Eileen dare say she's washing her hands of Todd, and asks what Todd is going to do. Todd tells her he's not going to do anything. What Todd can't get over is Gail's reaction. Sarah is fed up with people who think they have a right to tell them what to do, but she feels under pressure, she can't relax with Bethany now because she feels that people are just waiting for the next thing to go wrong. She knows however, that she can't wrap Beth up in cotton wool and after a few more days at home she'll take her back to nursery, after all they have a wedding to save up for.
In the taxi office, we see Steve wearing what appears to be Enrique Englasis hat, Tracy and a very crabby Eileen. Dev comes in, full of jovial good cheer. Eileen continues to make crabby comments, and Dev tells Steve that it's down to the two of them to be romantic, and Todd too seems to have a spring in his step. Eileen mutters that he can trip over for all she cares.
Out in the street, the glazier has just finished Rita's window, watched by Chesney and his older, naughty friend. (Sorry, if he has a name I don't know it.) Norris is putting his notice up stating that only two school children are allowed in the shop at any one time. The boys stroll up to talk to him. Chesney's friend points out that they are not school children, they are truants. Norris tells Chesney to get off home, his mother wants a word, and tells the other boy to go to school before he reports him.
At Gail's house, David is asking if he can be best man at the forthcoming wedding. Audrey and Gail point out that the best man is usually a friend or relative of the groom, so David asks Nick if he can be best man at his wedding. Nick tells him of course he can, and Audrey tells him he'll have to look after the bridesmaids. David assumes this will be Fizz and Candice, and is less than thrilled! Gail remarks that it is by no means certain that Nick will marry Maria.
The conversation swings round again to Sarah and Todd getting married, and Audrey says that she's happy for them but they are so young. Gail says they all just have to accept that they've made their minds up, and David reckons that if Sarah wants it then they'll have to accept it. Audrey asks Nick what he thinks, he's very quiet. Nick thinks they're making a mistake, not because they are too young but because they are incompatible.
Cilla is reclining on the sofa, watching TV, when Chesney comes in. He asks her what she wants, she says 'Nothing, why?' he tells her Norris said she wanted to see him. 'Oh yes,' she remembers, 'stay away from their window'. He asks why, and is told it's because they're giving her earache. He changes the TV channel, so she smacks his head and asks why he isn't at school. He says he had tummy ache so she tells him to go upstairs and lie down. He doesn't go, so in order to get some peace and quiet she tells him to go outside and play. He goes.
Outside, he meets up with his friend again. They see Norris outside the Kabin. The other boy asks Chesney if he can run faster than Norris if he catches him nicking sweets. Then he gives him a list of what to steal and tells him he'll meet him at the bench later.
Audrey meets Nick walking down the street. (Funny - a couple of minutes ago they were both sat round the same table). She asks where he's going, and he tells her he's off to see Sarah. She tells him she's been thinking about what he said earlier, and although she thinks they're very young, they seem well suited. Nick says he used to think so too, but when she presses him as to what has changed his mind, he just says it's something he's seen in them lately, then, saying he's only on a short break, rushes off.
In the Kabin, Norris is excitedly preparing for his visit to the wholesalers, something he finds exhilarating! He asks Rita if she'll be ok there on her own, and she sarcastically tells him no, she'll have to shut the shop and hire extra security. He goes off, and she disappears into the back room. The shop door opens and Chesney sneaks in, and starts stuffing sweets down his jumper. Rita comes in from the back and catches him, demanding that he put them back. He brazenly tells her he hasn't got any so she comes round the counter and grabs the hood of his coat as he tries to run away. She pulls at his sweater and all the sweets fall out onto the floor, she gives him a cuff round the head and he turns to run away, bumping into the door frame and a shelf as he does so. The shelf collapses, and so does Chesney, onto the floor. Rita is concerned for a few minutes, asking him if he's all right and picking him up. He struggles out of her arms and runs off.
Over at the flat, Nick has arrived to see Sarah. He wants to make sure she's not making a mistake. He tells her she can't trust Todd, but Sarah tells Nick that Todd loves her, Bethany and their unborn child, and will he please just let her be happy. Just then Gail arrives and senses the obvious tension in the air, but they won't tell her anything, and Nick leaves. Gail says she thought they'd go out that night and celebrate. She wants to be supportive and she's happy for them.
Outside, Charlie and Jason are togged up in white suits and masks, loading the asbestos sheeting onto the truck. Candice comes along, she's obviously heard about his attempts to chat Claire up the night before and refuses to see him that evening. She storms off and Ken ambles up, pleased to see that the asbestos is being disposed off, obviously thinking that the council have had a word with Charlie, not realizing it was Deirdre. He imparts another jewel of wisdom to Jason, always keep women on your side, do the favour they ask, because then they owe you one!
Meanwhile, back at the Kabin, Norris has returned, and as he makes a cuppa for himself and Rita is mithering on about how he knew he shouldn't have gone, and how they're in the middle of a juvenile crime spree, and this is no longer a safe environment. Rita tells him to stop it. Norris tells her the kid needed a smack, if there were more clipped ears there'd be less gun crime. Rita thinks she will go across later and make sure Chesney is all right. Norris, very sarcastically, suggests a trip to Alton Towers for him too.
Deirdre just happens to be walking past Charlie's yard when she sees the man himself, and makes a flippant remark about what he's wearing. He tells her that Ken has been by as well and thinks it was the council that got him moving on disposing of the asbestos, he didn't have the heart to tell her he was just like Ken - under her thumb! He asks if she's going to the Rovers, but she tells him she's just going home for a quick sarnie. He says he's in the mood for a pint.
Chesney's friend is none too impressed that Chesney lost all the sweets. Chesney is moaning about his sore head, and worried that his mum will wallop him. The older boy says he's going to go and find some proper lads, he's fed up with babysitting!
Tracy is working the phones in the taxi office, when in comes Steve still wearing the woolly hat, pulled low to his eyebrows. (Perhaps he was having a bad hair day?) He asks where Eileen is and Tracy tells him she's gone to clear her head, but she doesn't know why, it was none of her business. Steve remarks dryly that that doesn't usually stop her. Tracy comments that maybe the 'loved up' talk between him and Dev put her off. Steve tells her that one day, when the right man has come along, she'll be like the rest of them. Tracy looks doubtful. (Well, we all know she's besotted with Steve...)
Chesney arrives home and tries to sneak in and up the stairs without being seen. However, he's spotted by Les, but is told to his relief that his mum is out, and no one has been round to complain either.
Into the pub walk Deirdre and Ken, and Deirdre expresses great surprise when Ken points out Charlie. Ken praises the town hall for getting the asbestos removed, and Deirdre doesn't enlighten him.
Bev is flirting outrageously with Charlie, (something I find decidedly off-putting!) Eileen is sitting glumly at a table with Jason, who is telling her it's Todd's life and she shouldn't get worked up about it, does she really want another three months of not speaking to him, like before over the A-levels. Eileen says he's ruining his life and it's her duty to point out that he's making a mistake, and she's not going to stop until she gets through to him.
Rita is on Les's doorstep explaining what happened with Chesney. Les is unusually supportive, and shouts for Chesney to come down. He tells him that he's not going to have him let down the good name of the Battersby's (Rita's eyebrows raise considerably!) and Les has a reputation to keep up. Rita asks Chesney if he's feeling all right, and he says he is. Les comments that he has a head like a block of wood. Chesney asks if he's barred from the shop but Rita tells him no, but he must pay for his sweets next time.
In the corner shop, Todd is about to ask a favour of Dev when Maya comes in. When encouraged to continue, he asks for more overtime and Maya says 'Certainly!' When Dev says he thought the shop was his, Maya tells Todd he can do some overtime this afternoon, and tells Dev he can take her shopping. Eileen comes in and asks if she and Todd can talk. Todd tells her of course, as long as she accepts that he and Sarah are going to get married.
Over at the Battersby's, Cilla has come home and is asking where Chesney is. Les tells her he's in his room, sulking because he was caught nicking sweets. Cilla shouts for Chesney to come down, and he does, trying to hide the graze on his forehead. 'What have I told you about nicking sweets?' Cilla bellows, 'Don't get caught,' mumbles Chesney. 'Exactly!' says Cilla, and tells Les they'll probably have the old bag round. Les explains he's sorted it, she's already been round, concerned about Chesney because she'd clipped him round the ear and he'd fallen and banged his head. Cilla is all ears.....and demands to see Chesney's head. She's then like the cat who got the cream. 'Lovely!' she declares, saying that Rita has committed GBH on her beloved baby, and wonderful case for compensation. By the time they're finished with her, that little old lady won't have a penny to her name!
And that's it for episode one!
Hello, and welcome to the second episode for Monday. For best effect, read this half an hour after Anne's report ;-)
Cilla is still examining Chesney's head. She says they'll have to get up to Weatherfield General to get it checked out. Les and Chesney both protest and say it's not a serious injury. But Cilla tells them about a man in the US who neglected a head injury, had to have surgery on his brain and ended up collecting £2 million in compensation. "This has got our names written all over it," she says. After all, Rita can afford it. Chesney is alarmed. "They're not going to have to saw my brain open . . ." he asks "... just because I tripped up and banged my head? "'Cause she knocked you over and made you have a nasty fall," corrects his mother.
In the corner shop, Eileen is having a go at Todd. She tells him he's 19 tomorrow and should be out living while he's young. "Why do people go on about life being out there somewhere?" he asks. Why can't life be right here in your own backyard? Eileen tells him he's too young to know why, but he points out that Nick went to Canada to "live" and ended up coming back home. Eileen tells him that in 10 years' time he'll have changed into a different person and he will regret marrying Sarah. It might seem like that's light years away, but the time will flash past. Todd points out that light years measure time, not distance, and tells his mother he's marrying Sarah whether Eileen likes it or not.
Dev and Maya are in a very expensive shop. We can tell this because there is very little for sale and it's all artfully displayed with each item having a shelf to itself. Dev is carrying rather a lot of shopping bags and Maya is looking at some glasses. She moves to a vase and admires it, saying how nice it will look in the flat. When she won't leave off, Dev tells her they won't be buying anything in that shop, and she especially won't be buying anything because she's got enough debt already. She keeps on about how nice the vase will look and Dev loses patience. "All right, buy it. Buy the glass too, and the Persian rug -- that's only £2,000. She calms down and thanks him for his "tough love". "It's the only way to get through to me." But as Dev leads the way out of the shop she looks longingly at the vase.
At the hospital, Cilla is moaning because they've been waiting for an hour. Chesney wants to play with the toys provided, but she makes him sit down because he's supposed to be ill. They get called in by the nurse, but not before Cilla has briefed Chesney on what symptoms he's got.
In the Kabin, Rita is saying she'll give Les his due, he did give Chesney a ticking off. Emily and Norris are skeptical. Emily is relieved Cilla wasn't there. "I wouldn't like to get on the wrong side of her." Rita is quite sure it's all been sorted out and says she'll take a couple of comics over to Chesney later to see how he is and to show him there are no hard feelings. Emily thinks that's very magnanimous of her, "since you've done nothing wrong."
At the hospital, Chesney answers questions. Yes, he feels sick. Yes, he feels dizzy. Yes, he's got a headache. He even does a little stagger as if he's lost his balance. Cilla tells the doctor Chesney lost consciousness for a minute, maybe a minute and a half . . . The doctor says they will have to get a skull X-ray. Chesney looks panicked.
In the street, Rita knocks on a door and Kirk answers. Les and Cilla aren't in and he doesn't know where they are or when they'll be back. Kirk is really only interested in finding out whether Rita has seen Fiz. She gives him the comics and says they're for Chesney. "Did he forget to take them?" asks Kirk. "It's usually the paying part he forgets."
Hayley arrives in the cafe and Roy tells Sarah she can go. She says she has something to tell them first, and announces her engagement. "That's wonderful news!" Hayley enthuses. Sarah tells them that not everyone is happy and Todd's Mum is against it. When Hayley hears Sarah and her Mum are going out to celebrate, she offers to babysit (Gosh, how soon Sarah changed her mind about never ever letting Bethany out of her sight again). Sarah leaves and Hayley asks Roy if he disapproves because they are both so young. But he says he was quiet because Todd is doing just what he did and marrying the girl he got pregnant. Hayley reminds him that he also married her. "Or had you forgotten that?"
In Dev's flat, he's beginning to dish up a salad when Maya brings the vase out of one of the shopping bags. Dev is astounded. "You said that you were happy I stopped you from getting it. You said that you were glad I was helping you with this spending obsession." Maya says she didn't pay for it, she stole it. "Well now we've got a lovely vase to brighten up the flat and no nasty bills to spoil the pleasure. A good result all round, I'd say."
Eileen is at Gail's. She can't understand why Gail isn't trying to stop their kids getting married. Gail explains that she now believes the harder they try to break them up, the stronger the bond between Sarah and Todd will be. She was sure they would have broken up by the summer, but they didn't, so perhaps they do have something going for them. "Maybe we have underestimated them." She says she has only just got Sarah and Bethany back after months of being estranged, and if she has to agree with them in order to keep them, she'll do it.
Dev is sure Maya must be joking. "You, a solicitor . . ." "Ex-solicitor," she interrupts. He says he can't get his head round the fact that he is living with a thief. "I don't do it all the time," she says. "Oh, that's all right, then!" "I wouldn't have done it if I'd known you'd react like this." She says she has never done it before and won't do it again. Dev tells her to take it back, but she points out this is difficult as she has no receipt and it would be stupid to throw it out. "It's best all round if we just keep it."
In the Rovers, Bev tells Shelley she's going to change her clothes for her date. Shelley thinks it might be going a bit far to call it a date. She warns her mother against looking as if she's trying too hard.
Dev is telling Maya it's all outside his experience. He says he doesn't believe she's sorry and he doesn't think she thinks she's done anything wrong. She can't believe he's preaching and challenges him. Hasn't he ever fiddled his taxes or cheated on his VAT return. He says he's never walked into a store and nicked a three hundred quid vase. Maya says it's not as if she has a van-load of heroin. She says he's deliberately trying to push her away, which is what all men have done to her. Dev is stunned by her tirade. "At the moment it's not the vase I'm worried about," he tells her.
At the hospital they are telling Les and Cilla they have found nothing seriously wrong with Chesney, but there is always a worry about head injuries, especially when the patient has lost consciousness. They say he'll need to be watched carefully for 24 hours. And then they give Cilla a "head injury warning card" and a handy list of symptoms Chesney might get -- dizziness, vomiting, blurred vision, headaches. Cilla is very grateful for this and checks that if they bring back Chesney with the warning card there will be a record of what happened to him. "Oh yes, if there're any more problems we've got it all on record." Cilla's eyes light up.
In the pub, Bev has changed and Charlie has arrived. They flirt a bit, then Ken and Deirdre come in and buy Charlie a drink to show there are no hard feelings. When Ken moves aside to choose a wine, Deirdre and Charlie agree: "Mum's the word." The focus shifts to the Grimshaw-Platt family group, where Sarah is being congratulated everyone except Nick. Even Eileen bites the bullet and wishes them well. "You're going to need all the help you can get if you're going to make it work." When everyone goes to the bar except Nick, Sarah and Todd (it's going to take Eileen, Gail and Jason to carry the drinks), there is a brief discussion about Sarah wanting Nick to be happy for her, and Nick wishes them happiness.
Chesney et al return home and Chesney launches into a description of how bad his injury in, based on the number of tests he had. Cilla says Chesney nearly lost an eye. Kirk explains that Rita has brought some sweets and comics. Chesney is keen, but Cilla takes them from him. "We're having none of them guilt offerings in this house." Rita can't buy their silence, she says.
In the pub, Charlie's phone rings and he tells Bev he has to go to an emergency call. They agree to meet at the Weatherfield Arms at 1pm the next day. In a booth, Norris is bemoaning the fact that Chesney was born in a time when people have rights. In comes Cilla, who tells Rita they can't be bought off. She tells Rita they have been at the hospital all afternoon, that Chesney is lucky he can still read and has suspected brain damage and internal bleeding. Rita protests that Chesney was all right when she spoke to Les, but Les says it's delayed injuries. Cilla tells Rita to save her excuses for the police because tomorrow she's reporting her for serious assault on a child.. "You better find yourself a solicitor -- a good 'un."
Anne Logan and Margaret Carr
Wednesday 14 January
Tonight's episode starts at Dev's flat - a very cool atmosphere there, Maya cannot seem to accept that taking an item from a shop and not paying for it is illegal, bit surprising this considering her legal training...
Meanwhile at the Kabin Rita is discussing with Norris the episode with Chesney and regrets that she went to visit with comics and sweets. Norris suggests banning the little horror but Rita thinks this will only make things worse instead if there is any more trouble then call the police.
At Les's the dread Cilla is ringing the school to say that Chesney will not be there today and the rest of the week and why. Les has misgivings about Cilla's little scam and tells her so - not through any thoughts of conscience but more like will they get away with it. Cilla gives Chesney a quick briefing on what to say and how to act when they get to the police station.
Elevenses at the Rovers, Bev announces to Shelley and the harbinger of gloom Betty that she will not be there for lunch today, Ciaran is in the background reading the paper while the others are having a cup of tea at the table, Betty and Shelley think that Charlie will let her down by canceling again. Bev suggests to those two that she is not past it and asks Ciaran if he thinks she is past it, he should know shouldn't he!
At the shop Sarah is telling Todd about Bethany's return to nursery school and leaving her there. Maya walks in then and asks where Dev is, then marches to the back room to see him. Maya is going to take the vase back as this is what Dev wants so she thinks, not to have pinched it first would have been better.
At the police station - Chesney is reminded what to say by Cilla and not to mention he was taking stuff without paying. Chesney needs to sit down as he is feeling dizzy, Les takes him to a seat while Cilla explains all to the police.
Bev has rung Charlie to confirm where and when they will be meeting for lunch - no excuses this time so it looks like the lunchtime date is on. Shelley comes through just as Bev is putting the phone down, unfortunately the hot-pot queen also hears this which gives her a chance to inject more gloom and doom. However, Bev takes great delight in telling them that the date is still on.
Back at the shop Dev and Maya are just going out, Dev asks Todd to put his lunch back for an hour, Maya comments on his keenness for work and Todd mentions that he and Sarah will be getting married soon so every penny is important. Then surprise surprise - the first wedding gift - the vase donated by Maya to Todd and Sarah.
As Dev and Maya leave the shop a police car is just turning into the street - the police stop outside the Kabin and Chesney rushes home to tell his mum that the police have come for Rita. The police ask her to accompany them to the station, Norris cant keep his mouth shut as usual and this does tend to make it worse for Rita.
Lunch at the Weatherfield Arms - Charlie and Bev seem to be getting on quite well swapping life histories etc.
As Rita leaves for the police station, Les, the ghastly Cilla and equally ghastly Chesney are out in the street with loudmouth Cilla triumphant and crowing at Rita's arrest - Les does look quite worried here cant think it is his conscience (what conscience I hear you say) bothering him.
Charlie and Bev are still enjoying lunch, Bev gets the subject round to where his house is, within walking distance says Charlie, then a meaningful look from Bev...
Dev and Maya have arrived at the Rovers now and it looks like peace has been declared, bit of smarming here from head smarmer Dev, which is witnessed by Ciaran at the bar, "amazing" he says to Shelley "I would have though he would have left her and gone after Sunita". "Must be love" says Shelley.
Les and Cilla are also having a drink and Les seems to be concerned that Rita may get off with it.
Jason gets a phone call from Charlie saying that he may be some time, what will he be doing?
Rita is speaking to her solicitor now who reminds Rita that you cant clip a kid round the ear regardless of how much said kid may deserve it. (I will refrain from any personal comments here!) Rita tells her solicitor what happened and how hard the smack was, and how the injury was caused when he slipped and fell.
Charlie and Bev have arrived at his house the ground floor is sparsely decorated - perhaps the decor upstairs is better??
Rita's interview with the police now takes place, unfortunately there were no witnesses for either side as Rita points out to the police. However the hospital report states that Chesney suffered an injury. The interview is terminated and Rita will shortly know what her fate will be.
Todd has taken the vase home to show Sarah who is unbelieving as to how Todd got it. The first wedding present she says.
Then back at the Rovers - Betty's house is habitable again it seems so she is going home.
Bev turns up now looking and behaving quite coy - Ciaran makes his escape and Bev gives Shelley some details and singing to herself goes past Ciaran, making sure he sees her, to the back to make coffee.
Back at the police station Rita asks her solicitor what happens now, then the custody sergeant appears and Rita is charged with actual bodily harm against Chesney and is released on bail to appear at court Friday, the episode ends with Rita being told she will be having her photo and fingerprints taken.
That's all folks!
Friday 16 January
Welcome to the wonderful world of Weatherfield, an alternative universe sponsored by Cadbury's Creme Eggs which tell you that it is between Christmas and Easter with events written by Debbie Oates and directed by Tim O'Mara. In this strange world the police can prosecute old women when the facts have not been established and apparently without involving the Crown Prosecution Service. And in the Kabin Rita's arrest and charge is being discussed. Norris likens the relationship between Cilla and Les to one between vampire and a werewolf. Rita is going to tell the magistrates that the real cause of all of the complaint is money.
Out on the Street Charlie and Vera exchange words - like any jobbing builder he is planning to work on her job next! Further down the Street Ken urges a collection of children not to be late for school. Chesney is telling David and Craig that he is going to Florida. Cilla tells Chesney to leave them alone - they are going now. Cilla is taking Chesney to a solicitor and as she tells Les he is a good solicitor - she got him out of the paper = he got one woman £6k for getting stuck to a frozen turkey.
At the Rovers Bet observes to Bev and Ciaran that she is not in the obituaries so she has to go to work. Shelley enters to announce that the marriage which never existed has now been officially annulled - which makes them all young, free and single - well except Bev of course, after her lunch date. Bev is off to do some chasing.
Fiz tells Kirk to get lost, so he turns to Tyrone and asks if the latter will intercede for him - what has Kirk got to do to get the right side of Fiz - Kirk says he cannot eat or sleep at the moment - so Tyrone relieves Kirk of the sandwich he cannot eat. Fiz and Tyrone discuss their mothers before turning to Kirk. Fiz tells Tyrone that Kirk has to crawl for a while. The two of them get on well together and Tyrone is hardly putting Kirk's case well.
In the Kabin Norris tells Fiz about the events involving Chesney and Rita as she knows nothing about it. Later Tyrone catches Fiz in the Street for a word. He has been sent by Kirk - Fiz agrees to listen to what he has to say and then he must tell Kirk to "Buy One and Get One Free" (initials). Later Tyrone brings Kirk up to date - but to be honest he is trying to tell Kirk that Fiz is very upset and that he has little chance of repairing the damage. Tyrone is clearly interested in seeing Fiz himself again.
Charlie and Jason arrive at the DuckEggs to repair the work of Weatherfield's cowboys - as he observes to Bev as she sashays (and boy can she sashay) up the Street. She offers to buy him a drink and dinner the following night. He agrees. Jason notes the exchange of looks, puts two and two together (which really is testing of Jason's noodle) and actually comes up with 4. Respect man. Charlie instructs Jason to do the building work at Vera's properly. At the end of the day they will reckon they will finish the next day - but Vera says she cannot pay them until Monday. They are happy with that.
The solicitor almost does not believe the story - best he can get is £1000, perhaps only £500. Mr Baxter finally agrees to take the case when Cilla claims that Chesney suffered memory loss. No win - no fee. So there is a fee if they win. On returning to the Street they observe Rita departing to court. Rita spouts off as to what she is going to say in court - perhaps not the best approach.
Cilla and Les discuss the case, Cilla is trying to think - she reckons the solicitor is a rip-off, a scandal what they will get after the fee is almost nothing - and Chesney is going to Florida. Kirk arrives and is told to be quiet - Cilla is thinking.
Shelley asks Dreary about Charlie, Bev overhears and refers to "her Charlie" - they have been on one date and are going on another - she is not as unattractive as her daughter seems to think.
Out on the Street Craig, David and Chesney witness Rita's return. It appears that in court she merely had to confirm her name and address and her plea (not guilty). She had no chance to register her protest - one of the young magistrates almost told her to shut up. Her comments have to wait for the next court date - and a longer period of time will just give that woman more chance to think up new stories.
Vera does not know how she is going to pay the builders. Tyrone has got a loan out and he has redeemed Vera's ring from the pawnbrokers and has enough money to pay the builders - she can knock it off his rent. As Vera observes he has a heart of gold and his problem is finding someone good enough for him. Tyrone smiles.
Fiz catches up with Chesney - she wants to know what has been going on with Rita. She wants to get the bottom of it - is he making it up? No he says vehemently.
In the Rovers, Jason, Ciaran, Tommy and the taxi driver (sorry cannot remember his name) are discussing relations between different age groups - old women and toy boys - odd, young women and older men whay hay - except that Tommy does not endorse the latter view. Charlie arrives with ears burning. You cannot do better than marry into a pub. Bev asks Charlie if he is waiting to be served - cue more laughter around the bar. Ciaran alleges that there is a board in the back with scores.
Cilla and Les arrive - she demands something fizzy to celebrate before turning on Rita, Blanche, Norris, Emily and Audrey. The latter all support Rita. Cilla trades statements - which Blanche muchly enjoys. Rita tells Cilla that no-one will believe her. Cilla's evil grin goes from ear to ear. Les then buys two pints of the fizziest beer. Rita decides to depart.
In the back room Shelley apologises - she cannot trust men yet. Bev accepts before Charlie comes through. Bet and Shelley depart and Charlie rebukes Bev for talking about their relationship with the punters - he is the talk of the town. Charlie refers to it as casual fun - and he cannot make the dinner date they made. They both smile - but Bev is obviously disappointed.
Outside on the Street Rita is crying and is comforted by Ken, Dreary, Emily and Norris - but she says she is tired and wants to go to bed and departs by herself. As she walks along the Street Cilla strides up behind her and starts on Rita again. Cilla claims not to be as hard as Rita thinks, Cilla is as sensitive as the next woman. Cilla suggests that £5k will settle the matter now - or go to court and lose everything.
And that wraps up Friday evening. As part of a special deal I will be back with the second episode on Monday evening. See you soon.
K Richard W
Sunday 18 January
out and serves them then tells Chesney that he should not get his hopes up as she has not intention of losing the case as the truth will eventually come out.
Vera and Tyrone are talking in the kitchen and Vera asks Tyrone whether he fancies Fizz ö he strongly denies it and she tells him that she can read him like a book and he needs to have a cold bath and forget about it as he is too nice and if he carries on there will be tears and they will be his.
Chesney comes back and Cilla asks what took him so long. He says that Rita has told him that they wont be going to Florida. Cilla's asks him if Rita frightened him which he says she did ö she looks with glee at the thought of this.
Charlie is hiding behind the fence at the back of the Duckworth's when Deirdre comes out. He says that he is hiding from Jason because he keeps asking questions about Bev and all it was, was a thrill. Deirdre warns him off and tells him to go easy on her.
Martin and Kevin are discussing Rita. Shelly chips in and says that if someone hits a child these days they get everything they deserve.
Still in the Rovers Fizz and Janice are talking about Fizz's predicament as she explains that she likes Tyrone and Kirk.
The next seat along is Rita and her cronies ö Vera offers to be a character witness. Rita then goes to the loo as Ken comes in ö he asks how she is and notices that she is looking tired and pale.
Fizz and Janice are still discussing Tyrone and Kirk. Fizz says that she has already been there with Tyrone and worn the jacket and that he is not exactly the Brain of Britain. Janice points out that compared to Kirk he could win Mastermind.
Martin and Kevin are still discussing Rita ö Kevin is saying that he is not sure what he thinks as he saw her go mad at Chesney in the street ö unfortunately Rita is standing behind them and shouts at them both and then storms out of the pub.
Kirk and Tyrone are talking and Tyrone says that he doesn't want to be the go-between anymore as he might have misinterpreted what Fizz said and thinks that Kirk should go and see her himself. Kirk decides he will keep her stewing a bit longer and thanks him for being a good friend. Tyrone looks away guiltily.
Norris walks into the pub and wants to know what everyone said to Rita as she was so angry ö they tell him that she overheard Kevin and Martin discussing the case.
Charlie walks in the pub and Bev asks him if he would prefer to be served by Shelly. She then says that she was as embarrassed as he was about it getting out and that like him she was only after a bit of fun. She then says that what they need to be is discreet.
Back in the Kabin Rita is still going on about this case and is discussing it with Ken. Ken warns her that if she carries on being so angry it will not help her case. She says that more than anything she is angry at herself for getting angry in the first place otherwise she would never be in this situation.
Harry and Emily are talking about Sally's old shop and Harry has done a lot of work. This makes Emily feel nervous and she tells him that she is worried about all her other commitments. Harry agrees to scrap the idea but says that he is very disappointed in doing so.
Tyrone is talking at Shelly about telling people what they really feel. He suddenly says that he now understands what he should do ö thanks her for her advice and goes. Shelly looks bemused as she hasn't said or understood a word he was saying.
Rita and Norris are closing up and Norris offers to lock up. They have a heart to heart and she thanks him for his support and she says that she is determined not to lose. He offers to make her a horlicks but she says that she would prefer to have some quiet time in the shop. He assures her that she can depend on him and he feels that they have some kind of bond.
Tommy is finishing off his pint and Shelly asks him if he wants another. He says that his New Years resolution is to cut down and he is off home. Kevin over hears this and looks pleased.
Deirdre and Charlie are chatting and he tries to get her to help him with a council contract. She tells him he is barking up the wrong tree with her as she has nothing to do with it. He tells her that with her contacts she could get him a way in. Shelly asks her mum if she is ok and she says that it is sorted between her and Charlie and it was just crossed wires. She then looks over at Charlie and Deirdre laughing and looks jealous.
Tyrone goes to see Fizz and tells her that he really likes her and wants to go out with her again. She is surprised and tells him what lousy timing he has. He then confesses that he didn't tell Kirk the truth about what she said the other day. She is really cross with this and tells him that she is disappointed and throws him out of the flat. At a closed door Fizz looks pleased with this protestation of love.
Rita is locking up the Kabin when Cilla comes in and asks if she has made a decision. Rita tells her the answer is no. Cilla is then really nasty and tells her that she is taking this all the way and that Rita will be left with absolutely nothing. Ill see you in court she says and storms off. Rita ö shaken ö slams the door and sobs and sobs.
That's it for this week.
Bye for now
Monday 19 January
Hi everyone......here is the first episode of the exciting events in Weatherfield tonight!We open with Norris tying his shoelaces on the stairs in Emily's house. He's flapping because his alarm didn't go off and he's late. Emily feels he's being rather alarmist, she can't recall a day when Rita didn't open up on time. Norris is worried because he couldn't get any answer from Rita's flat yesterday, although Emily remarks that it's not unusual for someone to go out on a Sunday. Norris opens the front door and shows Emily the Kabin in darkness and all the paper delivery children waiting outside. Les is frying an egg in the Battersby kitchen, and telling Kirk he doesn't know why he's so miserable, he's as free as a bird and could now cop off with any young filly he fancies. Kirk though, fancies Fizz, and he doesn't know why Les is talking to him like this, he's never been so happy since he started seeing Cilla. Les tells him to go and get Fizz then, but Kirk reckons she doesn't want to know. Les thinks that he and Fizz could be as happy as him and Cilla, but the first stop is a good breakfast, and he hands Kirk a full plate. Katy and Martin walk into the Kabin, Katy is asking Martin if Kevin is really thinking of taking her dad back on. Martin affirms that this is the case, Katy thinks he must be mad, but Martin thinks it's better if Tommy takes his frustration out on an old exhaust system than on him. They go out as Emily comes in. Emily asks Norris if Rita has been down, but Norris tells her she hasn't. Emily is worried that Rita might be ill. Just then Les comes in, ranting and raving that he never got his paper delivered, and thinks it's revenge. Norris tells him it's the result of his lady friend's vendetta against his employer, Rita is not there because of what that woman and that vile child have done to her, and he's had to run things single handed. Les shouts some more than Rita deserves everything she gets, slinging punches at defenseless kids. Norris takes a newspaper from the shelf and gives it to Les, telling him to go. Les asks if Norris is threatening him, and Emily tries to calm him by also telling him to go. Les threatens to withdraw his custom and Norris, picking up the book, tells him he'll take his name off the list right now. Les leaves and Emily goes to check on Rita at her flat. At the garage, Tyrone is asking Kevin if he thinks he's blown it. Kev tells him if he wants advice he's asking the wrong man. Ty knows that Kevin has had lots of experience with women, and Kev tells him ruefully, 'Yes, experience at cocking it up'. Ty persists though, asking Kev if he thinks he's got any chance with Fizz. Kev tells him that he told her the truth, he can't do any more. Just then, Kev spots Tommy walking past, and calls out to him. Tommy is on his way to the Jobcentre, but Kev might be able to save him a journey. He asks whether Tommy was serious about staying sober and keeping hold of his temper, because he's thinking of giving him his job back, but he needs a bit of convincing. Tommy tells him he's learnt his lesson, he just wants to get back to work, get his head down and get on with his life. Kev tells him to start tomorrow morning. In the background to all this, we see Emily knocking on Rita's door, and, when there's no reply, giving up and walking off. It's opening time, and as Fred unlocks the Rover's door, Kirk bursts in. Fred asks if he was waiting outside until he heard the bolts fall back. Kirk asks for a pint as Fred hurries back behind the bar, and he wonders if it's not a bit early for Kirk to start drinking. Kirk just wants somewhere quiet to think, but there's not much chance of that for in comes Les who orders a pint and says that Kirk is paying. He asks if Kirk is still mooning after Fizz, and Kirk says she means everything to him. Les reckons they were made for each other and what he needs is a big romantic gesture. Kirks asks like what? Les reckons if he has another pint it will come to him, alcohol has always stimulated his imagination. 'Is that so?' remarks Fred, looking doubtful. Maria and Claire are in the butchers, and Maria remarks that she just came out for some fresh air, she hates Mondays. Claire says she loves them, she loves her work. Ashley remarks that they treat her too well, and Claire says he's a great employer. Maria, witnessing this mutual admiration society, realises who it is that Claire fancies, and challenges her with this as soon as they are both outside. Claire protests that she doesn't know what Maria is on about, but blushes furiously! Tyrone sees Fizz in the Kabin, but she tells him not to talk to her. He looked for her yesterday but she went to town to see some mates. Ty wonders if she's still mad with him, but Fizz looks across and sees Norris, all ears. She says they can't talk about this in public, and Norris says not to worry about him, he's the soul of discretion, Fizz remarks dryly that she knows. Ty asks if she's been avoiding him and she tells him she might have, she needed time to think, but she tells him to come to the flat later, Candice and Maria will be out, they can talk. Tyrone goes off and Fizz pays for her magazine, telling Norris he should be paying her for a floor show. Emily comes in, telling Norris she couldn't find Rita. No sooner has she gone, than a very pale, disheveled Rita wanders in from the back of the shop, and then almost collapses, as Norris saves her. Norris shuts the shop, as Rita sits at a table in the back room. She apologises for alarming Norris, and she's obviously upset. She explains that she couldn't sleep last night so she took some sleeping tablets, and then overslept. When she woke up she realized the time. She's grateful to Norris for holding the fort, and just wants to sit there for a bit, although Norris suggests she go up to the flat for a nice bath but she doesn't want to. Over at the Battersby's, Les is drinking from a can and watching the tv. Kirk comes in, he's been asleep for a couple of hours. Les is still drinking and tells Kirk he's still searching for inspiration. Kirk tells him he bought him enough beer in the Rovers to make him a genius. Les reckons it's hard graft, and tells Kirk to sit down and have a beer and watch tv. The best ideas come when you're relaxed. Rita and Norris are continuing their conversation. Rita confesses that when Norris was banging on her door yesterday she was there, ignoring him. She can't take all this any more. He tells her she made just one daft mistake, and crying, she tells him she's never done anything like this before, she never had cause. He tells her she mustn't blame herself, it's that daft kid and his avaricious mother. Rita wishes she was a million miles away, she doesn't want to fight them. She sobs on the table. Just then there's a banging on the shop door, it's Emily. Rita tells Norris she doesn't want Emily to see her like this, and asks him to get rid of her. He goes and lets her in. She asks why he's shut the shop, she's sure Rita wouldn't want him to do that. He tells her it was just a precaution, he was out the back checking stock. She asks if Rita has shown up, and he tells her yes, she was out all day yesterday and sleeping all morning because she took some sleeping pills and they worked rather too well. Emily says she'll go and see her, but Norris tells her that Rita was about to take a bath, so Emily goes off. Going back to Rita, Norris tells her to go and have her bath and then come down to the shop, but Rita tells him she can never work in the shop again. He protests that she can't let those villains across the road get the better of her, but she's adamant, she's finished, she can never work in the shop ever again! Tyrone arrives at Fizz's flat with food and drink. She's still a bit annoyed about what he said to Kirk, his best mate. He agrees, but says he couldn't bear the thought of Kirk having Fizz and not him. She thinks that's understandable and tells him to give her a hand, as she gets the plates from the cupboard. He asks if she's always been this bossy, and tells her it turns him on a bit! He says it must be hard for her to have two people fancying her at the same time, but she says it's rather nice really. Kev and Tommy are in the pub having a drink. Tommy asks Kev if he'd like another and Kev wonders how this fits in with Tommy's resolve to cut down on drinking. Tommy says he asked Kev if he'd like another, not himself. Kev has to go, and Ashley comes in. Once Kev has gone, Tommy changes his order from orange juice to another beer. Maria is at the bar, and starts chatting to Fred about Ashley. She says it was a shame about Maxine, and wonders if Ashley will ever find anyone else. Fred says he hopes so, Ashley was made to share his life, and the little lad needs a mother. Maria asks whether he thinks Claire is doing a good job, and he tells her Claire is doing a grand job but she's not his mother. Maria mutters, 'not yet, maybe,' and tells Fred she's sensed a spark between Claire and Ashley. Fred tells her neither of them will admit it to the other, so Maria and Fred get down to planning something to bring the two of them together. Martin comes home to find Katy on the phone to the police. They want to see her down at the police station right away. Martin says he'll go with her. Penny King comes into the pub and is greeted warmly by Fred. She's meeting Mike. Fred asks how she is, and she tells him it was hard when Preston first died, but she's getting on ok now. Fizz and Tyrone are finishing their meal of fish and chips and lager, and discussing how Kirk wasn't too nice to Fizz at Christmas. Fizz tells Tyrone that Kirk has never been as good a friend to her as he has, and they decide it's best to be best friends first in a relationship. Ty thinks they're meant for each other, like the Romeo and Juliet of Weatherfield. Meanwhile, over at the Battersby's, Kirk is driving Les mad by pacing the room. He tells Les he can't help it, Fizz is going round and round in his head. Les tells him to go over there and tell her what he feels, have it out with her. Kirk decides that he will, and puts his coat on. Les tells him he knew he'd come up with a good idea! Fred is talking to Penny at the bar in the Rovers. He says it looks like Mike isn't coming. She decides to leave, but Fred persuades her to stay a bit longer. Then he asks her if she'd like to go out for a meal with him sometime, and she says she would love to. Out in the street, Kirk is looking mournfully up at Fizz's window. Inside, Ty and Fizz are clearing up after their meal. Fizz says she hasn't had such a good time in ages. She summons Ty to stand in front of her, and asks him if he fancies her. 'Yeah,' then she asks if he loves her. 'Yeah!' comes the answer. 'Right then', she tells him, 'it's your lucky day!' and they kiss. That's all for episode 1 Anne Logan Part 2 Events in the Street are this evening sponsored by Caburys Creme Eggs were scripted by Stephen Russell and directed by Duncan Foster. Copyright remains with Granada Television plc and brickbats and bouquets should be forwarded to them. Much of this episode is taken up with some light relief, initially provided by the development of Tyrone / Fiz / Kirk triangle. We start in the flat where Fiz grabs Tyrone by the hand and drags him protesting (well almost) into her bedroom to carry out the act of which they stood accused over Christmas. Luckily the door is closed and we need not stay around. She promises to be gentle with him. Mike arrives in the Rovers and turns on the charm full power with the recently widowed Penny with an explanation for his delay. He is forgiven. She later invites him on a two week holiday - but he cannot go - he has taken a large order and cannot and does not trust Nick to be capable of hitting the production deadline. Also in the Rovers Norris (or as Les says Doris) and Emily are discussing the missing Rita. Emily has guessed that Rita was in the back of the shop earlier but Norris seeks to re-assure her that Rita is OK as he refuses to lie. Audrey when she joins the table is less certain and demands that Doris hands over the keys - she is going to see Rita for herself. Fred arranges for Joshua to go to Maxine's parents for a week from Wednesday - he might be interfering but he is hoping that Clare and Ashley might have a chance for some time together. Indeed he has booked himself a holiday in Umbria and he will also be away. Ashley guesses what the game is when he is told. Kirk spends part of the episode seeking advice on how to chase Fiz. He asks Steve McD the most romantic thing he ever did - hiring a boat on which to propose to Karen. Karen has one more demand for the wedding - a harpist. A harpie - no you can't says Steve. What is a harpie asks Karen - and Kirk responds "a savage mythical being with the head and body of a woman with the talons and wings of a monster." Karen smacks Steve. Later Kirk asks Shelley if perhaps flowers might be a good idea. Shelley responds that if she sees another flower it will be one to many. She hates them. Kirk then asks Fred who tells him in a a poetic manner - dress up, floral tributes and honeyed words are what he should be using - not Dutch courage. And stung into action Kirk departs. We cannot avoid Cilla sadly as she tells Chesney to stick to the plan - no faking, just some concussion - nothing which can be tested. Les admits having been in the Kabin - and gets told off by Cilla - they are all too traumatized to go in the shop - or there will be a vicious assault in the house. Katie and Martin visit the Harrises / Nelsons. Once gathered Martin tells Craig that the police can find no evidence and will not be proceeding. The family almost thank Martin. Katie cannot believe they can not be more gracious. Rita is in the darkened Kabin when Audrey arrives. Rita is feeling very sorry for herself but Audrey is the rock this time. She gives Rita a strong talking to, reminding Rita that Chesney and Cilla are simply not worthy. They are worthless. She sends Rita to get dressed so they can go to the Rovers for a drink. Rita seems buoyed up by this suggestion and accedes to the request. She shortly appears looking 1000% better before they depart for the Rovers. Maria is in the flat when Fiz emerges from the bedroom - who is she hiding. Maria thinks it is Kirk - but as we know it is Tyrone. Tyrone knows they are supposed to be together. Kirk goes to the Corner Shop where that old softie, Dev, gives him the remainder of the days' flowers with which to woo Fiz. He walks down to the flat and throws all of the flowers against the (wrong) window which Maria - his sister opens. Maria realises that it was not Kirk in Fiz's room. Kirk starts serenading Fiz with their "song" - "The Real Slim Shady". Tyrone has been announcing his love for Fiz - but she has been listening to Kirk and she goes to the window to hear Kirk better. She looks out with a smile on her face. Fiz is clearly torn - one man in her bed and one outside, she is enjoying this. Tyrone goes to the window and tells Kirk to stop. Kirk is saying that he is stupid - but he knows that Fiz is the best thing ever to happen to him and he loves Fiz and wants to marry her. Tyrone tells Kirk he is too late - Fiz belongs to him. He closes the window and Fiz turns on Tyrone - she does not belong to anyone. In the Rovers Les and Cilla are getting a drink. Emily refers to Cilla as a face like a bag of spaniels, Norris gently corrects her - a bag of spanners. Rita arrives and Audrey covers up. Rita goes to order some drinks. Cilla asks if Rita has thought about the out of court settlement. Cilla lays into Rita but the latter responds - pointing out that she works - she is not a scrounger like Cilla. Rita is better than Cilla - everyone is better than Cilla who encourages her son to lie. Rita comes across extremely strongly - without once calling Cilla a "lady" - the usual insult. Cilla attempts to hit Rita but is restrained by Les; Fred tells Shelley to get her a double brandy. At the cab office Tracy looks on as Karen twists her fiancŽ around her little finger. She gets her harpist. After Karen has departed Tracy observes that following the wedding Karen will have a new pair of earrings - Steve looks down swiftly. Lovely evening. Largely driven by the characters and Rita as ever magnificent. And Kirk, well I cannot stand him -but a fine delivery this evening. See you all again on Sunday.
K Richard W
Wednesday 21 January
Hello folks - the episode is a little bit yawnish tonightTonight's episode begins at the flat that Candice, Fiz and Maria are sharing - Maria is telling Fiz what she thinks of her after Tyrone and Fiz were getting up to some hanky-panky while Kirk was serenading Fiz from the street and then proposing to her. At Les's Kirk is still doing the lovesick bit and Cilla and Les are doing their best to try and cheer him up, unfortunately this doesn't work until Les suggests that it is about time for Kirk to move on from this romance that isn't going anywhere, however, before Kirk does move on he wants to settle the score with Tyrone first and duff him up. Rita is back at the Kabin now and gets the news from Norris that two paper deliverers have been told by their parents that they cant work there anymore, Norris is still doing the mother hen bit and Rita does not seem too pleased with this. Ciaran has come in now for a paper and makes Rita's day with his comments about her standing up to the onslaught of the clan Battersby. Fred is getting ready to go Ashley looks quite worried, Fred manages to get Clare to keep a eye on Ashley, all the ingredients are here now for a romantic couple of days... Kirk has gone to the garage now looking for Tyrone and tells him they are not mates anymore now. The situation starts going from bad to worse and ends with Tyrone and Kirk scrapping in the street until they are pulled apart by Kevin and Tommy. Ashley is missing his son already, he's only been gone about five minutes Clare tries to talk him out of his depression but doesn't get very far. At Streetcars Karen comes rushing in to tell Steve that she has booked a harpist for the wedding this will only cost £280 plus expenses. Tracy who is also there gets it about right when she says this will be about the tackiest wedding of the year. Tyrone has tracked Fiz down to the Rovers to tell her the latest about his fight with Kirk, Tyrone asks Fiz to marry him and says an emphatic "no" and although Tyrone thinks this proposal is "spontaneous" (I wonder if he knows what that means let alone how to spell it...) Fiz thinks it is less than romantic especially after Kirk's attempt at serenading the other night. Fiz leaves to see Kirk and apologise. Blanche has popped into Roys Rolls for a snack and Roy takes the opportunity to ask how Tracy is and has she started her pre-natal classes as according to his pregnancy plan she should have started now (yawn..). Roy thinks that he can make an ally no chance there - Roy is concerned that Tracy may run off with the baby once she has had it. Fiz has turned up to see Kirk and he is angry with Fiz at her betrayal with him. Kirk is going to keep his feelings to himself from now on - Good decision - I'm on my third tear soaked hanky now. Kevin Tommy and Tyrone have gone to the Rovers for a lunchtime pint and this gives Kevin and Tommy a chance to rib Tyrone about his fight with Kirk. Martin and a mate from the hospital come in for a pint as well now. Tyrone is telling Kevin and Tommy about his attempt at proposal which is overheard by Candice, she suggests that she would like to be proposed to by a chap on horseback - you can hear the cogs grinding away. Oh groan more angst from Kirk - he reckons he pushed Tyrone and Fiz together and Les is getting as confused as I am, but reckons Kirk she not get back together with her. Out in the street Mr Dobbs has turned up with a present for Tyrone, yes you guessed a white horse! Meanwhile Clare is cleaning windows - to find something to do as much as anything else - Come on Ashley get your act together - Clare thinks she will contact the agency to see if there is any short term minding on offer. The horse has now been saddled and Tyrone, looking a bit nervous gets a hand up to the saddle. Norris is just coming back to the Kabin now and unfortunately slips in something nasty care of white horse, "I'll be back with my shovel" says Mr Dobbs. Tyrone now is having a quick lesson on horse riding and as the out of control horse gallops off up the road Tyrone seeing Fiz coming out of the factory makes a quick proposal before he and horse disappear out of sight. At Martin's flat he is sorting out some books for his newly qualified mate, Katy puts in an appearance here and surprisingly thanks him for the attention he gave to Martin after his accident. Clare and Ashley are having a drink in the Rovers when she tells him she has got a job for a few days, but she wont go if he doesn't want her too. Ashley just tells her to go Clare again asks if he will be alright by himself. Just what does it take... not much more I hope. The girls from the factory are also there having a drink and discussing the events of the day when Tyrone comes in with his arm in a sling, the horse threw him off a few streets away and he had to get seen to in the hospital, anyway Tyrone again proposes to Fiz again unfortunately Kirk comes in now and tries to swear undying love to Fiz after some macho grunting at each other and trading insults tonight's episode yawns to a close. That's all! Pete Webb
Friday 23 January
Here I am again - less than a week since my last appearance. Some great lines tonight - I hope they come across in print, they are marked with **. Signs that the programme is coming back from the recent trough I bemoaned. Let us hope it continues!Events in Weatherfield tonight were written by John Fay, directed by Duncan Foster, sponsored by Cadburys Creme Eggs (buy now before Easter arrives) and the copyright is owned by Granada TV. Triangles are in - three is the magic number. Luckily they are not interlinked. In one Fiz is being pursued by Tyrone and Kirk whilst Tracy, who has almost undergone the full personality transplant, is deep into pursuing Steve who is deep into paying for his second wedding to Karen. In Roys Rolls, Roy and Hayley remain concerned about Tracy and just what she will do with the baby. Roy wants her to eat properly - she had chips and coffee. Blanche wants to eat off a table. Elsewhere in the cafe Karen is telling the factory girls that she wants a harpist. Fiz tells Kirk to stop pestering her. Fiz wants to know the top three things from each of Tyrone and Kirk so she can make a choice. She hangs up on Tyrone because her chips are going cold. Vera tells Tyrone he can do better than Fiz. He just wants Fiz. Vera tells Tyrone to make himself look nice and turn up with a box of chocolates. Back at the cafe, Karen is still going on about the wedding - there is another fair to attend. Blanche tells Tracy that you need more than physical attraction for a marriage to work. Blanche tells Tracy to have a party for her birthday. At this point they are interrupted by Roy and Hayley who have bought paper for the baby's room which they proudly display - yellow because they do not if it is a boy or girl. Tracy waspishly responds that Hayley would know that feeling well**. Blanche tells them to keep the receipt, they will not need the wall paper. Roy and Hayley try to get Tracy to go to ante-natal classes but she refuses. Hayley is jealous of the baby - it has done something she wanted to do for months - kick that trollop**. Elsewhere Les is helping Kirk with his list. Les tells Kirk that he has all afternoon - have a bath and a shave and meet her from work with a box of choccies. In the cab office, Karen wants to borrow a car to go shopping for a table and chairs - to get Blanche off her back. Steve is not keen on helping until Karen arrives. Credit card please - she has to get something more at the wedding fare. But the harpist? Swore on your cigarettes? I have changed my brand answers Karen. Steve refuses to go saying he has a booking - he has to pick up some furniture - it is important. He is glad to get out of the shopping - he is fed up with the wedding. Nick and Maria are kissing in Gail's front room when Gail comes downstairs with the washing. Gail tells Maria she is always welcome - she has an early night and will make sure David stays out of the way - she wants them both to feel at home. Maria turns to Nick and says "Has she had a personality transplant?"** Tyrone is all dressed up (with his arm in a sling) and Vera says that Fiz will not be able to resist. And Les sends Kirk off - a nice box of chocolates and it will be in the bag. Tyrone arrives at the factory first with a large box. Kirk, with a smaller box, goes back into the Kabin and buys a second box. They both deliver their gifts - so they can both take her for a drink and tell her their three favourite things. Steve and Tracy arrive back from the shopping. The baby is dancing and Steve gets to feel the baby. Karen sees them unloading the car and lays into Steve. He his going to help put the furniture up. Karen and Steve argue - she goes to the wedding fare without him. Tracy simply smiles. Tracy rewards Steve with a can of beer. In the Rovers in a brief aside Ashley admits he is lonely - maybe missing Clare? Tyrone gets to go first:
Sunday 25 January
Hello EveryoneWe start tonight with Steve going to the back of Tracyâs house ö she comes out and they start whispering about the night before. She is badgering him to leave Karen and run off with him ö and he tells her that she is bonkers and he is marrying Karen because he wants to. She tries again to persuade him to kiss her and he walks off. Over at Gailâs she is making a coffee when Nick comes down. She enquires as to whether Maria is still there which he is surprised at ö and then says that she is welcome to stay the night if ever she wishes. Tyrone and Kirk are sitting at separate tables in the CafŽ and Fizz is still enjoying every moment of it. She asks Roy what he thinks as he is the nearest thing to her father (which he delights in). He tries to bring positive points about both of them ö Tyrone as he has a trade and Kirk because he works in his family business which might one day be his. Fiz then goes to sit with Ciaran and pretends that he has asked her out. Roy and Hayley then come over and ask if he has seen Tracy and then asks him questions about whether she has bought a cot ö he gets annoyed at everybodyâs game playing and walks out. Steve appears looking a bit sheepish and tells Karen that he has been working when she questions where he has been. She insists he walks her to work and asks if he will give her more money for some shoes. She then decides that from now until the wedding they will abstain from having sex. Nick and Maria meet up in the street and Maria apologises for leaving so swiftly ö he tells her of his odd conversation with his mother. Blanche is questioning Tracy about her party and she tells her that she is not having one. Blanche is annoyed because she has made arrangements to go out ö Tracy points out that all her friends would fit into a phone box and there would still be room. Katy and Carl are in the pub ö he offers a drink and she has to remind him that she is under age ö he finds it difficult to think of her as so young. There is a lot of banter that goes on when Tyrone comes in as the factory girls tease him about the horse fiasco. Sonia is telling the girls about the best way to meet men and suggests they form a five-aside football team. Martin comes in and Ciaran asks who Katy is sitting with ö Martin tells him that he is a friend of his. Maria and Nick are also in the pub and are talking about their lack of privacy ö they come to the conclusion that they should get a place together. Blanche asks Ciaran if he is going to Tracyâs party which he says no to as he is working but he may be able to slope off for a couple of hours ö she then asks Fiz and Karen to make up the numbers. Fiz is going out on the town with Janice and Sonia but Karen agrees to go along with Steve. Karen doesnât really want to go but Hayley suggests that if she does she can find some information out from Tracy about her intentions. Steve is in the cab office asking Eileen about pregnancy and then lets it slip that Karen has become a born again virgin until after the wedding. Eileen canât hide her delight in hearing this little snippet of information. Karen then comes in and tells Steve that they are going to Tracyâs party which he is really angry about. He tells Karen that they are not going and tonight should be a special night and he will seduce her one more time until the wedding ö she melts when he suggests romantic things. Nick and Maria are still deciding about moving in and think that it would be a good idea. Nick is anxious because of what happened in Canada but Maria explains that things are different. Blanche is getting ready and informs Tracy that she has invited a few people on her behalf ö and at this moment the door goes and its Steve. He has another go at Tracy and tells her to leave him alone and that from now on she no longer works for streetcars ö she tells him that he cannot buy her off. Carl comes into the pub and Martin offers him a drink. Ciaran looks quizzically at the situation and wonders if Carl is after Katy. Les hears about the party and wonders why he wasnât invited. Kirk then spots Fiz and asks her if she will go the party ö he refers to himself as Perky Kirky. She tells him that she has never called him that ö he then remembers it was her mother that calls him that. Fiz is not all that impressed with that remark and walks off.. Nick and Maria rush into Gail's and start looking in the paper for property and announce they are going to live together. She looks less than happy with this latest proposition and asks what is wrong with Audrey's flat. Roy is talking to Fiz about her intentions and tells her that if she strings them on too long they might forget about her and find someone else if they think that she is not interested in either of them. Back at Steve and Karenâs he is running her a bath but just before she goes into the bedroom she runs out the door and says that she is going to Tracyâs to explain why they arenât going. Les, Kirk and Ciaran arrive at Tracyâs door and Tracy shouts at them to go away and that there is no party. She then grabs Ciaran and Karen into the house and slams the door on Les and Kirk. Inside Karen is gushing with love for Steve whilst giving her apologies. As soon as she has gone Tracy turns her evil face on and vows to wipe the smug smile from Karenâs face and she is absolutely certain that there will be no wedding. And the credits roll Mary Earlam
Monday 26 January
Hi everyone, here is Episode 1 for Monday night....We open in the McDonald kitchen, Steve, clad in magnificent red and white striped apron, is cooking scrambled egg. Karen comes in and he asks her how Tracy took it when she was told they weren't going to her party. Karen tells him there wasn't supposed to be a party anyway. She remarks that Steve's mind has been somewhere else lately and not on the wedding. He gets very affectionate with Karen (guilty conscience?) and she reminds him they have agreed to abstain until the wedding. He agrees, saying he wants everything to be perfect, but it will be because he's marrying her. Audrey is over at Gail's, she's brought the property guide over for Nick. Gail immediately pricks up her ears and scurries over to see. Nick points out a nice place in Bury, and straight away Gail starts to point out the drawbacks, the traveling to work etc. Audrey tells her Bury is not the other side of the moon, and Nick tells her to relax, it's too expensive anyway. He goes off to work, and Audrey asks Gail what the matter is. Gail tells her she can't see the point of Nick living away when he works round there. Audrey points out that wherever he ends up it'll be closer than Canada. Ciaran meets Tracy walking down the street and comments on her having a good old rant about Steve and Karen. Tracy asks him why he thinks she didn't mean it. Just then Blanche appears and thanks Ciaran for coming round the night before. Ciaran hurries off, but not before whispering to Tracy 'Don't do anything I wouldn't do!' Blanche assumes Tracy's bad mood is down to the baby and Tracy agrees that she is in a bad mood. Blanche tells her that when she holds the child in her arms everything will change. Tracy tells her nothing will change. Chez Battersby, and Les is giving Kirk a pep talk. He says it's time they had a man to man about him and Fizz. Kirk tells him there is no him and Fizz, she thinks he's a right idiot now. Les tells him he's wrong, she's there for the taking, Kirk just has to work out what makes her tick. Les's advice is to make her realise it's make your mind up time. He tells Kirk to stop hanging on Fizz's every word and give her the cold shoulder. Then, when she's losing hope he should steam in and save the day. Kirk is doubtful and asks if Les has tried this with Janice. Les tells him if he wants to understand women to look at the mother - hasn't he got a good 'un there? Over at the factory, Hayley has been having a clearout and has brought in a load of jigsaw puzzles to give the girls first refusal before she gives them to a charity shop. They seem totally underwhelmed. Sonia asks if they have any sentimental value but Hayley tells her they don't have time for sentiment, they are getting the room ready for the baby. (Something inside me shudders every time I think about Hayley and Roy with this poor baby.) Janice comments to Karen that she must wish Steve was as excited about the forthcoming wedding. He looks like he's going to the guillotine. Karen retorts that Steve told her that morning he can't wait to marry her. Janice reckons he's up to no good. Tyrone and Jack are in the shop. Jack tries to give Ty a bit of advice, telling him that Kirk is his best mate, and he shouldn't fall out with him. If Kirk was a female, there'd be no need for Fizz. Ty thinks for a minute - if Kirk was a female, he'd be Maria! Dev is reading a Moroccan travel brochure. Maya comes in and he shows her some pictures. She asks if he's taking her away, and he asks if she'd like that. However, to her annoyance she learns that they can't go and leave the shop until Sunita gets back. Karl, Martin's male nurse friend, calls at the flat to return a book he borrowed from Martin. Katy is there alone, writing a biology essay that has to be in tomorrow. She reminds him that Martin is on days. Oh - he forgot (yeah, right!) still, never mind, she invites him to stay and help her with her essay. Back at the factory, Fizz is still mithering on about Tyrone and Kirk. Sonia tells her she ought to make up her mind before they lose interest. Karen reckons she's got it the wrong way round, they ought to splash out on her. If they're serious they'll put their money where their mouths are! Blanche opens the door to Ciaran, who has called to see Tracy. He has come round to see how she plans to wreck the wedding. He wants to know why, is she just a conniving bitch? She tells him she'll make Karen see that she's with the wrong man. She eventually tells Ciaran that it's Steve's baby, and when Karen finds out all bets will be off. In the cafe, Maria and Nick are studying the property paper. Maria is reading some descriptions out loud and Candice comes by. She stops and asks Maria why she doesn't read a bit louder so that people in the Rovers can hear her. Maria thinks she's jealous. (Which she probably is!) Hayley comes is and is aghast to find that Roy has bought, from the second hand shop, a large, very old fashioned, white pram. Hayley is concerned about how they will get it up the stairs to where they live. Roy says they can keep it down stairs, but Hayley is having none of it, despite Roy wittering on about a baby who faces the parents developing cognitive skills much faster. Hayley is not impressed, she wants something lightweight and portable. Roy says he will return the pram, but he is worrying about money. Hayley tells him they have a loan, and lots of new parents find money tight. Ciaran is talking to Tracy, warning her not to spoil the wedding, or everyone around will hate her guts. She tries to tell him she would be doing it as a mate to Karen but Ciaran tells her he doesn't want to know, he's not getting involved, he learnt his lesson from Peter and Shelley. Dev emerges from the back room of the shop with good news for Maya. She guesses that Sunita is coming back and they're flying off first thing in the morning. Close, he tells her, but no cigar. He has tickets for them and another lucky couple to go and see Badly Drawn Boy. She is not impressed, even less so when she finds out they were a freebie. She whips them out of his hand and gives them to Todd, who tells them that Sarah is really into Badly Drawn Boy. In the Rovers, Les and Kirk are at the bar, and so are Jack and Tyrone. Jack is continuing to encourage Ty to make it up with Kirk, telling him that women come and go, but his mates....... So Ty asks Kirk what he'd like to drink. At first Kirk refuses, but then ty asks Les, (who'll never refuse a free pint!) so Les persuades Kirk to change his mind. Ty orders four pints, and then Fizz and Janice come in. Kirk and Tyrone close ranks at the bar. Janice comments to Fizz that they seem to have had enough of her games and have taken the decision out of her hands! Maria comes around the corner as Audrey is locking up the shop. They discuss Nick and Maria's flat-hunting. Audrey tells her Nick was thinking of Bury, Maria was thinking of the Quays. Audrey thinks that the Quays is a bit expensive, and Maria points out that they're both working. Audrey says yes, but they're more for businessmen and managers. Maria says that Nick is a businessman and a manager. Steve comes round the corner and is dismayed to see Karen talking to Tracy. Karen is telling her they'll be in the Rovers later and might see her in there. Tracy then goes off and Steve comes up to Karen. She comments that Tracy is a narky cow. Steve tries to persuade Karen to have a night in (he obviously doesn't want to go to the Rovers) but Karen tells him they can't, they would curl up on the sofa and then they might get a bit frisky! So the Rovers it is then. Karen trots off, leaving Steve looking pensive on the pavement. Across the street Tracy gives Steve a baleful stare as she lets herself in to her house. In the Rovers, Kirk and Todd are enjoying each other's company once again. Swearing no hard feelings, and that it's the last time they ever let a woman come between them. Steve wanders in and is met by Karen who rushes him to the bar, gives Ciaran the order, Steve the money, and rushes off to sit with her friends. Ciaran quietly asks Steve if he and Tracy have had a falling out. Steve looks worried, (eyebrows immediately lower) and asks why. Ciaran tells him Tracy has been saying some strange things. He tells Steve to watch her. Over at the table, Fizz is moaning about Ty and Kirk now becoming mates again. She was afraid this would happen. (Then why did she push it so far???) Karen grabs her hand and pulls her to the bar, and in a loud voice (with a wink to Steve) she tells Fizz how she only knew Steve was genuine in asking her to marry him when he produced the engagement ring. Fizz says how she'd say yes if someone got her a ring like that. Of course the boys hear all this, and Tyrone immediately tells Fizz that he will get her a ring, Jack implores him to calm down but his pleas fall on deaf ears. Kirk then, of course, says he will get her a better ring, despite Les telling him to play his cards close to his chest. Over at Martin and Katy's flat, it's now 6 pm and Karl has been there since 2 pm. He's going through their cd collection. Katy suddenly notices the time, she should have gone to a class at 4 o'clock, but when she moans about it he reminds her he helped her with her essay. Just then, Martin arrives home. Karl puts his jacket on and prepares to leave, refusing to go for a drink when Martin invites him. After he's gone, Katy tells Martin that Karl has been there for hours, helping her with her essay. Martin looks a trifle worried. In the pub, Janice, Fizz, Karen and Steve are at a table and Sonia comes in. Karen lets slip that she and Steve are saving themselves for their wedding night, to much hilarity all round. Tracy comes in and stands at the bar, to be joined by Steve when Karen sends him to get the drinks in. Tracy starts to tell Steve that she won't mention the baby in front of Karen, when Steve then goes across to Karen, tells her he has to take Tracy to sign some maternity stuff, and then takes Tracy outside. Once in the street he starts to berate her for banging on about the baby. He tells her he doesn't deserve this....(err, whose baby is this?) She tells him to join the club. They continue to argue, he tells her he's not interested, and she'll have to deal with it. Tracy is enraged and tells him she'll deal with it - daddy! She's going to tell everyone who the baby's father is, starting with Karen! That's it for episode 1............................................................................... Well good morning, good afternoon, or good evening depending on what part of the world and what time you are reading this! Margaret is in the wilds of Scotland looking for a snowman, and has left me here to write tonight's second report. I thought the best place to start would be at the beginning (!)- where Anne left off which has Tracy and Steve arguing in the street outside the Rovers. Steve threatens Tracy (not sure with what) not to tell Karen about the baby. She accuses him of threatening a pregnant woman. She says she will do what she has to do. (A woman must do what a woman must do!). Steve begs her not to tell (what happened to the threat?). He suggests they go to the car rather than stand outside. Maria wants to look for a home with Nick. She thinks it will be very romantic finding their first home. Charlie comes into the pub, and Bev serves him. She says he hasn't been in for awhile. Charlie says he has been very busy. She asks if he could find time to take her out for a meal. Just as friends. He thinks he may have a window in his diary next week. Steve and Tracy are back at her house. (Blanche doesn't seem to be there, and didn't notice her in the Rovers - maybe we ought to send out a missing person report - perhaps not!). They continue arguing. Steve is pleading. He says what she is doing is trying to wreck the marriage before it has begun. Tracy says she is only telling the truth. Back at the Rovers Tracy is concerned that Steve has been away a long time, but goes back to chat to her work mates. Todd gives Sarah tickets to see Badly Drawn Boy (I believe to be a musical entertainer - although I use that word very loosely!). She is delighted but says they can't afford them. He says they were given to him. Karen tells her mates that she trusts Steve. Steve tells Tracy that she can't love him; her hormones are all over the place. He tells her that there is no way they can be together. She does realise that. Steve tells her that he will not forgive her if she tells Karen. He says he will never talk to her again. (What happened to the threats?). Karen is now getting very concerned over Steve's whereabouts. Steve, now trying another tactic, tells Tracy that if Roy and Hayley find out, they won't want the baby and she will be lumbered with it. (Does Tracy not realise the other implication, they won't pay her any money). Another tactic from Steve, he offers to help her move away. She realises he is trying to buy her silence, which Steve admits. However Tracy is not interested. Nick puts down the newspaper. There are no suitable houses in there, and says it has been a waste of time. Maria doesn't think so, and suggests that the set their sights a bit higher. Nick is concerned that they will have barely enough money as it is. Steve returns to the Rovers. Karen jumps up and asks where he has been. He says he got caught up chatting to a couple of the lads. Tracy confides in Ciaran that she won't tell Karen, but she is still determined to do something more subtle. Kirk tries to borrow money from Maria to buy a ring for Fizz. (This is a stupid storyline in my opinion. What do these two guys see in her?). Maria tells Kirk that she is skint. Tyrone overhears and comes up to Maria and asks her if she knows what type of rock Maria would like. Tracy comes into the cab office. She tells Steve that he has talked her round and she wants him and Karen to be blissfully happy (we believe that don't we?!). Steve is suspicious (surprise, surprise). The drayman is delivering beer to the pub. He asks her if she is over her marital problems. She says she is not discussing her personal life with her. He says that he is asking on behalf of his colleague, Eric. It seems he quite fancies her. He refers to her as "sunshine Shelley". She says she doesn't mix business with pleasure. Roy demonstrates the versatility of the pram to Hayley. Maria comes round to see Fizz. She is annoyed (more like jealous) about the men hanging around her. She tells her to pick one and put them out of their misery. Sarah stops Katy and Martin in the street and offers them a pair of tickets to the gig (to see Badly Drawn Boy). They are understandably surprised, but thank her and accept the tickets. Tyrone has taken time of work to come round to see Fizz. He wanted to get there before Kirk. He proposes again, and offers her a diamante. He tells her it is not a real diamond, but a man-made substitute. It looks like the real thing. Shelley tells Bev about the drayman. Bev says it could have its advantages of having a drayman around. However Shelley tells her that she is not interested. Fizz gives an answer to Tyrone. She tells him ... (see page 52!!!!). She tells him she cannot marry him, nor can she marry Kirk. Tracy rings up the function manager of the hotel where Steve and Karen are having their wedding reception. She pretends to be Karen and cancels the booking. She sobs and tells the manager that he (Steve) has run off with another man. Normal service will be resumed with Peter on Wednesday, and if Margaret finds her pen that she dropped in the snow, will be back next Monday. Anne Logan and Martin Rosen
Wednesday 28 January
Hello folksTonight's episode starts with Tyrone and Vera coming out of "the Old Rectory" - also known as number 3, Tyrone is upset that Fiz has not accepted his proposal and Vera is doing her best to cheer Tyrone up. Unfortunately, Fiz is walking down the street at the same time and gets a mouthful of abuse from Vera. Kirk has also arrived on the street now to collect the milk on the doorstep, he sees Tyrone and asks him if he got a ring, "Yeah" says Tyrone and also adds that Fiz is impressed with the ring he bought and will let him know what her answer will be tonight. As Kirk goes back inside Tyrone looks at the ring he bought for Fiz.. Steve and Karen are at Streetcars and having a quick chat, nothing more! before she goes off to work though, Tracy comes in and asks for a word with Steve, looking as if butter wouldn't melt in her mouth. Back at Les's Kirk is getting desperate and doesn't know what to do, if he did he wouldn't ask Cilla and Les for advice.. Les suggests he doesn't take it lying down and gets ring by the tried and tested method of beg borrow or steal. Jason says hello to Candice as they pass each other in the street and in return he gets an extremely lukewarm reception from her. Tracy at Streetcars is manipulating Steve here and manages to get her job back, she wouldn't if he knew what she had been doing! Kirk has arrived in the shopping centre. Meanwhile at the factory the topic of conversation is Fiz and her gaggle of admirers. Nick looking the junior executive complete with clipboard tells the workers to gossiping and start working. Janice unfortunately doesn't know when to stop and gets the rough edge of Nicks temper. Nick asks all there if they want overtime, Janice wants some to clear off debts at Xmas - will this be Nicks way of getting back at her by refusing her overtime? Kirk is looking at rings and when asked what his budget is for a ring says he hasn't got one. The assistant pulls out a tray of rings to suit all tastes and prices and leaves him to have a look at them while she attends to a new customer. The temptation proves too much for Kirk and he grabs one and rushes off out of the shop without paying for it. Back at the Rovers, Bev is asking Shelley if she will be contacting Eric for a date. Meanwhile Eileen is asking Jason how many other women he is chatting up if he is meant to be seeing Candice, he is using Charlie Stubbs philosophy - treat them mean - keep them keen (hmm so that's where I've been going wrong). Eileen suggests he apologises. Shelley signs for the beer that has just been delivered and asks Bert the drayman if he has Eric's phone number, Bev congratulates her on her action, Shelley however doesn't seem so sure. Back at the jewelers the assistant has noticed there is a ring missing from the tray that Kirk was looking at, the scene then changes to Kirk hands trembling looking at the ring he has stolen. Back at the Rovers Jason and Charlie are having a quick pint as Charlie is meeting Bev, Jason is not overly impressed Charlie is still seeing her, Charlie says he is going to let her down gently. Bev is getting ready to go and makes her way out, followed shortly by Charlie, have none of the punters there guessed that they are going out together still? The girls from the factory are having a drink and Karen is boring everybody to death going on about money and the wedding. Tracy comes in as Charlie is going out and orders a drink. Hayley seems to be quite agitated at seeing Tracy in the Rovers and snatches the drink out of Tracy's hand and sniffs it in case it is alcoholic, Tracy is still treating this a bit of a joke unlike Hayley who seems to be cast out of the Mother Superior mould tonight. Hayley goes off too see Roy leaving a spare seat for Tracy. At Les's house Kirk tells Les he has done something terrible, he has got a ring but only by borrowing money. Kirk reckons it will all be worthwhile if Fiz marries him now. Bev and Charlie have arrived at the restaurant, Bev seems quite smitten with Charlie - pity as it seems it will end soon. At the Rovers Tracy is asking who is doing the flowers for the wedding in two weeks, Karen tells Tracy, I wonder why Tracy wants to know? Jason is making an apology of sorts to Candice, which is eventually accepted after a bit of bargaining, as Candice leaves after making a date with Jason for the next evening Eileen looking all motherly comes over to ask Jason how things went. Bev and Charlie have finished their meal and Charlie cries off from taking Bev back to his house on the pretence of an early start the next day, he sees her into a cab and then rings someone called Billy so they can go for a pint. At the hospital Katy seems to be getting on quite well with Martins colleague, Katy goes through her usual routine of pouts and face pulls, God knows what this chap sees in her! Back at the Rovers, a fair bit of alcohol has been put away by some of the factory workers, Janice sounds quite sloshed. Les, Cilla and Kirk turn up now and Fiz does her best to ignore Kirk, Les has bought a drink for Kirk to give to Fiz, Les is telling him what to do and Kirk winding his courage up advances towards Fiz who has managed to keep her back to him but is being advised by loudmouth Janice what Kirk is doing. Kirk seizing the moment manages to totally screw it up, Fiz is just waiting for him to propose but Kirk hasn't got the bottle to do this and for some reason best know to him or the scriptwriter puts the ring in the drink and then gives Fiz the drink, Fiz of course takes a good swig, ring and all and starts choking, Kirk says she wasn't meant to drink the drink (the mind boggles!!!) luckily Harry comes to the rescue and the ring ends up on the floor, there is nothing for Kirk to do now as Fiz says she will marry him. Back at the hospital Martin has joined Katy and his mate, bad news he wont be able to go to the pop concert - however Martins mate will be able to go instead. Hmm. Bev has arrived back at the Rover's she is noticeably upset at returning early and makes a quick dash for the spirits. Janice congratulates Fiz and Kirk on their engagement, Tyrone and Vera have just turned up now and Tyrone is none too pleased to see that Fiz has picked Kirk. Steve and Karen are discussing Steve's mum, Karen doesn't want her staying at the flat and Steve doesn't want to see his mum staying in a hotel, I don't really want to see Steve's mum either but still.. Eventually Karen gives in and says she doesn't want to see the happiest day of her life ruined. Unfortunately, they don't see Tracy ringing as Karen to the florist to cancel the flowers, another job ticked off the hate list! At Jack and Vera's they are both trying to placate Tyrone, however Tyrone gets some cheer off the TV as on the news programme there is a lovely clear shot of Kirk stealing the ring, Tyrone cant believe his luck and finds it hard to decide who to tell first the police or Fiz! That's all folks! Pete Webb
Friday 30 January
Two episodes this evening so to keep this update to a reasonable length I shall not be going into quite as much detail as usual.And it would appear that in about 1989/1990, as a number of you pointed out Tracy did indeed have a crush on Steve whilst he was running a radio station. Frankly this passed me by - but to be honest I was not as regular a viewer then as now (goes, stands in corner, takes punishment like a man). The main diversion in these two episodes was Shelley's date with the drayman. Peter Kay was probably allowed to write his own script - or at least he certainly delivered in something akin to one of his normal comedic personas. Hard to replicate in the written word as they met in Rovers and Jack coughed up on a very old debt (four years or more). When Shelley and Eric depart Jack and Bev exchange thoughts on the strange evening ahead! Shelley and Eric went off to the sort of expensive restaurant I visit from time to time - you eventually find your sliver of meat hiding under a cress leaf. And he has been saving for this for years. He does make Shelley laugh even though both of them are probably feeling somewhat uncomfortable in the surroundings, after all she has had little to laugh at recently, what with being married to a bigamist as Eric observes. He then realises what he has said and apologises - cannot keep his mouth shut. After eating they head to his home where his mother appears (and he thought she was out for the evening). His mother prevents Shelley sitting in her husband's chair (he has only been dead four years, but she does not like change) and tries to remember how long it is since her son brought someone home - never as it turns out and then asks her to put money in the box when she phones a taxi. Shelley tells Eric to cut the apron strings before he goes out with another girl. On returning to the Rovers she is congratulated by Bev on being back in the saddle? Some way to go yet I think. Fiz spends much of the first episode wearing the engagement ring which does no fit (although to be honest I reckon I saw some movement) and is allegedly so tight that he finger is changing colour - if it was that tight she would never have got it on in the first place. Anyway everyone seems to think that Kirk should get it enlarged - but he refuses to take it back. In the meantime Tyrone is winding Kirk up by threatening to inform on him to the police. Kirk asks Les about being in prison - he won't last five minutes Les tells him. Needless to say Kirk buckles under the pressure being exerted and summons Fiz to meeting in the ginnel where he tells her the truth and says she can expect a postcard from foreign lands - he is fleeing the country and will join the foreign legion(! - has he even got a passport I ask?). Fiz finds Tyrone and the two of them put on disguises - Tyrone is in Jack's coat and a pair of glasses he cannot see through and Fiz is wearing a wig which looks like Vera's? They go to the jewelers and distract the assistant sufficiently to return the ring to its original position before Fiz announces that she will not marry Tyrone and storms out of the shop. She then spends ages trying to leave a message on Kirk's mobile, which is turned off. The second episode ends with Kirk presenting himself at the police station desk and turning himself in as the local jewel thief. Seems he has remembered he does not have a passport or something similar. Mike spends the first part of the episode preparing to depart on holiday. Now we know that Mike has no confidence in Nick (who can blame him to be honest?), including Nick. However Nick gets Mike to confirm that he can take any action he wishes during Mike's absence - he is definitely in charge. And Nick only has one wish - to ensure that Janice knows just who is boss. (They never did get on did they!). So Janice is soon under the spotlight for poor work-woman-ship - apparently she sews less garments than anyone else and her quality falls below the standard everyone else achieves. Also she finds that uniquely she is not working overtime next week - again down to her poor output quality. Then at lunchtime she decides that Nick will never take any real action and orders a second pint (in the UK these days consumption of some lunchtime alcohol is generally discouraged but a pint of beer remains, just about acceptable - I have even been known to do it myself, about twice a year; more than that however is generally regarded as an absolute no no). Whilst she is partaking in the Rovers Nick obtains a half bottle of vodka and hides it in her handbag in the factory. On the resumption of working in the afternoon Nick soon finds that her quality has declined and on smelling her breath summons her into the office, finding the vodka in her bag. Once there she is immediately dismissed but Nick makes the fatal mistakes of not ensuring she leaves the premises immediately and ensuring that there is rapid communication with the other staff. (I told you this lad could not manage a drinking facility in a brewery). Janice rapidly has the rest of the staff talking about a strike (just when they are busy - good move). Harry Flagg overhears the strike talks and intercedes. Nick is forced to re-instate Janice to keep the peace - but puts her on a final warning. It would never stand up in an industrial tribunal. Rita tells Norris that his debt collecting skills are flagging - Les owes £25. Norris pops over to number 5 but a partially dressed Cilla disports herself and Doris does not know where to look. Cilla accuses him of sexual harassment and summons Les who asks if Norris is eyeing up his bird (honest Les - no-one ever would - it simply is not worth it). Norris departs without cash. A little later Les wants his daily paper - but they are boycotting the Kabin and it is a long way to go to the next shop. With Cilla out of earshot Chesney volunteers to go and get the paper for a £1 and he gets to keep the change. So Les coughs up and Chesney visits the Kabin and buys the paper, where abuses both Rita and Norris. Later Rita decides to show Norris how to collect debts. So they visit no 5. and with a hint that the boycott has not been 100% Les crumbles and pays up. Norris then tells them both that Chesney was in the shop. Cilla is not best pleased! Both Les and Chesney get strips torn off them and reminds them they are at war with Rita. After some thought Cilla decides on the next plan - she will get Rita's actions all over the local paper - that will help. And Candice decides that it is time to find a man for Eileen and she and Jason will place an advert on her behalf. And this time it will be a week before I am back! K Richard W