Events on't Street were written tonight by Johnathan Harvey and directed by Daniel Wilson.
Nick is trying to convince Maria that Nottingham is the right place to go - he is of to an interview with a poor haircut by Maria. No-one apart from Maria knows that the job is so far away.
Nick then runs into Ashley and explains that Maria is always bad tempered because she thinks Nick is still interested in Leanne. Ashley says Maria needs re-assurance.
Vera brings back Frankie's washing and is the new housekeeper. The kitchen is a disgusting mess and Vera is given the job of clearing up the takeaway.
It is Leanne's birthday and she delivers two full breakfasts to her and Janice. Candice wants to know what she and Nick are up to. Leanne winds up Candice knowing that the story will get back to Maria with seconds.
Along at the salon Frankie and Maya are having their hair done when Nick comes in with flowers and says that Maria is the only girl for him and gives her an Atomic Kitten CD. Frankie reckons he is absolutely gorgeous. Once he has gone Candice arrives and tells Maria that Nick has sent Leanne a dirty card (which is not true - but that is the story she was told). Candice gives Audrey the paper who instantly rushes out and across the road to see Emily face to face. They meet in the Street. Audrey is unhappy with the interview and calls it bigoted lies - fighting against the memorial to Alf. They bicker over the expensive fountain before Emily departs with Audrey shouting at her back and she collapses onto Maxine's chair.
Around the corner an ancient jogger (Norman Wisdom) sees Audrey and is clearly stricken with love before being let into the Duckworth residence. Ernie can hardly get his words out as he laughs his head off - I could not understand a word of it.
At the Platt's Nick denies given Leanne a card. He is staying away from Leanne and will get Leanne to admit it is a pile of lies when he sees her. Audrey continues to moan about Emily. Maria storms off as she does not believe a word Nick says (is he ever going to this interview?).
Having told people about their meeting earlier Frankie having found out that Sunita is not pregnant she re-enacts with her husband making it clear that he is forgiven. Danny and Frankie have a romantic meal to enjoy amongst other things.
In the Rovers Leanne denies sending the card and Maria and Leanne argue. Nick gets a message to say he has got the job and Maria gives the game away - they are moving to Nottingham.
Sunita sees Shelley - who cannot understand why everyone knows she is pregnant. Deirdre reports that the person responsible - Mildred Crawshaw is not paying much attention to the protests. Audrey gives the witches coven a telling off - and she calls them skinflints. Audrey can smell betrayal in the air.
Jack asks Fred about the bowls contest which Ernie mentioned. However finding a team is difficult - until Hayley admits she is a great player until told it is a men's team - she reckons she has missed the boat on that one and collapses in laughter.
Maria and Leanne have another argument - as they call each other bitches and then Maria tells her they are moving away. Janice calls Maria a cheeky mare. Leanne is going to enjoy this one - and tells Janice to fasten her seatbelt - it is going to be a bumpy ride!
So another average night - although Hayley put in a great performance. And the best of Leanne may yet be on the horizon and of course Leanne is going to wreck havoc. And I may just grow to like Frankie.
Finally thanks to those who told me the full story of the late Vera Lomax who met her untimely end in the vestry. All entirely part of the original story - nothing added. Sadly in the mid-sixties was before I can admit to being a regular viewer.
See you all again next week.
K Richard W
Welcome to our Sunday episode, and a special greeting to any Greek readers. Congratulations!
We open in the Kabin, where Leanne meets Maria. She smarmily grovels and says how sorry she is for the way she's been behaving. Maria isn't sure whether to believe her or not, but Leanne invites Maria to a birthday bash. Maria isn't sure about this, either, but gives Leanne her mobile phone number.
Not far away, at Gail's house, Gail and her mother are having a chat about things. Audrey tells Gail that the backstabbers are out in force. She has a bit of a reminisce about Alf. Gail is bemoaning her lot and says that David will be the next to leave. "I should hope so," Audrey says. "Mummies' boys give me the creeps." She tells Gail that little Billy dying was a tragedy. "But your eldest son making his way in the world, that's just a sign that your job is done."
In the shop, Sunita and Dev are discussing his coming colonoscopy. Dev tells her that having "some young whipper-snapper who hasn't slept for 72 hours" stick a camera "up my jacksie" is not his idea of fun. He's thinking of cancelling it and letting fate take its course. "Cameras are supposed to be for the good times." Maya comes in, giving the impression Dev has escaped. Sunita hugs him and tells him good luck, but Maya scathingly tells her not to build up her part. "He'll be back in a few hours."
In the pub, Audrey and Candice are talking and Candice is depressed about Maria: "She's all loved up, she's moving to a brand new city and you're pulling strings to get her a new job. She's well jammy." Audrey points out that when Maria leaves, she will be relying on Candice more and Candice will have to learn more cutting and styling techniques. This perks up Candice. "Forget about other people's careers and concentrate on your own, young lady," says Audrey. Further down the bar, Leanne tells Nick he can buy her a birthday drink if he wants. She tells him that Maria is considering coming to her birthday bash. Nick doesn't believe it, but Leanne tells him she's apologised to Maria for her behaviour. "Maria's OK, once you wind her neck in," she says. She goes over to Candice and asks if she can have a private word. As Candice gets up to talk to Leanne, Audrey warns her to be wary.
In the shop, Dev is back from the colonoscopy. They've obviously forgotten to give him the sedative and have used a Canon AE1 with a 200mm lens for the procedure. He is making so much fuss about it he's probably put back the UK's colon cancer diagnosis stats for the next 10 years. He's come in to find his mobile phone. Sunita is very concerned about him, but Maya tells her that she and Dev have "it" covered (whatever "it" is -- if he's just had a colonoscopy, I hate to think!"). The best thing Sunita can do is just to keep the pennies rolling in, says Maya. As Dev leaves the shop to go "and stand up somewhere", behind his back, Maya hisses at Sunita that "what Dev and I need right now is just a bit of space." She hisses again, and bites her lower lip, and I finally realise who this habit makes me think of -- Hannibal Lecter!
Nick and Maria go into the salon. Nick wants to go home for "an Americano with extra pepperoni and a few cans", but Maria has the curling tongs and is ready for an all-out assault on Leanne via hair-dos. "I'm going to outshine her rats' tails!" Nick doesn't understand the implications if they don't go to Leanne's celebration. "If I turn up on my own, she'll think she's won," Maria tells him, explaining Leanne will think "that I don't trust you, or that you don't trust yourself. I'm going to wipe the smile off that smug cow's face once and for all!" [break, time for chocolate]
In the pub, Shelley refuses a tip from Danny. Frankie is amazed. Liz comes over to the junior Baldwins and asks how the househunting is going. Frankie has found several properties she likes. Liz enthuses over them, but Danny is obviously not happy. Still, he says they'll have to think about putting in some offers.
In Sunita's flat, Shelley is explaining to Sunita just how the news about her suspected pregnancy slipped out. They discuss men generally and Sunita asks if there are any faithful ones out there. "Roy Cropper, Homer Simpson," suggests Shelley. She suggests Sunita come to the Rovers and sit at the bar and talk to her. "How can they talk about me when I'm sat right there," beams Sunita. "Oh, I think they'll find a way," Shelley assures her.
In a pizza restaurant, Leanne greets Nick and Maria, sitting him by her and Maria further down the table. She starts to work her plan, calling Nick "Nicky" and recalling things from their joint past, including that he likes Americano pizzas with extra pepperoni. "No, he says bravely, "Neapolitan with extra anchovies." Leanne looks quite put out, but Maria beams. Tyrone is feeling awkward and swaps seats with Nick. Once he is sitting beside Maria, she clutches him possessively.
Back at Gail's house, Audrey comes out dressed in a blue trouser suit which suits her very much. She is going to an event at the town hall and has bought this. It reminds her of all the events she went to with Alf and how he used to tease her about having more clothes than Angela Rippon. Gail points out that Alf was special, and not everyone gets a fountain in their honour. Audrey says it's such a pity his friends can't be happy for him to be remembered in this way. She'd expect is of Norris, who is a big girl's blouse, and of Blanche, who complains for a living, but not from Rita and Emily. They cried at his funeral and now they begrudge him a little bit of history.
Back at the restaurant, Candice, Jason, Tyrone, Leanne, Maria and Nick are discussing other people. Tyrone says Vera is doing his head in with her talk of Frankie this and Frankie that. Jason thinks Frankie is "well fit", but Candice says this is because he has a thing about housewives. The conversation turns to Mike's being a tightwad, but Leanne changes the whole conversation by suddenly asking about how long ago Tyrone and Maria split up. They discuss exes and Leanne points out that she's got one ex at the table, Candice has two (Jason and Nick) and Maria, "House!" squeals Leanne.
In the Rovers, Jack asks for the same again and Liz snarkily asks Shelley if she's going to be serving all night or will she have to pop out again. "I've not decided yet," says Shelley. "I'll keep you posted." And as Liz passes her, Sunita says "And you can keep everyone posted on my monthly cycle if you want." Liz at least looks slightly shamefaced. It's all too much for Jack and Mike, who scuttle away from the bar very quickly at the turn of the conversation. In another part of the bar, Deirdre has let the Grey Power folk know when the ceremony is at the town hall. Tomorrow at 6pm. "Eighteen hundred hours, town hall gardens," mutters Blanche, as she writes in her notebook. "It's not that hard to remember!" protests her daughter. But Blanche says it's not a reminder, it's minutes. Deirdre goes home "to wrestle with my conscience", but Rita tells her no-one is enjoying this, and the camera turns to . . . Norris and Blanche! LOL! If there was a guillotine, these two would be knitting. Blanche wants to know what the plan is, but Emily's only plans are to be on the 7.10 to Penrith, because Mavis has broken her foot. Blanche is quite indignant at this lack of dedication to the cause.
In the restaurant, the conversation is relaxed and slightly drunk. Apart from Maria, who is uptight and very drunk. Leanne makes some comment and asks about when Maria was a young kennel maid going out with Tyrone. Maria says that was a previous life, before she became the local bike. In fact, she's off to see how many lads she can pull on her way to the bog, she says.
Danny and Frankie are have a cuddly conversation on the couch -- the whole point of which seems to be to fill us in on some backstory, so we know that Danny has an ex-wife called Christine and a boy called Jamie, and Frankie used to be Jamie's babysitter.
Back in the restaurant, Leanne is throwing names into the ring to see who fancies who -- Ant and Dec? Vernon Kaye. Of course, none of these names will mean anything to those of you in Australia, NZ, Canada . . . Leanne provides her own birthday toast and is gets birthday kisses. But when it comes to Nick, she turns her head at the last second so he kisses her on the mouth instead of the cheek. Maria is almost hysterical. She stalks off and Nick gets up to go after her. "I don't know what's got into her," he says. Leanne is smug. "I do, Nicky," she murmurs at his back.
Hi everyone, sorry for the lateness of this report, a bad headache and infected fingernail bed made typing rather slow to say the least. Still, better late than never!
Here is the 1st episode of the evening.
Nick and Leanne run into each other in the street. Nick starts to apologise for Mariaās behaviour the night before, and tells Leanne to count them out of any more parties. As he goes to walk away, Leanne grabs Nickās arm and says she needs to talk to him about something, but canāt tell him in the street, she wants him to come to Janiceās flat at about 5pm. (Isnāt he supposed to be at work?) He tells her he canāt, but she persists, and walks off smirking.
Deirdre and Blanche are also walking down the street. Blanche is trying to persuade Deirdre to get her and the other pensioners into the garden of the town hall, so that they can make a protest when Audrey is being photographed at the site of the proposed fountain. Deirdre tells her that her job is on the line, but Blanche brushes her worries aside.
Over in the factory Karen tells Danny that her hairnet gives her a headache. When she is wearing it she thinks what a plonker she must look, and thinking that gives her the headache. Janice and Fizz are quick to jump on the bandwagon and say that their hairnets give them headaches too. Danny makes an announcement, and tells them all that the hairnets are provided for their safety, if they choose not to wear them they canāt complain if their hair gets caught in a machine and pulls their head off. If they try to sue they wonāt have a leg to stand on. Sonia quips that theyāll have no head and no legs either. They all laugh as Danny tells them to go to lunch.
In the Rovers, Maria and Nick are talking. Maria declares that she will never try to be nice to Leanne again, in fact she wants nothing more to do with her and she extracts a promise from Nick that he will have nothing to do with her either. (Silly boy ö considering heās already got a 5pm meeting with Leanne arranged!)
Fred asks Jack if heās registered their bowls team, but Jack tells him he couldnāt because no one wanted to join the team. Ciaran, in passing, remarks that the fellas round there have better things to do with their lives. Shelley comes up and tells them that they should have asked the women. Jack tells them itās a different competition for women. Fred asks if sheād play if they did, and she tells him she would. ĪThere you are, Jack,ā says Fred, Īthereās oneā.
Danny and Frankie walk into the bar, and are greeted by Hayley, still sporting her rather unflattering hairnet. She tells Danny that he was wise not to pursue the hairnet issue, it would have been a never ending battle. Frankie is most put out that Danny has backed down on what was her idea.
Jack and Fred approach the factory girls to try and drum up a pub team for Crown Green Bowling. Hayley reminds them that she said she would before, but they wouldnāt have her. They tell her they will now. Sonia says she will if Karen will, but Karen (looking like Snow White with her long dark hair and a peasant style blouse) says bowls is for biddies with moustaches and elasticated stockings. In the end, Fred and Jack end up with Sonia, Fizz and Janice as well as Hayley and Shelley. They need one more for the team, so they go up and ask Frankie, only to receive a scornful ĪNo!ā as an answer.
As Fred and Jack wander off, Frankie tells Danny she feels that she is the one making all the sacrifices, living in that nasty house with the Rovers as her social life, sheās not getting anything back. Danny just tells her it is a new start, it was always going to involve sacrifices. ĪPlay bowls,ā he tells her. ĪBowls is for fish!ā Frankie declares.
In the Kabin, Norris is asking Blanche exactly what their plan is when they arrive at the town hall. Blanche says she thought one of them could say something and then they could sit down and refuse to move. ĪOn grass!ā exclaims Rita, coming in from the back room. Norris starts murmuring that he could bring a rug, but Rita isnāt worried about the damp, she just thinks they wonāt look very dignified sitting down. They talk about how they are not against the use of Alfās name, but the cost involved that is going on their council tax. Rita wishes Audrey wouldnāt take it personally, but Blanche has no sympathy for her, she feels Audrey could have stopped all this before it started.
Over in the salon, Audrey is getting ready to depart and leaving Maria in charge. Candice asks if sheās going to switch on a fountain. Audrey tells her itās not even built yet, the plans are ready and they are having a ceremony to get it all underway.
Frankieās mobile phone rings ö itās Vinny, apparently an ex-boyfriend. She says sheād told him not to ring her, and Danny is across the street. After a couple of weak protests she agrees that he can come and see her, but tells him he must go before Danny finishes work because if he finds Vinny there he will go mental.
Leanne goes into the factory and asks Janice if she can go for a drink after work, so that she can have the flat to herself, sheās asked Nick round. Janice pulls a face, but Leanne reassures her itās nothing like that, itās all for Mariaās benefit, itās payback time. Mike Baldwin comes in and asks what Leanne is doing there, and tells her to leave.
Mike goes into the office where Danny tells him heās got a repeat order from a firm called Kershaws, twice the size of the last one. Mike says itās more than he ever got out of them.
A flashy silver grey car pulls up in the street, and the driver goes and knocks on Frankieās door. Frankie hurriedly lets him in, and once inside tells him sheās doesnāt want him calling her or turning up on her doorstep, and when he goes to kiss her she tells him she doesnāt want any of that either. Vinny tells her that when she followed Danny up there he thought he could accept that it was over between them, but he found he couldnāt so he has come because he wants her to leave Danny right now and go with him. Frankie looks very uncertain as we go into the break.
After the break Frankie is still telling Vinny that she is staying with Danny, they are making a fresh start and things are going to be different. Vinny tells her things are never different, Danny will never change his drinking and womanizing ways. Frankie says she canāt leave him again, but Vinny tells her yes, she can, just pack a suitcase and they can be gone before Danny gets home.
Over at Janiceās flat, Leanne is letting Nick in, she offers him a drink but he says heās not stopping. She says sheāll make him one anyway, and tells him to sit down.
In the Rovers, Blanche is looking for Betty. Shelley goes to get her, and Blanche asks Fred if heās drawing his pension yet. Fred seems most put out and tells her heās not. Ciaran asks what type of protest they are making, are they chaining themselves to railings, or taking all their clothes off? Blanche says she wouldnāt mind, but they have Norris with them.
Jack comes in and tells Fred that, although they havenāt got a full team they are now entered into the ladies open. They had to have a name, so heās called them the Rovers Ravers. Fred feels that is inspired, and when Blanche and Betty come through he starts to ask them if theyād like to join, but is stopped in mid-flow by Jack who mutters that they donāt want to giving up before theyāve started. Shelley tells Blanche that Betty hasnāt been feeling too well, but Betty is sure its just a bit of heartburn. Eileen has been sitting at the bar listening to all this, and volunteers for the bowls team, she used to play.
Over at the flat, Leanne takes a photo of Nick sitting on her sofa with her camera phone. He is not amused and asks what it was she wanted to say to him. She stalls, saying itās a bit difficult and he gets impatient and says that she has got one minute and then heās going.
In the salon, Maria has just received the photo of Nick and a text message which reads ĪGuess whoās in my bed? Leanne xā (I just wonder how Leanne knew Mariaās phone no.) Maria, of course, is incensed, and rushes round to the flat.
Frankie, meanwhile, is still trying to get Vinny to leave, and he is trying to persuade her that Danny is no good for her. Just then the phone rings, itās Danny, calling from the factory. He and Mike are going for a drink to celebrate and he wants her to come too. She says she doesnāt feel like it, and when she hangs up, Vinny tells her he can tell by the way she was talking that sheās not happy with Danny. She tells him that it was because she knew he was listening. Frankie is suddenly worried about Vinnyās car being parked outside, she knows Danny will see it. He tells her to relax, he hasnāt brought his own car but one of the firmās. He carries on trying to persuade her to leave with him.
Nick is still in the flat, arguing with Leanne. She tells she wants to talk about Maria, and what she did to Toyah. Just then the doorbell rings and Leanne presses the buzzer and tells whoever it is to come up. (She obviously thinks itās Maria). She unbuttons her blouse and then Nick twigs that she has sent the photo to Maria. However, itās not Maria who walks through the door, but a dark and handsome young man. Leanne jumps, ĪPhil!ā she exclaims, and hugs him. Just then Maria rushes in, demanding to know what is going on. Nick tells her that Leanne set him up, so she could send Maria the photo. Maria is furious because Nick has broken his promise, and accuses him of going there every day. She yells that she will never believe another word he says, and runs out, leaving Leanne snuggling up to the swarthy young man and looking like the cat who got the cream.
Blanche, Norris and Rita are setting off for the town hall. Blanche says she meant to buy some dog biscuits in case they set the dogs on them, and if Betty doesnāt get her skates on it will be all over by the time they get there.
Maria has run down the street and bumped into Fizz, and is telling her all about what has just happened. She tells Fizz that Nick must have been seeing Leanne behind her back, or else why would he have been round there after he promised to have no more to do with her. Nick comes rushing round the corner, but Maria refuses to speak to him so he tells her heāll wait in the flat for her. All this is watched from a distance by Janice, and when Karen comes up and asks if sheās going for a drink, Janice tells her sheād better go and see what has been going on at home.
Mike and Danny are crossing the road on their way to the pub. Danny sees the Mercedes parked outside his house and tells Mike that heās going to go and see if he can persuade Frankie to join them. Looking a little puzzled, he puts his key into the lock and steps through the front door·
And thatās it for this episode.
Hello, here is episode two from Monday night, which would have been with you sooner if I hadn't had a computer problem and had to retype the whole thing. My computer needs an operator upgrade, I think. Anyway, we begin at No 7, in a room where all the initial Hs have been removed. Danny is greeted pleasantly by Vinnie, but Danny doesn't do pleasant. "What are you doing 'ere?" 'e demands. Vinnie explains 'e is 'ere to ask Frankie to go away with 'im, but she 'as refused, even though "I love 'er." "So," asks Danny, "why's 'e still 'ere?" Vinnie is 'oping to change Frankie's mind. Danny comes up with a plan. Instead of killing Vinnie, 'e will go to the pub. When 'e gets back, if Frankie is still there 'e will know it's because she really wants to be. But 'e never wants to see Vinnie again. "If I see you again you know I will kill you." Leanne is also trying to explain away an unexpected visitor. She tells Janice that she met Phil in the middle of the English channel, on a ferry. They were together when she lived in Leeds. Janice tells Phil quite frankly that Leanne has never mentioned him. Leanne confesses that Phil has just come out of prison and was in there for smuggling. "I would have told you sooner, but you would have thought he was some kind of criminal," she says. Janice gives them some time alone by going upstairs to change and Phil takes the opportunity to ask what was going on earlier with Leanne's ex. She tells him she was just playing a joke on the others. Outside the town hall, the NOOMP gang (Not Out Of My Pocket) is gathered waiting for someone Blanche says can be unreliable. Ah, here she is -- Deirdre. She says she will take them to the gardens but after that they are on their own. Betty lags a little behind them, rubbing her chest and burping a little bit. In the pub, Candice and Fizz are getting very indignant on Maria's behalf, even though she's there to do it herself if she wanted. Also in the pub, Mike and Danny are drinking together and Mike is asking Danny if he thinks Frankie will ever settle down. Danny seems a bit distracted. Sunita is talking to Shelley and wonders if she might be pregnant despite the negative test. "I know there's something that's not right." Candice and Fizz are still working themselves into a lather over Nick's behaviour, but Maria also seems a bit distracted. "But I still don't understand why he went round there," says Candice. "He thought he was on a promise," Fizz tells her. She turns to Maria. "You can't deny it."
Ah, the town hall gardens, where Audrey, in her nice blue suit, is posing with some kind of council person and a set of plans. So why, when she had her picture taken for a fountain-related story a few weeks back (June 21, to be precise) did she have to wear a hard hat? There's no sign of a building site here, or any foundation work for a fountain -- just lots of lovely flowers, which Norris notices as the Grey Power Posse (oh, OK, the Grey, Red, Brown and Mousy-balding Posse) arrive, confusing the council official and annoying Audrey. Blanche starts to tell the council person that they are there to complain about the cost of the fountain. Not the cost, the site, corrects Rita. Well, the cost and the site, Blanche says. "I knew she'd get it wrong," mutters Norris, but I'm not quite sure which one he meant. The council person points out that they're on town hall property and should leave. Audrey nods grimly behind her. They won't go. Rita tells Audrey it's nothing personal. But Audrey disagrees. "All I know is people are trying to spoil something that means a lot to me. I think it's personal against Alf and it's personal against me." Back at No 7 (please remove your own Hs this time), Vinnie thinks Danny is being very clever. "He wants to make out he's the poor, helpless victim and you're the one with all the power." He tells Frankie that Danny is trying to get her to forget what the last 17 years with Danny have been like. "How long was there between him coming up here and you chasing after him? I bet that in that time he had already found another little lady friend to keep his bed warm." He can see from Frankie's face that this is right. "He'll always have all the answers, but he'll never be true to you," Vinnie says.
In the town hall gardens, Blanche is insisting they'll not move until they have had their say, but the security people have other ideas. The council person suggests to Audrey and the photographer that they do the photographs in the council chamber and they leave. Rita and Blanche disagree over whether they should leave or not. Blanche is all for following on into the council chamber. They suddenly realise that Betty is unwell. She's sitting down, mopping her own brow and says she has chest pains. Rita tells Norris to get an ambulance. "But what are the symptoms?" asks Norris. "Never mind -- get the ambulance, quick!" says Rita.
As the ambulance leaves (via a paved roadway and an unsecured gate, so what was the problem getting access to the garden?), Blanche asks: "Do you think it's her heart?" "Well, I don't see what else it could be," Norris replies. "But then again, you're not a doctor," Rita points out. "In fact, you're not even a very good patient." They head off to the hospital to see what they can find out.
In the pub, Shelley says she has to get back behind the bar and Sunita heads home to rest. On the way out she and Danny catch each other's eye. Nick comes in and tells Maria he's been waiting for her. "That photo didn't do you credit," Fizz tells him. "You look even slimier in real life." Nick goes to talk to his mother and tells her to just ignore the girls. Leanne, Phil and Janice come in and Leanne tells them to ignore Maria and the others. Gail starts to have a go at Leanne, but Nick tells her to leave it.
At No 7, Frankie tells Vinnie she'll go with him. "I deserve a bit of happiness." She says Danny moved up there and she was expected to follow. "If I tell him I'm not happy, he just makes jokes and laughs."
We're back in the Rovers, where Gail is calling Leanne a "spiteful little madam".
"Oh, he's got his mummy sticking up for him now," taunts Leanne.
"Leave it, Mum, she's not worth it," Nick says.
"Give it a rest, eh, Gail," says Janice.
Gail wants to tell Janice exactly what Leanne has done, but Audrey has come in and tries to get her to leave it alone. "He's got his Gran in on the act," says Leanne. "Now that's two old crones he can hide behind." All this is too much for Phil, who puts down his drink and goes outside. He can't believe the things Leanne has said to Gail. "You just came at the wrong time," says Leanne. But Phil suspects he's come at the right time. He goes and Leanne is left confessing Janice that it was all her fault for goading Nick and Maria, and she deserves to be left alone.
Back in the pub, the protesters have arrived. The news about Betty is good. The problem doesn't seem to be her heart. "I had my doubts," Norris nods.
Maria has agreed to go outside for a talk with Nick. He tells her he can't help it if you ex-wife is a scheming psychopath. Maria points out that he broke his promise not to have anything to do with Leanne because he went around to Leanne's place. She tells him that if he goes to Nottingham she won't be coming with him.
Danny returns to his house and it appears there is no-one there. He sits down on the arm of the sofa to contemplate this and Frankie appears from the kitchen. They agree there will be no more fun and games.
Dev is looking in the mirror as Maya approaches him. He tells her people with cancer look ill and feel ill. He says he doesnāt feel that. Maya tells him he should not worry, they have ways of treating it if he does have cancer. Sunita drops round and wishes him luck. Frankie is banging and knocking on the corner shop door. Eileen asks her whatās the matter. Frankie explains thatās its shut and starts complaining. Eileen says she has milk back at her house.
Janice and Leanne are walking down the street. Janice is asking if she is ok after last night, She is. Then goes on to explain that when he was in prison they never had much of a relationship. Janice says thatās the sexist in me ever. She tells about when Les was inside. Leanne says sheās back on the market.
Frankie is telling Eileen she must think sheās crazy knocking down a shop door. Eileen reassures her that round here itās pretty sane behaviour. Frankie asks if sheās married. She is told no but has two boys. Frankie then tells her that she has two kids back down in Essex. She starts crying.
Nick catches Maria outside the salon and he says that she is just playing right into Leanneās hands. He tells her that he loves her and wants to get married sooner and move away.
Frankie tells Eileen that Danny is not the faithful type, She then goes on to say that she was faithful for seventeen years. She loves Danny and Vinnie. She then says she loves Danny more because she followed him up here.
Eileen says if she wants to know if sheās made the right decision staying with Danny, then only she can answer that.
At the hospital Blanche picks up Bettyās notes and it told by Rita to put them back. She replies with, they should not leave them here if they didnāt want people to look at them. Betty tells them the doctor thinks it stress and she may get home today. Blanch says good because then she can join the fight again, Betty says she is not going to.
Dev and Maya are walking into a room and sit down. The doctor says he has the results of the tests. They hold hands. The results are negative. Dev and Maya hug.
Deirdre enters the Rovers. Blanch says she can buy her a drink because sheās the one with money. Blanch tells her that the doctors are saying that Betty is stressed but she's seen the chart thatās going up and down. Deirdre tells her that she got a warning from work. Shelly gives Sunita her drink but she knocks it over. Shelly asks if she still thinks she's pregnant, she thinks she is. Then says she should see a doctor but Sunita says itās because of Dev, he gets his results back and she wanted to be there.
Maya says that she was so scared. Then says that she canāt live with out him. Dev says he will be here for a long time yet. Maya says to him hold me.
Maria is telling Fizz that she thinks by Nick making the wedding closer she will forget about what he has done. Maria asks Fizz when she was a kid did she wish for some thing and want it so bad and when you get it your disappointed. All Maria wanted was Nick but not now.
Rita has come to take Betty home. Audrey comes by with flowers and though she was at deaths door. She then says that Rita should have stopped all this ages ago. Betty says she can make up her own mind.
Dev enters the shop with a big grin on his face and says he's all in the clear. Sunita is so happy she jumps on him and he swings her around. Then she falls to the ground.
Nick comes into the salon with flowers. He asks Maria if she has though about his offer to bring the wedding forward. He says he knows thatās what she wants.
Dev is asking Sunita if she is ok now, she says yes. She tells Dev it has happened before, and its because she is pregnant. Dev is shocked and says we are going to the doctors tomorrow and no buts.
Maria is telling Nick that she doesn't want to marry him because he is selfish. She also says that he puts his mum, e-girl friend, and him self before her and he doesnāt care that she likes it here. Nick then agrees to stay here if thatās what it takes. She takes off her ring and gives it to him and says sorry its over and walks way.
Well hopefully with the football over and the Olympics several weeks away we are running a more normal Corrie timetable at the moment. Also the episodes are more or less back on the right days too. Events in Weatherfield tonight were written by David Lane and directed by Mike Adams. They remain copyright of Granada Television and were sponsored by Cadburys, who seem to think that encouraging us to dip chocolate in pickled onions will increase their sales. I think they might be wrong!
Nick is waiting for Maria outside the salon but she refuses to allow him to speak as she opens up.
Across the road Cilla tells Les he looks good in the morning as she arrives to see Chesney - with Janice watching from across the Street. Les goes and hides in the bathroom and Kirk goes after Janice to tell her that Les is hiding. Kirk is trapped into telling Cilla - and clearly acknowledges that Les cannot be trusted.
Along at the Duckeggs Vera is telling Tyrone that his shirt is not clean - she is doing her client's washing - Jack calls her a skivvy - but Vera rebuts this saying she is a PA. Sadly Vera (who is ironing) loses concentration and burns a rather expensive blouse belonging to Frankie. (We hear a washing machine in the background).
Les and Kirk are discussing the situation. Les decides that the solution is to move Janice in - to keep Cilla at arm's length.
Sunita and Shelley are discussing the former's problem. Shelley volunteers to take Sunita to the doctor - but Dev insists and Maya has to cancel the hair appointment. Vera comes in with the damaged blouse Maya identifies the label and sends her off to Manchester. Vera marches across the road and demands that Tyrone takes her off to London.
At the Rovers Leanne is unhappy - Phil does not want to talk to her - and even when Maria and Candice arrive, she is glad she has shown up Nick for what he is. Gail weighs in from the other side of the bar and Leanne calls her a whining bitch of a mother and Nick needs to stand up to her. Shelley wants a truce and Leanne goes and sit down. Leanne realises she was wrong to come back - and Janice says she has to stay and get back on her feet. Maria is glad she came in - she knows she did the right thing. Gail agrees - because Nick can now find a girl worthy of him. Maria responds that she does not have to put with a whining bitch of a mother in law! And then even Audrey queries Nick's motives in going to the flat.
Les comes and asks Janice to move in - and immediately makes it less than enchanting. She gives him short shrift. Apparently Cilla is better at pleasing her man! Janice looks evil and Les gets the message and does not even drink his pint.
Cilla feeds Chesney some wonderful lines - the lad has to convince Les that she should move back in. Chesney would like Kirk to talk to Les- but as he admits if Kirk goes for fish and chips he cannot remember what comes after fish when ordering! Chesney promises to handle that Janice for his mum.
After the break we find Frankie in the Corner Shop with Maya discussing Sunita - Frankie has to have good clothes to ensure that Danny does not look at all the slappers around. Over at the doctors Sunita tells Dev she is not pregnant - but they do not know what is wrong with her and there are further blood tests. Sunita almost wishes she was pregnant.
Janice catches Chesney catching a ball in the Street and they have a discussion. Chesney tells Janice that Les does not love her - and he tells her it would be a bad thing for her to move in again - kids know these things.
Vera returns from the shopping expedition - the blouse cost more than their bed and in fact they are not the same. Vera wants to own up and even Jack reckons the blouse should have come with a wardrobe.
Dev and Sunita return and he sends her to rest. More tests needed. Maya departs to the hairdresser in her usual caring way.
Nick has come home and he is still hoping to settle down with Maria - and Gail has to admit that she gave her and Leanne a piece of her mind and she had to defend her son. So Nick realises that it is over with Maria - which is precisely what Gail wanted all along. Nick delivers himself of a diatribe - he is sick to death of her sticking his oar in he reminds Gail that in Canada he managed to look after himself. He goes to pack - he is leaving.
Frankie arrives to collect her washing and Vera says she has a wonderful taste in clothes. Frankie spots the "new" blouse and says that she cannot think how she came to buy it and tells Vera she can keep it!
Along at Les he is piling up the beer cans - he is in the depths of depression and does not know what he is going to do when there is a knock at the door when Janice arrives - she is moving in. Janice tells Chesney - that Cilla needs more practice if she is going to put words in his mouth.
Maya is unhappy with Sunita's alleged illness - she reckons it is all a put up job - to get Dev away from Maya. Maya rants and raves - because she is convinced that Sunita is simply out to get Maya. Dev says that Maya has failed to convince him - and he is disgusted that she has failed to see that Sunita may well be very ill.
And that was that.
Well hopefully Vera will get her money back! And the Janice / Cilla battle is evenly matched. And I am not sure that Les cares about either really - which is a pity. But then he is caught between a rock and a hard place. Chesney is being overworked in my view - great lad - but this is proving a little tough for him. And how long can Leanne stay?
After all there are few free men around at the moment - Ciaran? Charlie? Jason? Danny? Harry?
Next week then!
K Richard W
Sorry its so late this week. We start tonightās episode with Lez cooking breakfast for Janice. He wants to keep her strength up and Kirk, Fizz and Chesney all complain about the noise that they have been making. Chesney makes pointed remarks about Janice and how they used to have a lady in the house ö Fizz remarks that their mother has been called many things but never a lady. Chesney looks sad when Lez says that Janice is there to stay.
Maya wants to spend the day with Dev but he announces he is going to the shop to help Sunita. Maya is put out and admits she is jealous. They bicker about the situation and Dev says that he wants to be there for Sunita like she was for him. Maya comments that she was there for him as well. Dev says Īeventuallyā under his breath which Maya overhears and is not too impressed about ö she walks out.
Janice is off bowling but before she goes she tries to have a word with Chesney to say that she will never stop him seeing Cilla.
Sunita and Dev are in the shop. Sunita comments that Dev is quiet and he tells her about his argument with Maya. Sunita wants to talk to Maya about it but he asks her not to. Meanwhile in the pub ö Maya is talking to Liz and Frankie about it and they both tell her that it is not right that Dev is spending so much time with Sunita.
Over in the corner the bowling team ö Shelly, Hayley, Sonia, Janice and Eileen are getting a pep talk from Jack about bowling. Norris and Blanche keep interrupting him. Hayley is beside herself with excitement.
Chesney and Lez are playing draughts. Chesney wins and Lez suggests another game when the door goes. Its Cilla with Schmichael. She suggests a walk ö the both ask Lez to go to but he refuses. Chesney pulls the upset card but it doesnāt work.
Nick comes out of the Rovers and sees Maria. He tries to get back with her and blame them splitting up on Leanne. Maria tells him that it is not Leanne that split them up it was him ö she tells him that she always put him first and last but he is not able to do that and took her for granted. She wishes him well and hopes that he will find someone who he loves as much as she loves him. She wishes him good bye and he looks at his feet in a forlorn manner.
Over on the bowling green ö they are all going to their position ö Jack asks Kirk to be his assistant ö his eyes and his ears!
Maya is still in the pub when Sunita and Dev come in. She is sarcastic to them both. Dev explains that Sunita was not feeling well so they have shut the shop for a while. Maya tries to be nice to Sunita and offers to do her afternoon shift. Sunita excuses herself and Dev conveys his surprise about Mayas change in attitude.
Hayley is polishing the balls and Eileen comments that she is glad that someone knows what they are doing. Hayley retorts ćdonāt know about that its been years since Iāve had a pair of woods in my handä ö Eileen smirks at this comment. Jack tries to talk to them about bowls ö he roles a finger peg ö and asks Hayley to roll a thumb peg. She does this so well it knocks his ball out of the way ö he is not pleased. Soniaās turn is next and she makes such a hash it goes into someone elseās game. Then Shelly goes and she lobs it in the air and it slams down on the green. The girls whoop with delight and Jack closes his eyes in desperation.
Nick is packing ö Gail comes in looking like a fish ö they say a few sloppy words to each other and make up.
The bowls team are in the Rovers and Fred comes booming out saying he has fixed a match up for whenever they want. The girls are pleased but Jack exclaims that they have no chance.
Cilla walks into the pub and goes straight to the loo. Meanwhile Chesney is telling Lez what a great day he has had. He then tells him how much Cilla loves him and that Janice is no good for him. Janice has come in the back door and listens to everything. She comes in, shouts at Chesney and then storms into the pub to find Cilla. Cilla comes out of the loo and they both have a massive row. Janice then bars her from the house. Cilla tries to say that she has to see Chesney but Fizz pips in that she can pick him up from her flat. Cilla storms out of the pub. Chesney is waiting outside and apologises for messing things up. Cilla vows that she is not giving up that easily.
Nick ö says his good byes (again!). Maria comes out of the shop and sees all this and starts crying ö Nick gets in the taxi and it drives off with him looking poignant. Gail crosses the street in an annoying way and hugs Maria while she sobs like a baby on to Gailās shoulder.
Thank you Mary Earlam
Hi everyone, here is the first report of the evening.
We open at the Battersbyās, Les and Janice are explaining to Chesney that his mother is banned from the house. He argues with them, saying heās sure she didnāt mean to cause trouble (innocent boy!) but they are quietly adamant. Cilla is not coming in the house again, she can visit Chesney at Fizzās flat. Chesney goes dejectedly off to school, and Janice reckons theyāve seen the last of Cilla, all the doting mother lark was just a plan to get at Les, when she seeās itās backfired sheāll be off in search of another mug. Janice will put money on it.
Audrey has arrived at Gailās house. Gail is on the phone to Nick, and Sarah tells her sheās been talking to him for half an hour and was on the phone to him for an hour last night. (Errrr·.heās only just gone, hasnāt he?) Audrey rushes over and takes the phone off Gail, says a quick hello and asks if heās settled in all right, and then hangs up, much to Gailās annoyance. Audrey points out that Nick moved away to make a fresh start, she should let him stand on his own two feet and not smother the lad. At this point Sarah leaps off the sofa, saying sheās going to make a fresh start too, itās about time she got off her fat bum (her words not mine) and did something. She goes off upstairs leaving Gail and Audrey looking after her.
Sunita looks in on Dev in the shop and tells him sheās off to the doctors. Maya says she hopes sheās not going on her own, and insists Dev goes with her, sheās going to hold the fort, sheās happy to do whatever she can to help. (Has she had a personality change overnight we wonder?) Dev goes to get his jacket, and Maya tells Sunita she had better leave her keys. After theyāve gone Maya looks like the cat who got the cream!
Sarah comes down the stairs, dressed and ready to go out. Sheās going to work, if sheās still got a job. Gail worries that itās too soon, but Sarah tells her she canāt sit around for ever, and Audrey tells Gail that if Sarah wants to go to work she should let her. Sarah promises not to overdo it, and off she goes. Gail moans to Audrey that she didnāt back her up, and Audrey tells Gail that sheās the same with Sarah as she is with Nick ö too possessive. Gail says she feels guilty about sending Nick away to Canada so that when he came back she never wanted to let him out of her sight. Audrey thinks he was only ever just passing through, and if it hadnāt been for Maria he would have left months ago. It doesnāt mean he doesnāt love her, but he wonāt be coming back there very often. Itās called tough love, what sheās saying now. Gail gives a wry grin.
Les meets Patrick coming out of the taxi office. Patrick tells him that Eileen has got a big job for him, the punter asked for him by name. Puzzled, Les goes in, to find··Cilla!
Sheās wearing a short skirt and a plunging neckline, and is made up to the nines, sheās got a job interview and she insists that itās Les that drives her. Les tells Eileen sheāll have to give this one to another driver, but Cilla says she wants Les. Eileen tells him heāll have to take her, there are no other drivers. Les says theyāll have to ring another firm, but Eileen points out that Steve would do his nut, heāll have to take her, but if she tries any funny business he can always push the ejector seat button.
Over in the corner shop, Hayley is complaining to Maya that her change is a penny short. Maya sighs deeply and pulls another coin out of the till and drops it into Hayleyās hand. Now Hayley tells her sheās got nine pence too much. Maya is exasperated by it all, why canāt everything be rounded up to fifty pence, a pound, a fiver? Then she hustles Hayley out of the shop, saying sheās bored now and sheās going to shut the shop. Hayley is astounded, ĪIn daytime?ā she splutters as she finds herself on the pavement. ĪAnd before you ask,ā says Maya, ĪI did have the same slack attitude to being a lawyer.ā She closes the door and goes and picks up Sunitaās keys.
In the taxi, Cilla is complaining about the heat, itās too hot for the stockings sheās wearing, pulling up the hem of her skirt to show Les the stocking top. She has to dress smart for a interview, she tells him. Les asks her not to talk to him, sheās trying to get under his skin, into his head, sheās like a spider weaving its web. Cilla tells him heās nothing to be frightened of, but Les doesnāt seem so sure, and starts singing loudly. Cilla shouts over the singing, telling him sheās been head-hunted, the job is in a wine bar in Charlton, and if she gets it sheāll be out of his life for good. She tells him to relax and enjoy the ride.
In the street, Maya is hurrying round the corner to Sunitaās front door. She puts the key in the lock, but just as she opens it a ball whizzes past her and two lads rush past. She shuts the door in a hurry, looking guilty, and then changes her mind and goes away.
Dev and Sunita are in the doctorās surgery. Most of the blood tests have come back clear, but the doctor is concerned about a raised prolactin level, she wants to send Sunita to the hospital to see a doctor in the department of endochrinology. Sheāll write today and Sunita should hear in a week or two. Dev asks is that it? Does the doctor have any other thoughts she would like to share with them? She tells them that an endochrinologist looks at hormones and secretions, he can order tests that she canāt, and at this stage she is keeping her options open. Sunita looks worried.
Martin goes into the caf and sees Sarah at work. He asks if this is a good idea, but she tells him she likes working and she canāt stay cooped up in the house forever. Roy comes over and tells Martin that he shares his concerns, but Sarah has promised not to do too much too soon. At that moment Katy walks in. Sarah and Martin stare at her silently, and after an awkward pause she turns and goes out again.
Dev is asking the doctor how long it is likely to be before Sunita will see the doctor at the hospital, and he is told itās likely to be month or two. He asks if it would be any quicker if Sunita went privately and heās told yes, she could see him straight away. Sunita starts to protest but he tells her not to worry about the money, and that is what they will do.
Les and Cilla are driving up the High Street looking for the wine bar, but without success. Eventually they stop and Cilla gets out to ask someone, but she has never heard of Chaplinās wine bar. (Surprise, surprise!)
In the caf, Hayley is worried about Sarahās return to work, but Sarah assures her that sheās fine. Roy tells Hayley that he was walking past the auction rooms and something caught his eye, he wants to go and bid for it. He wonāt tell her what it is, but says that if heās successful sheāll be pleasantly surprised. ĪWill I now?ā giggles Hayley, and goes off back to work, obviously intrigued.
Still unable to find the wine bar, Cilla pulls her phone out and makes a call to the boss. She then discovers that she should be in Chorley, thatās where the wine bar is. She tells the person on the other end of the phone to tell Simon he can stick his poxy wine bar, and hangs up. Appearing tearful and stressed, she moans that her shoes are killing her, she pulls one off and limps off up the road.
Maya is just putting Sunitaās key back on the ring when Dev and Sunita walk back into the shop. She turns on the charm, telling Dev he can take over, Sunita has had a stressful morning and she is going to take her shopping. Just then Shelley comes into the shop, ĪOh, youāre open now,ā she says, and tells them sheād been over an hour ago but they were shut. Dev and Sunita look at Maya, who tells them that she needed air.
Cilla is sitting on a park bench, sobbing that sheās just trying to get her life back on track, to make up for the mistakes of the past and do right by little Chesney. Les tries to be kind, and sits beside her, and tells her Chesney just wants his mother to be around when he needs her. She tells him he doesnāt have to remind her what a lousy mother sheās been, and Les used to think fondly of her, he used to love her, until she blew it. She turns on the waterworks, and turns away from him, a sly little smile on her lips. Les softens, and tells her, ĪHey, come on·..ā.
About to embark on their shopping trip, Maya takes Sunita into the Rovers. Maya is oozing charm, but Sunita tells her that Dev isnāt there, she doesnāt need to put on an act. Maya insists she just wants to be friends, she likes Sunita but just gets a bit jealous sometimes.
Martin comes into the pub and sees Katy in there, reading a book. He goes up to her and says he hopes she didnāt walk out of the caf on his account. She says that neither he nor Sarah looked happy to see her, and Martin tells her that Sarah was more shocked than anything.
On the bench, Cilla is pleading with Les to hold her to make the pain go away. He tells her itās time they were getting back. He tells her she canāt keep harping on about him and her all the time, she has got to move on. She says she canāt help it, she thinks about him all the time, and they had some good times didnāt they? He admits they did.
Janice rushes into the taxi office and ask Eileen to call Les. The school have contacted her, Chesney is not well and needs to be collected.
Meanwhile, Cilla is using every trick in the book to seduce Les, and he looks like heās struggling to resist. She tells him she knows he loves Janice, but he can have his cake and eat it·(here she shows a generous amount of stocking top and thigh) sheās not a greedy girl, sheās happy to share. She suggests they drive to a nice quiet spot, and no one need ever know. Les stutters that they canāt·. ĪCome on Les,ā she purrs, Īyou know you want to·.ā She moves over and kisses him on the lips·..
And thatās it for episode one!
Second episode, Monday, July 12.
"Come in, Les." No, it's not an invitation from Cilla. It's Eileen trying to find out where he is because Janice needs to contact him. Chesney is ill, the school's rung up. The calls comes just as Les rouses himself from the spell cast over him by the wicked witch of the Greater Manchester area. Janice gets on the airwaves to point out to him that he took responsibility for Chesney, so it's up to him to fetch the boy. "I'm with Janice, now," he tells Cilla. "You blew it. Me and you are history." Since she can't get to her interview, he has to take her back to Weatherfield. "Belt up, and stay on your side of the car," Les says.
In the pub, Sunita and Maya come in, Maya saying they need a drink after traipsing around the shops. She goes to talk to Frankie and Sunita has a quiet word with Shelley, telling her Dev is paying for her to go private. And then she jinxes it by saying Shelley must not mention it to anyone -- always the kiss of death for any Street secret. She might as well tell Audrey. Frankie thought Sunita and Maya were not friends. They're not, Maya says, but this way she can keep a sharp eye on Sunita.
In the street, Chesney has been fetched. Les wants him to go into the house and go to bed, but Ches says he's much better, "and a bar of chocolate would make me 100%!" Cilla says Chesney can go and play, but Les points out that the lad is poorly, "and you are going to look after him." And then he finds out that Cilla can't pay for the taxi ride. They are just about to go into the house when Fizz and Hayley come along, discussing whether Roy might be going to buy Hayley some jewellry at the auction. Fizz spots Cilla apparently going into Les's house and races into the factory. Uh oh.
In the cafe, Candice is moaning about having to spend all her days shampooing, cleaning out wash basins and making cups of tea. She wants to go somewhere else and get a job in a salon where they let her do more. Sarah agrees that she'd also like to make a fresh start.
Back outside the factory, Janice rushes out, but Cilla and Chesney have vanished and so has the cab. It comes along with Les driving, and Les has to admit to Janice that Cilla is in the house because someone had to stay with Chesney. Hayley interrupts to let Janice know that Mr Baldwin has said that if Janice is not back in 10 seconds, she's on holiday -- unpaid.
In the shop, Dev tells the two shoppers that he was thinking of sending out a search party. He denies he was encouraging Maya to shop, and says he hoped Sunita might be a voice of reason and hold her back. Maya then embarrasses Sunita by pulling out some quite intimate garments and telling Dev they're his present.
Back at Les's, Chesney is under a rug on sofa and Cilla is in an armchair. Ches is hungry. "I'm watching telly!" she tells him in a tone of annoyance. (annoyedly?) Chesney admits he just pretended to be sick to get off school. Cilla thinks that's dead cunning. "You don't need school, you're clever enough already." She gets him to agree to help her get back with Uncle Les. Then a banshee comes through the doors, screams up the stairs, "Leeeeessssssss!!!", and then: "Right, lady -- out!" It's our Jan. Cilla suggests a "thank you" would be nice before she goes. "He's your kid," points out Janice. "Why do you need thanks for looking after him?" Cilla leaves, slamming the door behind her.
Les is back from work. "Has she gone?" He would have kicked out Cilla himself, but he had a job to the airport. Janice tells him firmly that he has to look after Chesney. She's not going to do it, and Les shouldn't be getting that slapper to do it. She points out that Chesney was not really ill. She's sent him to bed, even if it is only six o' clock. After about 20 seconds of cross-examination, Les admits Cilla was with him when he got the call from Janice. Janice explains to him that Cilla is chasing him, trying to get back with him. "I know," he says, "she's mad about me, besotted. I can't help it if I am a good-looking bloke. Sometimes, being attractive to women, well, it's a burden. But me and you, Jan, it's written in the stars. What's for tea?"
At the bus-stop, Ken is almost bowled by a large globe towing Roy off a bus. Once they are all upright, the bus leaves, but not before the driver shouts at Roy: "'OI! Mr Universe! Take a taxi next time." Ken helps Roy take it to the cafe. It's Hayley's present.
At Les's, Fizz wants to know why he keeps falling for Cilla's tricks. Les is offended by the suggestion that he's thick. Compared to Kirk, he's a candidate for Mastermind, Les says. Now Kirk is offended. "Stop trying to make out I'm thick," he says. "At least if I'd been driving the cab, I would have made sure she paid her fare." "Shut up!" shouts Les, but it's too late. Janice is aghast. Didn't Cilla pay? Kirk suggests there are other ways of paying that don't involve money changing hands. Janice explains to Les, very patiently, that if he lets Cilla into the house one more time, she'll be out of there. Les is fed up and goes to the pub.
In the cafe: "Good heavens!" And that's pretty strong language for Hayley. Roy tells her he was a bit worried he wouldn't get the globe. "The bidding was quite fierce," he says. He had to pay more than he'd planned. His competitor for the globe was "a rather peculiar-looking man -- rather eccentric, I thought." Hayley mentions that she thought he might get something more romantic, but Roy is filled with the romance of exploration. Hayley points out that Kaiser Wilhelmsland is marked on the globe, and Ireland is entirely red. So, it might be an elderly globe, Roy says, but while political boundaries change, the mountains remain.
In the Rovers, Harry Flagg is telling Eileen that Frankie's presence in the factory is making him nervous, criticising his cleaning. Eileen points out that anyone who has Vera Duckworth to clean for them can't be too fussy. Frankie comes into the pub and comments that Harry is like a Flagg that's always at half mast. Harry isn't worried. At the airport where he cleaned toilets, he was called a Flagg of Convenience
Roy is telling Hayley that apart from going to Paxos and his trip to Amsterdam to find her, he's never traveled. But he's always been attracted to the colder places, oh, and India. Hayley says she'd be happy to join him if he was just going to explore every nook and cranny of the British Isles.
Maya has a surprise for Dev. She can picture them together on a Caribbean beach . . . In fact, she can picture it so much that she's been and gone and booked their wedding and honeymoon there, two weeks from now.
At Gail's, Sarah is telling her Gran she wants to give up her job in the cafe. In fact, she wants to try something completely different -- hairdressing. She wants her grandmother to give her a job.
Dev seems to be hoping it's a wind-up. How could Maya make such a momentous decision on her own? Didn't she think it worth consulting the bridegroom about such a decision? Maya's answer is to suggest bed.
In the pub, Les and Cilla are talking. Cilla says she understands she's not allowed in the house, as long as she's still allowed to see little Chesney. But she's a bit stuck because she's got nowhere to take him. Les agrees she can come to the house as long as Janice doesn't know about it.
Wednesday 14 July
Les is asking if there is any more milk. Kirk says Janice has send Chesney to get some more. He then suggests that he and Kirk go to Royās to get breakfast.
At the corner shop Cilla tells Chesney that she is coming over to see him after school. He is thrilled but is told not to rush home, as Cilla wants to get Les on his own. Maya is asking Sunita what time her appointment is. ćtwo thirtyä she says. Dev tells Maya not to be late. She promises she wonāt be.
Frankie is on the phone to the estate agency. They have had an offer on their house. Five thousand under but Danny takes the phone and says they want the asking price nothing else, he then leaves. ćDrop the mop Vera, weāre going house huntingä Frankie tells her.
At Royās, Les and Kirk are sitting with Patrick. Les asks if Kirk will be working in the kennels, he is. Patrick shows them a picture of his dog. Les invites Kirk for a drink later.
In the factory Danny is on the phone saying he wants it done now and today. He then asks Mike for the day off because he has to take care of some think. Mike agrees but is told, if anyone asks for him he is seeing clients.
Gail and Audrey enter the caf telling Sarah there on a break and thought they would come and see her. Sarah then says, if she was working at the Salon they could do this all the time. Audrey realises she was serious and says she had no vacancies. Sarah tells her that Candice is not happy and thinking of leaving.
In the corner shop the phone rings. Sunita tells Shelly that will be Maya saying she can't make it. Then she picks it up, its Dev. He asks if Maya is there but is told no. He then says he will come and says bye. Maya enters the shop saying there's a taxi outside.
Frankie and Vera are sitting in a posh restaurant. They have plans of houses. Frankie says she likes this one and asks what time they are going to look at it. She then asks if Vera can drive, she can but itās been a long time. Frankie gets an alcohol drink.
Dev enters his shop and sees Maya. He asks if Sunita got away on time, she did. Dev and Maya talk about the wedding. Maya says they can't let their ex partners get in the way of the wedding.
Cilla is banging on the back door. Les opens it and says she's twenty minutes early. She kisses him leaving lipstick on his cheek. She then says thanks for doing this for her and Chesney. Les tells her to be gone by five and leave no trace.
Les is saying Chesney should be home by now. Cilla suggests that he's on detention. Cilla says maybe they could get naught but Les says no. Kirk enters and says he was waiting for him. Les then says they will have cans from the fridge instead of going to the Rovers.
At the salon Audrey tells Candice she can go home early because itās quiet. She says ok and gets her jacket. Audrey then asks her if she happy with her job. Candice says she is happy.
Vera is reversing the car in and struggling. She says she cant do this but Frankie tells her that she could get a bus in there. Eileen hears that and also says it. Frankie says that this could take a long time so she will wait inside. Janice comes up and tells Vera she could get a bus in there. Vera shouts saying she's not driving a bus.
Les is spraying air freshener round the house to get ride of the smell of Cilia's perfume and asks Kirk if he has missed any think, he says no. Janice comes in and Les offers to make her a cup of tea. Les sees the lipstick on his face from the kettle. Les says heās got a tooth ache and covers his cheek. Janice goes to see Chesney and Les asks Kirk why he didnāt say any think about the lipstick.
Sunita does not answer the phone when it goes off. Dev leaves a message asking how she got on at the hospital.
At the Rovers Dev is telling Mike that he just thinks the timing for his wedding is wrong. Patrick is showing Shelly a picture of his dog saying that he is not getting walked thatās why he looks sad. So Shelly asks whatās he going to do. Harry tells Vera that she should get Frankie to park her own car next time. Patrick shows Shelly a step counter and he says he wants two thousand steps then he will know they have walked the dog.
Janice tides away the fish and chips and says to Les that his tooth ache did not last long. She then goes to make tea for him and Kirk. Kirk asks Les why he had lipstick on his cheek. Les says heās cursed with animal magnetism and all woman want him. Kirk asks for his secret but is told if he knew that he would right a book and be rich.
Sunita lets Dev in. She tells him that she has to wait for her results and is booking in for a brain scan. Dev says he is coming with her next time. His phone goes of, its Maya. Sunita says not tell any one because she does not want a fuss.
Frankie asks Danny why she could not reach him all day. He tells her that she has not forgotten what day it is on Friday. Its there anniversary and she thinks he been out getting her a present.
Outside the corner shop Maya meets Dev. They get in the car and she says they have to talk about the wedding but Dev is sick of it. He then says he wants to call it off. Maya is furious and says itās because of Sunita. She throws Dev out and drives away.
Friday 16 July
Friday update running behind the Sunday update - Mary is obviously on top form this week. Events in Weatherfield tonight were written by John Fay and were directed by Neil Alderton; they remain the copyright of Granada Television and were sponsored by Cadburys Dairy Milk.
In the shop Dev is trying to convince Maya that changing the wedding arrangements would be a good idea. Audrey is shopping and all is sweetness and light until she leaves the shop when Maya tears into Dev - until another customer arrives. Dev has to take Sunita again on the Saturday - private practice and he admits he is paying for it. Dev feels he needs to be there fore Sunita. Maya starts throwing groceries at him and on the floor breaking various bottles and shouting at him for supporting Sunita and not agreeing to the wedding plans.
Frankie turns up at the factory and gives Danny a working over for the anniversary card from the Kabin - I love you and I always will says the card and Danny reckons that says it all. She wants to know what he was doing on Wednesday. He reckons he has bought her something really great - she is two dress sizes smaller than last year and he has to have it altered. Designer dressmaker is hand stitching it and it will be delivered at lunchtime. He gives her a load of flannel and she goes. he then summons Hayley and sends her shopping for the classy item he claims to have bought on Wednesday - so where was he if he was not shopping. The rest of the girls give Danny a hard time over using Hayley "fashion guru". Danny is told that Hayley used to be a man. As Karen observes Hayley is trendy and stylish - you can see that in one look. Danny reckons it is a wind up but Fiz (bless her) stands up for Hayley and assures him she will do a good job. And Hayley has loyalty cards to every charity shop in Weatherfield says the newly speaking cast member.
Roy leaves Sarah in charge of the cafe - but before he goes he has to hear Sarah say that she has enjoyed working in the cafe but she wants to hand in her notice - she is expecting to and work at the salon. Sarah is wished well by Roy - although the leaving date is not settled.
Sunita comes downstairs and Dev tells her that Maya was responsible for the mess. She wants to work and she offers to help clear up.
Gail and Audrey are having a drink in the Rovers. Candice is not leaving and there is no vacancy for Sarah. Gail leans on Audrey to put her family first. In another booth Maya and Frankie are discussing the events earlier and the problem that Sunita is causing to the wedding plans. Maya claims that Sunita is lying - Frankie retells the rumour that Sunita was pregnant and of course Maya immediately jumps to the conclusion that Dev must be responsible, and shakes her head in despair, luckily no damage was done to the contents.
After the break Maya and Frankie walk along the Street with Maya determined to find out the truth. Danny sees them and dives back inside Underworld as Hayley returns with the present. He tips the taxi driver and Hayley has brought back a gift wrapped present - classy liked he asked for. How do you define "Classy" he asks - "Elegant" Hayley responds which does nothing for Danny's composure. Danny asks her who she considers dresses elegantly. Hayley thinks for a second "Lauren Bacall" is the answer. "That'll do" he fires back, grabs the present and marches across the Street. Frankie opens the box and tells Danny he did not choose it - he looks worried until she pronounces it gorgeous. "Lauren Bacall" I thought he rejoins and she kisses him. They start to go upstairs so she can try it on, when there is a knock at the door. Two police officers want to ask a few questions.
Maya is asking Sunita for Dev's whereabouts - Swinton shop and he will be gone for several hours. Maya asks after Sunita's health - she is feeling better than this morning. Maya finds out that Sunita will be in the shop and to ring her mobile if needed. So Maya slips round and lets herself into Sunita's flat. She starts looking for some evidence of recent events. She finds a diary with notes about a doctors' clinic visit.
The policewoman wants to know where Danny was on Wednesday. He explains it is wedding anniversary today - so he spent the afternoon shopping for a present. The police are making enquiries in connection with Vincent Evans. When he left his factory on Wednesday evening he was the subject of a vicious assault. He cannot talk yet - but the police have been told about the affair. They admit the affair - but there are other suspects - he has a lot of enemies. Frankie supports his story that he was home in time for tea. The police accept the story and depart. But Frankie knows that Danny did something on Wednesday - but he will not tell the truth. She believes he is guilty - but Danny denies it.
In the Rovers Karen asserts that Danny is probably getting a rollicking from Frankie over the present. And the other factory girls join in the laugh - although Hayley is supported by Fiz.
At the bar Mike gives Audrey some advice - family members are often better. She wants to take on Sarah - but does not know if she will be any good. So Mike suggests that she takes Sarah on a month's trial - and the decision can be made at the end of the month. Later Audrey sees Sarah in the cafe and she can start next week for a month's trial - but she should keep her options open.
Roy has been to the auction and bought a camper van - they can explore - providing Hayley does the driving. Roy was being more spontaneous - but she does not look impressed. The two of them - the open road - they can go where-ever the mood takes them. The two of them alone in the van. Roy wants to start in Kent and he does not want Hayley to drive too far.
Maya's searching eventually bears fruit - the pregnancy test kit in the back of the bathroom cabinet.
See you next week.
K Richard W
Sunday 18 July
We start tonightās episode with Maya plunging coffee and Dev thanks her for not throwing tins at Sunita. They then discuss Sunitaās illness. Maya is fishing to know what is going on and Dev tells her that he will be gone most of the day. He turns her offer down to go with Sunita instead of him. Maya still cant understand why Dev is doing all of this and says that he did not make her ill with a question in her voice.
Hayley comes into the caf with a suitcase and a map. Roy is too fascinated by the road atlas of 1900 to start packing. They thank Vera for stepping in and she says that she is worried she might be too busy. Leanne happens to be at the counter and offers to work there. Hayley and Roy take her up on her offer much to Veraās dismay.
Maya goes to relieve Dev from the shop and tells him that he is lucky she is free as she has been offered some consultancy work. She then tells him she wont be doing that for much longer and insinuates that she is pregnant. When pressed she says she isnāt but would like to start a family. Dev is clearly getting frustrated and tells her that they need to get married first and then think about that later.
Frankie has made herself some toast and Danny complains. She is still trying to find out what happened. Danny is saying nothing except denying that he touched Vinnie.
Dev goes to pick Sunita up and she is really worried. He tries to tell her that he was fine ö but this worries her more as she has symptoms and he didnāt. They leave the flat.
Hayley and Roy are in the Rovers talking about their holiday. Hayley says they may even go for a year if they get used to it. This alarms Tracy because of babysitting purposes. Ciaran asks about the caf.
Frankie is in the corner shop and Maya is still brooding. They have a chat about the conversation that Dev had that morning with Maya. They both convince themselves that Sunita is pregnant and as this is her second appointment she is having an abortion.
In the hospital Sunita and Dev go into see the consultant. His first part is good news she has a benign tumor which grows on the pituitary gland and affects periods which was why she thought she was pregnant. It is not serious and responds to drugs. Sunita is delighted at this until the doctor says that during the tests they found she had an aneurysm and further tests are required. Sunita is extremely worried about this and demands to know the prognosis. The Doctor tries to calm her but she is adamant. He tells her that as it is cerebral it could have dire consequences if it were to rupture but nothing can be confirmed until the test results have come through. On hearing this news Sunita puts her head in her hands.
Harry is at the bar and Danny bangs into him. Harry complains about Danny. Ciaran mentions that he would like to buy the caf and Harry in passing says he has money and would let Ciaran run it. Ciaran asks him if he is serious. Because Sonia and Janice are still calling him silly names he says he might be.
Frankie, Danny and Mike are sitting having a drink and Mike asks how their anniversary meal went. Frankie tells him that the police turned up. Mike isnāt very helpful because he tells Frankie about the two fights that Danny had when he first arrived.
Roy and Hayley are packing their van ö Vera is still moaning about Leanne helping out. The factory girls are goading Roy as he is taking loads of saucepans but Hayley tells them that she has packed a restaurant guide. They trundle of down the street with Hayley driving.
Mike apologises to Danny for putting his foot in it with Frankie. Danny then gives him a cheque for the business. He tells him that on Wednesday he went to Chingford and sold the house without Frankie knowing. Mike asks him if he went via Vinnies ö but Danny still denies it.
Emily comes into the Rovers and asks about the protests. Audrey puts her two penneth in and says that it nearly killed someone ö and they all look over at Betty.
In the canteen Sunita is hysterical and is convinced that she is going to die. She asks Dev not to tell anyone not even Maya.
Frankie is on the phone and then pretends to Danny that she wasnāt speaking to anyone. They row about Vinnie because Danny is still being secretive about his absence on Wednesday.
Emily is hearing about Bettyās illness. She then asks if they can put all this business behind them ö but goes onto says that she is still intending to fight the council on this matter. Audrey does not look at all pleased.
Sunita and Dev arrive back. Dev is helping Sunita towards the flat ö Maya looks out of the shop door and watches the two of them together ö she looks on in dismay.
Thatās it for this week.
Thanks Mary Earlam
Monday 19 July
Hi everyone, here is the first episode this evening.
We open with Sunita, clad in paisley dressing gown, sitting on the sofa, stony faced. Dev is getting ready to leave for work, and asks if sheās going to meet him for lunch, but she says no. He tries to tell her that Sunita really is quite ill, and she has no one else, no family, no one but him to lean on, but Maya is cool and doesnāt seem convinced. As he leaves, in a tone which suggests sheās about as caring as a viper, she tells him to give her best wishes to Sunita. Dev says he will.
Itās breakfast time at the Websters, and Rosie is protesting loudly that she does not want to go to another school. She wants to stay at Weatherfield High with her friends. Sally tries to tell her that it is all for her benefit, but sheās another one who isnāt convinced. When Sally mentions all the sacrifices she and Kevin are going to have to make, Rosie tells her she neednāt bother, itāll all be wasted, because sheās just going to run away. She rushes off upstairs, and Sally chides Kevin for not supporting her. Kevin admits he agrees with Rosie, she should stay at Weatherfield High, itās a decent enough school. Sally moans that she feels completely on her own as far as the family is concerned, sheās not helped or appreciated.
Over at Danny and Frankieās they are discussing whether Danny had anything to do with what happened to Vinny. Danny says he wouldnāt do anything that would mean they would keep talking about Vinny, and anyway, he was a ladies man, she was not the first by a long chalk. Just then, Vera lets herself in at the front door and tells Danny they are waiting for him over the road. Frankie is outraged at Danny calling Vinny a ladies man. ĪWhat do you call those men who have nothing to do with women?ā she splutters. Vera pokes her head round the kitchen door, ĪGays!ā Sheās ignored. ĪA monk,ā Frankie finds the word she was looking for, Īcompared to you, Vinny was a monk,ā she tells Danny. After heās gone, Vera comes out of the kitchen, telling Frankie she reckons her husband has a right temper on him, when he lets go. Frankie admits that he has.
Sarah walks into the salon, and Audrey tells her she was beginning to think sheād changed her mind. ĪWhy?ā asks Sarah, and Audrey points out that they do open at 9.00am. Sarah tells her she got delayed, ĪDoes it mean Iām sacked?ā she giggles. Audrey tells her of course not, and tells her to set to work cleaning everything. Sarah is rather crestfallen, she didnāt think she would be cleaning. Audrey reminds her that she canāt start at the top, and asks Sarah to call her Audrey and not Gran while in the salon. Candice is surprised to see Sarah, she hadnāt been told that she was starting work there, and Sarah tells her that sheās going to train up and one day take over the whole business, when Audrey retires. Candice looks somewhat less than thrilled at the news.
Frankie and Vera are sitting at the dining table, drinking real coffee. We know itās real coffee because the cafetiere is in the centre of the table. Frankie is on the phone to the hospital trying to get some news of Vinny, without much success. When she hangs up, Frankie asks Vera if she knows when Jack is telling the truth. Vera says she does, but she does think there can be too much truth in a marriage, the lies can get you through the bad patches. Frankie asks if Jack had done something serious, Vera would want to know the truth then. ĪLike what?ā asks Vera. Frankie tells her, that just as a Īfor instanceā what if he tried to kill somebody. Vera says Jack would never do that, but if he did it would be her he was trying to kill, so sheād know.
Over in the shop, Shelley is telling Sunita that she looks terrible. She wants to know what the doctor said, but Sunita is cagey, and just tells her that she has some tablets. Dev wanders in from the back and Shelley turns on him, criticizing him for Īmakingā Sunita work in that condition. Dev protests that he didnāt make her, heās asked her to take the day off. Shelley says itās no good asking her, heās got to tell her, and she marches out, telling Dev that if anything happens to Sunita while sheās behind the counter, heāll be the one to blame. She marches out, and Dev asks Sunita how sheās really feeling.
Sally arrives at the garage and informs Kevin that sheās made an appointment to see the head of Yr. 9 at Weatherfield High, sheās willing to give the school every chance. Sheās going to see what he can offer, what she says to him doesnāt matter, itās what he says to her.
Dev knocks at the Grimshawās front door, and when Todd answers he asks him to do a big favour and work in the shop that afternoon. Todd asks if heās not frightened it will put his customers off? Dev wonders where on earth he got that idea, and Todd tells him it had something to do with how relieved Dev was when he asked for time off. Dev tells him he just didnāt want him to feel pressured, but now is asking if heāll come and do a few hours in the shop.
Over in the Rovers, Shelley is trying to talk to Charlie about Sunita, but he appears far more interested in his newspaper. Candice and Sarah come in and order orange juice and a buttie. Sarah tells her she hasnāt got any money, and Candice tells her she can pay her back when she takes over the business.
Maya and Frankie are also in the pub, discussing Sunita and the supposed pregnancy. Frankie says she would have gone for Dev with the bread knife, but Maya thinks she will concentrate on Sunita and let her know that her secret is out, and when she gets a full and frank confession, then she will go for Dev with the bread knife.
Tommy tells Kevin that in a way he admires Sally, she wonāt rest until she gets what she wants. He reckons Kev is bound for greatness, Kev reckons itāll be an early grave.
Shelley once again tries to talk to Charlie about Sunita. He looks up from his paper and asks if sheād like to go out that evening and then she can tell him about anything she likes, and he will listen to every word.
Frankie asks Maya if it would make any difference if Dev had told her the truth about getting Sunita pregnant and helping her to get an abortion, if heād trusted her enough to tell her. Maya doesnāt think so, but something seems to occur to Frankie and she says she just has to go and run a little errand.
Frankie marches into Dannyās office and tells him that she couldnāt stand it if all this time he had been lying to her and really he had Īdone Vinny overā. Danny seems exasperated, ĪThe reason I keep denying it is cos it aināt true, you doughnut!ā he tells her. She tells him that if he keeps saying it wasnāt him, and then she finds out it was, that will be the end of them.
Sally has arrived at Weatherfield High for her meeting with the Head of Year 9. Heās doesnāt seem sure why sheās there, and when another teacher sticks his head round the door, he tells him heāll be with him in five minutes. Sally is somewhat put out. ĪIs that all weāve got, five minutes?ā she asks through pursed lips. He tells her itās a figure of speech, and they can be as long as she likes·..and what was the name again·.?
The person in question, Rosie, is at the garage, talking to Kevin as he works. Rosie has heard that her mum has gone to the school and is worried, she wants to know what she was planning to say to them. Kevin tells her that they may just have got through to Sally, and that she was just planning to talk to them about what sort of work Rosie will be doing next year. Tommy tells her that at least her dad wonāt have to shell out a fortune in school fees.
Sarah comes out of the pub, talking to Candice, telling her that she thought hairdressing would be a good option because you donāt need qualifications. ĪNo,ā says Candice, somewhat sarcastically, Īit doesnāt matter how stupid you are, anyone can do it.ā ĪYeah,ā agrees Sarah, the sarcasm lost on her. They see Todd across the road, on his way to the shop. Sarah wonders why he doesnāt just move away, and Candice asks her what sheās going to do when he comes in for a haircut. ĪHe wouldnāt dare, would he?ā asks Sarah.
Sally is telling the Head of Year that maths is what Rosie is best at, and sheās surprised heās not heard about her because sheās quite outstanding. He checks his paperwork and admits that her grades are Īquite goodā, and heās sure sheāll be in one of the top sets, although of course he canāt promise anything, that will be down to the maths department. Sally wants to know if there are any special classes for children like Rosie. ĪSpecial·.in the sense of·?ā Sally explains that she doesnāt want Rosie to find it all too easy, and is assured that the teachers wonāt let that happen. Then his mobile phone rings, Sally is not impressed.
Dev is urging Sunita to go and lie down as Todd has arrived to work in the shop. Sunita tells him she will go and sit down, and invites him up for a cup of tea. He tells her heāll be up in a while. Vera is in the shop and is horrified when she sees Todd working there. She tells Dev that folk wonāt want to put stuff on their table that has been handled by him. Dev tells Vera that Todd is doing him a great favour and neither of them need that kind of talk. He asks if sheās going to apologise and start behaving, or what? Vera reckons sheās just saying what any right minded person would say, so Dev tells her to get out. Vera protests that she is one of his best customers. He tells her that when she talks like that sheās one of his worst and the type he doesnāt want coming through the door. Todd interrupts and tells Vera heās washed his hands, and Dev warns her not to say another word. Vera looks petulant, but complies. ĪBy Īeck,ā she says as Dev goes off, Īyou know who your friends are round Īere.ā ĪYou do, Vera,ā agrees Todd, ĪI found that one out.ā
Sally is letting rip at the teacher, telling him that no matter how brilliant her daughter might be sheās got to be the same as everyone else. That is the type of school they are, they just want everybody to be the same. Sally says sheās wasting her time there, and she is withdrawing Rosie from the school as of now.
Danny walks into the sitting room where Frankie is sitting on the sofa reading a magazine. Heās come over to tell her that she has to stop thinking the worst of him, it will eat away and destroy them, she has to start giving him the benefit of the doubt.
At the salon, Sarah has just finished painting her nails and is telling Audrey that because Gail is working she will have to go and pick up Beth. Audrey tells her to be there at 9 oāclock sharp in the morning. Sarah agrees she will, but adds that if sheās going to be late sheāll give Audrey a ring. Audrey rolls her eyes as Sarah departs. Candice asks if sheās coming back, and Audrey tells her that sheās not. She tells Candice that she knows Sarah arrived late, has left early and done nothing in between, but they have to remember the tough time sheās had recently and be patient with her.
In her flat, Sunita brings Dev a cup of tea. They start discussing her illness and whether sheās going to be all right. Downstairs in the shop, Maya has arrived to find Todd working there. She asks where Sunita is, and he tells her sheās not very well. Maya then asks where Dev is, and Todd says he doesnāt know. Maya ringās Devās mobile phone, and they hear it ringing close by. Todd pulls it out of a drawer so Maya concludes that he canāt be far away. Upstairs in the flat Sunita is getting upset about the state of her health, sheās frightened and sheās all alone. Maya marches out of the shop and round to Sunitaās front door. She pulls out a key and lets herself in. Upstairs Sunita is getting very distressed, and is crying. Dev puts his arms around her in an attempt to comfort her. At that moment the door opens and Maya walks in. ĪIsnāt that nice,ā she spits, Īthe lovers embracing!ā She accuses them of fooling everybody, even her, but not any more because she is not believing another word.
And thatās all for now!
Hello, and welcome to some fairly fast-paced witty dialogue from writer John Fay. Another one of his goodies.
We open in the flat where the moment has been frozen in time. But the delay hasn't calmed down Maya. Oh no. "Why are you here?!" she screams. Several times Dev tries to explain, but is over-ridden by her screaming. "I'm so sorry about this," Dev says to Sunita, but he is verbally attacked. "Don't waste your breath on her. It's me you should be saying sorry to!" Maya shouts that she came up to check on Sunita and found the two of them red handed. "How did you get in?" Sunita asks in a reasonable voice. "Never mind about that," Maya says, continuing on with her idea of what they were up to. Dev repeats it: "How did you get in?" "The door was open!" Maya shouts. She says they were too wrapped up in each other to even shut the door properly. Dev says he just came up to see how Sunita was. "And how was she?" asks Maya with a sneer. "Easy? Gagging for it?" Dev and Sunita are both horrified at this. Sunita says she really is sick. "You'll be dead by the time I'm finished with you!" screams Maya, lunging for Sunita. Like the first Mrs Rochester her hair is almost more frenzied that she is as she tries to get at Sunita, screaming "I'll kill you, I'll kill you!" and being held back by Dev. Sunita shows Maya that there are prescription pill bottles on the side table, but Maya just turns the table over. "It's a bit late for pills now!" She explains her theory (well, shouts her theory) that Dev got "this cheap little slut" pregnant and then took her to have an abortion. As soon as she draws breath, Sunita says quietly, "I've got a brain tumor." This doesn't slow down Maya. "Oh the sympathy vote's always a good one," she tells Dev. "And you were stupid enough to fall for that." "I've also got a cerebral aneurysm," Sunita says. This makes Maya pause to ask what that is. "It's a bomb waiting to go off in my head."
Whew. It's a relief to go over to Danny and Frankie where Frankie says she wants to go house hunting tonight. She's giving him the benefit of the doubt now.
In the flat, Sunita picks up the pill bottles and explains the whole thing to a now calm Maya. "I'm so so sorry," Maya says. She explains she was just jealous. "It's OK, it doesn't matter," Sunita tells her. But Dev says it isn't. "Who's playing the sympathy card now?" he asks Maya as she begins to weep. Dev sends her home and she goes downstairs. He slams the door after her.
As she gets into her car, Kev comes across the road to ask Sal how she got on at the school. She says she'll tell him later on. As he steps off the pavement to go back to work, Maya almost knocks him down as she zooms away from the kerb.
Danny is in the factory talking to someone (his accountant? his bank?) about whether, if he spends half the house money on buying into the factory, it will be counted as an asset when the mortgage for a new house is calculated. It seems he might be going for a 100 per cent mortgage.
In the pub, Frankie is boasting about the house they are going to see. "Detached, not overlooked, exclusive, idyllic, semi-rural." But Jan, Fizz and Ciaran think it just sounds as if it's a long way from anywhere. They'd hate to be that isolated. "In fact," says Fizz, "if I couldn't walk to the chippie I'd never get any exercise at all!" At the bar, Patrick is discussing the stepometers which he has been using to try to get his boys fit. The devices have been registering the required 10,000 steps a day, but it seems they have been letting the dog out to run loose with both stepometers tied to its collar (yes, I know they're usually called pedometers, but for some reason the name has changed). Patrick says he can't get his boys to move without putting engines in their couches. "Have they both got couches?" Shelley asks. Patrick nods. "They grew out of their armchairs years ago." Charlie has an idea and takes the stepometers from Patrick. After a quick discussion, Shelley calls a quick staff meeting behind the bar and tells them that Newton and Ridley (I thought Alec made the Rovers a free house, but if it's still a Newton and Ridley pub then I stand corrected) wants the staff to wear them just to get an idea of staff work rates. Liz is appalled and looks to Ciaran for support, but he says it's a good idea, because it'll show how long Liz spends going to the ladies' for cigarette breaks. Liz's mouth falls open before Shelley adds: "And starting your shifts late."
At home, Maya phone the shop, only to find that Todd hasn't seen Dev since Maya left.
Dev is still at Sunita's, where he is cooking something for her. She tells him she'll be fine and sends him home to Maya.
Kevin and Sally are locking up the garage and Sal tells him she is more certain than ever that Oakhill is the place for Rosie. She says the rule is "If you can't do, teach. And if you can't teach, then the staff room at Weatherfield High is the place for you." She tells Kev she told the headmaster that there was no way Rosie would be going back to the school. As they head for home, we see a new face in the street, a young man, peering in through the lace curtains at one house.
Dev goes back to the flat and Maya tells him to get it all off his chest. "I don't know where to start," he says.
In the pub, Liz pulls a pint for the young man and tells him to take a seat and she will bring it over. Ciaran is explaining to her that he was just pointing out that non-smokers don't have any equivalent breaks to those taken by smokers. "So? Take up smoking!" Liz snaps. Having a non-smoking pub is like having a cafe with no knives and forks, she tells him. She makes a big show of walking over to take the new boy his pint, taking his money, walking all the way back to the register and then all the way back with the change. Ciaran, Shelley and Charlie agree that she can only keep it up so long.
Maya is complaining to Dev that he should have told her. He tries to explain that Sunita wanted her illness kept quiet and because she is staring death in the face, perhaps that's her right. But Maya moans on at him that she was jealous and what was she supposed to think when her fianc called off the wedding and started spending time with his ex. Dev suggests she might have believed what her fianc told her was going on. And then to go storming into Sunita's flat . . .
Sal tells Kevin she has completely burnt her bridges with the head. She called him a danger to children, a baldy little fool and an ugly arrogant pipsqueak, and she slapped him in the face, twice, on both cheeks. And he said that if he ever saw Sal or Rosie again he'd call the police. So now there's no looking back and they can focus on Oakhill. No, I didn't miss anything, not even the gleam in Sally's eye as she thought she'd found a way to persuade Kevin that Rosie must go to Oakhill.
In the pub, Ciaran has come up with a devious plan. He's giving the stepometer to Kirk and Fizz and sending them to the Indian takeaway. Charlie and Shelley are discussing Charlie's plans to do up his house, when Janice comes back in and says there's something unflushable down the ladies' lav. Some sort of medical device, looks like a pacemaker or summat. Patrick recognises it. "Sounds like one of those stepometers I gave you, Shell." The cat is out of the bag. Liz and Ciaran know it wasn't the brewery's idea at all.
Dev is trying to explain that Sunita is an old friend and an employee. Maya realises that Dev at least once proposed to Sunita, whereas Maya had to force Dev's hand. "I made a complete fool of myself back there, but you're at least as much to blame," she tells him, sobbing. Dev apologises and takes her in his arms.
Danny and Frankie are back from house-viewing, though they disagree about whether it was the perfect house for them. There is a knocking on the door.
Out in the street we see it's the new bloke. Sunita meets Shelley and Charlie who are just on their way for something to eat. She tells them it was nothing important she wanted to see Shelley about. They move away, encountering Kirk, who seems to have walked all the way to the Bengal Tiger taking 1.5-metre steps!
Danny and Frankie open the door to greet their son, Jamie, who has come to stay for as long as they will have him. He's left his brother, Warren, behind.
At the Websters', Rosie has a new friend, Keisha-Camille Smith, from the Paul Robeson estate. Sally mentions she will have lots of new friends once she starts at Oak Hill in September. This sends Rosie into a huge teenage strop, and it doesn't help that Sophie is laughing because the Oakhill uniform is so awful. Once Rosie has stormed out, Sally says "She'll come round."
Dev is telling Maya that Sunita is going to need their support because she has a serious condition. Maya agrees Sunita will need their support, and Dev tells her the worst-case scenario is that Sunita could die. Maya nods seriously, then turns to the chopping board and WHACKS a melon clean in half with a satisfied look on her face.
Wednesday 21 July
Frankie tells Jamie to put a shirt on before some one walks in, like Vera. She then says she was on the phone to his brother and he doesnāt know heās here.
Dev comes out his bedroom asking Maya how long she has been up, she says half five. Maya asks him what if Sunita dies. Dev says they have to be positive and hope she will make a full recovery.
Audrey is mixing up a hair dye. Candice tells Sarah she has missed a bit when wiping the mirror. She then asks whatās that on her hand, a Indiana tattoo. She says itās Bethanyās crayons. Audry tell her to wipe it of and for Candice to get the biscuits. Audry then says, perhaps if you have something else in your mouth you stop the lip.
Sally wants to go to a museum but Rosie is not interested. Rosie then storms up stairs. Kevin asks Sally were she is going with all of this and she says Oak hill.
The factory girls are having at laugh as Jamie enters. They ask him what he wants and he says a job. They ask him if heās any good with a needle and thread. They laugh more and Danny comes in and they find out that that Jamie is his son.
Sally sees Dev out in the street and shouts him. She then asks him if he likes the service from the garage, he says yes. Dev the tells her that Kevin services his car for free, Sally is not amused and say he will have to pay from now on.
At the caf Jamie is ordering tea. Vera tells Frankie that she had a good-looking family. Blanch over hears them talking and Frankie starts being sarcastic to her.
At the corner shop Maya is saying sorry again for accusing her of having an affair. She gives Suntia some green tea and a smoothing cd. She tells her to go home and take sick pay. Dev aggress
At sunitaās flat she is saying to Dev that at least Maya has a heart now. The door rings and itās Maya she says there a customer complaining about some flowers she bought. Dev lease and Maya tell Sunita that he is struggling being her sole career.
At the salon Audry tells Sarah and Candice that she has a course for hair design for two weeks. She gives it to Candice and tells Sarah she has only just got in the door.
At the Rovers the factory girls are talking about Jamie and wondering who he is eyeing up. Shelly comes up to them and asks what they want. All the girls say him and point to Jamie. Jamie is going to make dinner for Frankie and Danny. He then leaves and approaches the factory girls. Frankie tells Danny that heās hiding something.
Sally tells Sophie that he eye will go funny if she plays he game boy any longer. Kevin tells her to go up stairs. He then tells Sally that he got a fax from Dev telling them to stick their streetcar contract.
At the Rovers Danny approaches Jamie and asks why he here. Sunita comes and Shelly takes her through the back. Jamie then tells Danny and Frankie that he is avoiding some one because he owes money.
At the back of the Rovers Sunita tells Shelly that sheās ill. Shelly has tears in her eyes. They both hug.
Danny, Frankie and Jamie are walking home from the pub when the police approach them. Jamie goes to run but is caught. Danny wants to know whatās going on. He is told for assaulting Vinnie.
Friday 23 July
Life on the Street is complex at the moment and you need to stay awake to stay in touch. Events in Weatherfield tonight remain copyright Granada Television, were written by Jonathan Harvey and directed by Alan Wareing; the sponsorship was Cadbury's Roses.
Danny is sitting on Maxine's bench, Frankie joins him, suggests he comes in for breakfast. She wants to know if he knew about Jamie beating up Vinny. He knew nothing. She offers to phone Vinny and asks for the charges to be dropped - it is worth a try - she was sleeping with him. Danny says she should call - but he will go to the meeting instead.
Along at the Websters Sally is telling Rosie that her friend is common and she cannot go and see her. Sally is taking the girls shopping and Rosie being cheeky says goodbye Kevin as he departs to work. Sally says that she must call her mum - Rosie says this does not give her a problem - the name Sally is "common". Sal sends Rosie to her room! Oh and Surphie has got a voice and a rotten haircut.
Sunita wants / needs to work but both Dev and Maya refuse to allow her behind the counter. Shelley wants to go shopping with Sunita and they are off for a dose of retail therapy, rather than watching Claire Sweeney erecting a few shelves (a reference to an ex-Brookie actress who has subsequently enjoyed a varied career without turning into a stick insect and anyone who can arrange an introduction will receive a reward!). Maya is glad she has gone. Sally wants a private word with Dev - but he insists that Maya hears it as well. Sally offers to re-instate the free service for his car if he will re-instate the service contract. Maya points out that Sally is in a shop - does she want to buy anything - she grabs a tin of spaghetti letters and Dev observes that she will be eating her words next! Miss the comedy tonight if you blink!
Frankie is on the phone "Guess who?" ('Chelle of course and not either of the ones in the Big Brother House!). She wants a meet - perhaps Vinny is right about Danny - but don't get a room. Four o'clock - you know where. She will get a map and show him where it is.
Steve is caught by Sally and she is in ultimate sales mode - but he is desperate to depart - he has a booking and does not want to know (Sally cancelled the shopping trip when Rursie was rude). He drives off, further along the Street Danny drives off - yet another round trip to Essex. (According to the AA, Manchester to Ilford can be done in just under four hours - 218 miles. So for the round trip Danny has around 8 hours driving in front of him!).
Frankie and Maya meet in the Street. Maya tells her that Sunita and Dev are not having an affair - but instead she tells her the details of Sunita's illness and alleges that Sunita is falling apart internally whilst putting a brave face on it.
Ken and Tracy are sitting in the sun - he is doing a crossword - she is trying to de-stress, they bicker whilst Blanche pegs out the washing and accuses Tracy of stealing Sarah Ferguson's left nostril (from her jigsaw). Ken asks Deirdre if she has picked Fergie's nose - but she has never met the woman. Amy cries in the background and Tracy is denied her five minutes in the sun.
Frankie wants Jamie to tell her why he did it. Jamie is bang out of order! Jamie knows it was wrong. She asks him if there is anything he needs - he denies it (although a good haircut would be a good place to start). Jamie knows that Danny and Frankie should be together - he cannot hate her - she was good to him in the past bringing him up. She promises him that everything is going to be fine and she loves him.
After the break the action moves to Dovecote Hotel and Country House where Danny arrives. Eventually he goes inside and finds a somewhat beaten up Vinny - who has been expecting him. Danny wants to kill Vinny at this moment because Jamie had not done a good enough job. Danny asks him to drop the charges - after all Jamie has got form. The waitress asks after Vinny's wife. Danny claims that Jamie must have been provoked - the kid use a baseball bat which his godfather - Vinny - had brought back from the US. Vinny says he will drop the charges on one condition - one last night with Frankie - after she was all very generous upstairs in the hotel. Danny does not agree. They trade insults. Vinny refuses to budge.
Steve arrives at Kev's garage and says that his big end has gone. Kev and Steve discuss the arrangement - he explains to Kev that having Sal involved is like having Karen in the back of the cab - the meter might say a fiver but she would demand 6 pounds for the trip! Kev promises that Sal will have no say in the business. Kev agrees that he will fix it in exchange for the contract back. Steve wants his car fixed in future for free like Dev. Kev agrees. Tommy asks if Sal has any good points - Kev says she cooks a mean spud. Later Kev tells Sally that he has got the contract back. Sally promises never to do anything in the future without consulting him. Once he is back onside she drops the bomshell - there has been a phone call from Oakhill - can they go and discuss Rosie's place for next year?
Ken and Deirdre are sampling some red wine and are deep in Jilly Goolden and Oz Clarke territory with some exotic description of a glass of red wine (in a back street pub - even one run by the delectable Shelley?). They are a little drunk when Tracy arrives and asks for vodka and tonic - they ask who is looking after Amy - Blanche? Tracy says that Blanche has nodded off. Deirdre drags Ken off to go and make sure that Amy is alright. And after about two minutes they are back - beautiful piece of windup!
Maya and Shelley discuss Sunita's illness and Ciaran overhears - as Maya expected and Shelley takes him through to the back to tell him the full details.
Vera is telling Frankie about the terrible things her son has done and tries to cheer her up.
Sunita is getting some beans - when Ciaran arrives. He does care about her and he is one her mates. Dev was going to cook her dinner - but Ciaran takes over. Maya is all over Dev.
Vinny leaves the hotel and Danny wants to know the price. Danny offers the profit on the house he is selling. Vinny smiles. A possible deal?
And that's all for tonight. Not perhaps quite vintage but nice use of the Barlows for comedy - not their normal role by any means - and reasonable pace throughout. Sally on the other hand is going off the rails more and more every day.
Next week will be late as I am celebrating being married 15 years. So you had better all hope the video recorder works correctly!!
K Richard W
Sunday 25 July
Sundays episode starts with a taxi driving up the street ö with Frankie in the back. Vera spots her and comes running to the door. There is still no sign of Danny. Vera tries to cheer Frankie up by talking nonsense. Danny then drives up and tells her he has been on business ö Vera chips in some words of wisdom and Danny tells her to mind her own business.
Les is trying to help Janice with the Sunday roast and peels the potatoes so small they resemble chips. Janice tells him to go to the pub as he is no help. Kirk tells him off for making Fiz get ideas but Les tells him he did it on purpose as he has permission to go to the pub. Chesney wants to go to and is put out when Lez tells him that he has to stay at home.
Frankie is trying to find out what went on with Danny and Vinnie. Danny asks after Jamie. The phone rings and Danny tells whoever is on the other end that they will be there as soon as possible.
Janice is telling Fiz what to do when the door goes. Its Cilla. Fiz wants to know what is going on ö and Cilla has clearly forgotten that its Chesneys birthday tomorrow. Chesney comes down stairs and is delighted to see his mum. Fiz puts Cilla on the spot about Chesneys birthday and she pretends she has a surprise for him. Chesney goes off with his mum and Fiz goes inside ö she doesnāt tell Janice who it was.
Frankie, Jamie and Danny have arrived back from the police station. Danny demands to know what went on. Jamie explains that he made friends with Vinnie and he felt sorry for him,. Vinnie wound up Jamie by telling him all the women Danny had slept with and he wanted him to act as a go between and tell Frankie who they all were. Jamie tells him that he beat Vinnie up not because he was angry with him but because he was angry at his dad.
Sally is ironing and droning on about Oak Hill and how other people bring up their children. Rosie cant bear to hear any more so she goes to her friends house ö while she still can. Sophie asks Sally if her friends are ok and Sally is very dismissive with her.
Chesney is still probing Cilla about his birthday surprise and all she wants is for him to go in and get Lez out of the house so she can have a word with him. Chesney tells him that he is in the pub and she is off like a shot.
Jamie is wondering why the police let him go and Frankie tells him that his dad sorted it. They then suggest going to the pub for some lunch and to celebrate. Danny apologises to Frankie for all he has put her through,
Vera, Kirk and Les are talking about Jamie and whether he is out on bail or not. Cilla walks in and Les tries to hide but has no luck ö Cilla orders him a drink and two hotpots at the same time.
Frankie, Danny and Jamie arrive in the pub and order drinks and some hot pot. Vera goes over to glean what is going on and Danny assures him that he has been let off and is as clean as a whistle.
Kevin is off to pick Rosie up from his friends and Sally is still going on about Oak Hill he asks her to let it go for a while and then storms off slamming the doors.
Cilla has cornered Les and is undoing her top bottom and her legs are all over him. Les asks her to remove her legs from his. She tells him she will be round tomorrow to sort out Chesneys birthday. The two hot pots arrive ö Les looks frightened and makes a sharp exit.
Jamie and Frankie are trying to figure out what deal Danny has made to get Jamie off the hook.
Martin is on the street and goes to see Sarah who thought he had stood her up. As Sarah is chatting away they walk into Todd. Todd says hello but Sarah rushes off ö just as Katy comes out of her house and calls ĪMartinā. Martin walks off after Sarah and both Todd and Katy are left standing.
Jamie and Frankie begin to question Danny and he tells them that he bought Vinnie off.
Les is sitting down to eat his dinner and Kirk and Fiz are whispering in the corner about Cilla. Chesney is looking unhappy as he wanted a burger not a roast. Janice promises him a burger on his birthday and this makes him a lot happier.
Danny, Frankie and Jamie are tediously going on about the money and Jamie tells him not to pay (I have to say this is an extremely long drawn out and boring story line). Danny tells them that they are flat broke as he has given Vinnie the money and also owes Mike for his share in the business. He informs a sobbing Frankie that she can forget Casablanca and Cheshire ö where they are at the moment is Home Sweet Home.
And thatās it for this Sunday
Monday 26 July
Hi everyone, here is the first episode of this evening, which has some very amusing storylines and some absolutely brilliant, witty dialogue.
Itās early morning and Frankie, clad in dressing gown, is reclining on the sofa. Danny, also wearing a dressing gown comes in and asks if she couldnāt sleep. She tells him thatās a stupid question, when she couldnāt sleep before she used to go and walk around in the garden to calm down, somehow, here, three steps to the bin doesnāt have the same relaxing effect. Danny tells her he didnāt have a choice, he couldnāt see his boy go down. She thinks itās really unfair, he has behaved like a dog on heat for years and she has one Īding-dongā and a bloke gets battered, Jamie gets pinched, they move two hundred miles away and lose everything they own, they havenāt even got a house, theyāre living in a rented rat hole. Danny assures her itās temporary, theyāre starting again, itāll be like old time, against the world. She says he makes it sound romantic. He protests that it could be but she tells him to stuff it in a very shady place. Jamie comes in and wants to know if theyāre arguing about him. Frankie tells him that when people say that bringing up children is expensive, they donāt usually mean that expensive.
Itās Chesneyās birthday, and at the Battersbyās they are all sitting round the table as the little lad is presented with a large, brightly wrapped present. He rips the paper off and then asks ĪWhat is it?ā Heās told itās magic tricks and Les promply whips the lid off the box and pulls out a Īguillotineā, and then pretends to cut his finger off. Chesney doesnāt look impressed, but thanks them dutifully and then leaves the room looking very dejected. Janice asks if the post has been. ĪYeah,ā Les tells her, Ībut nowt from Cilla.ā
Itās breakfast time at the Websterās, and Rosie is moaning and saying she doesnāt want to go to snobby Oakhill. Kevin tells her they are just humouring her mum, there wonāt be any places left as names probably have to be put down when theyāre just a twinkle in the eye, theyāre just going there for a meeting. Sally comes in then and tells Kevin to go and put his suit on, she doesnāt want them thinking theyāre a pair of grimy plebs.
Vera has arrived at Danny and Frankieās to see if thereās anything that needs doing. Thereās a knock on the door and Jamie goes to answer it, and finds his Great Uncle Mike standing on the doorstep. He lets him in and then Danny comes down and Mike tells him he wonāt be in until later, heās got an unscheduled trip to the bank as it seems that someone is messing him about. As heās leaving he tells Danny quietly that they have got to have a conflab.
Kevin and Sally, dressed in their Sunday best, arrive at the garage before their meeting at Oakhill. Tommy and Tyrone joke about their appearance, and Sally tells them that if all they had to do was to dress up to get Rosie in, theyād be laughing by now. Tommy tells her that Rosie will get in all right, they wouldnāt dare refuse Sally. Sally is a bit despondent that they have to go there in their old banger, and wonders if Kevin couldnāt ask Mike if they could borrow his car for the day. Kevin tells her he couldnāt, so she asks if theyāve got anything in that is better than theirs. Kevin tells her they donāt borrow customersā cars. Just then the phone rings and Sally sends Tyrone to answer it. She then wishes she hadnāt when he comes back and tells them itās a breakdown and Kevin will have to go as he and Tommy are busy there. Kevin tells her not to dare to complain as she is the one who wanted to take on all the extra work, she will have to go on her own.
Chesney is opening the door to Cilla who is carrying a large, gift wrapped parcel. As heās opening it, Les comes downstairs. Cilla tells him that she checked that Janice wasnāt there. Chesneyās present is a huge water pistol and he takes it outside to play with it. As soon as theyāre alone, Cilla starts flirting with Les, thanking him for Chesneyās present and telling him that sheās got a few tricks, he might think theyāre magic. He protests that heās not interested, but she tells him thatās not what his eyes say, she reckons sheās put a spell on him and, she purrs seductively, moving closer, ĪYou can put one on me with yer magic wand·..ā she reaches for his top button, ĪIzzy wizzy, lets get busy!ā Les suddenly seems to come to his senses and hustles her out of the door. ĪOut,ā he cries, Īyou·you·Jezebel!ā Cilla finds herself on the pavement outside the front door. ĪYouāre banned,ā yells Les, Īnever, never set foot in this house again!ā Cilla huffs and strolls off down the street, adjusting her underwear through her jeans! (Itās those little touches that make Corrie so good!)
Mike lets himself into Dannyās office at the factory and shuts the door behind him. He tells Danny he owes him money, a lot of it. Outside in the workroom Janice is looking pensive. She asks Fizz if Cilla ever remembers her birthday. Fizz tells her that Cilla prides herself in forgetting it. Fizz feels that Chesney would be all right if she would just Īsling her hookā sheās a rubbish mum, living with Janice and Les is the best home life heās ever had. (Poor child!) Through the glass in the office window, Karen can see Mike and Danny appearing to have a heated debate, and wonders what is going on in there. Sonia comments that Baldwin looks like an explosive beetroot. Angie wonders which Baldwin? Fizz tells her that Mike is Baldwin, Danny is Danny. ĪYouād think he would have been snapped up by one of them boy bands,ā muses Sonia. ĪWho, Baldwin?ā asks Karen. ĪJamie!ā says Sonia, as if Karen should have known. ĪPlease!ā retorts Karen, Īis that all you think about when thereās a war going on in·er··er·..thereās a war going on at the moment.ā Angie reckons that if Karen wasnāt there to raise important world issues theyād spend all day talking about fellas.
Mike is aghast that Danny has given Vinny all his money. He says he could have got a couple of thugs to put the frighteners on him for five grand, and been shot of him. Danny says he didnāt want to do that. Mike is annoyed that the cheque bounced, heās put a deposit on a new car. Heās got to think about this. He storms out, telling Danny that until he puts his stake in, where he is going is none of his business.
Emily is just stepping outside of her front door when Norris runs up clutching a recorded delivery letter, heās already signed for it and Emily asks him rather sarcastically if he would like to open it for her as well. ĪOh no,ā he twitters, Īthe sanctity of the mail is paramount.ā Emily finds her letter is from the council reminding her she hasnāt paid her tax. It turns out that Norris already knows, he held it up to the light. He thinks its time she paid. She goes into the Rovers, in need of a bracing sherry, sheās been irritated by her lodger.
Sally arrives back at the garage, all smiles, wondering where Kevin is. Tommy and Tyrone tell her heās towing a van to Shrewsbury. ĪWhereās that?ā asks Sally. Tommy tells her not to let anyone at that posh school find out that she doesnāt know. ĪOh, it werenāt·..er·it wasnāt like that,ā Sally tells him, Īthe headmaster was charming, heās got old fashioned manners.ā She then asks Tommy if Katy can babysit this evening, he says heāll ask her and see if it clashes with her elocution lessons.
In the Rovers, Norris is moaning about how much he hates the school holidays. He sees Martin at the bar and says he expects itās the same for him. Martin takes umbrage and asks if heās trying to be funny, he and Katy arenāt together any more, and sheās not a kid. He storms out, leaving Norris telling Emily, ĪI meant David.ā ĪYou should think before you speak, Norris,ā she scolds.
Over at a table, Frankie is not happy that Danny told Mike everything. ĪNow he knows weāre skint and thinks Iām a slut,ā she grumbles. Danny tells her it isnāt looking good for him.
The factory girls are at another table, itās Karenās turn to get the drinks, but it takes ages for her to get served when Liz is on. ĪItās victimization,ā says Karen, Īitās not fair, Iāve been coming here for years.ā She asks if Sonia will come and help her carry them, but sheās too tired. She goes to the bar and is ignored by Liz
Frankie asks Danny if they might go back down south, he asks if she wants to bail out. She says she doesnāt know what she wants, but it isnāt this.
Liz tells Karen if she served her first people would complain because they are related. Karen tells her sheās complaining now. Liz just smirks and walks off. Jamie runs in, and tells Karen to order scotch on the rocks with no ice. Karen starts to count, she gets to three when Sonia, apparently no longer tired, appears behind them. ĪHi Jamie,ā she coos. However, her hopes are dashed then when Danny comes and drags Jamie away for a word. He takes him aside and tells him to find a job and pay back all the money that he and Frankie have paid out for him. Jamie starts to protest, but Danny is having none of it and tells him he doesnāt care if it takes him the rest of his life.
Thereās a lot of smoke billowing round Lesās back yard, and Norris is quick to rush out when he sees Les coming down the street. He tells him itās irresponsible to leave a fire unattended. Les doesnāt know what heās talking about but goes through the house to see and finds Cilla in the backyard, sheās doing a barbeque for Chesneyās birthday. She tells Les sheās not in the house, and hands him and Kirk a can of beer each. ĪYouāre not going to party poop are you?ā asks Cilla sweetly, and Chesney beseeches him, ĪOh please Uncle Les.ā Cilla asks if he would throw her out on her little boyās birthday.
Katy is having a driving lesson with Tommy and nearly runs Martin over. Tommy shouts at him to be careful, no one would believe it was an accident if they were to run him over. ĪYeah,ā says Martin, Īat least your brakes work, eh?ā
Tommy goes back to the garage and tells Tyrone he can go early if he wants, heāll cover for him. Tyrone goes.
At the barbeque, Chesney is dressed in wizard hat and cape and is performing magic tricks. He needs a volunteer to wear the handcuffs, so he puts them on Les. Kirk jokes that Les is used to wearing them. Chesney then loses the key and canāt take them off, and when Cilla spots it on the ground she hides it under her shoe, and then kicks it away when no one is looking. Tyrone then appears, with Monica, but then Schmeikel sees a cat on the wall and all hell is let loose. Norris looks over the wall, moaning about the commotion. When Les tells him itās Chesneyās birthday party Norris asks what happened to pass the parcel? Chesney then picks up the giant water pistol and squirts Norris with it. Everyone laughs heartily, except Norris!
Danny is at home on the phone, trying to raise a loan. Mike arrives and tells him he has one last chance to get the money by the end of the week.
Back at the barbeque, Cilla takes Les aside and tells him she needs the Īlittle girlās roomā. Les tells her to use the outside one, but Cilla says she wouldnāt feel safe with all the men there. He says she can go inside, and when she has run off, Kirk and Tyrone comment on how Les is in demand. Vera then puts her head over the wall and complains that the smoke is messing up Frankieās washing which is pegged out in her yard. Kirk tells her that if she has to do it again sheāll get paid extra. They invite her round, and while sheās on her way Norris puts his head over the wall on his side and asks again if they will ĪDesist from making excessive noise and smoke.ā Les takes the water gun and shoots Norris, but he is armed with a dustbin lid shield. He then turns a huge hose pipe onto all of them, soaking them all and putting out the barbeque. They rush about screaming, as Emily arrives in her back yard and asks Norris what on earth he is doing, and tells him to stop antagonising the neighbours.
Out in the street, Janice is borrowing five pounds from Angie. Tommy tells her that the smell Janice can smell is coming from Lesās yard. Janice reckons it must be one of his surprises, and rushes off. Indoors, Cilla is taking off her soaking wet top, much to Lesās horror. She needs a towel, where are they? Les tells her she knows, but she claims sheās forgotten. She grabs the chain between his handcuffs, ĪCome and show me,ā she insists. They get halfway up the stairs when the front door opens and Janice walks in. Les tells her, ĪThereās a perfectly innocent explanation.ā ĪIām sure there is,ā says Janice, icily, Īand if pigs could fly she would be the squadron leader.ā Janice lunges at Cilla, and Les, caught in the middle, tries to keep them apart.
And thatās all for episode 1.
Episode Two, Monday, July 26, 2004
Of course, here we are back at Les's, with Janice ready to rip. "Stop!" yells Les, very ineffectually. "There's no need to fight. I can explain!" Janice is ready with an answer. "It won't be a fight. It'll be a slaughter." As she proceeds to demonstrate, poor little Chesney comes downstairs and tried to stop them. "You'll freak the dog out!" he cries. He explains to Janice about the party. He confesses the handcuffs are from the magic set and he lost the key, and Les points out that Cilla was going after a towel and he was trying to stop her. "She had everything set up here by the time I got here. What could I do?" he asks. Janice has the answer again: "Boot the bitch out!" she enunciates very clearly.
At No 7 a fax has arrived, confirming to Uncle Mike that Danny has managed to secure a loan, though at some horrendous interest rate. It means he's part of the business.
At Les's, Les protests that Cilla makes it sound as if he is lying. He tries to explain that he didn't touch Cilla and nothing happened or was going to happen. Janice is still furious. "What the 'ell did you let her in for?" she demands. Les explains that she's Chesney's mother. But Janice points out that Cilla couldn't care less about Chesney -- she's just using Chesney to try to get back with Les, only Les is too thick to realise it. "Don't go criticising my mothering!" screeches Cilla. But when Chesney gets in the way she flings him back against the wall and threatens to whack him, before realising she's just proven her words wrong. "She," says Janice, "is a monster." And Kirk and Tyrone interrupt things by bursting in with the water gun to say they've just got Norris. They are asked to take Chesney out to keep him out of the way. But when Kirk suggests they "take the doggy walkies", Ches points out that he's not a baby or a moron! He asks his Uncle Les for the truth: "Is everything going to be all right?"
Over at the Websters, nothing has changed. Rosie does not want to go to Oak Hill. Sally insists that she will. A few years from now, Rosie will be eating out every night without having to worry about which fork to use! Sal heads for the door leaving the girls at the table. Sophie is very worried. "She going to start on me soon. And she'll know what she's doing because she will have tried everything out on you. I'll have no chance." Katy comes in to be faced with two very stony-faced girls.
Les is under attack. Cilla, still without a shirt, is trying her own special method of persuasion. Why have sour milk when you could have cream? Janice is like a bad habit that wants breaking. She and Les are like teenagers when they're together . . . the words just drip off that forked tongue of hers. Les tries to drag her towards the front door. "Ooh, big bad wolf," she simpers. "Don't you want to huff and puff?" "We know who the little pig is," calls Janice. Les finally succeeds in locking out Cilla.
Kev comes in all flustered, saying he's been driving around Wales looking for a farm that doesn't exist. Sally is confused. "Wales? I thought you were going near Shrewsbury?" Kevin points out that Shrewsbury is near Wales. Which gives Rosie the chance to point out that maybe it's her mother who needs the private education! Sally tries to hustle him into getting changed so they can go out, and he complains that most people get warm slippers and a cold beer when they get home. He makes a hurried call to Martin and leaves a message that he won't be able to make it to the pub.
Janice and Les settle to talk, but not before Janice has snapped the chain between the handcuffs. She is sure Cilla will be back tomorrow, saying she misses Chesney, and Les will believe her because he's a big soft ha'porth. She patiently explains to Les that even though he might say he doesn't want to go to bed with Cilla, he's weak, and one day after he's had a few . .. She paints the picture for him. The only way to stop Les weakening in that way, is to make sure he has nothing to do with Cilla. And that means sending Chesney back to her. Les is appalled, but Janice tells him the choice is Chesney or her.
In the pub, Martin complains to Ciaran that he has been stood up by someone who used to have a bushy moustache. Danny is trying to wheedle his way back into Frankie's good books. He manages to make her laugh and they make up, but she warns that there is still no way she will do her own housework. He says they can still afford Vera and, for some strange reason, Frankie suggests they get Vera to cook for a small dinner party they are having, inviting Mike and Penny around for a meal. Frankie tells Vera she can join them for the meal. Martin is still at the bar, but when he notices Tommy glaring at him, he leaves.
At the Websters', Sophie is teasing Rosie about going to Oak Hill. Rosie asks Katy if she thinks their Mum is totally mental and is astounded when she says no. Martin knocks on the door and is surprised when he sees Katy. He left his mobile at home and didn't get Kev's message. He agrees to go in to wait.
As Martin appears, Rosie protests that she's not going to bed this early. She knows that's what usually happens when the babysitter's boyfriend arrives. She leaves them alone and Martin accepts one of Kev's beers.
Fizz is talking to Janice and points out that Cilla has never done a kids' party in her life. She still hasn't, says Jan. There was more lager than pop in that backyard. But Fizz is appalled when Janice says Chesney must be sent back to his mother. She says that's effectively putting him out on the street. He's happy where he is. "That's all I want," says Janice, "the chance to be happy."
Jamie enters the pub and goes to sit with his family. Penny comes in to join them. Janice buys Les a pint as a peace offering and explains quietly that they have no option but to send Chesney to his mother.
Katy and Martin are sitting, talking and, just as they kiss, the door slams and the Websters are home. Martin speaks to Kevin and then leaves, and Katy runs after him, not even stopping to be paid.
"Oh, help! It's a flaming catastrophe!" comes the screech from the junior Baldwins' kitchen as the smoke alarm goes off. Jamie disappears to help and it seems dinner will probably be a takeaway, but Vera emerges triumphant. It was the greaseproof paper which was on fire, not the dinner. Frankie is stunned by the dinner -- it's steak and kidney pudding. All there was in her kitchen was ciabatta and parma ham, so Vera fetched the makings from her place. She wouldn't serve that southern muck to our Tyrone's dog!
Katy and Martin are talking and he tells her it's over -- he's putting his family first. But she says he's just trying to keep her out of his flat because he knows what would happen if she came in.
Over the dinner table, Frankie is quite honest about being skint. Vera is fascinated that all you do at a dinner party is sit round and talk. She says she hasn't been missing anything. Frankie suggests that if it's not exciting enough for her, she could always throw her car keys into the fruit bowl. "I don't have a car," says a mystified Vera. "Thank God for that," Mike laughs. Jamie borrows some money from Uncle Mike and is told it's an advance on his wages -- there's a job for him at the factory.
At Les's, Cilla shimmies in the door purring until she realises Janice is there. She's been summoned. They tell her she can't come round to see Chesney and when she insists she will, they tell her she can take the lad with her. Cilla suddenly changes her tune, insisting she doesn't have room for him. Chesney arrives. "Why are you shouting?" "Change your mind, Les," says Kirk. But Les says he can't. He wants to be with Janice and Cilla has made it impossible.
Cilla decides to take Chesney right that minute, but he can't understand what he's done wrong and why he's being kicked out. She drags him off, with Les following. The poor wee mite has Chesney's lead ripped out his hands by his mother, who threatens him with a slap if he doesn't pick his feet up. As they round the corner of the street, Chesney grips the pillar-box slot in an effort to stay. Janice stops Les from following. As we hear the plaintive cries of Chesney calling for his Uncle Les, we hear Janice calling after Les. Devastated, he has walked away from her in the other direction.
Wednesday 28 July
Everyone looks unhappy because Chesney has left. Things keep reminding them off him. Like wondering if Cilla will let Chesney see his dog. Kirk says he was looking forward to having the top bunk bed but he couldn't go up. Janice says she's also sad but they have to get on with their lives.
Frankie is shouting at the removal people telling them to watch. Danny wonders wear Jamie has been because he didn't come home last night. Jamie enters with a bruise on his face. Danny thinks heās been in a fight. Jamie explains that he got a job as a bouncer. Danny asks him when he is going to sleep, bouncer at night and working at Mikeās factory during the day. Then he does not want him driving the van for Mike.
Angela and Katie walk out their house and see Martin. She smiles. Her mum asks if any think has happened between them. She says that he came round when she was baby-sitting.
Sarah is telling Martin that she thinks Candice will get fired. Sarah leaves to go to work. Martin says to Gail that he saw Katie, she thinks they are getting back together. She then says that Sarah is still fragile because she hears her crying during the night looking at a picture of Billy, so she says she better get ready for this bombshell.
Factory girls are staring at Jamie, who is sleeping. Mike comes in and wakes him and tells him to go out with the order to Leeds.
Out side Jamie takes off his top and Leanne looks at him. Tommy says they can all do a strip for her. She says no then asks if she can get a ride with Jamie, he agrees. Katie asks her dad if he will take her out for a driving lesson. He says yes. He then wonders why she is so happy then says to Kevin must be the extra money for baby-sitting.
Danny enters the factory asking for Jamie but is told he has been sent away delivering the order. Mike then says that Jamie looking like a bouncer and he better get his act together.
Jamie puts Leanneās stuff in the back as his phone rings. They get in and his dads on the phone. Jamie revs the engine and says heās on the M62, he then says heās got to go because she shouldnāt be on the phone.
Katie sees Martin and says she want to be with him. He says he canāt because he has to think about Sarah. She then says that she gave up her whole family to be with him. Then goes on to say, if he really loves her he wouldnāt have to think about it.
At the Rovers Tracy is telling Ciaran about how annoying he family is, so he gives he the keys to her flat. Kirin tells Penny to take a seat and he will be right over. Lez, Kirk and Fizz talk about Chesney. Janice comes up behind them and Fizz says she wished she never tried to get them back together. Janice says she's right and walks off. Penny tells Ciaran that she does not want any off this to get back to Mike.
Out side Leanne asks Jamie if he going to get into trouble because, but says to her if was worth it. Katie comes out the Caf and Martin shouts her. Katie says, she knows what he going to say. Martin kisses her and says he want them to get back together.
Lez is cleaning as Janice comes in. He says he thinks she is going to leave so he is making an effort. Lez tells her that he does miss Chesney but he would miss her even more and hands her some flowers. She says they have soil, then ants. Lez starts hitting the flowers and says he can never do any thing right, like keep Janice. She says who said you cant. He relies she is staying and spines her round.
On side street cars, Sally comes up to Kevin and Tommy. She mentions that she wont be using their daughter to baby-sit again because she was not paying much attention with Martin there. Tommy does not look amused.
At Martinās flat, Tommy is wanting in. He comes storming up and is about to hit Martin, but stops because he is told hitting him will get him on wear. He looks angry but then goes to leaves. On the way out he grabs Martin and tells him that he hasn't won. Martin says he loves Katie and there's nothing he can do. Tommy promises that he will kill him.
friday 30 July
Events in Weatherfield were recorded and are brought to you courtesy of the writer - Carmel Morgan, the director - Terry Dyddgen-Jones, copyright owners Granada Television and sponsorship from Cadbury's Roses not forgetting a rather ancient JVC video recorder!
Jamie is on the phone making excuses when Harry finds him. They do not know each other and Harry gets the chance to take offence once again as Jamie tears into him in a less than polite manner. Can no-one be nice to H these days? He is a sensitive flower.
Outside in the Street Tracy turns up on Ciaran's doorstep - she wants a few quiet minutes having been awake for hours and her arrival is noted by Fred through the shop window. Inside Ciaran has an immaculate flat - cleanliness is next to godliness he says. He is off to a meeting - business he says.
Martin and Katy are kissing - it is all back on - even though Tommy expect it not to last.
Sunita is off to find out about the aneurism with a scan but refuses to let anyone go with her and she gets a cuddle from Dev before departing. Maya controls herself.
Back at the factory Jamie gives Danny some lip - but Danny hardly believes a word of it. Outside the office Janice asks Angie about age differences - but she has a humour bypass on the subject. Harry catches Jamie sweeping the floor and then gets told off by Danny - the latter does not care who sweeps the floor - so long as it is clean.
At lunchtime Tommy and Angie are going to the Rovers and the former offers to buy Martin and Katie a drink - they have kissed and made up. Craig - who has been gardening (he offered to do Fred's as well at £8 per hour) - is too tired to join them. Katy announces that she is moving back in with Martin, thereby getting out of her share of the garden work(!) - Tommy offers to help with the removal but they decide to manage by themselves. And no it is not too soon.
After the break Sunita returns - to describe an operation which is not an operation(!). It is treatable and they hope to strengthen the blood cells. She is pleased that they can do something. Sunita tells Maya and Dev to go on holiday. The treatment is not for two weeks - and in the meantime she wants to live as normal a life as possible.
Emily is after Danny for some seconds for her sale - Jamie achieves a decent bag full. Again Harry is given short shrift by the new management when he offers to help - he is told it is past his clocking off time. He looks more disconsolate every frame.
Craig tells David where Katy spent last night. David does not believe him - Craig calls him a clown - they are back together. Gail arrives back with the shopping and the news is passed on immediately.
Ciaran arrives back with Penny in her car. She does not want Mike to get wind of this and Ciaran agrees it is early days and too important to him. He kisses her, unaware that their arrival has been witnessed by Fred through the shop window. He goes into his flat where Tracy is still waiting. The place is a mess and he calls her a slattern. The meeting was positive - but he refuses to tell her much - 49% business - the relationship has potential which ever way it goes - but he refuses to confirm it was Penny King.
Maya and Dev discuss Sunita and the need to support her through the operation. He agrees to a holiday and Maya is happy.
Fred leaves the shop and a cheery greeting from Ciaran merely gets a stare in return - no answer came. Tracy departs amid some cheerful banter.
Angie gives Martin some CDs and a bear for him to take. Gail observes this and trails Martin along the Street wanting to know when Sarah is going to be told - she will not be there this evening.
Harry faces Mike in the Rovers - he feels that Jamie is stealing his job - and blood is thicker than water. Harry asks Mike to tell Danny and Jamie that there is only room for one cleaner. Eileen reckons he is taking it too seriously.
Sarah arrives at Martin's flat - and observes that someone is obviously moving in - and she wants to know the details. At which point Katy comes up the stairs and Sarah cannot believe her eyes.
Mike, Penny and Danny are sharing a drink. Mike tells Danny not to wind Harry up. Fred reckons that none of them are worth a carrot.
Angela and Tommy discuss Katy's removal. Tommy says the world is an unpredictable place.
We see Sarah running through the Street being chased by Martin. He tries to tell her that he loves Katy and vice versa. Katy is sorry. David points out is about loyalty. Martin is unhappy to justify himself. Martin says he is not accountable to a seventeen year old. Sarah says that she has lost a dad - but he is not her real dad after all - the most cutting comment she could deliver.
See you all next week.
K Richard W