Cancer. Elder abuse. Saviour siblings. Adultery. Drugs. Death. It’s been a busy time for the village – and the first four are all current. Small wonder everyone spends so much time in the pub – I need a drink just to watch the characters in stress; living with it must be a nightmare.
On Tuesday, Zak’s condition deteriorates (the cancer victim, not the saviour sibling – be grateful for small mercies) and he goes absent without leave following an incident at Belle’s school.
On Wednesday, he is stumbling around the moor, delirious, and there’s a shock for everyone when the police inform the Dingles that Zak does not have cancer (phew, that’s one thing off the list – only to be replaced by dementia, presumably). As Zak talks to an imaginary Butch and Shadrach on Friday, Cain arrives on the moors (it’s not Cathy and Heathcliff, let me tell you) and the two come to blows – a little too near the edge. Let’s add cliff stumbling to the list of traumas.