Is Peter’s place the least attended bookies in the whole of Britain? Maybe it’s lost customers because Peter is never there at lunchtime, when most bookies are packed to the gills. Or maybe it’s because he didn’t take one single bet on Euro 2012, or Wimbledon – and the Olympics are looking pretty thin on the ground, too.
It looks like being empty again on Sunday, when Peter plans to abduct Simon and tells him they are going on an adventure – first, a boat to Lanzarote and then the Caribbean. Eh? That’s a bit of a strange combination, but I’ve checked it out. There is a huge amount of Caribbean restaurants in Lanzarote, so I suspect that Peter plans to hit one of those. One problem: given the bookie’s takes under £100 a year, how is he going to be able to afford it?
Peter’s plans start to unravel on Monday, when Leanne becomes suspicious following Simon’s phone call, in which he mentions a boat. Actually, I suspect he said something more along the lines of his dad being three sheets to the wind, but it’s enough to alert Leanne. After agreeing to go with Peter, will Carla do the decent thing and let Leanne rescue Simon in time? On Wednesday, Leanne questions whether she and Nick should move after all, and, on Thursday, she decides to run the bookie’s and rent the flat out above it.
Number one: will she realise that the bookie’s needs to be open to make any money? And two: how many more empty flats above shops are there in that street? Why does nobody ever snap them up? Anyway, on Friday, Tracy is none too pleased to discover that Beth has taken it; she is also displeased when she fails to get the job there she has gone for. What job, pray? Putting up the ‘CLOSED’ sign at midday? Also on Friday: baby
shower. Kirsty. Barking.