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Is Gail the only per­son who never gets given a Christ­mas sweater? Noth­ing else can ex­plain her lim­ited range of polo necks that look as if they’ve been copied from a knit­ting pat­tern circa 1964. Small won­der Lewis didn’t take up her of­fer of tak­ing ad­van­tage of the empty house dur­ing his lunch break: by the time he had ex­ca­vated her from the wool, the Bistro would be call­ing last or­ders.

Lewis’s plan to wreck Gail’s life is in full flow on Mon­day, when the fam­ily dis­cover the re­la­tion­ship and Lewis tells Au­drey that he and Gail are in love (be­low). The news is re­ceived about as en­thu­si­as­ti­cally as hear­ing that Maria, rather than Au­drey, is your stylist, and it pushes Gail into mak­ing a de­ci­sion – she’s go­ing to go to Italy with Lewis. Maybe she’s just think­ing about fi­nally be­ing able to es­cape that woollen prison.

When Lewis learns that Nick might be the fa­ther of Kylie’s baby, he black­mails her into steal­ing Gail’s bank de­tails. Gail, mean­while, tells the fam­ily her plans and says that she has bor­rowed £40k against the house. I couldn’t even bor­row money for a Christ­mas turkey from my bank. And is any house on that street worth £ 40k? She is, how­ever, in for a nasty shock. Looks like she won’t be get­ting her hands on a Cornetto af­ter all.

Rob reck­ons he is man enough to take on Tracy, and on Mon­day, when she hands Steve the di­vorce pa­pers, he asks her on a date. Don’t tell me this means that the name Rob will now take up where Tracy’s rep­e­ti­tion of Steve left off?

On Fri­day, she per­suades him to give her a job at the fac­tory, a de­ci­sion that Carla over-rules be­fore agree­ing to in­ter­view her. In­ter­view? Can you gossip and drink pints at lunchtime are the only ques­tions to ask.

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