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Pub. Laun­derette. Café. Garage. Mar­ket. And the worst night­club in the his­tory of evening entertainment. It’s fairly safe to say that these es­tab­lish­ments lie at the heart of Al­bert Square. But when it comes to bore­dom thresh­olds, any­thing cen­tred on whose pitch is whose at the mar­ket has to be right down there with Ron­nie’s Ibiza photo al­bum in terms of in­ter­est (or Who killed d Lucy, come to that).

So ex­cuse me for not t tak­ing my blood pres­sure pills ill to calm l my ex­cite­ment when, shock, hor­ror, Kat has a false alarm over go­ing into labour (above) and, re­turn­ing to work, Al­fie dis­cov­ers his pitch has been given away. An un­re­pen­tant Aleks (I’m still not get­ting this char­ac­ter – why would a hunky Lat­vian set­tle in a dump like this?) won’t back down, but later calls a truce af­ter learn­ing that Al­fie went to his boss. Lit­tle does Al­fie know, how­ever, that Aleks is hell-bent on re­venge. Ooh, what’s he go­ing g to do? Chal­lenge Alfi Al­fie to a hair-quiff­ing con con­test? Al­fie’s day is about to g get worse, too, with the arr ar­rival of Jean and Lily on his doorstep. Jean tells Kat and Al­fie why she’s left Oll Ol­lie and tells Stacey that she has found a way to get her re­leased. Oh, please, no.

T Talk­ing about sto­ry­lines tak tak­ing a dive, it’s Mick’s swim­ming gala, bu but who will shine – him or Deano? And d will i there be Speedos? Also, Ian is un­der pres­sure from Rainie’s black­mail (I’m such a fan of Tanya Franks), but af­ter Mick spots him with her, is he busted? Ian begs Mick to keep his se­cret. Hm­mmm. Mega­phone alert?



With their mar­riage un­der strain due to med­dling mother-in-law Pauline Fowler, Martin and So­nia de­cide it’s time to move out – but Pauline sug­gests they get a joint mort­gage to buy her coun­cil house and live there to­gether (above).

Con­vinced Maud Grimes’s new fi­ancé Sid­ney Tem­ple­ton is a gold-dig­ger, her son-in-law Fred El­liot and Au­drey Roberts take him for a drive to probe his back­ground – but are hor­ri­fied when he sud­denly dies in their car (above).

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