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There was a mo­ment last night when I didn’t just laugh, I bel­lowed at another out­stand­ing line from Mary (the con­sis­tently bril­liant Patti Clare). Barely con­tain­ing her jeal­ousy after Julie’s date with Dev, she sweetly asked him, ‘How was your pla­tonic drink?’ Fab­u­lous act­ing, gor­geous writ­ing (by Carmel Mor­gan).

It’s a dull time at the mo­ment, and the show re­ally needs to get rid of all this prison te­dium. How­ever, there’s yet more of it, so there is, when Liz vis­its Jim to ask him to lay off Peter, who’s been beaten up, so he has. Jim agrees – but only if Liz will keep vis­it­ing him.

Rosie and Sophie grew up on an end­less sup­ply of baked beans, so it was some­thing of a sur­prise to see Sophie dish them out for Mad­die. Still, at least when Mad­die’s eat­ing, she can’t talk. Has there ever been such a mis­ery? I swear that af­ter­noon tea with the Grim Reaper could not be a more so som­bre af­fair than five min­utes with her. Th This week she man­ages to im­press her new co col­leagues at the fac­tory (hard to be­lieve, I kn know; I can only as­sume she drugs them).

Sophie, mean­while, an­nounces that Ke Kevin is re­turn­ing. After he ar­rives Sophie qu ques­tions whether he still has feel­ings for Sa Sally. And Tim ac­cepts Kevin’s of­fer of a pin pint (left). Will it help end the bad blood be be­tween them?

Also, An­drea’s life lit­er­ally hangs in the ba bal­ance after a run-in with a lad­der. It’s a lo long story. Another te­dious one.

ANOTHER MAR­RIAGE MADE IN HELL? Re­mem­ber th­ese plots that had us hooked?

Diane Blackstock mar­ries Jack Sug­den (above) in a dra­matic cer­e­mony – Jack’s daugh­ter Vic­to­ria tells the guests his new wife has can­cer and Diane’s sis­ter Val re­veals Diane’s ex-hus­band Rod­ney fa­thered her son, Paul.

Sally Web­ster’s re­la­tion­ship with mar­ket trader Danny Har­g­reaves causes heartache. Sally (above right) begs his ex Sharon (left) not to hate her but Sharon says she’s lost her lover and best friend and hopes they both rot in hell.

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