Rank #1: 10/11/2019
Jim mentions to Will that it was nice to see Jake and Mia at Joe’s funeral. Will admits that he barely saw them. Jim advises Will not to give up on cultivating a close relationship with his children. Jim regrets it’s taken decades for him and Alistair. Later, Will takes Jim’s advice. The Grundy family’s planning a belated bonfire night party, and Will invites Jake and Mia. Will apologises for letting things get so bad between them. He’s glad that Mia’s happy with her Dad. Mia misses Will too, and enthusiastically accepts an invitation to spend more time at Grange Farm.
As Alf and Eddie prepare the fireworks they reminisce about Joe. Alf points out that Eddie’s head of the family now, but stops short of admitting he’s jealous of everything Eddie has. Eddie was always the favourite though. Eddie sheds a few private tears, and Alf hugs him. Alf reckons he can say three little words that might help – “drinks on me”! They laugh, and the Grundys whoop and gasp at the fireworks display in Joe’s honour.
Nov 10 2019
Rank #2: 08/11/2019
Jim’s psyching himself up to play his piano piece, which he’s learned by heart. But when Jazzer introduces him, it’s too much for him and he goes blank.
Everyone repairs to the Bull, where Lilian insists on full names only being used, in honour of Joe. Each cider club member has to nominate a memorable ‘Joe’ moment and there’s much merriment. In the middle of it all a ‘telegram’ is delivered for Joe, from The Queen – the pub in Hollerton where Eddie and Alf met Carmen. Joe’s wish for a telegram from the Queen has been granted… Soon they hear the strains of ‘My Blue Heaven’; Jim is finally playing it. As the stars come out in the clear night sky, a toast is made to Mr Joseph Grundy.
Nov 08 2019
Rank #3: 07/11/2019
Jim’s trying to crack his piano piece for Joe’s funeral. He’s determined; otherwise his abuser has won. Alistair suggests it’s the Tearoom, not the music, that’s the sticking point, and he takes his father back there to break the spell. While there Alistair receives a phone call from Shula – she’s been put forward to the next stage towards becoming a vicar! Jim is inspired by her perseverance, and resolves to perform at the wake.
Emma tempts Eddie with testers of the mini steak and kidney puds. She also does the ironing to ease the load on Clarrie, and helps with a limping sheep. She has fond memories of Grange Farm. Eddie reassures her she’s welcome at the church tomorrow. They’ll send Joe off in style.
Nov 07 2019
Rank #4: 24/10/2019
Oct 24 2019
Rank #5: 05/11/2019
There’s drama as Johnny reports a heifer down in the field just as Rufus Dunkley is about to arrive at Bridge Farm. Helen recounts the tale later to Shula at the fireworks on the Green. The heifer had a piece of sky lantern stuck in her stomach – there were bits of rubbish all over the field, left over from Halloween. Helen suspects the Beechwood residents were responsible. The good news is it didn’t put off the cheesemonger, and he’ll be back in touch regarding a deal for Borsetshire Blue.
Perturbed Lily’s sweeping leaves. She was shocked to discover that Lara is so young, and angry that Russ didn’t mention the fact. And far from being fragile, Lara had appeared sensible and positive. Russ assures Lily he loves her and needs her to trust him. She goes to Freddie’s party on her own. She and Johnny get drunk; a chance to test Joe and Eddie’s disgusting hangover cure. They hold their noses and drink the disgusting potion.
Nov 05 2019
Rank #6: 03/11/2019
Clarrie sees Emma in the shop, and invites her to bring Keira over to Grange Farm later. As they discuss the catering options for the wake, Emma assures concerned Clarrie that the ‘one for Joe’ scheme has paid for it all. Clarrie’s touched by people’s generosity. When Emma mentions a favourite dish of Joe’s, Clarrie’s hit by a momentary wave of grief. Eddie passes through looking for Ed. He tells Clarrie to make sure Alf doesn’t know where he is. Clarrie groans at yet another of Eddie’s schemes. But she concedes it’s keeping him occupied.
Russ tries to pin down distracted Lily. Something Johnny said about Bella and how there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for her has played on her mind. It’s made her wonder why Russ isn’t getting on with his divorce. Russ assures her it’s in hand; he’ll do it when the time’s right. He needs Lily to trust him.
Nov 03 2019
Rank #7: 06/11/2019
Rex is still grumpy that that he can barely afford the keen priced trailer Josh has found for him. He’ll be working extra hours for months in order to make up the payments for it. Toby unearths the real reason for Rex being out of sorts. He thought he was over Anisha, but her wedding has brought everything back into focus. He knows he'll feel better once her wedding is out of the way, and apologises to his brother for his mood.
Eddie has an idea; he’d like Joe’s pony and trap to take Joe to the funeral. Clarrie’s all in favour. She’s busy with decisions on getting the suit and tie for Joe to the undertaker’s. Eddie’s delighted the hangover cure seems to have worked on Johnny. When he finds out this is the only person it’s cured, he is undeterred. The recipe will just need a tweak. Clarrie laughs – Eddie sounds just like his dad!
Nov 06 2019
Rank #8: 04/11/2019
Rex is a little down. He still doesn’t have the cash for a trailer, Bert’s poetry trials are driving him mad and Anisha’s wedding is on Saturday. He’s not going as he can’t afford it. Toby tries to cheer him; he could get a lift to the wedding, and he’s heard Josh might have a trailer. His encouragement falls on stony ground.
Lily gets Freddie to accompany her on a clandestine mission. While they lie in wait outside the appointed house Freddie shares his regret that he read Shula’s autobiography notes. They agree their Auntie Shula’s alright. Suddenly Lily sees the person she’s come for, and follows her to her door. When she re-emerges a few minutes later, Lily urges Freddie to just drive. She’s finally met Lara, wife of Russ.
Nov 04 2019
Rank #9: 23/10/2019
Oct 23 2019