At the BL board meeting Brian introduces Stella to Justin. Quietly Justin asks Stella whether she’s persuaded Brian to pledge a few efficiencies at Home Farm. Stella assures Justin she has a few things up her sleeve. She mentions to the board possible alternative uses for the land (which Justin had kept quiet), and some solid green cost cutting options which will still bring in better returns, and maximise payments from the new Sustainable Farming Incentive. Afterwards Justin accepts through gritted teeth they’ve got what they wanted – Home Farm has kept the Estate contract. Brian wrongfoots Justin further when he discloses he knows Justin and Stella go way back – he’s done the farm an enormous favour by tipping her off about the job. Some of Stella’s ideas have made Brian feel something of a dinosaur. She flatters him by pooh-poohing this. He points out that retaining the contract is only step one. There’s a lot more to do to secure the future of Home Farm. Jazzer’s brought bacon sandwiches to the hide for Blake. Blake confesses his lack of trust of Kirsty; to him Mr Moss and Gavin never did anything wrong. Jazzer accepts this, and gets why Blake ran away from Lynda’s. They share stories of their respective dads; Jazzer admits Jim is like a father to him now. He suggests there are plenty of people who’d want to help Blake. Blake’s unsure, but he agrees to help with Jazzer’s tricky shelves. Jazzer declares he can come over to Greenacres whenever he wants.
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13:11Ruth welcomes an outsider and Ian is lost for words.
13:06Lilian is thrilled that Shula’s open to the idea of her and Justin investing in The Stables and assures her the spirit of the place will be maintained as they make improvements. Shula asks if Justin feels the same and then twigs that Lilian hasn’t yet told him about it. The pair present the idea to Justin together. He instantly dismisses it and is rude about the Stables being small fry. After Shula leaves, Lilian is furious with Justin but he insists Shula gave a bad pitch. He’s clear that he’s not prepared to invest his money based purely on sentimentality, but then the cogs start to turn on how The Stables could be a viable investment. David and Kenton compare notes on the Harvest Supper. They’re both looking forward to it after last year’s was cancelled. Things are looking up after a difficult time for business at both the Bull and the Brookfield Barn. Jazzer joins them, pleased he’s convinced Blake to take up accommodation at The Elms, plus there’s some work lined up for him at Berrow Farm. David and Kenton run through the plans with Jazzer and realise they both have their sights set on being the compere. They bicker about who would do it best. Jazzer suggests a double act to which they agree. They know they won’t be able to prepare together but perhaps they could combine their individual routines. Game on, says David.
12:53Writer, Keri Davies Director, Marina Caldarone Editor, Jeremy Howe Ruth Archer ….. Felicity Finch Josh Archer ….. Angus Imrie Pip Archer ….. Daisy Badger Brian Aldridge ….. Charles Collingwood Lilian Bellamy ….. Sunny Ormonde Alan Franks ….. John Telfer Amy Franks ….. Jennifer Daley Martyn Gibson ….. Jon Glover Shula Hebden Lloyd ….. Judy Bennett Chelsea Horrobin ….. Madeleine Leslay Russ Jones ….. Andonis James Anthony Alistair Lloyd ….. Michael Lumsden Jazzer McCreary ….. Ryan Kelly Lily Pargetter ….. Katie Redford Johnny Phillips ….. Tom Gibbons Stella ….. Lucy Speed
13:17Lilian’s regretting her snappiness with Ruth yesterday. She confesses to Shula she was disproportionately ratty over the Harvest Supper arrangements, and reveals it’s because she’s given up smoking. It’s proving hard, and Justin’s getting the thick end of it. Shula admits she’s not feeling great either since her fall from a horse, and the two arrange to have supper together. Later Lilian’s in better heart, having explained everything to understanding Ruth. Shula shares that she’s lost some of her resilience recently; the Stables is getting on top of her. There are hefty repairs to be done and she wishes she had someone to share the burden with. Lilian has a brainwave – why not her? She’s looking to invest and she would be the ideal business partner for Shula. Shula cautions that it wouldn’t be a money maker, but Lilian’s ready to celebrate. Lily tries to encourage Chelsea to become a canvasser for Felpersham Kitchens, but Chelsea isn’t interested. They chat about how her studies are going, and Chelsea admits to struggling with an essay deadline. When Lily makes a vague offer of help, Chelsea bites her hand off. Later as they work Russ weighs in with some pointers of his own. Lily suggests two coaches will confuse Chelsea. Russ agrees, and asks Chelsea to choose. Chelsea picks Russ, and his tuition proves a big hit. Lily gets her revenge when Chelsea insists on offering Russ a haircut when he can’t get an appointment. Great, growls Russ.
12:58Johnny spots Chelsea the bus stop, and shares that Lily had mentioned her in conversation. Chelsea jumps on this – Lily should mind her own business. Johnny points out Lily had just wanted to put them in touch in case he could help Chelsea with her dyslexia. They arrange to meet later to chat. Chelsea wangles a lift on Jazzer’s bike, which she’s appalled that he’s selling. She reckons her mum’s behind it, but he assures her it’s his decision. When Johnny agrees with Jazzer that bikes, and biker chicks, aren’t that great, Chelsea instantly rows back and announces she thinks bikes are unsafe and she’s not interested any more. Jazzer’s gobsmacked. And when Johnny laughs at Chelsea’s helmet hair, she declares she doesn’t want to bother with him, either. Ruth tries to persuade Lilian away from offering a dessert for the Harvest Supper. Lilian’s unwilling to swap courses; she feels she’s been singled out as the ‘dead wood’ in the village. She’ll stick to desserts thank you – and she wishes people had more faith in her. Amy’s with Alan, ploughing through career change literature. She asks if Alan’s still buying Jazzer’s motorbike. He affirms he is, and reluctant Usha’s on board too after his explanation that the ideal number of bikes is always ‘N plus one’. Jazzer arrives with the news that he’s not selling after all due to Chelsea’s change of heart. Alan takes this well, remembering the trials of bringing up a teenage daughter. Jazzer just wonders what Chelsea will get up to next.
13:04Blake’s done a good job on his second assignment at Greenacres. Alistair suggests he stay for lunch. He establishes Blake loves animals, and they exchange amusing anecdotes. Alistair feels uncomfortable letting Blake leave a warm house to return to the birdhide, but on Jazzer’s prompting he doesn’t press the issue. Alistair also raises the subject of payment, and gets out his wallet. Blake feels it’s too much, but Alistair and Jazzer insist; this is the real world of work now. They agree it’s an important step for Blake. Stella needs an assurance from Brian that sourcing a freelance labour pool will be worth it – she doesn’t want to go down this route if Home Farm’s being sold. Brian confirms he’s not selling up. He wants to farm forever. Stella meets Pip to ask about some sheep in a field she plans to spray. She asks Pip to move them. She rubs Pip up the wrong way and Pip retorts the earliest she can get them moved is tomorrow. Later Stella remarks to Brian on Pip’s unprofessional attitude. Brian’s surprised. They’ve always enjoyed a good relationship with Brookfield as far as he’s concerned. But the more Stella discovers, the more she feels it’s all too close for comfort. The sheep arrangement needs to work properly or it might be better if Home Farm’s no longer involved. Brian assures Stella she’ll soon get used to the ways of Ambridge. Stella muses they might need to think carefully about all these cosy arrangements.
12:45Jazzer confesses to Alistair he feels responsible for Chelsea’s developing love affair with biking. It’s going to hurt, but he’s decided to sell his motorbike. This will not only help Chelsea but will also show Tracy he’s taking his new step-dad duties seriously – worth a few Brownie points! Jazzer’s first port of call is Alan, who declares he’d be interested in buying the bike. They agree to talk terms later in the week. Amy’s shocked, especially as Alan’s buying it as a ‘hobby bike’. Since when does her dad have time for hobbies? She also believes Usha will be less than impressed. Blake sets to work at Greenacres, rescuing the shelves Jazzer had started to put up. He’s been given a pair of Alistair’s boots to replace his old trainers, and Alistair’s keen to make sure he’s happy with them. They’re great, Blake assures him. He does a professional job on the shelves, and Jazzer and Alistair thank him for his hard work. Blake declares he enjoyed doing it, and Jazzer lists some more jobs he could do, if he wants to come back tomorrow? When he’s gone Alistair’s perturbed that Blake didn’t seem to be expecting payment for his work. Jazzer points out Blake still has a lot of adjusting to do.
12:59At the BL board meeting Brian introduces Stella to Justin. Quietly Justin asks Stella whether she’s persuaded Brian to pledge a few efficiencies at Home Farm. Stella assures Justin she has a few things up her sleeve. She mentions to the board possible alternative uses for the land (which Justin had kept quiet), and some solid green cost cutting options which will still bring in better returns, and maximise payments from the new Sustainable Farming Incentive. Afterwards Justin accepts through gritted teeth they’ve got what they wanted – Home Farm has kept the Estate contract. Brian wrongfoots Justin further when he discloses he knows Justin and Stella go way back – he’s done the farm an enormous favour by tipping her off about the job. Some of Stella’s ideas have made Brian feel something of a dinosaur. She flatters him by pooh-poohing this. He points out that retaining the contract is only step one. There’s a lot more to do to secure the future of Home Farm. Jazzer’s brought bacon sandwiches to the hide for Blake. Blake confesses his lack of trust of Kirsty; to him Mr Moss and Gavin never did anything wrong. Jazzer accepts this, and gets why Blake ran away from Lynda’s. They share stories of their respective dads; Jazzer admits Jim is like a father to him now. He suggests there are plenty of people who’d want to help Blake. Blake’s unsure, but he agrees to help with Jazzer’s tricky shelves. Jazzer declares he can come over to Greenacres whenever he wants.
13:16Vince tries to apologise to Beth and Ben about yesterday. Beth won’t see her dad, but Ben thinks they should accept his offer of three nights in a London hotel. Ben meets Vince and hears him out. Vince wonders what he needs to do for forgiveness from his daughter. Ben explains Beth feels Vince is trying to buy her off. She just wants her dad to be her dad, and to stop trying to prove he’s top dog. Vince for his part stresses he always made sure his girls had the best of everything – the childhood he never had. Ben’s not sure Beth knows that. He persuades Beth to see her dad. Vince shows her a photo of her aged seven that he keeps with him. He may not have been around but he always wanted to see her face – all he could give her at the time was money. Beth’s won over, and Vince owes Ben one. Ben reckons the trip to London will do nicely. Jazzer reaffirms to Jim his intention to bore Chelsea out of her interest in motorbikes. But Chelsea’s ahead of him and knows this is for her mum’s benefit and designed to put her off. Jazzer weakens and speeds up, to Chelsea’s joy. When they get home Tracy susses it instantly, and Jazzer’s in the doghouse. He joins Jim birding at the country park. He feels it’s not fair he’s missing supper; he’s clearly not cut out for step-parenting. Jim’s distracted – there’s someone sleeping in the hide. The light of their torch reveals it’s Blake, one of Philip’s builders.
13:17Visiting the Vicarage Ruth thanks Amy for chatting to Ben about nursing. She’s pleased he seems to have found his vocation, and Amy seems to have inspired him even further. Amy’s evasive about when she’ll be returning to her own job. Learning that Usha’s going to be late home, Ruth takes her leave. Amy too leaves her dad to it – she thinks she has a migraine coming on. Later she admits to Alan she’s leaving midwifery. She’s worn out. Alan’s shocked, but understands. Amy feels guilty – after all her dad hasn’t abandoned his calling, has he? Alan assures her she doesn’t owe anyone anything. And he’s special to her, whatever she ends up doing. Nervous Ben’s having dinner with Beth and her dad. Vince has treated them to a meal at Les Soeurs Heureuses. Ben feels uneasy eating there, and recounts his gran’s flapjack throwing incident. Vince smiles he had no idea Jill was such a good aim. As Beth leaves the table for a while Vince declares he has a nose for bad boyfriends – Ben smells alright so far but Vince won’t stand by and see Beth hurt. Quaking Ben understands. Then Vince fakes an allergic reaction, which panics Ben. Beth’s furious her dad’s humiliated Ben, and leaves the restaurant. Ben assures her he’s ok and has taken the joke in good part; he doesn’t want her to fall out with her dad again over this. But Beth’s adamant. She thought her dad might have changed, but she won’t make that mistake again.