Writer, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti
Director, Jess Bunch
Editor, Jeremy Howe
David Archer …... Timothy Bentinck
Ruth Archer ….. Felicity Finch
Pip Archer ….. Daisy Badger
Tom Archer ….. William Troughton
Brian Aldridge ….. Charles Collingwood
Jennifer Aldridge ….. Angela Piper
Phoebe Aldridge ….. Lucy Morris
Lilian Bellamy ….. Sunny Ormonde
Neil Carter ….. Brian Hewlett
Susan Carter ….. Charlotte Martin
Chris Carter ….. Wilf Scolding
Rex Fairbrother ….. Nick Barber
Clarrie Grundy ….. Heather Bell
Will Grundy ….. Philip Molloy
Emma Grundy ….. Emerald O'Hanrahan
Ed Grundy ….. Barry Farrimond
Shula Hebden Lloyd ….. Judy Bennett
Tracy Horrobin ….. Susie Riddell
Jim Lloyd ….. John Rowe
Adam Macy ….. Andrew Wincott
Jazzer McCreary ….. Ryan Kelly
Lynda Snell …..Carole Boyd
Peggy Woolley ….. June Spencer
The evening of the presentation of Peggy's Trust proposals arrives, and nerves are jangling as proceedings get underway. The atmosphere between Ruth and her parents is icy. David suggests Pip's bombshell of yesterday might have been a deliberate tactic. Whatever the case, it’s put him and Ruth under huge pressure. Phoebe’s never seen Pip's dad like this. But Pip's happy she's on team Phoebe; she had to go with her gut.
Both Tom and Adam are confident. They feel their proposals are strong. Ruth delivers Brookfield's presentation with conviction, and they realise they have competition. Phoebe and Pip present their proposal and answer the panel’s questions. They have to admit they have no land behind them at the moment, which stops them in their tracks a little. Adam praises their efforts, and Phoebe tries to congratulate David on their pitch. She assures Pip her parents will come round eventually. Tom believes Brookfield is the one to beat. Pip reckons they’ll just have to wait and see.
Brian spots an odd communication coming off the printer at Willow Cottage, but says nothing to Jennifer. Later at dinner with Neil and Susan, he drunkenly confesses to Neil he read the letter, which he believes is to the Courier agony aunt from Jennifer, and calls into question her satisfaction with their intimacy. Jennifer’s mystified when he makes an attempt later to seduce her, until he tells her what her saw. Amused Jennifer explains she was the recipient not the sender – she’s the agony aunt. Hugely relieved Brian’s happy she’s using her talents to help others. They agree there’s always room for improvement in a marriage, and continue their evening.
Susan worries for George and Will, and is clearly unsettled. Chris asks what’s wrong, and she admits she and Neil aren’t on good terms after he implied she was a gossip. She hopes this isn’t how the village really sees her. Chris assures her they wouldn’t change her for the world. Cheered, she enjoys her dinner with Brian and Jennifer, and her and Neil reconcile. On reflection, she feels she’s just naturally interested in the world around her, and resolves to be present at the bids for Peggy’s Trust money on Friday. People coming into the shop will want the full low-down.
It’s Tracy’s first day at Grey Gables, and she’s impressive as her slightly unconventional style results in her succeeding where Lynda’s failed with a guest’s complaint. Tracy solves his air conditioning problem efficiently and disaster is averted. Lynda’s been distracted by a competition with Jim to see who could take the role of Brainboxes captain. As they battle to a tie-break with tough questions, they agree they both make the grade and maybe their team doesn’t need a captain.
Emma takes muffins and some toys for Poppy to Greenwood Cottage. She wants to help Will all she can. George isn’t keen on the idea of their games night, and Emma doesn’t want Will to find out. She thanks him again for buying all her unsold stuff at the sale. Will observes they’re still family. Emma’s noticed Poppy’s getting a bit restless while she’s off school, but Will doesn’t want her mixing with other children until she’s completely herself again. Emma tries to persuade Will to allow Bev to have Poppy for a few days, but with no success. Will admits he worries all the time about Poppy; he’d never forgive himself if anything happened to her. He didn’t pay enough attention to Nic’s symptoms – things might have been different if he had. Emma tries to reassure him Nic’s death wasn’t his fault. Emma worries about him as he ushers her out so he can check on Poppy again.
Lilian’s finding the amount of work involved in being Chief Operating Officer for Peggy’s Trust tiresome, but she admits it’ll be fascinating to see the presentations.
Testing Jim, Lilian’s impressed with his classical knowledge, but notes his popular culture falls short. She points out that to be a Brainbox he’ll need a broader range. She’ll have to get him match fit. Having watched a little reality TV Jim declares it an abomination. However losing is not an option, so he sees he’ll need to continue with it. And if he’s to get some serious research in, he’ll need an incentive. How about free coffee at the Bull for a month, Jim suggests. You’re on, agrees Lilian.
Clarrie cooks a meal for Will, and tries to reassure him about Poppy’s health. Perhaps Bev could see her again soon? Will’s adamant Poppy’s not going anywhere, and he won’t return to work, until she’s properly better. Clarrie’s bemused by Emma’s behaviour. Will points out she’s just hurting.
Phoebe’s trying to run through her bid presentation but is getting barracked by Pip and Rex. She’s frustrated that Pip’s splitting her time with Brookfield. Phoebe needs her commitment. When she discovers Pip hasn’t told her parents she’s involved in Rewilding Ambridge, she’s furious. If Pip doesn’t tell them before Friday, she will.