Episode 2896
Production code P694/1896
ITV transmission date 28th December 1988 (Wednesday)
Story associates Tom Elliott
Diane Culverhouse
Writer Tony Perrin
Designer Stephen Graham
Director Spencer Campbell
Producer Bill Podmore
Previous episode 26th December 1988
Next episode 2nd January 1989


Social Services tell Deirdre her interference in the Brian Roscoe case has made extra work. They accuse her of trying to make a name for herself on the Council. Deirdre is horrified to hear that Roscoe assaulted his father-in-law and is in police custody. Mike sets up another card school. Don is pleased. Deirdre refuses to let her nasty experience put her off helping others. Mike, Don, Jack and Alan play cards. Alan and Jack step out of the game when big money is laid down as stakes. Mike raises the stakes too high. To get the £1,000 he needs to see Mike's cards, Don throws in the keys to his taxi. He is horrified when Mike wins the game.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Deirdre looks for a pat on the back but gets something more akin to a slap in the face. And a return gesture from Mike leads to an evening fraught with devastating repercussions.
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 16,550,000 viewers (4th place).
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