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Episode 3014 (5th January 1990)

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Episode 3014
Alec meets sandra
Production code P694/2014
ITV transmission date 5th January 1990 (Friday)
Story editor Tom Elliott
Story associates Diane Culverhouse
Trevor Suthers
Writer Tony Perrin
Designer Stephen Graham
Director Richard Holthouse
Executive Producer David Liddiment
Producer Mervyn Watson
Previous episode 3rd January 1990
Next episode 8th January 1990


Bet worries that Alec is setting himself up for disappointment. Don has told Ivy he was in a public toilet when his cab was stolen. They're relieved when one of Don's taxi colleagues finds the cab abandoned. Alec goes to Handforth, where Sandra lives. While looking for her house, he nearly reverses his car into a young girl riding a pony and receives a stern telling-off. Wendy uses her council contacts to secure the council ads from Gazette for the Recorder. Alec discovers that Sandra lives in a massive Cheshire house and introduces himself to Tim Arden as his wife's father. He meets his 12-year-old granddaughter Victoria, who is the girl from earlier. She warms to him instantly. Sandra is shocked when she arrives home and sees Alec although she doesn't recognise him at first. Alec is overcome with emotion at their reunion and shows her photos of a family holiday in Blackpool, which she remembers. He tells her he stayed away as he thought he wasn't wanted and he's proud of her for doing so well. The police tell Don they're holding his cab as it has been involved in a hit-and-run. Don starts giving a description of the two lads who stole it before realising the police suspect him of hitting the cyclist as he took so long calling it in. Sandra is relieved when Alec leaves. Deirdre demands half the Recorder's profits as Ken remortgaged their house to buy it. Alec tells Bet that they are invited to Sandra's upcoming birthday party.


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  • First appearance of Victoria Arden although the character only made a few sporadic appearances initially and wasn't a regular until 19th July 1991.
  • TV Times synopsis: Mrs Sandra Arden hasn't seen her father for 20 years. What will her reaction be when he turns up on her doorstep? And the Brennans, who are facing hard times, think their situation can't get worse - but it can!
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 21,460,000 viewers (3rd place - combined figure including repeat).
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