Episode 3609
Episode 3609
Production code P694/2609
ITV transmission date 20th October 1993 (Wednesday)
Story associates Gary Brown
Jan McVerry
Julie Rutterford
Writer Martin Allen
Designer Christopher Walker
Director Charles Lauder
Producer Carolyn Reynolds
Previous episode 18th October 1993
Next episode 22nd October 1993


Derek finds bits cut off the conifer and upsets Sarah Louise by accusing her. He finds that it's three inches shorter than the day before. Tanya spreads it around that Jim is divorcing Liz. Amy Nelson leaves for two weeks to visit Trinidad. Denise apologises to Jim for over-reacting. She explains that she doesn't like talking about divorce. Bet suggests to Liz that she fights Jim at his own game. Mark is upset that he and Nicky have nothing to talk about anymore. Derek keeps watch on his conifer to see what happens to it. Jim tells Denise that he isn't sure if he wants a divorce or not. He admits he still wants Liz back and only wants to shake her up. Derek is furious to see Des replacing the conifer with a smaller one at night. Returning home from a fare, Don sees Denise letting Jim out of her flat.


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  • This episode features the final appearance of the character of Amy Nelson who is played uncredited by Melanie Brown (who would later find worldwide fame as 'Scary Spice' of the Spice Girls). Her original actress Louise Duprey left the show suddenly after suffering a nervous breakdown following the filming of Episode 3601 (1st October 1993). It soon became clear she would never return to the show, leading to Amy being quickly written out with the explanation being a sudden holiday to Trinidad from which she didn't return, having reunited with her son's father. Amy was only seen in a short scene set in a darkened room in which the cameras concentrated on Nicholas Cochrane. Louise Duprey was found dead of a drugs overdose in Liverpool in 2000. Her body had lain undiscovered for several weeks.
  • TV Times synopsis: Derek lies in wait to solve the mystery of the magic tree. Bet has some advice for Liz, but will it be helpful?
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 15,740,000 viewers (4th place - combined figure including repeat).
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