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Episode 3989 (20th March 1996)

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Episode 3989
Production code P694/2989
ITV transmission date 20th March 1996 (Wednesday)
Story associates Gillian Creswell
Ann McManus
David Millard
Writer Peter Whalley
Designer Christopher Walker
Director Brian Mills
Executive Producer Carolyn Reynolds
Producer Sue Pritchard
Previous episode 18th March 1996
Next episode 22nd March 1996


Jim appears before the Magistrates charged with assaulting Liz. He pleads guilty. Liz tells the family that she thought Jim was going to kill her. Steve thinks he's crazy. Liz has made a statement telling the police about him beating her and hopes he'll learn his lesson. Jim's case is adjourned but as a condition of bail he is told to stay away from Liz. Vicky and Deirdre support Liz and try to assure her that Jim won't dare go near her again. When a shelf collapses in the shop, Maureen calls Bill in. Afterwards they have fish and chips. Jim moves in with Bill as a condition of bail. Curly nervously performs his duties as Master Cube at the Square Dealers' Ladies Night. Raquel is proud of him. Derek spends his time trying to find someone who will nominate him to join the Square Dealers and is intrigued when Norris arrives late and alone after a row with Angela. Audrey and Mavis make bitchy remarks about Rita, jealous that she's with the Master Dealer. Jim watches No.11 at night. Maureen tells Bill that she can't cope with the stress of balancing Reg and home anymore. Liz is frightened to be alone in the house knowing Jim is on the loose.


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  • This episode was transmitted at 6.50pm to allow for coverage of Champions League football.
  • TV Times synopsis: Jim’s in trouble and both Andy and Steve are sympathetic to their father's plight. It's the Square Dealers' Ladies' Night - a black tie do with buffet.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 15,220,000 viewers (6th place - combined figure including repeat).
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