Episode 4171
Episode 4171
Production code P694/4171
ITV transmission date 4th April 1997 (Friday)
Story editor Paul Marquess
Story associates Ann McManus
Jim O'Hanlon
David Millard
Gareth Roberts
Writer Sally Wainwright
Designer Christopher Walker
Director Garth Tucker
Producer Brian Park
Previous episode 2nd April 1997
Next episode 6th April 1997


Mike tells the police about Don's confession but they need concrete proof. Mike is angry to discover the answerphone tape and letter Don sent to Alma were both destroyed in the fire. Mavis plans a party for her birthday and is put out when Emily makes excuses not to attend. The Police question Don about the fire. He tells them that he has no alibi and admits to writing to Alma and hating Mike. He tells the police that Mike has a grudge against him because it was through him that he lost his Kbec contract and suggests Mike started the fire himself for the insurance. Steve arrives on a home visit much to Jim's delight. He plans to spoil him with his favourite things but Steve just wants to have fun whilst he's out of prison. Fiona is annoyed that Lee Middleton refuses to attend her engagement party because she's marrying a white policeman. Jim and Andy try to keep the news of Fiona's engagement from Steve but the Malletts tell him about the engagement party. He insists on going to the party with Andy. Mike is furious that Don hasn't been arrested and struggles to control his anger. Fiona is surprised, but not annoyed, to see Steve. She alerts Steve to the fact that Andy has been drinking a lot recently. Steve finds it unbearable to watch Fiona with Alan. Angie meets Chris and takes an instant fancy to him. The Police tell Mike they have no proof that Don was involved in the fire. Mike accuses the Police of wanting to believe in Don's innocence. Andy has too much to drink and tells Alan it's his fault that he had a gun pointed at him and that because of that he's going to fail his exams. Alan physically tries to throw Andy out, causing Fiona to try and stop him. Steve steps in to take Andy home. Alan is amazed to discover who Steve is. Steve is angered by Alan's bullying actions and tells Fiona that he wishes her luck with him as she'll need it.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Steve is on a home visit and calls on Fiona. Derek is driven to distraction.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 15,420,000 viewers (4th place - combined figure including repeat).
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