Episode 4861
Episode 4861
Production code P694/4861
ITV transmission date 23rd July 2000 (Sunday)
Script editor Di Burrows
Story editor Mariam Vossough
Story associates Nick West
Kathleen Beedles
Darren Fairhurst
Writer Martin Allen
Designer Julian Perkins
Director Colin Cant
Producer Jane Macnaught
Previous episode 21st July 2000
Next episode 24th July 2000


Alma organises Audrey's secret birthday party. Paula travels from Blackpool to apologise to Gary, saying that she's no longer seeing Lewis Martin. She is disappointed when he is short with her. Dennis Stringer reports his van stolen to the police and is grateful when Les agrees to him staying whilst Janice is away. Vera urges Gary not to shut Paula out, telling him that he'll regret it if he does. Audrey is thrilled by her surprise birthday party. She is amazed to see schoolfriend Gladys Braithwaite again and is forced to thank Ken for finding her. Audrey patronises Gladys when she finds out how lowly she is. Emily is frustrated when Les throws a noisy barbecue when she's trying to work. He refuses to turn his music down for her. Gladys, annoyed at Audrey's attitude, reveals that she is sixty, not fifty-eight as she claimed. Gary and Paula agree to carry on seeing each other.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Audrey has a special birthday surprise. Paula tries to make peace with Gary.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 13,310,000 viewers (6th place - combined figure including repeat).
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