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Episode 5042 (23rd May 2001)

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Episode 5042
Episode 5042
Production code P694/5042
ITV transmission date 23rd May 2001 (Wednesday)
Script editor Nick Malmholt
Story editor Nick West
Story associates Darren Fairhurst
Gareth Philips
Josie Burke
Writer Catherine Hayes
Designer Julian Perkins
Director Tim Dowd
Executive Producer Jane Macnaught
Previous episode 21st May 2001
Next episode 25th May 2001


Karen tells Janice and Bobbi they owe her £20 as Steve has agreed to go on holiday. Janice and Bobbi decide to up the stakes again and offer her a day's wages from each of them if she can get Steve to marry her and make the holiday her honeymoon. Geena goes to collect her things from Dev's flat. He tries to talk to her but she won't listen. Karen tells Steve about the marriage bet. He agrees to go along with it and split the money fifty-fifty. Frank tells Curly about Alma's cancer and gives him a letter to deliver to her. Curly drops the letter round and talks to Alma and Audrey. Audrey explains that Alma is the reason why she's given up her election campaign. She says she will back Curly instead. Ashley fails to produce a sperm sample at the hospital as he's too nervous. David and Simon Green set light to some rubbish in the back garden. The fire gets out of hand. Sam and Matt put it out. Gail is furious with David. David is upset and he wants his dad. Molly agrees to pay Kevin in instalments to get her car back.


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  • This episode was scheduled to be transmitted on ITV1 at 10.00pm due to coverage of the final of Champions League football however the game went into extra time and delayed transmission of the programme until 10.55pm (incidentally, the latest time that a first-run episode has ever been transmitted). Due to this late broadcast, ITV schedulers opted for a repeat on Friday 25th May at 7.30pm with the following episode being shown immediately afterwards at 8.00pm. However the episode received its first true transmission on ITV2 on 23rd May at 7.30pm.
  • TV Times synopsis: Frank accidentally tells Curly about Alma's illness, and David finds himself in danger.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 18,140,000 viewers (1st place - combined figure including repeat). ITV2 UK broadcast - 630,000 viewers (1st place for the channel)
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