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Episode 5043
Episode 5043
Production code P694/5043
ITV transmission date 25th May 2001 (Friday)
Script editor Nick Malmholt
Story editor Nick West
Story associates Darren Fairhurst
Gareth Philips
Josie Burke
Writer Phil Ford
Designer Julian Perkins
Director Tim Dowd
Executive Producer Jane Macnaught
Previous episode 23rd May 2001
Next episode 27th May 2001


Audrey finds out that it is too late to pull out of the election. She decides to back Curly's campaign to try and ensure that she doesn't win herself. Desmond Worthing, the other candidate is furious. She hands out Curly's leaflets telling everyone to vote for him. Steve turns up in the pub, goes down on one knee and proposes to Karen in front of the Underworld girls. Gail and Martin are worried about David. They decide that Martin will take David away for the half-term holiday. Ashley produces a sperm sample at home and he and Maxine rush it to the hospital. Karen and the girls decide to double or quits - two days' pay, if she can get Steve to actually marry her within a week. The election takes place and Curly wins. The Returning Officer reads out "Watts, Norman Arthur, Independent - 1,915". Karen tells Steve about the new bet. Steve agrees that they will get married.


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  • Graeme Hawley makes a pre-John Stape appearance as Desmond Worthing.
  • The previous episode was scheduled to be transmitted on Wednesday 23rd May 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 this episode being shown immediately afterwards at 8.00pm.
  • TV Times synopsis: Steve proposes to Karen for a bet, and Curly is shocked at the election results.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 10,710,000 viewers (7th place).
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