Episode 7043
Production code P694/7043
ITV transmission date 30th March 2009
(Monday - Part 1)
Script editor Kathryn Pugsley
Story editor Louise Sutton
Story associates Iain MacLeod
Angela O'Neill
Lee O'Donnell
Martin Sterling
Writer Julie Jones
Designer Alan Davis
Director Pip Short
Executive Producer Kieran Roberts
Producer Kim Crowther
Previous episode 27th March 2009
Next episode 30th March 2009


Peter's hung-over and Simon has to get his own breakfast. Ken and Deirdre continue to snipe at each other over breakfast. Kirk tells Julie how he plans to get a job and save up to buy a house but it's obvious Julie isn't really interested. Peter's late for work, tired and hung-over. Michelle phones from Ireland and Peter lays into her saying if she's not back soon she won't have a job to come back to. Ken gives Peter some Alcoholics Anonymous leaflets but Peter's dismissive. Eileen has Paula round for lunch. Paula's frosty towards Colin which Eileen finds slightly odd. Tara introduces Dev to Justin the artist/photographer and tells him that she's commissioned him to do some more pieces. Dev's inwardly cringing. Natasha boasts to Maria how she's spent another fantastic night with Tony. Maria can't help feeling annoyed. Simon asks Peter to read him a story but Peter's too drunk and sends him off to bed. Deirdre asks Ken if he's seen Peter at all and if he was sober. Ken lies saying Peter was fine. Peter falls into a drunken sleep and drops his lit cigarette.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Ken's refusal to deal with Peter's drinking threatens the lives of both the bookie and his son Simon; and Maria is surprised by her discomfort with Tony and Natasha's relationship.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 9,830,000 viewers (4th place).
March 2009 episodes
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