Alec is annoyed that none of the staff will work on Christmas Day. Bet refuses to serve as she's got to cook the dinner. He tells her they'll do without dinner. Deirdre buys presents for Brian Roscoe's children. Ken accuses her of being a soft touch. Ken takes Tracy to Beattie Pearson's when Deirdre breaks down. The Wiltons throw their dinner party but DP doesn't turn up. Percy throws himself into making Christmas dinner for Emily's guests. Bet gives her turkey to Emily to spite Alec. Deirdre takes the presents round to Roscoe's flat only to find his wife has left and taken the children with her. He tells her that his life is over and he's lonely and depressed. Derek is depressed that DP hasn't come to the party. Mavis thinks it's unforgivable that he hasn't contacted them. Vera gatecrashes the party and starts a knees-up. Roscoe tells Deirdre he's not going to spend Christmas alone; she'll have to stay with him. When she tries to leave he stops her.


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  • Don Brennan (Geoff Hinsliff) is credited but does not appear.
  • TV Times synopsis: Alec is hoist by his own petard when Bet reminds him that she's only got one pair of hands. And Deirdre is in danger of becoming a prisoner of her own conscience when she acts on a charitable impulse.
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 16,150,000 viewers (8th place).
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