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Mike tries not to worry about the police suspecting him as he knows he's innocent. Gary is annoyed when Judy prefers to spend Easter Sunday chatting to Joyce's grave at the crematorium than with him. Audrey calls on Alma to offer support over the fire and is thrilled to see the police take Mike in for more questioning. Jim gets fed up with Andy drinking and his aggressive manner. The police keep Mike sweating in the interview room all day before admitting they have no news. Audrey spreads rumours about Mike burning his factory down, upsetting Alma. Maxine gets Ashley to take her to a nightclub where she orders expensive drinks. She is embarrassed to be seen with him by her friends, Robbie and Melanie, and passes him off as her cousin. Ashley is furious and walks out on her. Alma tells Mike she thinks he did set fire to the factory but isn't telling her as he thinks that she needs protection. He assures her that he didn't start the fire and is angry when she doesn't believe him.


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  • Although scheduled to be transmitted at the usual time of 7.30pm, the previous programme - live Grand Prix coverage - overran and therefore this episode began at the later time of 8.00pm.
  • A small change to the title sequence was introduced with this episode when, after some three years of the logo appearing on differing external shots of the street, the sequence was regularised to end with the logo superimposed over what had been the penultimate shot - that of the cat.
  • TV Times synopsis: Things go from bad to worse for Mike. Maxine does the dirty on Ashley.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 12,460,000 viewers (7th place - combined figure including repeat).
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