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Zoe lets Judy mind Shannon whilst she lounges about. Jack goes to the doctors and finds his GP, Dr Thackery, died eighteen months ago. His new GP is a young woman, Dr Jones. She gives him a complete check-up. Fiona asks Steve to make things up with Jim as their battling gets her down. Alma realises that she would rather Deirdre stayed in prison so that Mike is kept away from her. Dr Jones tells Jack that his arteries are hardening, his lungs are in a terrible state and he is overweight. She warns him that unless he changes his lifestyle and stops smoking he could lose his legs. Leanne is fed up when Nick is troubled but won't tell her why. Greg tries to spend time with Maxine but Les keeps interrupting them. Vera is upset to hear that Jack is seriously ill and vows to make him change his lifestyle. Mike is shaken when Alma warns him that when she's released Deirdre will not be living with them as it will kill what's left of their marriage. Maggie Veitch gets at Deirdre, hating her for thinking she's someone special. When she starts insulting Samir's memory, Deirdre goes for her and has to be pulled off by Jackie, who warns her that she'll get another six months for attacking a warder. For a favour, Jackie hits Veitch on Deirdre's behalf. Jack agrees to give up smoking when Alec bets him £50 he can't do it.


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  • This episode was broadcast at 7.00pm to allow for coverage of Champions League football.
  • TV Times synopsis: Deirdre is driven to the brink, and there's bad news for Jack at the doctor's.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 14,740,000 viewers (4th place - combined figure including repeat).
  • The ITV3 repeat of this episode on 30th April 2021 was edited to remove some of Maggie Veitch’s barbs towards Deirdre Rachid regarding her late husband Samir; specifically, asking whether he was “run over by a camel” and if Deirdre “got the hump” with him.

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Natalie Horrocks: "I'm not pulled as easy as a pint of Newton & Ridley's."

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