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Tyrone is embarrassed that the Duckworths know that he can't read or write. Flustered Maxine prepares to entertain hoards for Christmas, wanting to prove to everyone she's a capable wife. The factory girls organise a party so Linda promises to get Mike to pay half the costs. Vera gets Ken to agree to giving Tyrone reading lessons. Rebecca tells Martin that she thinks Gail is nice. Linda is annoyed when Mike refuses to give any money for the staff party. Maxine can't cope with the cooking and burns everything. Ashley takes her out for a drink, leaving the bath running. Gail suggests that Martin invites Rebecca round for a meal. Linda is miffed when Deirdre talks Mike into paying for the party, telling him that he'll get better work out of the girls. Nita and Vik are stunned when Dev tells them that Ravi has sold him all the shops as he needs the money to help the family in India. The Peacocks are horrified to find No.4 flooded.


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  • TV Times synopsis: Disaster strikes as Maxine and Ashley's Christmas preparations get off to a bad start, and Tyrone refuses to face up to his problem.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 15,440,000 viewers (6th place - combined figure including repeat).
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