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Deirdre phones Tracy's husband, Robert Preston, and asks him to come talk to her. Ciaran is proving an excellent chef in the cafe but Roy feels uncomfortable with him around. Robert arrives and it soon becomes clear that Tracy was lying - it was she who was caught in bed with Robert's best mate not the other way round. Karen tells Eileen that she will be taking over some of her shifts to save money for the firm, starting tonight. Eileen is upset. Robert says their marriage is over and leaves. Tracy doesn't care when he tells her that he's going to divorce her. John Arnley gives Maria a New Year's kiss; immediately there is some sexual chemistry between them. Ciaran worms his way round Fred and is allowed back into the Rovers. Aidan turns up at No.8. Sarah gives him some food but refuses to let him in. Steve warns Eileen that her house will be going on the market on Friday. Audrey tells Archie that her house is nearly ready to move back in to. Archie is disappointed as he's enjoyed Audrey's company. John calls round and finds Maria in on her own. They almost kiss but then are disturbed by Fiz. Maria is relieved. Tracy decides to play hard to get with Dev and gives him the brush off. Dev thinks that this is Deirdre's doing and he and Deirdre have a row. Deirdre tells him that she's worried Tracy will find out that they slept together. Dev says he doesn't care.


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  • This episode was transmitted at 8.00pm.
  • TV Times synopsis: Deirdre's match-making goes horribly wrong; Richard forges a deadly New Year's resolution; and John makes his intentions clear to Maria.
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 12,870,000 viewers (6th place).
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