Just caught up with last night’s.
As so often, I can’t help wondering why Rex and Toby are in the programme at all. They were introduced purely so SOC could have a Fairbother in attendance for the Ablazing Grace Memorial Old Biddies’ Day Out. Whatever he might have thought/imagined/made up, they are not from “an old Ambridge family”–their grandfather was a relatively short-term blow-in IIRC? They did their bit (Why “their”? One would have sufficed) and should have been shipped out again forthwith. Yet here they still are, for no good reason.
Meanwhile genuinely long-established characters have been silenced or written out. Where was Kathy–who was actually mentioned yesterday–during the whole Rob/Helen saga, or when Tom left Kirsty at the altar? Time was when she might as well have moved into Bridge Farm; it’s ridiculous that when Pat most needed a confidante, she vanished.
Matt’s return could–should–have had much more dramatic potential. At the end of the AmEx St Petersburg nonsense, he abandoned the attempt to recover his money for Lilian’s sake; what if his sudden disappearance had been in order to protect her?
Nigel was killed off, when a far more interesting development would have explored how he coped with disability–not least the issues of accessibility in a listed building.
And we still don’t know the truth about the bunting…