Episode 1.2

Irene shows off her new man to Vera.

In-Depth Episode Synopsis

Warning: the below synopsis may contain spoilers

While Vera battles with builders, Irene is being romanced. Bill - a widower - has been paying her 'attention' and she's enjoying every minute. Feeling neglected and a tad jealous, Vera nonetheless agrees to invite the two of them to lunch, and Irene prepares to show off her dapper new lothario. Things go much too well. Bill and Vera get on famously, and Irene is furious. Her thank you letter is so cheerful it hurts. Vera is oblivious to the undercurrent, and the two embark on an exchange about Christmas - not far away now.

Irene doesn't hear from Bill over the festive season, but he drops in on Vera. They had a very jolly time and took a trip up to look at the nuclear power plant, where he suggested that it might be fun for the three of them to go away for a weekend together.

This turns out to be a disaster. The two ladies don't write to one another for two years. Did Bill really mean to book them all into the bridal suite? What was Vera doing in bed with him when Irene turned up? Why did Irene storm off? And anyway, he's married a much younger woman now. Both ladies are feeling lonely. Irene's daughter is thinking of moving to Australia. Vera's daughter is truculent and secretive about her on/off 'relationship', and her son Howard is always off with his friend Anthony.

Maybe the two ladies could get back together again. Give it another go. After all - who else have they got?

First Broadcast Details

Tue 10th February 2009
30 minutes

Main Repeats

  • Wed 11th Feb 2009 (9:00pm, ITV3)
  • Sun 15th Feb 2009 (10:30pm, ITV3)
  • Sun 14th Jun 2009 (10:00pm, ITV)
  • Wed 3rd Mar 2010 (11:35pm, ITV3)

Episode 1.2 Cast & Crew

Regular Cast
Maureen Lipman ... Irene Spencer
Anne Reid ... Vera Small
Guest Cast
Christopher Scoular ... Bill
Writing Team
Lou Wakefield ... Writer
Carole Hayman ... Writer
Production Team
John Henderson (I) ... Director
Geoffrey Perkins ... Producer
Francis Matthews ... Producer
Sophie Clarke-Jervoise ... Exec Producer
Heather Gibson ... Production Design
Mark Thomas (II) ... Composer
David Yardley ... Editor

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