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Making Mince Pies with Jill Archer
Join Jill in the kitchen at Brookfield as she makes a batch of her much loved mince pies
At Grange Farm, Clarrie finds Ed and Will attempting to bake mince pies for the “Grundy World of Christmas”. Clarrie’s appalled that they are heating the mincemeat, and adding brandy. She firmly corrects them on their technique. Eddie texts Ed to say that some elf costumes are ready for collection, and Ed spots a chance to escape. He and Will claim that it’s a job that requires both of their input, and Clarrie is left alone with the baking.
Clarrie’s surprised when Emma arrives at Grange Farm with some mince pies. Emma stays to help with the baking. They’re soon bickering over jelly sweets – just like old times. Clarrie has missed having Emma as part of the family. They laugh as they sample Ed and Will’s awful mince pies.
Lee comes to Bridge Farm, and apologises for running out on Helen. Helen also apologises for how their relationship ended earlier in the year. Lee still can’t understand why that happened. Helen finally summons the strength to tell him about her marriage to Rob. Contrary to Helen’s deepest fears, Lee doesn’t find the truth off-putting, and is in fact very supportive. Lee starts to say that he hopes they can be friends, but Helen impulsively kisses him. She apologises – this isn’t the closure he was looking for! But he kisses her back. Neither is sure where to go from here…
At the Christmas Market Pat’s keen to buy Natasha an impressive gift to make up for last year. She’s hosting Tom and Natasha for Christmas and feels they should start enjoying the money from Beechwood. Pat’s also looking for an anniversary gift for Tony. Johnny shares more ideas with Tom for the Montys. Tom gets him to ditch his work and come for a drink in Borchester, avoiding the Bull – and Bella.
Pat shows Tom a gift idea for Tony; it’s quite expensive but something he really wants. She’s pleased that Tom’s taking Johnny out – if things had been different it would have been John taking him.
Kirsty drives nervous Helen into town for her date with Lee. At a Borchester café, Lee asks why Helen wanted to meet. Is there something she wants to say? Helen apologises for the abrupt way things ended between them. Lee says her running away from him made him question himself. Helen builds herself up to tell him about what was really going on with her, but he interjects to say that he’s seeing someone. Lee feels it has worked out well for him and Helen. Helen swallows hard and says she’s pleased for Lee. She assures him that he did nothing wrong. After Lee’s gone, Helen phones Kirsty: the date was a disaster. She’s really blown it.
Clarrie and Eddie reflect on how quiet their Christmas will be, now that Will’s spending it at Andrew’s. But Joe won’t want them moping, and Eddie resolves to make Grundy World of Christmas the best yet. Harrison needs to up his game as Santa though. As Clarrie ponders making the mince pies, she sadly remembers how she used to do it with Emma to start Christmas properly.
Ruth admits that Josh’s new tractor purchase was a good one, now he’s polished it up. As Josh looks forward to his trip to South East Asia, Ruth apologises for overreacting about him and Bella. Josh promises to be around on Saturday for the Christmas lights switch-on.
Kirsty finds Jim reciting ghost stories to himself and is politely vague about coming to the show. She’s more concerned about the terrible state of the playground. Jim assures Kirsty he’ll raise the issue at the next parish council meeting.
Kirsty tells Helen about Philip’s ridiculous Christmas jumpers and music playlist. Helen’s excited about her date with Lee tomorrow. She’s even getting her hair done, although she doesn’t want to appear to have made a big effort. Kirsty knows that Helen and Lee are right together. Helen agrees, and just hopes that Lee feels the same way.