Writer, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti
Director, Kim Greengrass
Editor, Jeremy Howe
Ruth Archer ….. Felicity Finch
Pip Archer ….. Daisy Badger
Josh Archer ….. Angus Imrie
Pat Archer ….. Patricia Gallimore
Helen Archer ….. Louiza Patikas
Tom Archer ….. William Troughton
Brian Aldridge ….. Charles Collingwood
Phoebe Aldridge ….. Lucy Morris
Rex Fairbrother ….. Nick Barber
Toby Fairbrother ….. Rhys Bevan
Clarrie Grundy ….. Heather Bell
Eddie Grundy ….. Trevor Harrison
Will Grundy ….. Philip Molloy
Mia Grundy ….. Molly Pipe
Jim Lloyd ….. John Rowe
Kirsty Miller ….. Annabelle Dowler
Elizabeth Pargetter ….. Alison Dowling
Freddie Pargetter ….. Toby Laurence
Johnny Phillips ….. Tom Gibbons
Lynda Snell ….. Carole Boyd
Robert Snell ….. Graham Blockey
Andrew ….. Tim Dutton
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.
Toby’s left to rearrange his date with someone he’s met online after Rex rejects his plea to babysit.
Robert and Lynda reminisce about previous Christmas productions. He encourages her to use her theatrical knowledge to support Elizabeth, who’s clearly out of her depth. Lynda can see it’s her duty to guide Elizabeth, and calls her straight away. Lynda offers her services with costumes and props, but she won’t be directing. Instead, she’s thought of the perfect person to tame Jim: Robert, of course. If he has any questions, Lynda will be more than happy to lend a hand from behind the scenes.
Phoebe’s tetchy ahead of the contract meeting with BL. Pip’s anxious too, she still doesn’t trust Justin at all and knows there’s no way her parents will be on board with the idea of her working with him. Toby does his best to reassure her – she can’t spend her life worrying about what Ruth and David think. Pip tells Rex and Phoebe that despite her reservations about Justin, she trusts the two of them completely and wants to sign the deal. Phoebe agrees that they should sign it as soon as possible. Rewilding is finally coming to Ambridge.
In the Village Shop, Lynda’s busy telling Will about Tracy’s new-found romance with Roman. Overhearing Jim reciting his lines for the Ghost Stories, Lynda quizzes him about the upcoming production. She’s not convinced by his ability to perform without a director, now Russ has stepped down.
Elizabeth presses Jim to decide on the titles so that she can get the programmes printed. Later, she visits Lynda and implores her to come out of theatrical retirement to direct the Ghost Stories. Though flattered, Lynda refuses to be seen as fickle. Her answer is still no.
Justin has told Brian about his plans for the share farming agreement between BL and the rewilders.
Risking his position on the board, Brian shares his discovery with Phoebe: BL don’t care about rewilding, they’re just trying to offset bulldozing some woodland. There are alarming clauses in the agreement too. It’s a greenwash and she mustn’t agree to it.
Will catches up with Andrew at the children’s bereavement event. Andrew forgives Will for the way he treated Mia. He recognises that Will was grieving too. To his surprise, Will was really helped by the grief workshop. Andrew invites Will and Poppy to spend Christmas lunch with them. Touched, Will says he’d love to.
Tom’s impressed with Johnny’s plans for moving the mobile milking parlour to give the Montys a better view. Pat’s putting together home-made Christmas e-cards. Tony finds her the perfect festive photo of Henry and Jack. Pat wishes Johnny had told her about Josh and Bella, rather than finding out from Susan. Hurt Johnny makes a hasty exit. Tom attempts to comfort Johnny; things will get better. Despite his own past he feels happier than he’s ever been with Natasha. Later he reassures anxious Pat that Johnny will be fine.
Pat comments it’s long time since she experienced the follies of young love. She’d like to do something special for her and Tony’s upcoming wedding anniversary. Maybe she’ll get Tony a memorable gift. Pat tries to apologise to Johnny, and she and Tom reflect on how Johnny really is his late father’s son.
Kirsty and Helen look forward to the Christmas lights switch-on. Philip is ‘Christmas mad’ but she’s persuaded him to tone things down at home. Helen admits she’s been thinking about Lee since bumping into him last week – but she messed things up so badly all those months ago. She’s still attracted to him. Kirsty persuades dithering Helen to text Lee. To Helen’s amazement he replies, suggesting they meet up on Friday. Helen feels like she’s been given an second chance, and this time she won’t mess it up.