ITV1: Sunday 21 October - Friday 26 October

Sunday 21 October 2007 7:00pm – 7:30pm on ITV1.

Katie (Sammy Winward) is moved when Gray (Christopher Villiers) confesses that he’s uneasy about going to America to find a surrogate. After doing some internet research she stuns Chas (Lucy Pargeter) by revealing she’s considering offering to be their surrogate herself. Despite her friend’s concern, Katie meets Gray and makes her pledge. He is thrilled and tries to keep his emotions in check by saying they must agree to talk things over with Perdy (Georgia Slowe) first of all. But is Katie’s mind already made up?

Meanwhile, as Viv (Deena Payne) and the other villagers start gossiping about the after effects of the Sugden fire, the Sugdens themselves begin to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Will hope spring from the ashes of despair?

Elsewhere, David’s (Matthew Wolfenden) plans with Jasmine (Jenna-Louise Coleman) are scuppered by an invalid Pollard (Chris Chittell). David eventually heads out and a friendless Pollard is surprised to find he can walk again. However, when Val (Charlie Hardwick) turns up he reverts back to his wheelchair and allows her to pamper him. Is love in the air for the warring ex-beaus?

***Programme Information for the rest of the week follows***

Monday 22 October 7pm

Katie (Sammy Winward) sits down with Perdy (Georgia Slowe) and Gray (Christopher Villiers) and again offers to be a surrogate mother. After Perdy reacts badly, Katie leaves and worries she’s made a mistake. However, Gray talks Perdy round and they agree to give Katie their approval. Chas (Lucy Pargeter) again protests to Katie that her judgement is flawed but Katie retorts even more fiercely than before. Is Katie becoming blinded by her crush on Gray?

Elsewhere, Zak (Steve Halliwell) is confused when Sam (James Hooton) embarks on a sudden moneymaking scheme. He eventually reveals that he’s saving for a house of his own, an idea which baffles Zak and Lisa (Jane Cox). Sam faces a setback when he’s refused a council house and so asks Pollard (Chris Chittell) for a helping hand. Will Pollard fight the Dingles to help Sam achieve his dream home?

Also, with Pollard still confined to a wheelchair, Val (Charlie Hardwick) is asked by David (Matthew Wolfenden) to help his dad attend a business meeting. Val is pleased to have attended when it turns out his client is a voluptuous woman and the green eyed monster takes over. Val sidelines Pollard by taking full control of the meeting and after seeing the client out of the door, Val spies Pollard getting out of his wheelchair. How will Val get her revenge?

Tuesday 23 October 7pm

Val (Charlie Hardwick) tempts Pollard (Chris Chittell) to come on a countryside picnic so they can be properly reacquainted. A randy Pollard wastes no time in trying to force the issue when they’re alone together but Val manages to escape with his mobile phone, explaining that she’s going to get champagne. When Val drives off, Pollard is rumbled and forced to walk home. Back in the village, Val begins to reprimand Pollard, but he argues that his lies were a ruse to spend more time with her. Val softens and the warring couple decide to give it another go. But can the armistice last?

Meanwhile, Zak (Steve Halliwell) takes matters into his own hands and intimidates Pollard, forcing him to retract his offer to help Sam (James Hooton). A clueless Sam delights in telling Zak and Lisa (Jane Cox) that his “friend” Pollard is helping him out, but he’s crushed when Pollard terminates the deal. Sam smells a rat and finally Zak admits he threatened Pollard to stop him offering assistance. A furious Sam tells his dad that nothing will stop him leaving now, but can the single father stand alone?

Also, when Perdy (Georgia Slowe) arranges a meeting with a surrogacy rep, Chas (Lucy Pargeter) begs Katie (Sammy Winward) to back out before it’s too late. However, Katie proceeds with the appointment and the volume of information and responsibility does nothing to shake her conviction. Has she made the right choice?

Wednesday 24 October 7pm

Sam (James Hooton) turns to Carl (Tom Lister) and asks to rent Dale View but Carl demands that Sam secure adequate financial backing before he agrees. Sam returns to Pollard (Chris Chittell) and convinces him to be guarantor on the property. Later, a guilty Zak (Steve Halliwell) apologises to Sam, only for Lisa (Jane Cox) to erupt and insist that Sam stays put. Zak is stunned by her outburst and convinces her to give Sam their blessing. How will the Dingles cope as Sam settles into an independent life?

Meanwhile, David (Matthew Wolfenden) is horrified to discover that his dad is back with Val (Charlie Hardwick). After Pollard defends Val to his son, she warns him that David will need to be controlled if their relationship is to succeed. On Val’s suggestion, Pollard tells David that he’ll remove him from his life if he tries to meddle in his relationship this time around. As word spreads in the village about their reconciliation, Pollard decides that the time is right to take Val on a mini-break.

Elsewhere, Ross’ (Samuel Anderson) girlfriend Kirsty (Ruth Westley) comes to visit and Marlon (Mark Charnock) prays that they can make things work. He takes Donna (Verity Rushworth) out to give Ross some space and Donna admits she doesn’t like Kirsty. When Ross breaks up with Kirsty, Donna abandons Marlon to comfort her friend. What will Marlon think of Donna and Ross’ growing closeness?

Thursday 25 October 7pm

Sam (James Hooton) decides to have a house-warming party at Dale View and wastes no time in inviting family, friends and even acquaintances. Emily (Kate McGregor) worries when she discovers that Sam has gone beyond his budget and sneaks some money into his savings tin from her own pocket. As the party gets going, Lily (Anne Charleston) and Doug (Duncan Preston) take things too far and a window is smashed. When Zak (Steve Halliwell) and Lisa (Jane Cox) arrive they realise Sam is out of his depth, but Lisa stands her ground when Sam begs them to let him move back home. Is she finally ready to let go?

Elsewhere, Marlon (Mark Charnock) is frustrated by his ongoing bedroom famine with Donna (Verity Rushworth) but unintentionally shares his tales of sexual frustration with the Woolpack regulars. At Sam’s party, Marlon is desperate to leave early with Donna, but she is distracted when a lonely Ross (Samuel Anderson) arrives. A stray comment from Shadrach (Andy Devine) leads Donna to suspect Marlon’s indiscretion and she banishes him to the spare room. Is Marlon back to square one in his marriage?

Also, Jasmine (Jenna-Louise Coleman) delights in seeing her fire article in the Hotten Courier and looks forward to the day when she can quit working for De Souza. Later, when David (Matthew Wolfenden) prepares to leave to meet Jasmine at Sam’s party, Nicola (Nicola Wheeler) turns on the waterworks, forcing him to stay and comfort her. Jasmine is left waiting and rails at David for pandering to Nicola. But can she do anything about Nicola’s relentless pursuit of her boyfriend?

Friday 26 October 7pm

Marlon (Mark Charnock) apologises to Donna (Verity Rushworth) and she agrees to let him back into the bedroom. Not wanting to lose his chance, Marlon prepares a romantic meal for them, but Donna comes home late with Ross (Samuel Anderson) and the food goes cold. Outside, Donna is clueless when she drunkenly falls into Ross’ arms and doesn’t react when he fixes her with a passionate stare. They head back into Tall Trees and Donna tries to make amends with Marlon. However, he discovers that she has been discussing their marriage with Ross and another argument brings the evening to a close.

Elsewhere, David (Matthew Wolfenden) agrees to accompany Jasmine (Jenna-Louise Coleman) to Debbie’s (Charley Webb) 18th Birthday Party after abandoning her the previous night. When Nicola (Nicola Wheeler) finds out, she demands that David go with her to a business meeting before spending the afternoon plying him with alcohol. He turns up late and dishevelled to the party and is met with mockery from Jasmine and Debbie. Will David ever wise up to Nicola’s scheming?

Also, Sam (James Hooton) gives Emily (Kate McGregor) her money back after deciding to pay for the broken window himself. But while he’s at work Lisa (Jane Cox) and Zak (Steve Halliwell) lend a helping hand and mend it themselves. Sam returns and insists that he’ll pay Lisa for her time and ends up selling his chickens to raise the cash. How long will Sam be able to stretch himself financially?

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