Ruth and David disagree about the future of Brookfield. Tony and Tom disagree about the future of Bridge Farm.

Radio Times: Brian feels hunted, and there are underlying tensions at Brookfield.

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  • On her 19th birthday, Pip is taking her turn in the lambing shed, before a family celebration and a night in Felpersham. She thinks they should open the lambing sheds to the public as a tourist attraction. A weary David can offer only muted enthusiasm.
  • Ever more insensitive and self-important, Tom harangues Tony about clearing up the farm for the launch of British products. Tony points out that it is a working farm, but Tom refuses to listen. Maybe Tony could see his way to repainting it while he is about it.
  • Ruth helps Josh choose a card and chocolates for Pip in the shop, when Brian comes in. Ruth is icy towards him, and on his return, Brian tells Jenny that he feels like a pariah in the village. Jennifer persuades Brian to go with her to the Garden Centre, but even there Ambridge haunts him; they meet an ebullient Tom, who has an appointment with the cafe manager. A call from Debbie does much to restore Brian’s spirits; she will be coming over for the public meeting. Jenny thinks Debbie might be able to talk Adam round.
  • David is having sleepless nights over the future of the herd, but Ruth refuses to see his point of view. She wants to go ahead with the new slurry tank. David takes the realistic view, Ruth the sentimental one. But they agree not to let their differences spoil Pip’s birthday. She is delighted with her birthday presents, and has enjoyed her time in the lambing shed. With wonderful irony she remarks that she is lucky to have such a wonderful job.
  • Tom returns on a high, having persuaded the cafe to take his sausages, and as Tony labours over the milking. Tom informs him that they should look at new packaging to emphasise ‘British’, and extend the range of vegetables by increasing the poly-tunnel area. Tony asks who will take on all this extra work, but his concerns are brushed aside. There seems no point in arguing when Tom is on such a roll.

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