Alf is haunted by Mr Oddly
Alf sees Marilyn's ventriloquist's doll and snaps. He buries it in the garden but a muddy Mr Oddly turns up on the doorstep. Alf questions Marilyn and Miles and they assume a dog found it. Alf knows that he buried Mr Oddly so the whole thing seems impossible. Alf finds Mr Oddly footprints leading up to the house, as though he walked there by himself... Charlie is worried about Angelo. He's jobless and unhappier every day. Alf offers Angelo a job at the Bait Shop, which he grudgingly takes. Tony is excited about his female boxing classes. He reiterates to Gina and Rachel that it's about fitness, not violence. Rachel is still upset that Tony's ignoring her concerns. Gina tells Rachel that John asked her to move in with him. She's weighed it up and the worst that can happen is they break up. Now she just has to sell the idea to Xavier. Gina says no to John's offer... but only because she wants him to move in with her and Xavier. John says yes and as Gina predicted, Xavier doesn't react well. Ruby is thrilled to hear that Liam has booked a recording session at a studio. Now they just have to choose which songs to record. Click here to watch whatsontv.co.uk's weekly soaps video preview, the Soap Scoop (opens in new tab)
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Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.