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Sam finds a body in the woods!
Sam finds a body in the woods!

What's it all about, Alfie? That's Alfie the Dingle dog. The mutt's enjoying a romp in the woods at Home Farm and is on the scent of something very interesting. He just needs to do a bit of digging to uncover the source of an irresistible smell and - whoa! Sam catches up with the excited Alfie and is hit by the whiff of something that stinks. When he pulls Alfie away and looks closer, Sam realises the dog has dug up a body - a human body. Time to call the police before someone comes along and blames Sam for the mess... Someone like Nathan, who exits the woods carrying a shovel. So, if Alfie has dug up a body, what has Nathan been digging? His own grave, perhaps... Talking of discoveries... Marlon has to tell the Dingle clan that Shadrach has shuffled off out of their lives, not to be seen again. Gosh, life without Shadrach. What will it be like? Cleaner, less expensive, cleaner... Diane's also planning to disappear, although not as permanently as Shadrach. She decides she needs a holiday after all she's been through. It's nice in France at this time of year... Click here to watch'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.