While preparing for the Book Club, Lynda and Robert chat about the ‘Britain in Bloom’ committee. They also discuss Lynda’s birthday trip to Yat Rock, where they hope to see more peregrines and a goshawk.
A little later, Robert welcomes Jennifer and Susan. He explains that, since Cranford’s not his kind of novel, he’s just in charge of refreshments. With the meeting in flow, Jennifer enthuses over the book. Everyone agrees with her except for Susan, who argues that Miss Matt’s unconvincing grasp of retail ruined it for her. Jennifer hasn’t made a decision on the book yet, so will email her choice in time for the next meeting.
Kenton suggests a drink and chat would help David unwind. Convinced he’s ruined things for good with Elizabeth, David insists talking about it won’t help; instead he intends to throw himself fully into his work.
Shula has also tried to talk to David, with little to show for it. The situation has brought back memories of losing Mark but, unlike Elizabeth, Shula didn’t blame anyone for his death. Shula wonders whether, given her own experience, she could make Elizabeth see sense. Kenton suggests she gives it a try, but warns her that Elizabeth might not want to hear Shula’s advice.
WRITER: Adrian Flynn
DIRECTOR: Jenny Stephens