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A Difficult Undertaking

When Ben's uncle dies, he becomes concerned about the will.

Transmitted on: Sunday 19th April 2009

Episode Summary

Susan calls a family meeting to break the news that Ben’s mean Uncle Norris has died. Alfie enters with news of the Lottery rollover. Ben learns he needs to be at the will reading as a significant amount of money is involved! In anticipation of a windfall, he buys an expensive new Savile Row suit, which he plans to pay for with his inheritance. Susan thinks of all the things they could do with the money, only to find out Ben has no plans to share his inheritance with her.

The family are seated for the reading of the Will. Ben is left in tears when he receives a box of old clothes as his inheritance, while Susan receives ten thousand pounds!
She spends some of her inheritance on new diamond earrings!

Alfie enters with newspaper details of winning lottery numbers -which Ben thinks he has, but on searching the wardrobe for the new suit containing the ticket he discovers that Alfie has mistakenly swapped the suit for the one in which Uncle Norris is to be buried. They leave the house in a panic for the Undetaker’s with the intention of getting Ben’s suit and the lottery ticket back before Uncle Norris is buried wearing it!

While Ben is trying to remove the suit the corpse, Uncle Norris’s son, Adam, comes to lay a wreath and have a private moment with his Dad before the funeral. Michael and Alfie try to delay him but in the end he walks in to find Ben and Susan in a rather compromising position on top of his father’s coffin.

Due to these events, Susan uses her inheritance to pay for the funeral – but Ben still hasn’t given up hope of getting his suit back!


Character Played by
Ben Harper Robert Lindsay
Susan Harper Zoe Wanamaker
Janey Harper Daniela Denby-Ashe
Michael Harper Gabriel Thompson
Alfie Butts Rhodri Meilir
Russell Sam Phillips
Peter Paul Clayton
Adam John Ramm
Solicitor Patrick Toomey
Undertaker Alexander Kirk
Uncle Norris Colin Skeaping


Role Name
Director Nic Phillips
Producer John Bartlett
Writer Andrew Kreisberg
Executive Producer Tom Anderson
Executive Producer Don Taffner

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