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Death & Ben Take A Holiday

When Aunt Margaret passes away and Susan has the flu, Ben and Nick must go to the funeral.

Transmitted on: Friday 28th September 2001


Episode Summary

Janey is on the phone to her stupid boyfriend Brian, Susan is in bed with the flu. Janey tells Michael not to answer the phone as he will have to take a message. It's Susan's mother, to say that Aunt Margaret has just died, she was 93. Ben arrives home, goes to see Susan in bed and wonders if she is so ill that he should start dating again. Ben tells Susan that he Aunt Margaret has died, but it can't be her aunt Margaret as she is already dead. Ben doesn't want to go to the funeral, as he didn't like her. He thinks she was a Kleptomaniac. Ben tries to persuade Michael, then Janey to go to Leeds to the funeral with him. They won't, but Nick wants to! They arrive at the hotel and find they don't have a reservation, they are turned away. Michael meanwhile makes Susan a disgusting sandwich, which makes her feel very sick. Ben and Nick end up booking in to a tacky bed and breakfast. A body is carried down the stairs as they wait in reception. Rita, the maid comes down stairs, Nick thinks she is very tasty, and chats her up. Ben is horrified when he walks into his room. He rings Susan, they are both depressed.

Ben looks down and see the body outline on the floor. He feels he can't stay there so he knocks on Nick's door. He is waiting for Rita. But Ben insistson moving in. He sits on the bed and it breaks. Susan is still poorly and asks Janey for a cup of tea. Janey thinks Brian may have some pills to help her. Rita rings to say she has to work so she can't see Nick. Room service arrives, champagne and chips. Ben tells him to leave and that he and Nick aren't an item. They get into the remaining single bed together. During the night, Rita come in, get undressed and climbs into bed. At this point, Susan arrives.

At the funeral, Susan is a little giggly because of the pills. Nick signs the guest book as David Beckham and Victoria. Susan thinks Aunt Margaret has stolen Bens cufflinks and Uncle Fred has them on. Ben is mistaken for Ralph by the aged relative, Ralph is a convict. Susan is now convinced that Aunt Margaret has on her bracelet. She takes it off the back, so Ben does it. As he does his tie gets caught on the bodies hand. The hand comes up with his tie. Susan cooks pasta and Ben would prefer takeaway.


Character Played by
Ben Harper Robert Lindsay
Susan Harper Zoe Wanamaker
Nick Harper Kris Marshall
Janey Harper Daniela Denby-Ashe
Michael Harper Gabriel Thompson
Desk Clerk Andy Taylor
Rita Abby Ford
Sanjay Bhasker Patel
Priest Andy Greenhalgh
Aunt Kate Hilda Braid
Uncle Frank John Rapley
The Hand Olwen Kramer


Role Name
Director Dewi Humphreys
Producer John Bartlett
Writer Fred Barron
Executive Producer Fred Barron
Executive Producer Don Taffner

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