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The Book of Love

Susan starts attending a book club while Michael works for Roger, as a booking agent.

Transmitted on: Friday 11th June 2004

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Episode Summary

Ben has finished his book. Susan fancies a literary discussion, Ben doesn’t! The next morning Ben walks in and finds Susan sneakily giving Janey a cheque. Susan thinks Ben should give Janey a job and Janey accepts! Ben catches Abi and Michael impersonating him when the doorbell goes. It is the neighbour, Mr Griffin, wanting to ask Susan to join his book club, he is delighted when Ben says he is too busy to go!! They will be reading Cold Mountain.
Susan needs to read the whole book before her Book club meeting on Friday,

There is no time for sex. Ben says Mr Griffin just wants to get Susan alone. Abi is upset, she can’t get tickets for Cold Play. Michael just happens to have a couple which he is prepared to sell to Roger at an extortionate price. He considers the offer and realizes Abi is worth it.

At the surgery, Janey is causing chaos with Baby Kenzo crying. Roger takes the baby who needs changing, so Ben leaves his root canal work and decides to do it with terrible consequences. Susan arrives at her book club, and appears to be the only member, apparently there were several last minute cancellations. Susan starts to discuss the book, but it becomes clear Mr Griffin has ideas other than discussing books! Soft music, bubbly and a sofa shuffle together with the fact that Mr Griffin didn’t even read the book sends Susan rushing home early.

Ben is happily eating take away when Susan returns. She tells Ben she doesn’t feel right leaving Ben alone, and she won’t be going back. Ben thinks she was bored at the club! Susan tells him she was not bored and will go back after all.

Susan confesses to Abi that Mr Griffin tried to seduce her. Roger tells Abi, he has got tickets for Cold Play, Abi is thrilled, but Roger panics when he finds out he has lost them.

Mr Griffin comes to the door to apologise to Susan, and thinks Ben must have been told what happened. Ben is happy to pass the message on and says that Susan will be there later. Mr Griffin takes this to mean that Susan probably fancies him.

Luckily, Michael seems to have two more tickets to sell to Roger, for even more money. Susan goes to the book club to prove to Ben she is out having fun. Janey wants Ben to baby sit, but he refuses. Abi manages to tell Ben that Mr Griffin is after Susan. Roger appears to have lost the tickets again, Michael seems to have yet more, Abi realizes and threatens Michael to give the tickets back.

Janey asks Michael to baby sit, he says hewill do it but only for a lot of money! When Mr Griffin ends up in his pants, Susan decides it is time to leave, as she opens the door Ben turns up and is about to punch Mr Griffin, but when they realize they both like reading Tom Clancy Ben joins the book club.

Cast

Character Played by
Ben Harper Robert Lindsay
Susan Harper Zoe Wanamaker
Janey Harper Daniela Denby-Ashe
Michael Harper Gabriel Thompson
Roger Bailey Keiron Self
Abi Harper Siobhan Hayes
Mr. Spufford Paul Bradley
Mr. Fleming Brian Shelley
Male Neighbour Stephen Evans
Baby Kenzo Thomas & Noah Davis

Team

Role Name
Director Dewi Humphreys
Producer John Bartlett
Writer Steve Armogida
Writer Jim Armogida
Executive Producer Don Taffner
Executive Producer James Hendrie
Executive Producer Ian Brown

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