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Episode 3 of EastEnders (also titled Brewery Drives Back) was first broadcast on 26 February 1985 and was written by Valerie Georgeson, directed by Vivienne Hobbs and produced by, co-creator, Julia Smith.


The police conduct interviews about Reg's murder. Dan has to admit that he was with his mistress at the time of the murder. Ali and Lou are both lucky at games of chance.

Lofty asks Ethel to do his laundry. Doctor Legg visits Lou and Lou tells him about her problem with Pauline and Arthur and how she has given them notice. Doctor Legg is also concerned about how much Ethel is doing and tells her he will speak with Lofty.

Sue asks Ali what he said in his statement about where he was and Ali says he was out in his cab. Ali gets the impression Sue doesn't believe him and thinks she will ask if he was out with another woman, but she wouldn't believe him if he said he wasn't.

In the Vic, Arthur, Pauline, Kathy and Pete decide to arrange a treat for Lou, and they ask Angie for ideas, and Angie suggests sending her away on holiday. Between them, they choose to set for her to go to Clacton with Michelle.

When Ali arrives back, Sue confronts him and says that he hasn't been working as she phoned the company who haven't seen him all night and people are going to think he was with another woman, but Ali says he was gambling and he shows her the cash he won. Ali says he was going to give it to her, but he decides to put it on the horses instead.


Main cast[]

Guest cast[]


  • Roly - Roly (uncredited)
  • Willy - unknown actor (uncredited)



  • First appearance of George 'Lofty' Holloway.
  • Radio Times synopsis: "Maybe a holiday camp be better for her than Clacton. Holloway for instance!"
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 14,200,000 viewers (chart placing unknown).
  • Vivienne Cozens was contracted to direct both this episode and the following but due to the tight studio schedule charged by the series producer Julia Smith, she was unable to complete her slate. Therefore, Matthew Robinson completed the remainder of episode three as well as the following.


LOU BEALE (to Pete Beale): Two grandkids I've got, God knows where, and you go onto me about family responsibility, don't make me laugh!

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