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Episode 4 of EastEnders (also titled A Very Private Party) was first broadcast on 28 February 1985 and was written by Bill Lyons, directed by Matthew Robinson and produced by, co-creator, Julia Smith.


Sue tries to get Tony to participate in a money making scheme. Mark is broke and tries to steal from Doctor Legg. After Lofty and Angie kiss in public, Den is annoyed and threatens Lofty.

Lou refuses to let Arthur wash up for her as she doesn't want people saying she can't look after herself and Kathy tells her the house wouldn't run without her. Lou tells Arthur and Kathy she will shop and cook for herself as well as eat in her room and that the family are to respect her privacy.

Meanwhile, Doctor Legg catches up with Lofty regarding Ethel doing his laundry, and Doctor Legg says that she shouldn't take on too much nor should they take advantage of her.

Tony goes to the Vic to ask Den if he can let Nick back in the pub and Den agrees, but only if he is with him.

In the launderette, Lou informs Pauline that Mark is skipping school. Arthur manages to get a temporary job with Tony. DS Rich later visits the Beale's to ask Mark what he knows about Reg Cox and where he was when Reg died. Then at the party, Sharon sneaks off down to the bar and flirts with Lofty, and as she is about to kiss him, Angie interrupts and sends Sharon upstairs.

Meanwhile, Kathy tells Den that Mr Chumley was never coming to the party and was winding him up. Angie then takes Lofty upstairs to the living room and shares a dance with him before they kiss, which Den witnesses. Once the party is over, Den warns Lofty that he is not to try it on with Angie again before sending him home. Den speaks to Angie, telling her that people look up to him and if she wants other men, then she is to do it in private and not in a public house or front of Sharon. Angie then brings up Den's mistress and Den tells her that was finished years ago, but Angie says it was all lies as he makes stupid excuses to go off and see her on an evening and all the presents he buys, she sees them. Upstairs, Angie gets Den to promise that he will never see his girlfriend again, but Den walks away and leaves Angie upset.


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  • Roly - Roly (''uncredited'')



  • First appearance of Tony Carpenter.
  • Radio Times synopsis: 'I can't blame you for having such good taste in women. But she's spoken for. So don't try it on with my missus again.'
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 12,610,000 viewers (chart placing unknown).
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