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Holiday Camp

by | 19th, April 2004

‘THE Easter Bank Holiday gave scriptwriters a chance to wheel out their favourite (and least successful) plot device the Walford away-day.

‘Don’t worry, Martin, we’ll get you another jacket’

While it might be nice for cast and crew to have a jolly outside the claustrophobic confines of the set, for viewers it’s usually hideously embarrassing. Who could forget the time the cast went to ‘Oierland’, or Frank Butcher’s resurfacing in Spain?

This week, Albert Square’s more senior citizens went off to a holiday camp called, very inappropriately, “Jollies” (aka the old ‘Hi De Hi’ set).

Jim has recently undergone the sort of complete personality swap only found in soaps, from being the Square’s very own Bernard Manning, he’s now so right-on he’d probably find The Guardian too right-wing.

For his weekend away, Jim invited his two new best friends: a gay man and a black man. And this from a man who didn’t speak to his daughter for five years for “dating a darkie.”

Still, soaps, like the Conservative Party, operate in their own space-time continuum and bear absolutely no relation to real life.

Patrick had decided to use the weekend to propose to Yollande but, being one of Walford’s ‘comedy’ characters, he of course had to muck it up.

Patrick and Jim went on a bender to commiserate, and, hilariously, Patrick ended up in bed with Dot after getting into the wrong chalet. How we laughed!

Derek has much more luck in the bedroom department, however, when the manager of the Holiday Camp turned out to be his ex boyfriend,

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