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River City

BBC Scotland

Patrick's birthday causes family disharmony

Kelly-Maries turns to Gabriel for support

Alan makes a plea to Grace

This week's River City episode

Tuesday 30th June


This week in Shieldinch…Patrick’s birthday causes family disharmony, creating a divide between Scarlett and Jimmy; isolated from Alex and under increasing pressure, Kelly-Marie turns to Gabriel for support; and Alan pleads with Grace to give their relationship a chance.

Determined to make up for lost time, Scarlett pulls out all the stops for Patrick’s birthday – much to Jimmy’s disquiet. He’s further irked when he sees what she bought for Patrick’s present and berates Scarlett for spending money they don’t have.

Scarlett orchestrates it for Jimmy to do an extra shift on the taxis so he’ll miss out on going to the birthday party she’s throwing for Patrick at the Tall Ship.


Later, when Jimmy’s taxi crashes he’s given a stark reminder of the importance of family. However, his new sense of perspective proves short-lived when Scarlett fails to hide her disappointment he’s made it along to Patrick’s party. Feeling shunned, Jimmy snaps when Bob and Patrick goad each other into a fight, shaming all the family by announcing he had a near-death accident that day.

Elsewhere, sensing Kelly-Marie’s struggling at work, Gabriel offers to stash the dodgy booze for her. Relieved, Kelly-Marie starts drinking to take her mind off things, turning up at Patrick’s party worse for wear. Concerned about her, Gabriel makes it clear he’ll do anything to protect Kelly-Marie.

Alan tries to persuade Grace to give their relationship a go but she’s scared to give into temptation, fearing her family won’t approve.

Patrick is played by Gerard Miller, Scarlett by Sally Howitt, Jimmy by Billy McElhaney, Alex by Jordan Young, Kelly-Marie by Carmen Pieraccini, Gabriel by Garry Sweeney, Alan by Stephen McCole, Grace by Niamh McCann and Bob by Stephen Purdon.


Previously on River City: Tuesday 23rd June


This week in Shieldinch… Kelly-Marie’s attempts to pay-off Alex’s debts to Lenny prove unsettling; Alex gets blood on his hands during a dodgy deal set up by Shug; and there’s friction between Alan and Duncan’s family when Josie unwittingly becomes school gossip.

After a profitable night at Chrome, Kelly-Marie goes to Lenny with double the usual amount owed – keen to pay off Alex’s debt sooner rather than later. However, Alex is spooked when he discovers the money he had earmarked for Shug has gone.

Unwilling to be out of pocket, Shug offers Alex the chance to settle his debt – take part in a lorry hijack and sell the booze illegally.

Alex plays the deal down to Kelly-Marie, telling her they can pay Lenny off quicker this way. Initially reluctant to do anything illegal, Kelly-Marie has a change of heart, persuaded by Alex’s promise it’s a victimless crime.


However, Shug makes sure Alex is implicated in the lorry hijack, forcing him to take part in beating up the lorry driver. As word of the crime spreads, cracks begin to appear in Kelly-Marie and Alex’s relationship – all under the watchful, and concerned, eye of Gabriel.

Elsewhere, Josie becomes the victim of hurtful rumours at school. Kirsty warns Josie a boy in their year is circulating a topless picture of her but her advice is met with a hostile reception. Believing Kirsty is deliberating spreading rumours about the fake picture, Duncan confronts Alan as friction grows between the families.

Kelly-Marie is played by Carmen Pieraccini, Alex by Jordan Young, Lenny by Frank Gallagher, Shug by Robert Jack, Alan by Stephen McCole, Duncan by Stewart Porter, Josie by Rachael Anne Keiller, Gabriel by Garry Sweeney and Kirsty by Bobby Rainsbury.


Viewers outside Scotland can access this programme on Sky Channel 971, Freesat Channel 960, Virgin Media Channel 862 or bbc.co.uk/iplayer


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