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Season: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
Year: 1989 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994

Season 1

Season 1, Episode 1: French Lessons

5 January 1989
Desmond thinks Shirley is having an affair when she begins to brag about her French teacher.

Season 1, Episode 2: The Offer

12 January 1989
Desmond considers selling the shop to retire in Guyana early when a smooth talking salesman makes him an enticing offer.

Season 1, Episode 3: Expansion Plans

19 January 1989
Michael decides that the shop needs more employees and he hires Tony, who gets the job as Desmond's assistant.

Season 1, Episode 4: Hello Aunty Susu

26 January 1989
Shirley's obnoxious older sister Susu visits but begins to annoy everyone when she takes things without asking and does things whatever she wants.

Season 1, Episode 5: A Surprise for Porkpie

2 February 1989
Porkpie disappoints everyone when he doesn't celebrate Shirley's birthday, because he needs a TV licence.

Season 1, Episode 6: Sad News

9 February 1989
Gloria has a new love interest, but all is not as it seems. While Desmond and Shirley get news that their old friend and former band member of The Georgetown Dreamers, Sweet sticks, has passed away. Money is also on Desmond's mind.

Season 2

Season 2, Episode 1: The Treatment

22 January 1990
Desmond is taken to hospital with an illness and he starts to consider his mortality.

Season 2, Episode 2: 'Old De Front Page

29 January 1990
Old gossip Beverly arrives with a "funny feeling." The barbershop is then held up by two struggling teens, armed with guns.

Season 2, Episode 3: 'Old De Front Page Again

5 February 1990
The barbershop is still under siege by a pair of armed teens.

Season 2, Episode 4: Veronica

12 February 1990
Sean has fallen in love with his study partner Veronica. Everyone is interested in what may happen but Veronica won't shut up about Lee.

Season 2, Episode 5: A Microwave, Five Men and a Nappy

19 February 1990
Shirley and Gloria are away for the weekend and a struggling mother leaves her baby with Desmond, Michael, Tony, Porkpie and Matthew. This could mean trouble.

Season 2, Episode 6: Reunion

26 February 1990
Michael is invited to a college reunion but he becomes depressed when he realises that he is the only one of his friends who has achieved their dream.

Season 2, Episode 7: Porkpies

5 March 1990
Matthew reveals he has lied to his family in the Gambia and his sister and brother-in-law are paying a visit expecting Matthew to be a successful businessman.

Season 2, Episode 8: For Love or Money

12 March 1990
A local talent contest persuades Desmond and Porkpie to reform their band The Georgetown Dreamers.

Season 2, Episode 9: Stop the World, I Want to Get Off

19 March 1990
Shirley is upset and goes out for the day. She meets a poor lady and they become friends. Desmond is too preoccupied with a dominoes contest to realise that Shirley has a problem.

Season 2, Episode 10: Here Comes De Sun

26 March 1990
Porkpie starts a protest against the Channel Tunnel. Gloria fails her exams and tries to hide it from Desmond. After seeing an old friend as a model, Gloria then decides that she would like to do the same but not all is as it seems.

Season 2, Episode 11: Kung You

2 April 1990
Beverly is mugged and Shirley doesn't feel safe so she takes up self-defence lessons.

Season 2, Episode 12: Aunty Susu

9 April 1990
Aunty Susu pays a surprise visit from Jamaica, but the biggest surprise is what she's brought with her.

Season 2, Episode 13: Thirty Year Itch

16 April 1990
Michael shows off his new girlfriend. Meanwhile, Desmond and Shirley celebrate their 30th anniversary.

Season 3

Season 3, Episode 1: The Head Hunter

28 October 1991
Hairdresser April Buchanan gives Shirley a part-time job and makes Desmond an offer he can't refuse.

Season 3, Episode 2: The Peckham Pimpernel

4 November 1991
An old friend, Neville, turns up informing everyone that he is now a detective. Someone gives him his first case to solve by vandalising the shop. Neville works out it is one of the regulars in the shop but which one?

Season 3, Episode 3: A Day in the Life

11 November 1991
After the siege, "London Calling" presenter Leroy Smart tells the Ambrose family he would like to do a documentary. Everyone is upset when he tells them that it will only feature the Ambroses.

Season 3, Episode 4: Smokeless Fuming

18 November 1991
Sean gets a new teacher at school who insists that the students call her by her first name. He quickly develops a huge crush on her.

Season 3, Episode 5: Relative Strangers

25 November 1991
Porkpie meets his long-lost daughter.

Season 3, Episode 6: Vanity Merchants

2 December 1991
Gloria and Louise decide to set up their own men's beauty business. When Michael doesn't give them money from the bank to help fund it, they become more determined than ever to prove themselves.

Season 3, Episode 7: The Waiting Game

9 December 1991
Desmond and Shirley are waiting to go to a dinner and dance but Porkpie is late. Louise fears that she may be pregnant.

Season 3, Episode 8: Driving Me Crazy

16 December 1991
Desmond decides to retake his driving test but this puts everyone in a cast or a coffin.

Season 3, Episode 9: Daydreams

28 October 1991
Desmond catches Shirley looking at house brochures. Despite her assurances that she was just allowing herself a little daydream, he insists that they will not move until they retire to Guyana.

Season 3, Episode 10: Dobbin

13 January 1992
Everyone tries to persuade Desmond to give a speech to re-open the children's playground after a child gets hit by a car. Shirley accidentally sells Michael's old toy horse, Dobbin, which causes him to accuse Shirley of being a bad parent.

Season 3, Episode 11: The Prodigal

20 January 1992
Michael's flat is being redecorated and Shirley makes him stay at the shop, annoying everyone in the process. Desmond complains that he is never able to get into the bathroom in the morning.

Season 3, Episode 12: Too Young

27 January 1992
Desmond can't sleep at nights so he goes to see Dr. Patricia, who prescribes exercise. Desmond gets a tracksuit and trainers that cost about £200 and starts acting young. When Shirley has a go at him, he goes out and gets drunk. Michael has been ordered to go and keep and eye on him but fails. Desmond gets in a fight with a policeman. Michael tries to split them up but this leads to them both being thrown in a prison cell to cool off.

Season 3, Episode 13: Roots Tradition

3 February 1992
Michael is fed up with the shop being run inefficiently so he takes control. Shirley and Desmond begin to worry that he is focusing too much on money and not appreciating his roots.

Season 4

Season 4, Episode 1: All Things Bright

5 October 1992
Shirley helps out at the church for a Sunday school but she has to take troublesome kids on an outing.

Season 4, Episode 2: Flats, Lies and Videotape

12 October 1992
Gloria decides that she isn't staying with her bossy parents when Porkpie interferes, but Lee's "You've Been Framed Video" brings them all together again.

Season 4, Episode 3: Growing Pains

19 October 1992
Lee begins to wonder about his parents. He can't make up his mind whether or not to find his mother.

Season 4, Episode 4: Lee's Journey

26 October 1992
Lee arrives in Liverpool looking for his mum but she is in Peckham looking for him. Lee's father is revealed.

Season 4, Episode 5: Calypso

2 November 1992
An old love rival of Desmond's arrives after being thought dead. Could this be the end of Shirley and Desmond's marriage?

Season 4, Episode 6: The Kid

9 November 1992
Shirley's friend Daisy stays with the Ambroses for the weekend, causing trouble for everyone. However, she is not as stupid as she looks after she completes a crossword that no one else can finish.

Season 4, Episode 7: Too Red Eye

16 November 1992
Desmond tries to outbid his old rival.

Season 4, Episode 8: Susu Again

23 November 1992
Susu arrives in London and Porkpie is bitten by the love bug.

Season 4, Episode 9: Can't Buy Me Love

30 November 1992
Michael proves that he still has a social life and a bit of spice left in him when he falls for a nightclub owner named Rochelle.

Season 4, Episode 10: Art Attack

7 December 1992
Gloria falls in love with an artist and Desmond falls in love with art.

Season 4, Episode 11: Go with the Flo

14 December 1992
Matthew's elder sister Florence returns. She wants him to leave Peckham and take over the family business.

Season 4, Episode 12: My Two Sons

21 December 1992
Michael is put in charge of redundancies at the bank but he takes it too far. Sean gets the shop big business.

Season 4, Episode 13: The Godmother

28 December 1992
Beverley has a dream about Michael. When he announces that he's engaged to Patricia, Beverley says that it is not to be.

Season 5

Season 5, Episode 1: A Class Act

27 September 1993
Matthew is organising a concert for an African charity but his top of the bill has let him down. Does Desmond have the answer?

Season 5, Episode 2: Shimmer and Shine

4 October 1993
Desmond is trying to get a customer to enter a hair competition called Shimmer and Shine. Who will represent Desmond's Salon?

Season 5, Episode 3: Halcyon Days

11 October 1993
It's Sean's first day at university but is ready for top swap freedom for books?

Season 5, Episode 4: Lollipop Man

18 October 1993
Everyone wants to see how Porkpie fairs in his new job as Lollipop Man. The day has a poor start but improves as it goes on.

Season 5, Episode 5: Pardnership!

25 October 1993
Everyone is annoyed when Beverley loses some money belonging to Desmond. This leads the others to think that Beverley has conned them.

Season 5, Episode 6: Fairytales

1 November 1993
Gloria is angry with a magazine ad but her attitude lands her a job at the magazine firm. However, she can't decide what to do her ad on. Fortunately, she has help from her "fairy godmothers" Porkpie and Matthew.

Season 5, Episode 7: Love Match

8 November 1993
Matthew is in love and wants to get married. Again.

Season 5, Episode 8: Coughes and Sneezes

15 November 1993
Desmond has a cold that is driving the customers away. When he is ordered to stay in bed, Tony takes over the shop with drastic consequences.

Season 5, Episode 9: Kiss of the Spiderman

22 November 1993
Spider persuades Desmond that he could get more customers but it is all young teens, which doesn't please Desmond.

Season 5, Episode 10: Two Lads and a Lady

29 November 1993
Michael brings home a girlfriend called Melissa but she doesn't bank on Shirley recognising her as Lee's girlfriend Mel.

Season 5, Episode 11: Shirley's Sermon

6 December 1993
Shirley organises a trip for some kids at the local church but the trip goes wrong when one kid decides to have a little fun at her expense.

Season 5, Episode 12: A Matter of Life and Death

13 December 1993
Lee has a mini-accident on his motorbike. Doctors pick up a shadow on his brain and they tell him to fear the worst.

Season 5, Episode 13: The Patter of Little Feet

20 December 1993
It could be wedding bells for Michael unless Beverly has her way.
Norman Beaton ... Desmond Ambrose
Carmen Munroe ... Shirley Ambrose
Ram John Holder ... Augustus 'Porkpie' Grant
Gyearbuor Asante ... Matthew
Geff Francis ... Michael Ambrose (also archive footage)
Kim Walker ... Gloria Ambrose
Justin Pickett ... Sean Ambrose

Robbie Gee ... Lee Stanley
Mathilda Thorpe ... Mandy Mosgrove (as Matilda Thorpe)
Chris Tummings ... Alex Reynolds (as Chris Tumming)
Prince Albert Morgan ... Mr. Naylor
Steve Anderson ... James (also archive footage)
Harry Burton ... Nigel Clarke (also archive footage)
Sally Cookson ... Charlotte Pigott-Smith (also archive footage)
Leanne Hong ... Doe (also archive footage)

Season 6

Season 6, Episode 1: Do Me a Favour

26 September 1994
After Tony leaves, Desmond hires a new stylist named Ricky. However, he's not as qualified as everyone else had hoped.

Season 6, Episode 2: Hatchet Job

3 October 1994
There are lots of arguments as Porkpie loses a few pages of his memoirs. They are insulting to a man named Desmond but is it the same Desmond who has been his friend for years?

Season 6, Episode 3: Georgetown Dreaming

10 October 1994
Shirley and Desmond look at the good and bad points of what life would have been like if they had moved back to Guyana.

Season 6, Episode 4: Demon Barber II: Turbo

17 October 1994
Burnie must destroy Demon Barber II: Turbo before it is too late.

Season 6, Episode 5: Love Letters

24 October 1994
Beverley find a pile of love letters, written by Cuthbert, which span over 30 years. She fears the worst.

Season 6, Episode 6: Planning Permission

31 October 1994
Desmond announces over dinner the plans for the house when he and Shirley move back to Guyana. However, Shirley wants to stay in England. When Desmond doesn't discuss it with her, she stops speaking to him.

Season 6, Episode 7: The Speech

7 November 1994
Desmond has to make a speech for a hairdressing conference but he leaves it behind at the shop. Gloria has posted it with some letters so it's down to the others to write a new speech.

Season 6, Episode 8: Judgement Day

14 November 1994
An American preacher sues Desmond for a bad haircut that happened around 20 years ago. Lee tries to change the mind of his lawyer niece by taking her out on dates.

Season 6, Episode 9: The Return of Hyacinth Green

21 November 1994
The same old love flame of Porkpie which ruined his first marriage returns and they're at it again. Shirley warns Porkpie and Hyacinth that if they hurt Susu, they will pay. Has Hyacinth ruined Porkpie's future again?

Season 6, Episode 10: Heavy Traffic

28 November 1994
Lee falls in love with a sexy aromatherapist who fails to tell him that she is also a part-time traffic warden.

Season 6, Episode 11: When the Cat's Away

5 December 1994
While Desmond is away, the shop starts struggling. Shirley has to call in an enemy of Desmond's but he makes a pass at Shirley. She plots a way to get him out of the shop by telling him he could be under threat from another client.

Season 6, Episode 12: Sign of the Times

12 December 1994
Desmond is suffering from executive stress and he gets a new neon sign but since Lee is setting up the sign, Desmond isn't going to get much rest. Lee causes a mild electrocution to anyone holding metal at the time.

Season 6, Episode 13: O Little Town of Peckham

19 December 1994
It's Christmas and Gloria is spending it with Alex. Desmond and Shirley visit the sick children at the hospital with Porkpie as Santa and Lee as Boom Boom Sally.

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