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Mark 
Email: [FOI #81240 email] 
 
18th August 2011 
 
Dear Mark, 
 
Freedom of Information request – RFI20110897  
 
Thank you for your request to the BBC of 29th July 2011, seeking the following information under 
the Freedom of Information Act 2000:   
 
Please tell me what episode of eastnders this was and the date: 
It was an episode where Joe Macer and Jim Branning are in the Vic.  Joe is already drunk and Dot 
enters and starts asking about Jim. Joe and Dot have an argument and Joe gets rude to dot. I think 
it was about an antique. 

 
We believe the episode you refer to is   Ep c963 (tx: 06.03.2006) 
Jim's taking Dot's old bric-a-brac to the church. Bert suggests flogging it to Deano instead. To their 
surprise, Deano pays them good money for it. Jim and Bert head off to the dog track. 
 
Dot finds out that Jim sold her valuables. As she gives Jim an earful, Joe pokes fun at her. Dot's 
cross with him for interfering. She complains to Pauline, who takes her husband's side. Dot storms 
off. 
 
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Cross Genre Project Manager 
BBC Vision 
 
 

 
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