River City premiers, Monday 16 December 2019, on BBC Scotland at 22:00.
Devised by Stephen Greenhorn
Written by Chris Grady
Directed by Tim Courtney
Series Producer: Jim Webster
Series Producer: Kieron Hannigan
Series Producer: Oliver Kent
Executive Producer: Kate Oates
River City is a BBC Studios production for BBC One/BBC Scotland.
This week in Shieldinch.
Rory toys with Alex, leading to dangerous consequences.
A smitten Dylan fears he’s missed his chance with Ruby.
Scarlett attempts to fix the fall-out between Bob and Angus.
Rory sets his sights on Alex, denying to Lenny that he intends to cause Alex any harm. But Rory has ulterior motives, and dupes Alex into thinking he’s a dutiful brother. At The Tall Ship he fills Alex with booze before hitting the hard stuff at the club, where Rory finally drops his act, telling his brother exactly how he feels before knocking him out.
Just as Rory plans to take his revenge, Lenny storms in and demands that he let Alex go. Rory goads Lenny into getting rid of Alex once and for all but is thwarted.
However, when Alex’s excesses finally catch up with him and he suffers a heart attack, Rory stands over him knowing he holds his brother’s life in his hands.
Christmas brings Dylan and Ruby closer together. Knowing Dylan wants more than just friendship, Ruby tries to kiss him under the mistletoe - but is shocked when he panics and rejects her, fearing she feels sorry for him.
Meanwhile, realising his mistake, Dylan enlists Ellie’s help with a big romantic gesture to win his relationship with Ruby back, little realising there’s someone from the past watching on.
Elsewhere, Scarlett is concerned to discover Bob and Angus have fallen out and takes drastic action to make the friends build bridges.
Jordan Young as Alex Murdoch
Gayle Telfer Stevens as Caitlin McLean
Sean Connor as Dyal Christie
Kathryn Howden as Maggie McLean
Frances Thorburn as Kim O'Hara
David Paisley as Rory Murdoch
Stephen Purdon as Bob O'Hara
Alison Peebles as Isobel MacKenzie
Juliet Cadzow as Suzie Fraser
Frank Gallagher as Lenny Murdoch
Zindzi Hudson as Ruby McLean
Connor McPhelim as Mackenzie O'Hara
Leah MacRae as Ellie McLean
Iain Robertson as Stevie O'Hara
Scott Fletcher as Angus Lindsay
Douglas Rankine as Joe Dunn
Victoria Liddelle as Eve Christie
Lesley Hart as Louise "Lou" Caplan
Sally Howitt as Scarlett O'Hara
Barbara Rafferty as Bernie O'Hara
An encore presentation of this episode airs, Tuesday 17 December 2019, on BBC One Scotland at 20:00.
Andy Gibson for The TV Chronicle