A new beginning for Joe – but is it the best thing for him?

There is an abundance of fresh difficulties for the Hughes family this week, as Joe starts school at a special facility in Manchester and they have to adjust to a new routine of early starts and a long commute.

While Alison is anxious about him settling in, Paul is still fretting over whether they are doing the right thing and he gets a sobering glimpse of the potential future when he sees new employee Sophie’s autistic teenage son, Mark, having a meltdown.

There are tough times ahead for Maurice, too, and he is left reeling when Louise delivers a massive bombshell. Elsewhere, as James makes plans and expects Rebecca to fall in with them, Nicola is given pause for thought following a revelation from Eddie.