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River City airs Mon 20 Sep on BBC Scotland

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This week in Shieldinch… Roisin encourages Stevie to explore the root of his issues, unsettling Scarlett; Caitlin is buoyed by Ruby’s fundraising idea, while Karen attempts to reconcile with Jessie. And as Nicole warms to Darren, Ellie is left out in the cold by AJ.

During a counselling session Roisin encourages Stevie to open up, and he admits some of his anxiety stems from not knowing who his dad is.

Later, Sonny warns Stevie the search for his father might open a Pandora’s Box of emotions. Undeterred, Stevie plucks up the courage to ask Scarlett for more information, but she makes it clear she’s unwilling to help.

Seeing how distraught her nephew is, Bernie offers Stevie some hope: a photo of his father and the story about how his parents met. Enraged that Bernie went behind her back, Scarlett drops a bombshell on Stevie.

Elsewhere, Ruby hatches a plan to raise money to pay for Caitlin’s hefty legal fees. Initially reluctant, Ash comes round to the idea, but his DJ set fails to pull in the punters… or so it seems.

Karen attempts to make amends with Jessie. Despite her best efforts to reconnect, Karen is pushed away by Jessie. It takes an intervention from Alex to help the pair to tentatively build bridges.

Darren’s back in town and – after Suzie suggests he might be the mysterious donor – Nicole begins to wonder if she got him all wrong. Intrigued, Nicole begins to warm to Darren’s charm.

Ellie’s crushed when AJ announces Katie has settled in London and won’t be returning to Shieldinch. Ellie’s left heartbroken – she has lost both AJ and Katie.

Roisin is played by Joyce Falconer, Stevie by Iain Robertson, Scarlett by Sally Howitt, Caitlin by Gayle Telfer Stevens, Ruby by Zindzi Hudson, Karen by Claire Dargo, Jessie by Kirsty Pickering, Nicole by Holly Jack, Darren by Sammy Hayman, Ellie by Leah MacRae, AJ by Sanjeev Kohli, Sonny by Jimmy Chisholm, Bernie by Barbara Rafferty, Ash by Brian James Leys, Alex by Jordan Young and Suzie by Juliet Cadzow.

River City is a BBC Studios, Scotland production for BBC Scotland and BBC One Scotland.

Airdate: Monday 20 September 2021 at 10.00pm on BBC Scotland.