Series 2 – Episode 1
Brian Gets Everyone Back Together
First Broadcast – 8 August 2002
The characters see the Phoenix Club in flames.
Brian and the staff watch the club burn to the ground, with Jerry managing to rescue Brian’s little disabled boy-shaped charity box. After the flames are put out, a fireman reveals the fire was caused by a discarded cigarette or cigar, leading Brian to believe Den Perry was responsible. Brian then has to appear in court due to his breach of fire and safety regulations and as a result his alcohol licence is revoked and he is blacklisted by the breweries. A broken man, Brian dreams of rebuilding the Phoenix Club. On his trip to Asda, he finds Jerry and Alan singing to promote products. Brian begs Jerry to help him to rebuild the Phoenix but Jerry rebuffs him and tells him to forget about the Phoenix. Still undeterred, Brian travels to Blackpool to visit an old friend, Frank Cartwright (played by Jim Bowen), owner of the Hotel “Le Ponderosa”, who tells him to sell bottles and cans to get around the ban, get a licensee whom he can manipulate and have lots of facilities under one roof. Brian then goes around to find all of the staff, including Les working as a butcher, Kenny Senior as a lollipop man, Ray Von at a fairground and Holy Mary in church. Brian succeeds in bringing all of them together to discuss his plans, and convinces Jerry to become the new licensee.