Andy Spader has been happily married for 13 years, with two teenage children, when he meets a younger woman, Claire Holmes, after going to investigate a break-in at her travel agency shop. ... See full summary »

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Andy Spader has been happily married for 13 years, with two teenage children, when he meets a younger woman, Claire Holmes, after going to investigate a break-in at her travel agency shop. Having told his wife that he is leaving her, he learns that Claire has just discovered that she has an inoperable brain tumour and has only a few months to live. Written by Anonymous

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14 November 2005 (UK)  »

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Chantage d'amour  »

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This programme was dedicated to James Baldwin, the cousin of Tamzin Outhwaite (Claire), who died in 2004 of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. See more »

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[talking about Andy and his new girlfriend Claire]
Elaine Spader: Your dad wants you over at the weekend.
Petra: I'm not going anywhere near that bitch!
Elaine Spader: Petra. How many times have I told you? It's "that *minging* bitch".
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Fantastic Drama from ITV
15 November 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Well.....I have never given a TV Drama an 8 before EVER.

This I feel warrants it, as I don't think that I have ever watched such an emotive, powerful Drama that most people in their late 20's/30's will associate with almost immediately.

In my opinion, this is Outhwaite's strongest performance to date, and she is well supported by Julie Graham and Mark Strong. Hard to believe that this was the Ditzy Blonde from Eastenders not a million years ago.

All set in Wiltshire, which makes a pleasant change from London or Manchester as location goes, it tells the story of a happily married, family man who's head is turned by a single girl. The result is that he starts to view life completely differently, and puts everything on the line in the process.

Unfortunately, the girl, Claire (Outhwaite)is diagnosed with Cancer not long after they get together, and this forces some painful and at times heart-rending decisions by BOTH parties.

It stirs a lot of emotions, and for the more sensitive WILL end in tears.

There is a fantastic Soundtrack to this Drama, with classics from UB40, Led Zeppelin and most notably, Kate Bush. For anyone wondering what the Track was (and I've noticed some Bulletin Boards questioning it already!)the Track is This Womans Work, taken from the Album The Sensual World.

Whilst not renowned for it, I am hoping that ITV release this Drama onto DVD, or at the very least, re-run it in the near future.

Fantastic!!


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