Recovery (2007)

TV Movie  |  Drama  |  25 February 2007 (UK)
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Alan and Tricia Hamilton are very happy. He's the head of a building firm and on top of his game. She's a part-time beautician and mother to their two sons. One day their perfect, if ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacob Theato ...
Jay Simpson ...
Jo McInnes ...
Mr. Lockwood
Len Hamilton
Anne Kidd ...
Shirley Hamilton
Vicky Nathan
Charlotte Palmer ...
Sarah Paul ...
Andrew Wisher ...
Neighbour 1 (as Andy Wisher)
Sue Elliott-Nichols ...
Neighbour 2 (as Sue Elliott-Nicholls)
Glen Davies ...
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Alan and Tricia Hamilton are very happy. He's the head of a building firm and on top of his game. She's a part-time beautician and mother to their two sons. One day their perfect, if unremarkable, life is torn apart when a last-minute decision to pop out for a quick drink with a colleague sees Alan step out in front of a passing car. The resulting accident leaves him in a deep coma but with remarkably few physical injuries. Desperately worried about him, Tricia is delighted when he comes round - only to discover that the man she loved has disappeared. His behaviour's changed, he's lost all of his inhibitions and he veers from angry and frustrated to vulnerable and childlike. Simple tasks like making toast and getting dressed are beyond him, he's unable to hold down the job he loves and he plays and laughs with his sons as if he's a child. Alan's behaviour puts his relationship with Tricia under intolerable pressure. She longs to find the husband she loves in there somewhere - but ... Written by Anonymous

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[Alan looks over at the patients]
Alan Hamilton: Am I like them?
Dean Hamilton: Yeah.
Alan Hamilton: Some of them are doing... collages...
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26 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When I saw this on TV I was nervous...whats if they messed it up? Millions of families like mine that live with a brain damaged man, in my case my Dad, would be let down. I watched it with my Mum and we both ended up crying, it was so accurate and captured how the family feels as well as the person having suffered the brain injury. The actors were all wonderful and I had no complaints, my Mums told me she hasn't been able to stop thinking about it. I hope this program made many people aware of what it's like living with brain damage and what it's like for the families. More programs like this should be made, I was surprised at how good it was and it's really shook me up emotionally.

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