After a row with a drunken bigot transvestite Simon gets into a taxi with Tony Baines. Tony is fascinated by Simon's alter ego Tracie and the two men begin an affair. Simon has feelings for Tony and ...
Peter Cartwright engages Charlotte,a nurse,to tend his dying wife Katherine and,several months after Katherine's death,begins to date her,finally marrying her. Whilst Peter's younger son Dom gets on ...
On the surface Henrik and Nina Christofferson are an ordinary family living happily. But they have a problem. Their daughter, Stine, a difficult 14 year old, has a habit of telling lies in ... See full summary »
The Emersons are a theatrical family, of sorts - one son Samuel,17, is a street performer who recites Shakespeare while his brother Beckett, 19, picks pockets in the crowd. Their father ... See full summary »
Danny Kavanagh leaves Liverpool for the Lake District, finding work at a hotel and love with a local girl named Emma. Yet Danny remains an outsider in the close-knit community, and through ... See full summary »
Each of these individual one hour stories are captivating from start to finish. Jimmy McGovern excels in tight scripts which gripped me with their realism and pace. The series is further enhanced by fine English acting.
Each episode begins with a person in a prison cell awaiting trial. Flashbacks build up to a crescendo as to why the accused is on trial and whether or not they will be found guilty. The concept is great for those who love a whodunnit type scenario, only this time it's did they didn't they. And even if they did, the complexities of the back story provides moral angles which make you the judge too. Lovely armchair stuff.
In a year when the BBC has had to generally tread carefully in its broadcasting post the faux pas by Ross and Brand on radio which caused thicker red tape to be introduced, this miniseries is one of the few stars in an otherwise cloudy darkness.
It is one of the few, if only, must see fictional programmes on British television today and I thoroughly recommend it.
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