15 November 2010
Married to Carmel with three children, plumber Willy Houlihan is all set to leave his family for his girl-friend Michelle when his daughter Laura announces her forthcoming wedding. Though Laura's in-laws are well off,as a point of pride Willy is determined to pay for the reception but,when a client goes bust and the cheque he paid Willy bounces,Willy finds himself with no funds. Then he finds twenty thousand pounds in the back of a taxi and doubles it at the casino before returning the original sum next day,only to learn that the owners of the money beat up and killed the taxi driver. The taxi firm's receptionist is hostile and,when the police tell Willy the notes are counterfeit and accuse him of forgery,she refuses to recognise him. Taken to court he is doubly punished as his Not Guilty plea is rejected and Carmel finds out about Michelle.
22 November 2010
Young Frankie Nash joins the army to get off an assault charge and is sent to Afghanistan with best mate Peter. Peter has only joined up to impress his war hero father and goes to pieces under fire. Consequently he is subject to merciless harassment from bullying Lance Corporal Buckley who humiliates him constantly until he can take no more and blows his own brains out. Buckley rationalises to Frankie by claiming that Peter's cowardice put lives at risk and,to spare his parents pain,tells them their son died in action,though Peter's father is unconvinced. Frankie attempts to expose Buckley but in vain and ends up in court on a murder charge.
29 November 2010
Teenager Rob Ryland is killed when his fork lift truck collides with shelves which crush him,in the warehouse where he works. Rob's parents Helen and Frank start to become suspicious when they learn that Rob's boss,Alan Maxfield,has been instructed by his lawyer to hold back the body and that the depot's CCTV cameras were not working on that day. In addition to this,Michael, Rob's workmate tells Helen that Health and Safety training,contrary to Maxfield's assurances,were minimal. However the C.P.S. find they have insufficient evidence to prosecute Maxfield. Whilst Frank turns to drink,Helen becomes obsessive about obtaining justice for her son,leading to her appearing in court where events do not turn out entirely for the worst.
6 December 2010
Taxi driver Liam has an invalid wife and a gambling habit,which latter prevents him from buying a reward present for his daughter when she passes her exams.So he burgles a fare's house but becomes obsessed with the house owner,Emma,stealing the memory stick from her computer to learn more about her. He starts to arrange 'coincidental' meetings with her,claiming to be a widower and ending up in bed with her after he has exposed her boyfriend Neil as a married man. However a deadly showdown with Neil leads him to a court appearance as the accused.
13 December 2010
After his little girl is molested in a park crematorium attendant Kenny,with his friends Gordon and Neil,assaults the man answering the culprit's description. But the man dies and Kenny's attempts to lie to the police about his whereabouts only arouse the further suspicions of dogged inspector Warren. A professional encounter with the dead man's widow increases Kenny's unease,which is topped by the knowledge that the man he killed was not the child molester. A further revelation comes to light before the trio stand trial for murder.
20 December 2010
Special needs teacher Alison Wade and her unemployed house husband David are drifting apart and, whilst she initially rejects the advances of charming work colleague Ben, David does not believe her when he discovers that she failed to attend a teachers' conference and accuses her of having an affair. As the marriage falls apart, a bitter custody battle for the Wades' children leads to David's policeman father employing dirty tricks to discredit Alison and her appearance in court as the accused. She will need to keep very calm in order to clear her name.
14 August 2012
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 is shocked to learn that he has lied about being married. Following a confrontation between the two men Tony confesses all to his wife before telling Simon that he has left her and the pair set off to make a new life together. However Tony makes a terrifying admission as a result of which Tracie must come to the aid of Simon in court.
21 August 2012
Mo Murray runs her hair salon with her friend Sue on an estate riven by gang violence. When Sue's son Sean is shot dead Mo spearheads a local group Women Against Guns,advocating informing on drug dealers in the area. She is therefore appalled to discover that her own son Jake shot Sean on behalf of the gang to which he belonged but is dissuaded from giving him up by her mother,who helps her hide the gun. They plan to leave for Portsmouth but are arrested and appear in court,Mo's sentence being made the harsher by Sue's reaction.
28 August 2012
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 with her his brother,17-year-old Stephen,becomes obsessed with the idea that Charlotte killed his mother and is now trying to poison him. He hears voices from the television warning him but refuses to accept that he needs psychiatric help. Indeed when he goes on trial for trying to kill Charlotte,he clings to his story that it was self defence to prevent her killing him and Dom.
4 September 2012
Stephen Cartwright begins his sentence at an under-staffed young offender unit where his wing officer is Tina Dakin. She is concerned at his withdrawn attitude and unsuccessfully attempts to prevent him from killing himself. When his father comes to visit his son Tina is instructed to tell him that everything is alright until the cause of death is confirmed. She had relayed her anxiety about Stephen to senior officer Frank who, being under pressure, did nothing, and now she regrets being involved in what will be a cover-up. Peter, however, sees her as the principal person who lied to him. Feeling disgusted with a system which causes such misery she allows another inmate, Jake Murray, to escape - which leads to her own appearance as the accused.
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