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... See full summary »




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Episode complete credited cast:
Simon Gaskell / Tracie Tremarco
Tony Baines
Prosecuting Barrister
Marvin Brown ...
Cab Driver
David MacCreedy ...
Alan Baines
Chris Michael-Hall ...
Clerk of Court
Rosina Carbone ...
Defence Barrister
Chris Corcoran ...
Older Man (as Christopher Corcoran)
David Smith ...
Gemma North ...
Jury Foreman (as Gemma Paige North)


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. Written by don @ minifie-1

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14 August 2012 (UK)  »

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Brave, daring work from all involved and for the most part, they pull it off
21 August 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

Simon Gaskell (Sean Bean) teaches English by day, but by night transforms himself into Tracie Tremarco, a tarty, brassy madam with a big front. He finds herself drawn to Tony (Stephen Graham), a married man who finds Tracie's allure irresistible. But when their relationship becomes more intense and Tony is forced to choose between his wife and his lover, Simon finds himself up in the dock on a murder charge.

I'm pretty sure it was Robbie Coltraine's Cracker? that Jimmy McGovern is best known for, and I never really followed that, so I was pretty unfamiliar with his style of work and what to expect from it. I think the main attraction here was the novelty of seeing Sean Bean in drag, and it's weird watching such a masculine actor in a role like this, ditto Graham in support as a closet gay. They're daring roles for the respective actors to play, more than anything else, and thankfully the quality of the writing and the execution of the story are sharp and thrilling enough to make the whole thing pay off.

Aside from acting as a psychological thriller, there may also be an element of it that serves as an eye opener to the worlds of the respective characters, that like many 'alternative lifestyles' is sort of brushed to the sidelines in society, and often gets washed up in a sea of ignorance and preconceptions. While McGovern hasn't necessarily crafted the most sympathetic characters, he does create a scenario and a set up that feels as if it could be real and is therefore more affecting.

Unexpected in every way, this is also surprising in more ways than one. ***

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