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The Replacement 

A woman about to begin her maternity leave from work begins to suspect that her replacement is plotting to take over her life.
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Series cast summary:
Morven Christie ...  Ellen 3 episodes, 2017
Vicky McClure ...  Paula 3 episodes, 2017
Richard Rankin ...  Ian 3 episodes, 2017
Dougray Scott ...  David 3 episodes, 2017
Navin Chowdhry ...  Kieran 3 episodes, 2017
Sarah MacRae Sarah MacRae ...  Rianne 3 episodes, 2017
Siobhan Redmond ...  Beth 3 episodes, 2017
Gilly Gilchrist ...  Vernon 3 episodes, 2017
Kim Allan ...  Lucy 3 episodes, 2017
Euan Macnaughton ...  DS Lockheid / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Thierry Mabonga ...  Celebrant 3 episodes, 2017
Lexie McLean Lexie McLean ...  Nina 3 episodes, 2017
Caoimhe Clough Caoimhe Clough ...  Zoe 3 episodes, 2017
Sharon Young ...  Georgia 2 episodes, 2017
Taqi Nazeer Taqi Nazeer ...  Omar 2 episodes, 2017
Jarrah Fraser Jarrah Fraser ...  Lia 2 episodes, 2017
Riley Fraser Riley Fraser ...  Lia 2 episodes, 2017
Sarah Waddell Sarah Waddell ...  Lia 2 episodes, 2017
Rosie Kilshaw Rosie Kilshaw ...  Lia 2 episodes, 2017
Michael McCann Michael McCann ...  Customer 2 episodes, 2017
Neve McIntosh ...  Kay 2 episodes, 2017


Ellen gets unexpectedly pregnant just after landing a big contract for her architects' practice. She hopes to be away for the shortest time and hires someone to cover the gap. Paula is the same age as Ellen but already has a ten-year-old daughter. She made the opposite life choice, took a big chunk of her career out to dedicate herself full time to her child. As Paula shadows Ellen for the last months of her pregnancy, she seems the perfect hire - enthusiastic, personable, super-competent. But Ellen begins to worry Paula has another agenda. Paula refuses to believe Ellen when she says she plans to return in a couple of months. She's confident Ellen will change her mind when she falls in love with her baby. Ellen thinks that maybe Paula doesn't want her back. Ever. Ellen becomes increasingly disturbed by Paula's subtle manipulations at the office. She sees Paula ingratiate herself with bosses, client, even friends. Ellen begins to see her less as a support and more of a rival. But no ... Written by Left Bank Pictures

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Release Date:

28 February 2017 (UK) See more »

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Glasgow, Scotland, UK

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Vicky McClure as Paula answers a text with LOL, the name of the character she played in This is England. See more »

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Smart, gripping three part drama.
20 April 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this thriller. A slick, gripping, engaging three part drama which develops well, before a dramatic, albeit unusual conclusion.

Beautifully acted, the two main players Morven Christie (Ellen) and Vicky McClure (Paula) are excellent, bouncing off one another brilliantly, as you watch you get a true sense of awkwardness, almost loathing between the pair, the body language was expertly done.

McClure is always the good guy, moral, but here she has a killer smile, beautiful but deadly. Well acted all round, Dougray Scott, Siobhan Redmond etc, but it's the two lead actresses that shine.

The first two episodes are great, if a little padded at times, the third is definitely bonkers, and came in for a lot of criticism, but I enjoyed it, after two hours of meaningful stares they needed to do something different, and that they certainly did.

The finale wasn't what I was expecting, I had a different conclusion in my mind altogether, but I applaud it for being bold, too often you watch a drama which contains a flat conclusion, not here.

8/10, really enjoyed.

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