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 Thierry Mabonga ...  Celebrant 1 episode, 2017
Lexie McLean Lexie McLean ...  Nina 1 episode, 2017
Caoimhe Clough Caoimhe Clough ...  Zoe 1 episode, 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 1 episode, 2017
Rosie Kilshaw Rosie Kilshaw ...  Lia 1 episode, 2017
Michael McCann Michael McCann ...  Customer 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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Dougray Scott and Neve McIntosh previously starred together in One Last Chance (2004). See more »

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Enjoyable but has its flaws.
15 March 2017 | by guylyonsSee all my reviews

This production could have been a ten. A complex tale about a replacement professional being hired to cover, for a senior Architect, in a small practice.

As the story progresses, you become hooked, and are left guessing about every major character. There is quality tension, in more than a few scenes, and unlike some dramas a more restrained type of shock hits you, which is far more effective. Vicky McClure is simply superb, and i could watch her all day, as my wife equally agreed. Unfortunately Morven Christie, and Richard Rankin, were not as eye catching. One can find faults in the story line, but it entertained us both, and was enjoyable viewing. I bet Hitchcock would loved to direct this tale. The ending could have been so much better, and in dramas like this, having rather different or even sinister closure, would make it far more memorable. I also think there is plenty of room for this type of work, and even wonder if writers consult with genuine drama lovers, as to how to get the best out such stories. Reading complete reviews of this is risky, simply do what we did, and enjoy it.

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Release Date:

28 February 2017 (UK) See more »

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Glasgow, Scotland, UK

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