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The Replacement 

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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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14 March 2017 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

This excellent, suspenseful three part thriller was all the better for featuring identifiable locations in my ain hometown. The tension was skilfully ratcheted up episode by episode as a routine maternity-cover employee arrives at a successful Glasgow city centre architect firm, where young up-and-coming architect Ellen has just secured a major contract to design a contemporary library, but who gradually suspects her all-too-perfect stand-in Paula of taking over every aspect of her life.

But is she herself just being paranoid? Married to a psychiatrist (and whose mother was also a shrink), with whom she's just had their first child, we learn that they first met when she was his patient. Not until the conclusive final episode does it become abundantly clear just who the psychologically disturbed party really is, indeed there was actually a point where it seemed as if evil was going to win out but a miraculous near-death recovery precipitates an ending where just desserts are served all round, including to her less than staunch husband and loose ends are tied up.

The title of the piece might seem unimaginative but in fact once the evil-doer's intentions become clear, it's obvious that it's not only her rival's job as lead architect that she's attempting to replace.

The idea of the deranged home-wrecking female of course has been around for years but I liked the twist here of the real motivation for the perpetrator's deranged actions which again aren't revealed until the end and turned out to centre on child-loss bereavement. Actually, whilst saying that, I was probably a little disappointed when a murder occurs out of nowhere in the form of the suspicious death of the wife of the husband and wife business owners, as I thought at that stage the drama didn't need any further heightening but thankfully it didn't trigger a spree of killings which narrative restraint I must admit I appreciated.

The acting by the principals was very good throughout, Morven Davies as the triumphant young career-mother who can't quite believe what is happening to her, Dougray Scott as her conflicted but admiring boss and especially Vicky McClure, last seen on the right side of the law in "Line Of Duty", now excelling as the unhinged Paula, portrayed almost as a Mary Poppins' evil doppelgänger.

Sure there were some holes in the plot and some of the characters' actions and motivations didn't always add up, but in the end it played out very well in a clear, bright production (it's shot almost entirely in daylight, office hours with no clichéd danger-at-midnight darkness scenes) that was well-filled, well-paced, well acted and well executed.

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28 February 2017 (UK) See more »

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Glasgow, Scotland, UK

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