A contemporary drama in a rural setting.
Writer, Katie Hims
Director, Kim Greengrass
Editor, Jeremy Howe
Ben Archer ….. Ben Norris
Alice Carter ….. Hollie Chapman
Chris Carter ….. Wilf Scolding
Neil Carter ….. Brian Hewlett
Beth Casey ….. Rebecca Fuller
Steph Casey ….. Kerry Gooderson
Usha Gupta ….. Souad Faress
Adam Macy ….. Andrew Wincott
Kirsty Miller ….. Annabelle Dowler
Adil Shah ….. Ronny Jhutti
Lynda Snell MBE ….. Carole Boyd
Robert Snell ….. Graham Blockey
Doctor ….. Adaya Henry
Sam …… Thom Petty
Beth and Steph both enjoyed their recent night out but that doesn’t help Beth make sense of Steph’s plans for her Suddenly Single party, which includes a stripper. Beth tries to persuade Steph to cancel the party. Steph’s defensive at first but then seems like she might come round. Ben arrives with the decorations Steph requested. Steph quickly dismisses her and Beth’s conversation. They look through the items and Steph gets more excited to Beth’s consternation.
Later Beth asks Ben why he’s supporting Steph’s party when it’s a terrible idea. Ben accepts she might be right but tries to offer a more positive view. Beth apologises for having a go at him but then accuses him of encouraging Steph just to get their own space again. Ben talks her down, saying there is only so much she can do to protect her sister. She sees his point and agrees it would be great to have her room back to herself.
Alice gives her version of Martha’s accident in the playground to Sam the social worker. She declares that she’s an alcoholic in recovery and Sam assures her he’s not there to catch her out. Alice explains it’s been fraught between her and Chris lately due the financial settlement and care hearing for their divorce. Alice is surprised when Sam asks about Chris’s relationship with Amy. Alice defends Chris and denies the relationship had any impact on his care for Martha. She concludes that it’s money that has poisoned their divorce and she’s not even sure how it has all become so stressful.
As Neil tries to calm Chris before the imminent social worker visit, Chris can’t remember the last time he felt vaguely relaxed. Sam the social worker asks Chris about what happened with Martha’s accident. Chris is full of guilt. When Sam asks if Chris thinks Alice’s recovery has lapsed, Chris emphatically replies no. Chris praises Alice’s strengths as a mother and then gets tearful. He admits he’s heartbroken that their marriage is over.
Kirsty ties herself in knots as she compliments Adil on his appearance when they meet for a tour of the rewilding land. Adil’s amused, and teases her. Kirsty explains that part of her role is to grow the number of visitors the rewilding site has. Adil asks for advice on winning round Lynda. Kirsty’s sure Lynda would like him if she gave him a chance. Kirsty’s impressed with how Adil handled yesterday when Lynda was rude to him. Adil’s determined to keep trying with Lynda. He hopes the new Grey Gables will have approval from the whole community, including Lynda.
The social worker thanks Chris for the tea and biscuits before heading out. Neil arrives and tells Sam that Chris is a fantastic father, embarrassing Chris. Neil also mentions it’s Chris’s birthday. Once Sam has left, Chris worries that his dad’s words might have made it look like he was asking for special treatment. He also frets that he’s been too nice about Alice in his social worker interview. He feels like his whole future depends on whatever Alice says in her interview.
Chris relays to Neil that a date has come through for the court hearing for the care of Martha. Neil suggests Chris fills in his solicitor about Martha’s accident. Chris calls Neil to let him know the solicitor’s response – it could be used as evidence against Alice, and is Chris sure that Alice hadn’t been drinking? Later Neil tries to reassure Chris who is stressed about his social worker interview tomorrow, and consumed by anxiety over his solicitor asking about Alice’s drinking. Neil carefully asks how sure he is about Alice’s sobriety but Chris doesn’t know what to believe anymore.
Kirsty and Lynda reflect on the closure of Grey Gables and Lynda admits it’s not easy having Adil as a guest. Adil interrupts them, keen to hear about rewilding. Listening to Kirsty he is reminded of his grandmother who practices zero budget natural farming in Pakistan. Adil tries to compliment Lynda by likening her to his force of nature grandmother. But Lynda remains cool towards Adil. Robert joins them and Adil jokes about Kirsty leaving rewilding to work for the new Grey Gables. Robert ticks off Lynda for not finding it funny. Lynda changes the subject by reminding Adil he has to stop singing in the shower; they’ve had a complaint. Adil asks for a tour of the rewilding, something Lynda would also like. However, she claims to be unavailable at the time suggested by Kirsty. Kirsty says that’s absolutely fine – they’ll just have to have separate tours.
Ben finds Steph in the freshly cleaned kitchen at Beth’s place – Steph’s gesture of thanks to Beth for letting her share her room. Steph knows she’s been driving Beth mad, but it’s been a weird time for her. Beth gets home from work to find Ben and Steph chatting away. She’s blown away by the spotless kitchen and fridge. When Steph offers to make tea Beth jokes she’s like a totally different person! Ben tells Beth how overwhelming his prep for work is next week, and Beth suggests they stay in tonight. Ben thinks Beth should go out with Steph, and seeing her sister in a new light, Beth agrees.
As Martha and Xander play in the park, Adam chats to Alice about his and Ian’s artisan pizza van venture. Alice is unhappy when Chris arrives to pick up Martha earlier than agreed. Alice and Chris argue over who’s unreasonable, but as Adam attempts to mediate they all miss Martha climbing up a slide. Martha falls and injures her head. In A&E Chris and Alice are tense as a doctor confirms Martha can go home when she wakes up. Neither want to leave Martha tonight. They argue about who she should go home with, and whose fault it was that Martha fell. Having overheard their ugly row, the doctor explains she understands this was an accident, but she is concerned for Martha’s welfare. She’s made a referral to children’s social services. Alice and Chris are horrified.
Lynda asks Robert to speak to Adil about his singing in the shower. Robert thinks Adil has an excellent voice; Lynda should cast him in her next production. As Lynda remarks her production days are over, Robert notes Lynda isn’t Adil’s biggest fan. Lynda confronts Adil herself about the singing, but when Robert drops in Lynda’s history with local productions, Adil’s keen to get involved. Lynda tells Adil she has no interest in working with someone who is out to destroy her community. Cautious, Adil tells them he’s planning on holding a consultation with the village – he hopes Lynda will join. As he leaves Lynda berates Adil’s cheek. Robert can’t see Lynda’s problem; Adil is a paying guest, a nice person and just doing his job.
Chris bumps into Usha and asks after Amy, but Usha’s more concerned about Chris. Chris feels bad about how things ended with Amy, but Usha tells Chris he did the decent thing. When Usha informs him Amy’s met someone new, Chris says she deserves to be happy. Usha reminds Chris he deserves to be happy too. Chris confesses he’s avoiding the family Father’s Day lunch – he’s too depressing to be around and his family have earned a day off. Usha is sympathetic as Chris tells her about the court hearing. She asks if he can talk to Alice, but Chris thinks it’s too late. Usha encourages Chris not to catastrophise but to focus on the here and now, and enjoy Martha. Chris promises to try and do that.
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