Helen, Jake and Natalie are thrown into disarray when their recently widowed mother announces her love for a new man. Their suspicion of the newcomer triggers events in the siblings' own love lives, which begin to spiral out of control. Can the family pull together, or will old rifts and new conflicts push them apart--even to the point of violence?
The already dysfunctional lives of Helen, Jake and Natalie are thrown into disarray when their recently widowed mother Vivien (Francesca Annis) declares she's in love with a new man, retired surgeon Mark (Stephen Rea). Their suspicion of the newcomer triggers events in the siblings' own complex love lives, which begin to spiral out of control. Next door neighbor Mary (Imelda Staunton) has known the family for years and tries to support them all with wise counsel, but seems powerless to stop the events from escalating. Can this once-close family overcome years of secrets and repressed sibling rivalry to pull together, or will old rifts and new conflicts push them apart? And even push them to the point of violence?
Right from the start, we know that someone's life is hanging in the balance –but not whose life, nor how it happened. As the mystery unravels, this dark yet deliciously witty thriller explores family dynamics, modern relationships, love, loyalty and betrayal, and keeps us guessing right up until the very last moment.
When recently-widowed Vivien announces her love for a new man, Mark, it throws her adult children into chaos. The siblings' growing suspicions about Mark are fueled by rising tensions in their own lives. Vivien's overly attentive neighbor, Mary, is trying to protect thefamily she has known for years.But very soon, one of these people will be terribly injured--perhaps dead. The question is, who?
Helen, Jake and Natalie are shocked when they discover Vivien plans to sell their childhood home and go travelling with Mark. Meanwhile each of the siblings' personal problems are growing. To make matters worse, Vivien and Mark make a snap decision on holiday that almost breaks neighbor Mary's heart.
Vivien and Mark plan their trip to India, but the children's ongoing distrust of Mark starts to put a strain on the couple's relationship -despite neighbour Mary's attempts at reassurance. Meanwhile, the siblings' private lives are unravelling. But they drop everything when Jake unearths a darkly disturbing secret about Mark's past, which makes them fear for their mother's life.
Vivien tries to dismiss her children's fears about Mark, even as serious doubts creep into her mind. It all comes to a head at Vivien's 70th birthday party, where events spiral into terrible tragedy. And when the dust settles, it is left to Mary to try and rebuild this shattered family.
Producer: Letitia Knight
Executive Producer: Kate Bartlett, Sarah Williams, Susanne Simpson
Production Year: 2020
Copyright Year: 2019
Director: Louise Hooper
Actors: Francesca Annis, Imelda Staunton, Russell Tovey, Claudie Blakley, Lydia Leonard, Keir Charles, Sharon Small, Vincent Regan, Lara Rossi, David Bamber, Stephen Rea
Writers: Sarah Williams
Number of Discs: 2