Moving On (TV series)

Moving On is a British television anthology series, created and executively produced by Jimmy McGovern, which consists of a series standalone contemporary dramas, each focusing on a pivotal turning point in the life of one or more of the characters in the featured episode. The first episode, entitled "The Rain Has Stopped", aired on 18 May 2009, and since, a total of fifty-five episodes have been broadcast across ten series.[1]

Moving On
Created byJimmy McGovern
Written byVarious (see below)
Directed byVarious (see below)
StarringVarious (see below)
Composer(s)Steve Wright
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series10
No. of episodes55 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Jimmy McGovern
  • Colin McKeown
  • Liam Keelan
  • Damian Kavanagh
  • Callum Langley
  • Bethany Dillon
  • Colin McKeown
  • Donna Molloy
Production location(s)Liverpool
CinematographyLen Gowing
Editor(s)Patrick Hall
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)LA Productions
Original networkBBC One
Picture format16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original release18 May 2009 (2009-05-18) 
Related showsThe Afternoon Play
Secrets and Words
External links
Production website

The series is broadcast at 14:15 on BBC One after Doctors, with each series usually stripped out across a single week. Thus far, Series 1—9 have also been released on DVD, with the first three series released by ITV Studios, and Series 4—9 being released by Simply Media, a subsidiary of the series' production arm, LA Productions.

It is the second longest Daytime Drama series on the BBC after Doctors.


The series was created by well-known screenwriter Jimmy McGovern, famous for his works on series such as Cracker and The Lakes; however was notable for being his first project for daytime television. A single series of five episodes was commissioned by the network, with guest stars in this series including Sheila Hancock, Lesley Sharp, Richard Armitage, Dervla Kirwan, Joanne Froggatt and Ian Hart.[2] Although originally broadcast in an early-afternoon slot, less than a month after their initial airing, the series was repeated to an evening audience, at 10:35pm on Sundays.[3] The reception was good enough for a second series to be commissioned. This series was extended to ten episodes.[4]

A third series was subsequently commissioned, with filming set to commence in January 2011, with a broadcast to follow in the Autumn of that year. Reece Dinsdale, Christine Bottomley, Dean Lennox Kelly, Paul Usher and Eva Pope were subsequently confirmed as guest stars for this series.[5] A fourth series swiftly followed, filming during the summer of 2012 for broadcast that November; however, due to unforeseen filming complications, broadcast was delayed until January 2013, becoming the first series to air outside of its regular November time slot. Series five followed in November 2013, with all five episodes being released on BBC iPlayer as a box set prior to broadcast, making it the first BBC television drama series to be released in this way.[6]

Series six and seven were commissioned together following the success of series five. Series seven was the first to be broadcast in the series new early spring time slot, airing across the final week of February 2016. Series eight began filming in July 2016, and broadcast earlier than expected, arriving in November 2016. This became the first series not to be broadcast across a single week, after 'Burden', the series' third episode, was removed from schedules on 9 November 2016 to accommodate ongoing coverage of Donald Trump's election as President of the United States.[7] Series nine saw the series return to its late winter/early spring time slot, airing during the first week of February 2018. Series ten, which was filmed during March and April 2018, followed in February 2019.


Series overview

Series Episodes Originally aired DVD Release
First aired Last aired
1 5 18 May 2009 (2009-05-18) 22 May 2009 (2009-05-22) 22 June 2009
2 10 1 November 2010 (2010-11-01) 12 November 2010 (2010-11-12) 15 November 2010
3 5 14 November 2011 (2011-11-14) 18 November 2011 (2011-11-18) 21 November 2011
4 5 28 January 2013 (2013-01-28) 1 February 2013 (2013-02-01) 27 June 2016
5 5 11 November 2013 (2013-11-11) 15 November 2013 (2013-11-15) 25 July 2016
6 5 10 November 2014 (2014-11-10) 14 November 2014 (2014-11-14) 5 September 2016
7 5 22 February 2016 (2016-02-22) 26 February 2016 (2016-02-26) 7 November 2016
8 5 7 November 2016 (2016-11-07) 14 November 2016 (2016-11-14) 7 May 2018
9 5 5 February 2018 (2018-02-05) 9 February 2018 (2018-02-09) 11 March 2019
10 5 4 February 2019 (2019-02-04) 8 February 2019 (2019-02-08)

Series 1 (2009)

Episode Title Director Writer Original airdate
1"The Rain Has Stopped"Gary WilliamsKaren Brown18 May 2009 (2009-05-18)
A lonely widow who decides to marry her holiday romance finds herself being ostracized by her children and outcast by neighbours. However, it's not until her fiancé to be disappears do her friends and family realize how much she loves him.
Starring Sheila Hancock, Emma Lowndes, Paul Fox, Danny Seward and Bhasker Patel
2"Bully"Gary WilliamsMarc Pye19 May 2009 (2009-05-19)
An angry father whose son is being bullied at school advises him to start fighting back. However, after verbally abusing his next door neighbour, the boy disappears, and two families at war are forced to unite in an attempt to track him down.
Starring Mark Womack, Lee Boardman, Julia Ford and Claire Keelan
3"Drowning Not Waving"Gary WilliamsSarah Deane20 May 2009 (2009-05-20)
A young single woman is forced to sell her house to pay off her increasing debts, but is surprised when an old school friend offers to buy the house and keep her on as tenant. However, she later discovers her old friend has a secret sideline in drug dealing.
Starring Christine Tremarco, Richard Armitage, Jo-Anne Knowles and Sharon Duce
4"Dress to Impress"Illy JamesArthur Ellison21 May 2009 (2009-05-21)
A young boy is forced to reveal his true sexual identity after his father believes that sexy lingerie found in the cupboard belongs to his wife - and that she may be having an affair. But will the boy's revelation re-unite his parents?
Starring Ian Hart, Dervla Kirwan, Jack McMullen, Ramon Tikaram, Neil Fitzmaurice, Eileen O'Brien and Guy Burnet
5"The Butterfly Effect"Richard StandevenEsther Wilson22 May 2009 (2009-05-22)
A single parent working for a homeless hostel is threatened by a youth with a knife - but everyone refuses to believe her. As she becomes more withdrawn and paranoid, only a chance meeting with her attacker is able to convince her she is not going crazy.
Starring Lesley Sharp, Susan Cookson, Luke Bailey, Joanne Froggatt, Charles De'Ath, Elliott Tittensor and Finn Atkins

Series 2 (2010)

Episode Title Director Writer Original airdate
1"Sauce for the Goose"Gary WilliamsJohn Fay1 November 2010 (2010-11-01)
A middle-aged divorcee's life is turned upside down where her son, who is living in South Africa, is attacked and mugged - leaving her ailing mother, for whom she is main carer, in a difficult position.
Starring Anna Massey, Susannah Harker, Daniel Ryan and Pooky Quesnel
2"Skies of Glass"Julia FordNick Leather2 November 2010 (2010-11-02)
A childless couple believe they have been graced with a miracle when an abandoned baby is left in their car. But when the police get wind of her unexpected arrival, the couple believe that contact from the birth mother may be imminent.
Starring Claire Skinner, Shaun Dooley, Teresa Banham, Neil Bell, Ian Curley and Kelli Hollis
3"Skin Deep"Len GowingLyn Papadopoulos3 November 2010 (2010-11-03)
An ageing housewife decides to have botox and a tummy tuck in an attempt to impress her former school friends at a reunion due. However, this leads to arguments with her estranged husband, who decides it's the last straw.
Starring Jenny Agutter, Robert Glenister, Nicola Stephenson and Lisa Faulkner
4"Malaise"Dominic WestDale Overton4 November 2010 (2010-11-04)
An ex-convict recently paroled following his role in an armed robbery finds that life on the outside is very different - and soon ends up losing his one lifeline - his job - after coming head to head with his wife's new partner.
Starring John Simm, Ewen Bremner and Susan Lynch
5"Letting Go"Noreen KershawKaren Brown5 November 2010 (2010-11-05)
A dental nurse is shocked to discover her long-term partner and father of her son has a secret heroin addiction that he has been keeping from her for several years. However, she soon comes to realize that towing a harsh line may not be the best approach.
Starring Naomi Radcliffe, Jack Deam and Maureen Beattie
6"Trust"Illy HillArthur Ellison8 November 2010 (2010-11-08)
An elderly ex-boxer takes pity on a young thief trying to burgle his house, and decides to take him under his wing and teach him how to box. However, when his late wife's rings disappear, he realizes he may have been conned from the start.
Starring Roy Marsden, Gerard Kearns and Kieran O'Brien
7"The Test"Gary WilliamsAlice Nutter9 November 2010 (2010-11-09)
A widow becomes anxious of her new boyfriend after her best friend informs her that he is a wife-beater. But after discovering she has been lied to, the pair come to blows and end up being involved in a car accident.
Starring Corin Redgrave, Hannah Gordon and Maggie Steed. This episode was dedicated to the memory of Corin Redgrave, who died seven months prior to broadcast.
8"Losing My Religion"Ian BarberShaun Duggan10 November 2010 (2010-11-10)
A married couple fear for their son's safety after he is bullied at school for being gay. However, they soon find solace in a local priest who offers them help and guidance.
Starring Hugo Speer, Ruth Gemmell, Nico Mirallegro, George Irving, Tom Mannion and Jane Lowe
9"Rules of the Game"Peter FearonSarah Deane11 November 2010 (2010-11-11)
A young unemployed student finds himself in awe of his elder brother, who has just struck the big time as a footballer. However, an unexpected trip to casualty leads him into the path of stunning nurse who steals his heart.
Starring Alfie Allen, Richard Fleeshman, Olivia Hallinan, Rebecca Atkinson, Paula Wilcox and Antony Booth
10"I Am Darleen Fyles"Pauline HarrisEsther Wilson12 November 2010 (2010-11-12)
A young woman suffering with anxiety and depression finds solace in an elderly care home resident after her boyfriend becomes concerned over the number of phone calls she is making to the emergency services.
Starring Lorraine Ashbourne, Anne Reid and Craig Cheetham

Series 3 (2011)

Episode Title Director Writer Original airdate
1"The Milkman"John FayJohn Fay14 November 2011 (2011-11-14)
A kind-hearted milkman who shows young local children the tricks of his trade becomes the subject of a false lawsuit after one of his proteges has an accident - and despite no lasting injuries, his mother decides to fake a lawsuit as a way to recoup money against her outstanding debts.
Starring Alicya Eyo, Rob James-Collier, Suzanne Collins and Andrew Schofield
2"Tour of Duty"Gary WilliamsLena Rae15 November 2011 (2011-11-15)
A housewife whose husband is away on a Tour of Duty in Afghanistan finds a cure for her post-natal depression when an exciting new man comes into her life. But when her husband is left badly injured, she is forced to make a tough decision.
Starring Annabelle Apsion, Christine Bottomley, Dean Lennox Kelly and Myles Keogh
3"Punter"Gary WilliamsArthur Ellison16 November 2011 (2011-11-16)
A plumber with mounting debts seizes the chance to steal a long-forgotten collection of diamonds from one of his customers. But when he squanders away the proceeds, his world as he knows it begins to tumble down around him.
Starring Reece Dinsdale, Eva Pope, Melanie Kilburn and Paul Usher
4"Donor"Ian BarberShaun Duggan17 November 2011 (2011-11-17)
A young woman's dreams of starting a family are shattered when her boyfriend reveals that he is infertile. However, she soon suggests that her gay best friend could be a sperm donor, but is he willing to sacrifice his morals?
Starring Warren Brown, Alastair Mackenzie, Sally Phillips and Paul Rhys
5"The Poetry of Silence"Ian BarberEsther Wilson18 November 2011 (2011-11-18)
A university student with an increasing workload contemplates taking his own life, but with the help of his best friend and parents, manages to get himself back on the straight and narrow. But with no job or prospects, he struggles to fill his time.
Starring Fay Ripley, Ben Daniels, Joe Dempsie and Jo Woodcock

Series 4 (2013)

Episode Title Director Writer Original airdate
1"The Shrine"Noreen KershawKaren Brown28 January 2013 (2013-01-28)
A couple trying to sell their house finds themselves in a compromising situation when a young boy is killed in a hit-and-run right on their doorstep. And when the entrance to their front garden becomes a shrine to the deceased, relations with the boy's family become strained.
Starring Matthew Kelly, Barbara Flynn, Sally Carman, Steve Evets and Neil Bell
2"Visiting Order"Noreen KershawCollette Kane29 January 2013 (2013-01-29)
A Norwegian student is forced to choose between her imprisoned father - who is serving life for drug trafficking - and her new boyfriend, after a lockdown during a visiting session results in her missing a romantic dinner for two.
Starring Marian Saastad Ottesen, Rob James-Collier, Bjarne Henriksen and Morag Siller
3"Friends Like These"Pauline HarrisShaun Duggan30 January 2013 (2013-01-30)
A single parent, struggling with money worries and social relationships, finds solace in the parent of a new child at the local school. However, when her new friend becomes obsessive to the point of stalking, she realises now is the time to finally stand up for herself.
Starring Gillian Kearney, Natasha Little and Rachel Leskovac
4"Blood Ties"Robert GlenisterArthur Ellison31 January 2013 (2013-01-31)
A building instructor who is struggling to care for his elderly father finally breaks down after he accidentally mows down a young girl whilst answering a call to attend a fire at his father's home. When he later has an argument with a work colleague, he realises that the consequences of the previous night's events could turn his world upside down.
Starring Paul McGann, Jack Shepherd, Jennifer Hennessy and Rob Jarvis
5"That's Amore"Johnny VegasElliot Hope1 February 2013 (2013-02-01)
A married man struggles to comprehend his wrongdoing when his wife asks for a divorce, seemingly out of the blue. However, when the pair both end up with new dates, they realise that their decision to split may have been wrong after all.
Starring Jason Manford, Rebekah Staton, Jack Deam and Patrick McDonnell

Series 5 (2013)

Episode Title Director Writer Original airdate
1"Fledgling"Noreen KershawShaun Duggan11 November 2013 (2013-11-11)
A policeman's wife decides to spice up her boring life by shoplifting, but soon finds herself on the run from the law. But unable to face up to her actions, she lies to her husband by claiming she was admitted to hospital.
Starring Natalie Gumede and Ray Fearon
2"The House"Gary WilliamsArthur Ellison12 November 2013 (2013-11-12)
A postman is excited when his father agrees to sign over his house to him, allowing him, his wife and his two children to move into the more suitable accommodation. However, when the man's estranged sister challenges the decision, she unleashes a shocking secret which leads the man to start the search for his biological father.
Starring Lee Ingleby, Jo Joyner, Duncan Preston and Keith Barron
3"Value"Noreen KershawAnthony Gannie13 November 2013 (2013-11-13)
A newly qualified English teacher is driven barmy by her group of unruly students - so much that her hair starts to fall out. When she decides to fake having cancer as a way of passing off her baldness, she begins to receive sympathy from pupils and staff alike.
Starring Dominique Jackson, Adam Fogerty, Ramon Tikaram and Anita Dobson
4"Hush Little Baby"Robert GlenisterEsther Wilson14 November 2013 (2013-11-14)
A young girl suddenly becomes mute after discovering her father is having affair, leaving her family puzzled and concerned - but when she comes face to face with her father's mistress, she finds a newfound voice to tell her mother of his infidelity.
Starring Emma Cunniffe, Anthony Flanagan, Becky Hindley and Amy Nuttall
5"Back By Six"Johnny VegasAndy Lynch15 November 2013 (2013-11-15)
A cab driver suspects his ex-wife has found a new lover after informing him she is taking their children on holiday, but after his initial suspicions are quashed, the pair agree to work together for the sake of the children.
Starring Sharon Horgan, Paul Loughran and Craig Kelly

Series 6 (2014)

Episode Title Director Writer Original airdate
1"Madge"Reece DinsdaleShaun Duggan10 November 2014 (2014-11-10)
An active pensioner is forced to lie to her new partner about visiting her ex-husband in jail, after misinforming her friends and family that he died in a car crash some years previously. But when her new beau pops the question, can she continue to keep up the facade?
Starring Hayley Mills, Peter Egan, Lucy Liemann and Kenneth Cranham
2"The Signature"David WhitneyAnthony Gannie11 November 2014 (2014-11-11)
A mother of two does the unholy deed when a customer comes into her shop with a winning lottery ticket - but with the customer unaware of the windfall, she decides to claim the ticket for herself. But is she able to face up to the consequences of her actions?
Starring Lisa Riley and Graeme Hawley
3"Blind"Julia FordSteven Fay12 November 2014 (2014-11-12)
A married housewife finds solace in an old friend, who is blind, after her marriage takes a turn for the worse. However, when he tries to persuade her to leave her husband, she realises that their marriage may be salvageable after all.
Starring Neil Fitzmaurice, Anna Crilly, Chris McCausland, Ciarán Griffiths and Dave Hill
4"The Two Brothers"Gary WilliamsCollette Kane13 November 2014 (2014-11-13)
A down-on-his luck man moves in with his brother after separating from his wife, but when his brother gambles away a debt owed to him, he reports him to the police - which results in his brother losing his job. But can he own up to what he has done?
Starring Wil Johnson, Chucky Venn, Carla Henry, Leah Hackett and Liz May Brice
5"The Beneficiary"Gary WilliamsAndy Lynch14 November 2014 (2014-11-14)
A woman is devastated when her married lover is killed in a car crash, but is forced to hide her pain from her own husband. However, when she is left £50,000 in the dead man's will, she is forced to reveal all about their illicit affair.
Starring Katy Carmichael, Dominic Carter, Mina Anwar and Brian Capron

Series 7 (2016)

Episode Title Director Writer Original airdate
1"Taxi for Linda"Noreen KershawJohanne McAndrew & Elliot Hope22 February 2016 (2016-02-22)
Switchboard operator Frank struggles to contain his feelings for co-worker Linda, but when ex-employee Terry rolls up and sweeps Linda off her feet, Frank's emotional persona changes, until he discovers Terry is having an affair.
Starring Julie Hesmondhalgh, Shane Richie and John Thomson
2"Passengers"Paul McGannNick Leather23 February 2016 (2016-02-23)
A widowed pensioner offers to help out his friendly neighbour by teaching her to drive, but when he believes she is being abused by her partner, he decides to call in Social Services to prevent any further torment.
Starring Eve Myles, Paul Copley and Joe McGann
3"A Picture of Innocence"Julia FordShaun Duggan24 February 2016 (2016-02-24)
A woman discovers lewd photos of her teenage daughter have been posted on the internet, so sets out to track down her less than subtle boyfriend, and shame him publicly for subjecting his girlfriend to online humiliation.
Starring Emma Fryer, Kerry Godliman and Sean Chapman
4"Love?"David WhitneyCollette Kane25 February 2016 (2016-02-25)
A woman who has devoted her life to caring for her alcoholic father, whom everyone believes is dead, is forced to lie to her boyfriend when he proposes to her. But when decides to leave town, will she open up about her double life?
Starring Samuel Anderson and Steve Evets
5"Scratch"Reece DinsdaleArthur Ellison26 February 2016 (2016-02-26)
A man decides to make to make a complaint against a group of noisy builders after his car is damaged, but sets in motion a chain of events which threatens to affect the entire neighbourhood and the residents in it.
Starring William Ash, Neil Bell, Rebecca Callard, Chris Coghill and Bill Fellowes

Series 8 (2016)

Episode Title Director Writer Original airdate
1"Eighteen"Reece DinsdaleVivienne Harvey7 November 2016 (2016-11-07)
Mati Ahmadi is an Afghan immigrant who left Aghanistan when he was six. He lives in Manchester with his foster mother Rosie Maxwell and her son George, who has Down's syndrome. Mati receives a letter on his eighteenth birthday informing him that he is to be deported to his city of origin, Kabul. He goes on the run to avoid being sent back. Immigration officers look for Mati at the house, then George looks for Mati. After Mati finds George, he phones Rosie, who takes George home. Mati stays at her brother's flat. Rosie gets £2,000 from George's father, with which she pays a people smuggler to take him out of the country. Mati phones Rosie, telling her that he is in Berlin.
Starring Rosie Cavaliero, Antonio Aakeel and Chris Gascoyne
2"Empty Nest"Julia FordColette Kane8 November 2016 (2016-11-08)
Working mother-of-two Clare is shocked when her 16-year-old son Matt tells her that he is going on holiday to France with his new girlfriend and her parents. To prevent him from going, she throws his passport in a skip that a neighbour hired and pretends it has been lost. She unsuccessfully tries to find the passport at the tip. She goes home and tell him what she has done. He is angry with her. He is issued with a new passport and goes to France.
Starring Katy Cavanagh and Andrew Tiernan
3"Zero"Paul McGannShaun Duggan10 November 2016 (2016-11-10)
Nathan is 20 is poor and unhappy. He is working two part-time, low-paid, menial jobs - in a café and a restaurant. He recently moved back in with his father Les and Les' partner Dawn. Nathan has been in a relationship for over a year with Lucy, who lives with her parents. Nathan wants himself and Lucy to get a place of their own. He is delighted when he is accepted for a position making car seats at a car factory, Taylor Gibbon - and quits his part-time jobs. He wrongly assumes his new job is a regular full-time position. He soon discovers that it is a zero-hour contract. The hours and pay vary a lot, and he is sometimes called in at short notice. His boss Roy talks down to his staff and tells them that there is a high turnover of staff and that staff who do not work hard and have good attendance are sacked. A colleague is sacked for being ill, and Nathan is sacked for turning down a shift.
Starring Aron Julius, Charles Dale, Louis Emerick and Emma Lau
This episode was originally scheduled to be broadcast on Wednesday 9 November 2016, however it was postponed by the BBC due to the coverage of the 2016 United States presidential election.
4"Our House"Noreen KershawEsther Wilson11 November 2016 (2016-11-11)
A geriatric nurse who has recently purchased a run-down house with money that she inherited from her mother decides to hire in a builder recommended by one of her work colleagues. He says that he will do the job much cheaper than any other builder, by using dishonest methods. He disappears with £2,500 of hers without doing the work, which makes her feel humiliated and foolish. She eventually finds him and confronts him, but he refuses to talk to her, do the work or reimburse her. She hires a good, more expensive builder.
Starring Lorraine Cheshire, David Crellin and Andrew Dunn
5"Burden"David WhitneyAnthony Gannie14 November 2016 (2016-11-14)
Liam wants to go back to his wife Debra, 15-year-old daughter Jess and younger sons Elliott and Luke. Debra kicked him out because he had sex with another woman. He has a new girlfriend, Anna, but would much rather go back to his family. He sees his sons regularly, but Jess resents him. He gives Jess a bottle of wine, which she later drinks on her own and becomes unconscious. She is taken to hospital. Liam admits to Debra that he gave Jess the wine. Debra is angry with him. He leaves Anna.
Starring Warren Brown, Amy Nuttall and Olivia Fearn

Series 9 (2018)

Episode Title Director Writer Original airdate
1"Invisible"Julia FordJodhi May5 February 2018 (2018-02-05)

Rachel, a 45-year-old mother of two, is shocked to discover that the schoolteacher who sexually abused her 33 years previously is still teaching, and sets about trying to find why he chose to abuse her when she was 12. She confronts him and he denies it. His daughter then tells him to stay away from him. Rachel goes to the police station to report her former teacher.

Starring Jodhi May, Sinead Cusack and Simon Rouse
2"Lost"Reece DinsdaleShaun Duggan6 February 2018 (2018-02-06)

When a retired housewife's husband dies, she finds solace in a spiritualist church recommended by her sister. Her son, however, is concerned that she is being taken for a fool and sets about trying to prove it. He goes to the church to show that the 'medium's' claims are vague and in some cases false.

Starring Sue Johnston, Paula Wilcox and Dominic Power
3"Two Fat Ladies"Alex JacobJohanne McAndrew & Elliot Hope7 February 2018 (2018-02-07)

Two middle-aged women who are best friends have been going to bingo together for the past eleven years. They are suddenly torn apart when one of them wins £46,000 and refuses to split it down the middle with the other, as they have done with all of their previous (much smaller) wins. An offer of £6,000 is rejected and each woman's partner sides with her.

Starring Sally Lindsay, Sarah Niles and Shaun Williamson
4"Neighbour"David WhitneyJill O'Halloran8 February 2018 (2018-02-08)

Formerly rich husband and wife Gary and Michelle struggle to adjust to life on the breadline after their business goes bust and they are forced to move to a poor area. However, they soon find help in the form of their friendly next door neighbour, a waitress called Tina. Michelle takes a job waitressing with Tina and the two women become friends.

Starring Lorraine Burroughs, Jason Done and Charlie Brooks
5"The Registrar"Adrian DunbarJimmy McGovern & Megan Ellison9 February 2018 (2018-02-09)

A middle-aged registrar finds little solace in bringing joy to others when her own marriage begins to crumble around her when her husband leaves her for his mistress. However, she soon discovers there is light at the end of the tunnel when a colleague of hers proposes to her and they subsequently marry.

Starring Samantha Bond, Neil Morrissey and Richard Huw

Series 10 (2019)

Episode Title Director Writer Original airdate
1"By Any Other Name"Tracey LarcombeEmma Jowett4 February 2019 (2019-02-04)

Carl is a young single man who is a cleaner at a university and lives with his long-term best friend, Rob. Rob is happy with his life as a barman, but Carl is dissatisfied with his simple existence, his patronising boss Pauline and his friendship with Rob. When a pretty student, Sarah, mistakenly assumes that Carl is a lecturer, Carl pretends that he is. He uses the name Leo Carlton and starts taking the classes of a lecturer who is absent due to having suffered an injury. Carl continues the deception because the role gives him self-esteem and because he and Sarah are attracted to each other. When Pauline sees him teaching a class, Sarah angrily walks out and rejects him for lying. Carl moves house and enrols as a student of classics.

Starring Ben Tavassoli, Dinita Gohill, Shobna Gulati and Adam Thomas
2"Beaten"Reece DinsdaleAdam Simpson5 February 2019 (2019-02-05)

Shaun is an English teacher at a failing secondary school. He is unsuited to his job and stressed because one of his teenage pupils, Connor, has been causing him problems for years. Shaun is accepted in a position as a teacher at a grammar school, pending a reference from Paul, the headmaster of his current school. However, Paul refuses to give him the reference. Unable to cope with his current position, Shaun quits and decides to never work in a school again.

Starring Mark Stobbart, Niamh McGrady, Gary Cargill, Braydon Bent and Mila Dorian-Molyneux
3"Isabelle"Anya CamilleriAndrew Lynch6 February 2019 (2019-02-06)

Karina is a poor single mother who lives with her nine-year-old daughter Isabelle and works in a chip shop. After Isabelle asks about her father, Greg, Karina contacts him. Greg meets Isabelle for the first time ever, and the child frequently visits him, his wife Chrissy and her daughter Janey - who are well-off. Greg takes Karina to court to gain joint custody. He succeeds, but Karina and Isabelle move to Scotland.

Starring Lucy-Jo Hudson, Harry Hepple, Macy Shackleton and Melanie Kilburn
4"A Walk in My Shoes"Noreen KershawEsther Wilson7 February 2019 (2019-02-07)

Carol used to be a homeless drug addict. She volunteers at a homeless shelter, where she is disliked by the staff, who talk down to her. She is offered a paid position there, but declines it and quits due to the hostility they show her.

Starring Rochenda Sandall, Ian Puleston-Davies, Faye McKeever, Tony Mooney and Paul Barber
5"Frozen"Jodhi MayDavid Chidlow8 February 2019 (2019-02-08)

Ali and Rafi are a married couple whose twins Leila and Sam were conceived through IVF. They have another embryo stored at the clinic. Rafi does not want any more children, but Ali does. She has the embryo implanted into her uterus without Rafi's knowledge. When she informs him of her pregnancy, he is angry and accuses her of having been impregnated by another man.

Starring Khalid Abdallah, Liz White, Jude Akuwudike, Martha Cope and Ruth Sheen


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