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Series 2 - Episode 5
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Alison is still struggling to deal with Paul’s anger and detachment, both of which came out of nowhere after he confessed he almost kissed waitress Sophie.
She’s puzzled about why her husband has suddenly become so unhappy, but maybe the answer lies in their autistic son Joe. After doctor Nicola makes a film of Joe to show to her colleagues, Paul (Lee Ingleby, who’s excellent) becomes angry and defensive. Possibly on behalf of his son, but almost certainly on behalf of himself.
It’s such a moving episode, as Paul’s honesty, what he really feels about Joe’s autism, is powerful. Alison (Morven Christie) feels alone and sad, and a little bit lost.
Paul's feelings about Joe's autism emerge when Nicola makes a film of his son's behaviours - causing Paul and Alison to confront some difficult truths. Meanwhile, Maurice makes a shocking proposal.
Cast & Crew
Emelia Rae Levy
Full Episode Guide
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