Drama following two generations of one family. In 1931, Billy tracks down Walter for one final confrontation, while in 2011 Ellie is forced to give up on her baby dream.
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Violet! How far gone are you?
Don't talk to Ellie like that.
She's not my mum.
And what are you going to call yourself this time?
I was thinking Sid.
I'll do your washing once a week, no more and you pay my mum and only her.
Now when I get myself back on my feet I'll get a job
and I'll pay you back a bit every month.
No man screws with Billy Lamb.
-She banged her head.
Talk to Ellie. All she wants to talk about is IVF and my daughter...
The longer we stay here the more dangerous it gets.
Will you sign the house over to me?
I don't want to leave.
-Cos I'm falling in love with you.
-Having a baby's not the end of the world you know.
-But what about Dad?
Who's this? I don't know.
He'd strangle you if he ever found out.
My name is Frank and this is my family home, 32 Brinkburn Street.
It's 1931, the year before I was born,
when the world was a very different place.
This is the story of my family, then and now.
Mrs Walker, what an unexpected pleasure.
Sorry to call so late, just want a quick word with Walter, if that's OK?
No, it's not OK. Walter's in his bed.
I put you over my knee when you were five years old
and don't think I won't do it again.
Now if you want to keep it, move that clodhopper!
Excuse me, didn't realise it was in the way.
Tell Walter I'll catch up with him tomorrow. Night, Mrs W.
Tap's stuck again.
Let me try.
-I must have loosened it.
I'm having hot milk, do you fancy some?
Guess we've both got a lot on our minds, haven't we?
Dad, I was just wondering if you've made your mind up yet,
whether you were going to be able to help us with the IVF money.
..whether it's a yes or a no I just really need to know, Dad.
I'm sorry, Ellie...
This house is your inheritance.
-I just don't understand the rush.
Test tube baby business. It's like you've got tunnel vision.
-What other choice have I got?
-You can slow down.
I'm not saying no, darling.
I'm saying not right now.
-Pinch me, Gracie, pinch me! I must still be dreaming.
-You all right?
-Fine. Just making an early start. Things to do.
-On a Saturday? What things?
-Nothing for you to worry about.
Has this got anything to do with that Billy Lamb?
What was he doing hanging around in the middle of the night?
Will you shut up about Billy Lamb! This has got nothing to do with him.
-Well, really! The nerve of that man!
Have you done something to your hair?
-Thanks for answering me SOS, just needed a friendly ear.
Besides, I thought I might catch a glimpse of Frank in his 'jamas...
I don't think he's going to be in the best of moods this morning.
-Why, what's happened?
-I asked him to sign the house over to me.
-Well it seemed like a good idea at the time, June.
We get the house, Dad stays here.
We remortgage and we use the money for IVF. Problem solved.
-Except Frank said no?
He thinks I've got tunnel vision.
Do you know what? I think he's got a point...
I just wanted a baby.
I just wanted a baby so much.
Anyway. It's fine, actually.
It's fine because...
I know it's not going to happen, so I'm moving on.
Today's a new day and I'm starting it with shifting
all my old baby stuff out of that shed.
Dad was keeping it all in case I ever had a...
No point now is there so.
We're not going to get that money and I cannot wait for the NHS.
Well, in that case here's to getting on with life.
To getting on with life.
What you doing with Mam's dress?
Is it for Violet and her fat tummy?
Now you know what they say about busybodies?
Not enough to do and too much time to think.
He had to go out early. "Things to do," he said.
What's going to happen, Mam? I don't want him finding out about the baby.
I told you, he won't. I've got a plan. Now stop your worrying.
-Sid! Do that thing! Do that thing!
-What thing's that?
Pick me up and rescue me like Mam said you did in the graveyard.
-Do it, please. Do it, please!
Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!
Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!
Oh, Lynne rang.
Oh yeah? Did she leave a message?
No, she said it doesn't matter that she'd see you later.
-Did I just see June nipping into Frank's room?
Is she coming here for breakfast now?
Actually, I asked her around cos I needed someone to talk to.
-Is that another dig at me?
-You haven't been around much recently.
And where were you last night?
-I woke up in the early hours to an empty bed.
-I was talking to Dad.
Please tell me it wasn't about the house.
Is everything I say a waste of breath? I asked you not to.
I specifically asked you not to.
Is every women in my life on a mission to cause me
as much grief as possible?
All right, Nick, calm down.
You don't need to worry about it any more, because he said no.
I'm sorry. Just...
It's not you.
What is it?
Poppy's on the pill.
-It's that Michael. I'm sure he's pressuring her into it.
-You need to go and speak with her.
-Can't you do it?
Are you kidding me? No, I can't.
No, you've got to do this one.
KNOCK AT DOOR
All right, all right, keep your wig on, I'm coming!
-Morning, Walter. Not opening time yet.
-I don't want a drink.
-I want to ask you something.
-What is it?
-What would you give me for that?
-Nice bit of jewellery you got there.
-It's all real.
Take it to Billy Lamb's place. He'll give you a good price for it.
-I can't go there.
-You've not done anything unwise, have you, Walter?
-Are you going to give me summat for the brooch or not?
But if you're in trouble with Billy Lamb, I don't want to be involved.
Thanks for nothing.
Oh, I'm sorry, I thought you were out.
I'll change the sheets later.
I never really said thank you for Nora. Not properly. I...
I hate to think what happened if you hadn't have found her.
She could... She nearly died.
It was nothing.
All I'm asking for is painkillers with a bit more clout.
The ones I'm taking at the moment don't seem to be working properly any more.
Frank, I don't think the painkillers are the problem.
Increasing the dosage might not be our best course.
You wouldn't be saying that if you had to live with the pain I have.
Luckily for you you're on my route home,
so I'll drop something off on the way.
-Not everybody gets this VIP treatment.
MOBILE PHONE RINGS
I'm so sorry I haven't called. No, I'm fine, everything's fine.
Yeah, he's good, he's really looking after me.
Oh, of course he wants to see you. He wants to meet all of my family.
I don't know when.
I told you. He's a doctor.
Mommy, he treats me like a princess,
so please stop worrying about me, I'm happy.
Bye, Mommy. Love you
I'd do it myself but I don't trust my knees.
Can't bear an untidy grave.
You can tell which marriages were a sham by the weeds.
You know I was just trying to help. With Violet, I mean.
I thought getting rid as quickly as possible was the best thing to do.
How could taking Violet there, to that woman be the best thing to do?
Why didn't you talk to me the minute you knew?
You had enough trouble on your plate without me piling more on.
Living with Walter. Like having another child
and a wayward one at that.
All that gambling
and Lord knows what he's up to with that Billy Lamb.
-Don't blame this on Walter, Mam.
-I'm just saying.
I just wish you'd could have been as lucky as I was with my Harold.
Your Walter's a fool for not cherishing you.
You deserve so much better than you get.
Ha! Ha! Joy!
I tried to call you. I missed you. We haven't spoken in days.
-Oh, it's... I've been busy.
-Well, dinner later?
Tonight's not good, I'm afraid. I've got family stuff.
Tomorrow we could have a picnic or something.
Yeah, tomorrow's not, not good either. Look, I'll call you, OK?
-Did you mean any of it?
-That you didn't want me to go back home.
That you'd visit me at Christmas.
That you loved me.
You know I did.
Well, you have a funny way of showing it.
Things are complicated, Joy, you know this.
I mean, look at it from my point of view. I thought you were leaving.
-You thought you were getting rid of me.
-That's not fair.
No, I tell you what's not fair?
I stayed because I thought we had something special.
-It turns out all we had is your mid-life crisis.
You're married. You're cheating. Sleeping with a younger woman.
-You had your fun too.
-It was more than just fun, David.
More fool me for believing your lies.
-'Dr Mitchell, your next patient's here.
'Shall I send him in?'
-Saved by the bell.
-I'll call you, OK?
MOBILE PHONE RINGS
-'Poppy, is Poppy there?'
-No. This is her dad...
I think you and I should have a little chat, don't you think?
-No. I talk, you listen. Stay away from my daughter, OK?
I don't want you to call her, text her, e-mail her.
Don't even try to contact her using the power of telepathy.
-Is that clear?
My missus ain't gonna be pleased.
-Here we go.
-About time. I'm spitting feathers here.
-I was a bit held up with work stuff.
-Has anyone seen my phone?
-Mikey was gonna call.
-There you go. You left it inside.
-Shall I get it.
-No, it'll be for me.
-The doc said he might call round.
-Let me give you a hand.
-You all right?
-Yes, smashing, thank you.
-I'm so sorry.
Call me perceptive, but I'm guessing you're not here
because you're missing plumping up my cushions.
I'm sorry, Frank. I didn't know where else to go.
Ah, you can talk to me...
-I've split up from my boyfriend.
-Clearly the man's an idiot.
There was only one idiot in our relationship
and it was most definitely me.
He was married. I shouldn't have gotten involved.
Well, my mum used to say that every woman
should love at least one bad man
so that you'll know the difference when a good man comes along.
You'll find somebody else.
I don't want to meet someone else.
I just want to go home.
-Do you think Dad's up there watching us?
He always loved Violet. He'd be heartbroken to see what a mess she was in now.
After the smoke had cleared, he'd have been all right.
Your Violet's not the first girl to get herself into trouble
and she won't be the last.
I've told Violet I know a way through this. I don't.
Don't have a first clue.
Lucky I've been doing some thinking then, in't it?
-Do you remember Mrs Barrett?
-Of course you do.
Her husband was gassed in the war, killed himself when he came home.
-And then she moved to Blackpool?
With her husband dead in January, giving birth in December
might have been a bit of a giveaway...
She runs a boarding house now, a respectable widow with a teenage daughter.
I thought we could ask her to take Violet in before she starts to show.
She could have the baby there.
You want me to pack her off to a woman I hardly know?
Only until after the adoption.
-What if she doesn't want to have it adopted?
-What other choice is there?
-And what would we tell Walter?
-Anything but the truth.
We'll think of something.
The main thing is, Violet'll be safe. That's what you want, in't it?
I am trying to make amends here, Gracie love.
I know you are, Mam. Thanks.
Now I'd like a few moments alone with your Dad, if you don't mind?
May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.
Come to Liverpool with me.
This time tomorrow we'll be safely on the Atlantic bound for America.
-I'll follow you later.
-You can't stay here. You'll be a dead man.
Oh, let me get this straight, you're going to sit around here
waiting to get killed because of that woman.
Nobody's going to get killed.
We are if we stay here, that's for sure.
Do I need to remind you that James Duffy has only two interests?
One is torture and the other is murder.
She must be one special woman.
You're my oldest pal but I've go to go. You're a lost cause, boy.
You're a lost cause.
What if he's been run over?
-Worrying never solved anything.
-But he texts me all the time.
He sent me 147 messages yesterday.
Whatever happened to good old fashioned conversation, eh?
Yeah, we do talk, but he promised he'd ring me later on.
Teenage boys, just short attention span.
-He's not worth fretting about, if you ask me.
-No-one asked you.
MOBILE PHONE RINGS
I thought you were dead!
He said what!
-You've got to be kidding me! Hang on a sec.
Sooner rather than later. Do you hear me now, Francis?
Francis, Sid, I'll never get used to that name
and no getting in the way of a bullet right.
Same as yourself here.
Don't want to be seeing any blood on that nice jacket.
-See you soon, yeah?
Come for a drink with me?
Not in the pub, too many eyes. We could go for a walk, though?
KNOCK ON DOOR
Poppy, I just want to talk to you. I did it for you.
I was just trying to protect you.
Protect me? How does that work?
Were you trying to protect me when you were drunk on the kitchen floor?
I was absolutely terrified, I was terrified.
I used to think you were dead. You know what, now I wish you were dead!
You were a total jerk when you were drunk.
At least you're not the hypocrite now you're sober.
All this stuff this morning about pretending to care. You ruined my childhood
and now you're trying to ruin the rest of my life.
Thanks a lot, Dad.
Back again, Walter? Stopping for a drink?
-Aye, stout please.
-Billy was in earlier.
Steady on, Walter. Have a drink, settle your nerves.
Billy said he had to go away for a bit.
Aye, said he had business to take care of there.
Lovely head on this!
HE WHISTLES A TUNE
Billy, I thought you were in Oldham?
Jack's got a face you can trust. Makes him a good liar.
He'd rat on his mother for five bob.
Besides. Business to attend to here first.
You're a slippery eel to catch, Walter.
Still, I've bagged you now.
I can't believe I let you kiss me.
I can't believe it didn't happen sooner.
Yeah. That's my name, my real name.
Most people call me Frank.
Listen, there's things I need to tell you, Gracie.
Like why your friend was leaving?
He sails for America on tonight's ship.
-I should really be going with him.
-What have you two done?
-He talked about you being killed.
-I'm a wanted man, Gracie.
We grew up fighting against the British.
My Dad and my uncles fought in the Easter risings
so I believe in a cause.
You can't speak your mind in Ireland without making enemies.
Me and my friend Patrick got tipped off that our names
were on a death list.
We managed to get out of the country but the men that's after us
know that we're here now.
Like I said, I'm really sorry. I don't know what happened.
I tried to blow the whistle, really I did,
but it wouldn't make a noise.
Maybe the pea had fallen out.
-And then our Nora had an accident.
-Oh dear, "My whistle was broken!"
Is that the best you can come up with?
You're going to have to try harder than that, Walter.
I don't like mess and you left me up to my throat in it.
Do you think I enjoy running away from police?
I'm no good at the things you want me to do.
Do you think business and free will mix?
I've news for you.
You work for me.
From now on if I tell you to walk on all fours
I want you down there yelping before I've finished me sentence.
-Billy, Billy please. I'll sort it.
-It's too late for that.
-Thoughts won't pay this one off, Walter.
Your debt's gone up and I've decided what I want.
Get on tonight's boat.
You wouldn't be on it.
"I owe you one terraced house."
-I've told you, though, it doesn't belong to me.
-But it will one day.
Now, what else is up for grabs?
-You've got the house, what more do you want?
She's a fine looking girl, your Violet.
Maybe I'll wait here for when she comes back.
And that belter of a wife of yours.
How did you manage to bag her, Walter? She's a fine-looking woman.
Bet she wouldn't say no to being with a real man for a change, eh?
I can see her now, letting her hair down.
I can always spot a wild one.
You're gonna pay for that.
I should feel guilty.
I feel alive.
You should come to America with me.
I've got children. And Violet's pregnant.
-Then you should all come with me?
-Don't be daft.
I've never been more serious in my life.
I can sail out first, get myself set up and then you can all follow me.
-How can we afford all that?
-I'll pay for it. I'm kinda resourceful.
It'd be a different life, Gracie, but it'll be a better life.
Hey. At least tell me you'll think about it.
-It scares me that there's people after you.
-I'm a lucky kinda fella.
-I'll think about it.
KNOCK ON DOOR
Don't worry I'll get it I'm on my way out.
About this morning. You're not going to do anything hasty, are you?
Like what, tell your wife?
Don't over-react, Joy.
This is painful for the both of us.
Don't touch me.
How did you expect her to react?
Come on, that wasn't exactly textbook parenting.
Oh, and you'd know I suppose.
I can't talk now. I've got a meeting.
Oh, go on, escape to your meeting.
Go and bare your soul in front of strangers. It's funny how...
What's this? I'm asking for stronger painkillers not a leaflet.
Yeah, well we've reached a point where increasing the dosage would be
The bone degradation is accelerating.
What you need to consider now isn't stronger medication
but the nursing home that I told you about. That's the leaflet.
You'd still be close to your family
and you'd get the 24-hour care that you're going to need.
Oh. You on commission?
I don't want to go into an old folk's home. I've got a carer now.
-Yes, Joy. She's lovely.
Yeah. Yeah, she did a placement at the surgery.
I'll ignore whatever that was meant to infer.
Do as you like.
All I'm saying is that Joy is a decent and kind young woman.
Qualities that an unscrupulous so-and-so might take advantage of.
I assume that you are aware that she is in the country illegally?
If the authorities were to find out,
it wouldn't just be her that would be in trouble.
-Dr Mitchell. Do you still swear the Hippocratic oath?
Whatever happened to "do no harm"?
-What you doing?
-The rug's wet.
I got boot polish on it, had to scrub it off.
Not like you to save me a job.
Well, I've not been bringing much in recently,
least I can do is help you a round the house.
I feel really... Silly.
I'm... I should never have tried to kiss you, I'm sorry.
I'm such an idiot. I don't know what came over me.
Not your finest moment.
Look, don't take this the wrong way, Nick,
but you need to look for a different sponsor.
-What? I try to kiss you and now you're trying to get rid of me?
I'm suggesting you look at what's really going on with you.
-What is it you're avoiding feeling, Nick?
-Great. Have you got a pen?
I'll just add this to my long list of screw-ups.
"Poor me, poor me, pour me another drink?"
Feeling sorry for ourselves, Nick - it's the alcoholic curse.
Do you know what? Maybe you're right.
I should look for a new meeting, another home group, another life.
-Maybe I should move on altogether. What do you think?
Is it? Honestly, I'm no good to anybody here?
What's the point of staying around?
This'll see us through till morning.
-I'm going to miss your cooking.
Mam, I don't want Sid to go!
Nora, eat your food.
-Walter, you not hungry?
-Might have something later.
Oh, I heard a shocking thing this morning.
-Awful enough to put you off your food...
-What was it, Nana?
-Police found a dead body in the canal.
-A dead body?
-Mam, we're eating.
-Well, I'm just saying.
-Terrible, young man like that.
-Irish, like you.
The police said when they dragged him out he was wearing a lovely suit.
-Murdered, stabbed in the back. Terrible business.
Had me down as an idiot, didn't you?
Just cos a man works every hour God sends for pennies
and then loses them in seconds.
I was the best footballer in the school,
would have had a trial for City if my Dad hadn't stopped me playing.
Gave me a choice -
warehouse or the mill.
Chose the warehouse.
Suppose some good came of it.
You should never have threatened her, Billy.
She's the only good choice I've ever made.
She improves this world just by being in it.
I'd be lost without her.
What am I going to do with you, eh?
What am I going to do, Billy?
There was someone following me, but I managed to get rid of them.
The same people that killed your friend?
-I know it's hard for you love, but...
-You think it's my fault.
-I never said that.
-That Billy Lamb's place hasn't been open for a while.
-I'm not friends with that man.
-Three whole weeks with out you. I don't know how I'm going to cope.
Maybe it's time you saw your family again.
I told you, it's not that easy, Frank.
Because you're not supposed to be here in the first place?
-You in. You disappear now.
-No, just stay there.
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2011: Ellie pushes Frank for an answer to her request for IVF money, and doesn't like what she hears from her dad, who tells her to slow down. Believing her baby dream is over, Ellie gives up on it once and for all.
Frank's pain worsens, and he calls David for stronger painkillers. David tells him that he needs a lot more than pain relief. David then plummets further down in Frank's estimation as he tells Frank the truth about Joy's visa.
Taking matters into his own hands, Nick goes behind Poppy's back and tells Michael to stay away from her. His day goes from bad to worse when Lynne, worried about Nick's lunge at her, tells him he needs to find another sponsor. Then Poppy, after finding out about her dad's ill-advised words of warning to Michael, runs away from home.
1931: Furious with Walter for leaving him in the lurch, Billy tries to hunt him down - but Walter is proving a good hider and manages to avoid his hunter. His luck doesn't hold out, however, and Billy finally manages to track Walter down, making him promise him the house to pay off his mounting debts. Finally showing some backbone, Walter snaps, killing Billy and hiding his body in the coal cellar. Drunk, he panics about how he's going to keep it a secret.
Meanwhile, Nora hero-worships Sid for saving her life, and she's not the only one who thinks Sid is a bit special, with Gracie taking their relationship to the next level as the couple succumb to their mutual love. Sid reveals his true name, Frank, and asks Gracie and the kids to come to America with him. Gracie says yes.
Elsewhere, Elizabeth and Gracie reconcile, and Elizabeth comes up with a plan to help pregnant Violet; and there is sad news for Sid as he hears that Patrick has been murdered by someone from their past.