Episode 2 Apple Tree Yard


Episode 2

Psychological thriller. A devastated Yvonne confides in a former lover and is plunged from one nightmare into another.


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The more we learn about DNA,

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the more avenues there are for gene therapy.

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-You were very articulate in there, Professor.

-Oh, good.

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I've never done anything like that before.

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You're married.

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So am I.

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'Dear X, the only person I can talk to about you is you.'

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-Is everything OK? No, it's not that girl, is it?

-Rosa?

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-If you're sleeping with her, you can tell me, you know.

-I'm not.

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You're beautiful.

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What are we doing?

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Remind me what it is you do again?

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Well, you know, civil service.

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Life's mysterious, which is a good thing.

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Hey.

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It's a dummy camera.

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-It's easy to tell the difference if you know what to look for.

-Oh, my God.

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I just left my stuff in my office, won't take me a sec.

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No, come on, George, don't be silly...

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Get off me!

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'Fear - that's what makes animals of us all.'

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This programme contains some strong language

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and scenes which some viewers may find upsetting from the start

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Home time.

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'Dear X...

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'..you made me feel special.

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'But I'm not special.

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'I know what I am now...

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'..nothing...

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'..no-one.

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'It turns out that all it really takes for your life and

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'everything you thought about yourself to change for ever

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'isn't love or passion.

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'All it takes is one good, hard slap.'

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PHONE RINGS

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'Hello?

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'Are you playing it cool?

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'Yvonne? Hello?

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'Is everything OK?'

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No.

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BIG BEN CHIMES

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-Hi.

-Hey.

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Oh, Jesus.

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Did you know him?

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Who was he?

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George Selway.

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He was at the party.

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He works at the university and we do...

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external exams, you know, panels together.

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I've known him for about two years.

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He couldn't have seemed more harmless.

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You... You haven't got any marks on...? On your face or...?

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He used the flat of his hand.

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Like he knew what he was doing.

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Have you got bruises anywhere else?

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I've got...

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I've got finger bruises on my thighs from when he...

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And I've got internal bruising.

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And an anal tear.

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I didn't fight back.

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Listen, do you want me to get some people to take a statement from you?

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No, a team that's used... Used to handling this sort of thing?

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I can't make a statement, you know I can't.

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If they take a swab...

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..you.

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Your semen will be on it.

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Jesus.

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Your semen will be on it as well as his.

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You could... You could leave it for a bit.

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They don't necessarily need forensic evidence to bring a prosecution.

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It's OK.

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I don't want you to.

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I just needed to see you.

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What about your husband?

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Are you going to tell him?

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-No.

-Won't it be obvious there's something wrong though?

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I'll just be I'll. I'll...

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I'll be ill for a few days.

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Well, you're not hot.

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It comes and goes.

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Took a paracetamol.

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Hmm.

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How was Sunderland?

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Windy.

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You don't have to exile yourself in here, you know.

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I might be up in the night - you never get back to sleep.

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Poor old thing.

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Are you sure it's not just the hangover from hell?

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Less of the "old".

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I'll bring you a cuppa.

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FOOTSTEPS AND DOOR SLAMS

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DOOR SLAMS

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FOOTSTEPS

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Hey!

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Anyone in?

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Adam?!

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Hi, Mum.

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What are you doing in my room?

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Are you sure you don't want some toast or something?

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I'm good, thanks.

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It's OK, then?

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Just for a bit?

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Adam, love, this is your home.

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You can stay as long as you like.

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It's just a couple of days,

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just to sort some stuff out.

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Stuff to do with your music, or...?

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Maybe I will make myself some toast.

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You've reached Doctor Carmichael's phone.

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I'm out of the office.

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For urgent enquiries, please contact my assistant, Rupa Patel,

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on extension 223.

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Thanks, bye.

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DOOR SLAMS

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GRUNTING

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The twisted little fuck.

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You did the right thing.

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Just cut off communication.

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But log it somewhere, yeah?

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Any attempt to contact you, just log it,

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-just in case.

-In case of what?

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Just in case.

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He knows about us.

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How?

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Don't know.

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Maybe he saw me with a phone.

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It's as though he smelled it on me...

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..the sex.

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Apple Tree Yard.

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Did you tell him anything about me?

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Did you mention my name?

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No, of course not.

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He doesn't know who you are, just that you exist.

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We were talking, and I was quite pissed.

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God, why was I so pissed?

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Look, hey, listen.

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None of this is your fault -

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none of it.

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What did he say?

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I was talking about Gary and...

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He said, "Is that why you're fucking someone else?"

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-And that's when he...

-It's OK.

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Yvonne...

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..it's going to be OK.

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It will.

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I'm sorry.

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You didn't sign up for this.

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I signed up for you.

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My signature dish.

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Microwaved to perfection, if I may say.

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I did try.

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Oh, if you're not hungry, you're not hungry.

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It's...

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It's girl trouble.

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He's talked to you?

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Oh, a tiny bit. Just that really.

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There's this girl.

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It's not...whatshername, from the halfway house? Ellie?

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No, I don't think so.

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Von, don't go rushing in.

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Oh, for God's sake, you think I don't know by now?

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I've barely asked him a question.

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I know it's hard.

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Hard, yeah.

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Why don't you go back to bed, hmm?

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You look like you're at death's door.

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Yeah.

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PHONE VIBRATES

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PHONE VIBRATES

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Hi.

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Listen, I've thought of something.

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I've got someone that you can talk to about what happened -

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an expert.

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I'm not sure I want to talk to anyone.

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You wouldn't have to go to a police station.

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It might just give you a clearer idea of your options.

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OK?

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Kevin should be able to advise you on reporting an incident like this.

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We went up to his office to get his stuff.

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We were both quite drunk by that stage.

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And he tried to kiss me.

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I wasn't really taking it seriously.

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And he hit me...

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..across the face, really hard.

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That's all it took.

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And then...

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SHE SIGHS

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It just seemed to go on for a very long time.

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I was too scared to move.

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Did he...speak at all?

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There were a few...instructions.

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He said at one point...

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He said, "Give me your mouth."

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That's a terrible thing you've been through. I... I am so sorry.

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Now, I'm just going to talk you through the process of

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reporting the rape, yeah?

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But I can give you contact details

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for counsellors trained to help women

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in a situation such as yourself.

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No, I don't think that that...

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Oh, well...

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Thank you.

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Unfortunately, look, I'm not going to sugar-coat it, Dr Carmichael.

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Being drunk will be a gift for the defence.

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You spent the evening with this man.

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At a party.

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But you see where I'm going.

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They'll try and frame it as a date rape type situation.

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The first thing this bloke's solicitor will do, if he's charged,

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is try to get anything he can on you.

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Any... Anything you've told his client.

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Any skeletons in the closet, as it were.

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I see.

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And they'll look at everything -

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internet history, family, friends, colleagues -

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anything they can get on your sexual history

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that suggests you like it rough.

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Any sex tapes or photos.

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Well, there aren't any and I don't.

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Will they go after my husband?

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They will definitely want to know about the state of your marriage, yeah.

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Did you tell your husband straightaway after the attack?

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I... I couldn't. N-no.

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What about mental illness?

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Depression, anything like that?

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Would that come up in court if I press charges?

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If they're trying to discredit me?

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Is there anything like that?

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When I was eight, my mum committed suicide.

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She had...

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depression.

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Well, probably exacerbated by post-natal depression.

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She never really recovered.

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SHE SIGHS And my son...

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When he was 17, my son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

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Adam can't be part of this - he's fragile.

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It's very unlikely your son's illness would be seen as relevant.

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But once you've brought a complaint,

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it's not up to you to decide what's used in court and what isn't.

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Now, obviously, I can't tell you what to do.

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But what I would say is, if you do decide to go ahead,

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you need to report the attack to the police - today.

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Otherwise, things that make this really very tricky to prove -

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not going to the police, not telling your husband, no forensic evidence -

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they could become...overwhelming.

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I was the first person to qualify the Wedekind experiment.

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I'm... I'm sorry, I've no idea what that means.

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When I started protein sequencing,

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we were pioneers.

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There were no computers

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and my team named genes as they were discovered,

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and those are names that are going to be used for as long as science exists.

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But if I...

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If I take this to court...

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God, it's a big if, isn't it?

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Because it seems like it's all going to come out,

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what we've been up to.

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-Well, we... We've been really careful, you know.

-Yeah.

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Yeah, dummy camera.

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So, OK, it goes to court and...

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..the first thing anyone's going to know about me is that I was...

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That George Selway attacked me.

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Even if he goes to prison, that's who I am now - victim.

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The world can be such a shitty place.

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I thought you thought life's a boon.

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Yeah.

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It can be.

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I'm sorry about your son.

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Must have been really hard.

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I'm really sorry, but I...

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I don't think I can ever imagine having sex again.

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-I, I wasn't...

-No, no, I know. I know, but...

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Perhaps the reason for this wasn't it.

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What's the point?

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You've got your wife.

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I've got Gary.

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And now this.

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It's impossible.

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No such word.

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You were the first person to qualify the...

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The Wedekind experiment.

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I'm not sure that we should be in touch again.

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I think it's wrong for both of us.

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I'm really sorry.

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Dear X,

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whatever it was between us, it was never meant to bear much reality.

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That was the point, wasn't it?

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No real life.

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No feelings, no mess.

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But a steam might have helped, you know?

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Have you been to the doctor?

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There's no point, is there, for a virus?

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Oh, yeah.

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Yeah, it'll just be a couple of weeks.

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Anyway, you and Chris.

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How come we always talk about me and we never talk about you?

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OK, it was the sex.

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It was great in the beginning.

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Well, no, it wasn't.

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It wasn't the best ever, but it showed promise.

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And then I realised it was like a script...

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like porn.

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Like rough stuff.

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Anyway, it wasn't making me feel good about myself, so...

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Plus, I spotted a pair of Crocs in his wardrobe

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and I realised that I had to split up with him before the summer.

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Oh, Sooz!

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SHE SIGHS

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You'd think I'd have learned my lesson after Jay.

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Me and men...

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Hey.

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You're fantastic.

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There are some truly awful men out there.

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I know, I've dated most of them!

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No, really monstrous.

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SHE SIGHS

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Anyway...

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-Is he treating you all right?

-Mmm.

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Oh, babe.

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I'm sorry, I'm...

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..miserable.

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Hey.

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Fuck him.

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Fuck him...and his Crocs.

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His fucking Crocs!

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Hey. Nice evening?

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Yeah.

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You still look wobbly, love.

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Are you sure you're feeling well enough to go back to work?

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Can't stay away forever.

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I'm going up.

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What?

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Mum.

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Carrie says even smelling coffee at the moment makes her want to puke.

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Hope the baby's OK.

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Everything seems fine so far.

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Most pregnancies are problem-free, especially at Carrie's age.

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Ah, the voice of reason.

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It's the closest I'll come, I suppose, to babies - being an uncle.

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You don't know that. There's plenty of time.

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Insight into my condition.

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All the shrinks say I'm good on that, don't they?

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It'd be a very bad idea for me to pass on my genes.

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There's no evidence that it's genetic.

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Anyway, it doesn't matter.

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There's no danger of me passing on my genes - no-one wants them.

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Dad says there's a girl you're interested in.

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She's...so lovely, Mum.

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Kind and funny.

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She can even sing...

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..like an angel.

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How stupid was I to ever think she'd want to hook up

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with a fuck-up like me?

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There'll be someone for you.

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You don't know that!

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It's very easy for us to tell ourselves stories about people,

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that they're perfect...

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..but no-one is.

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Not even you?

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You've never talked about your work -

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Official Secrets Act and all that -

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but you've always encouraged me to talk about mine.

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Enjoying the pleasure I take in it, I think.

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Work's always been my refuge.

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There are no more refuges for me.

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No places of safety.

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Bracing yourself for Marcia's killer martinis?

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Two parts vodka, one part antifreeze.

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It's nothing to do with football.

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It's what these boys think they can get away with.

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You're not gluten-free, I hope?

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It looks like rice - it's orzo. Pasta.

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I mean, oral sex - that's what I don't get.

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How can you force someone to give you a blowjob?

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I mean, wouldn't you just bite it off?

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It's bad enough men peddling crap like that

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without women making it worse.

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I'm just saying.

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Logistically, I'm surprised it doesn't happen.

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They're terrified.

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This girl wasn't. She went back to his hotel room.

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I mean, what was she expecting?

0:32:530:32:54

I don't know. Maybe that he'd show some consideration?

0:32:540:32:57

She'd be allowed to change her mind?

0:32:570:32:59

Maybe she did say yes to sex,

0:32:590:33:01

but she didn't mean yes to him assaulting her in every orifice,

0:33:010:33:05

roughing her up while he did it,

0:33:050:33:06

and his mates filming it on their phones.

0:33:060:33:08

If these girls are going to get so blind drunk they can't think straight, inevitably...

0:33:080:33:12

Well, maybe you're just too fucking complacent to think straight!

0:33:120:33:14

-BABY CRIES

-Yvonne.

0:33:140:33:18

Er, your baby's really crying.

0:33:180:33:20

I'm sorry. You're lovely

0:33:220:33:25

and your house is lovely, and you give lovely dinner parties,

0:33:250:33:28

and everything in your world is lovely,

0:33:280:33:31

so you don't really have the imagination to see what it's like

0:33:310:33:33

when bad things happen,

0:33:330:33:35

just randomly, great torrents of shit descending on ordinary people.

0:33:350:33:38

So you're looking for who's to blame

0:33:380:33:40

cos that's less scary than facing up to the fact

0:33:400:33:43

that awful things can happen, even to someone as lovely as you,

0:33:430:33:46

really awful things.

0:33:460:33:48

Is this my fault?

0:34:120:34:13

You're...

0:34:170:34:18

You haven't been right for weeks.

0:34:200:34:22

I'm sorry...

0:34:270:34:30

about the business with Rosa.

0:34:300:34:32

It's nonsense.

0:34:350:34:37

No, it's not that.

0:34:370:34:38

Really?

0:34:410:34:43

Well, what, then?

0:34:450:34:47

I'm thinking of leaving the Beaufort.

0:34:530:34:55

Why?

0:34:590:35:00

I'm not enjoying it anymore.

0:35:000:35:02

It's really, really getting me down.

0:35:040:35:06

Since when? You never said.

0:35:060:35:08

I'll make up the money.

0:35:080:35:10

I've got consultancy work coming out of my ears.

0:35:100:35:12

It's not the money.

0:35:120:35:13

There's nowhere like it.

0:35:130:35:15

Is it something specific?

0:35:160:35:18

No, no.

0:35:180:35:20

It's just...

0:35:200:35:21

It's just been building up generally

0:35:240:35:26

and it exploded all over Marcia tonight.

0:35:260:35:29

I'll ring her in the morning to apologise.

0:35:320:35:35

I'm serious, Liz. I told you last week - no leaving do.

0:35:400:35:43

Let's have a drink when the dust has settled. I'll e-mail you some dates.

0:35:430:35:45

-DOORBELL RINGS

-I'll get it!

0:35:450:35:48

DOOR SLAMS I've got to go. All right, bye.

0:35:480:35:50

Secret admirer.

0:35:540:35:56

Mum? Are you OK?

0:36:140:36:16

Mum!

0:36:170:36:19

So, the Beaufort.

0:36:370:36:39

Dad seems a bit confused about you leaving.

0:36:390:36:43

He's talked to you about it?

0:36:430:36:44

In his way.

0:36:440:36:46

He said something about your time of life,

0:36:460:36:48

as though resigning was like a symptom of menopause.

0:36:480:36:51

Is it?

0:36:510:36:52

It just doesn't suit me anymore.

0:36:520:36:55

I needed a change of direction.

0:36:550:36:57

You're not going off trekking in Nepal, are you?

0:36:570:36:59

Or start having a wild affair?

0:36:590:37:02

Cos, you know, timing...

0:37:020:37:05

I just really like working from home and your dad's busier than ever,

0:37:050:37:08

so I can afford to take my foot off the pedal a bit.

0:37:080:37:10

Oh, yeah, this conference in Estonia - that's random!

0:37:100:37:14

Mum...

0:37:200:37:22

You're not depressed, are you?

0:37:220:37:25

No. No, of course not.

0:37:260:37:28

Dear X,

0:37:390:37:41

I loved you touching me.

0:37:410:37:44

Everywhere.

0:37:440:37:45

I can't imagine that ever again.

0:37:470:37:49

But I do still want you,

0:37:520:37:54

just you.

0:37:540:37:56

And it's terrible because it keeps me feeling.

0:37:560:37:59

And the only way I can see to get through this is to be numb.

0:38:020:38:06

-ADAM:

-See ya!

0:38:060:38:08

DOOR SLAMS

0:38:080:38:09

I think about you every single day.

0:38:150:38:17

Most minutes of each day, if I'm honest.

0:38:190:38:21

This is what I cling to.

0:38:240:38:26

While you're off saving the free world, you think of me...

0:38:260:38:30

..because you saw me,

0:38:310:38:33

I really think you did...

0:38:330:38:35

and I saw you,

0:38:360:38:38

and that's a rare thing between two human beings.

0:38:380:38:41

PHONE CHIMES

0:39:340:39:35

I'm off, Von!

0:41:020:41:03

Well, knock 'em dead.

0:41:090:41:11

Hello, Estonia!

0:41:130:41:14

Gary!

0:41:300:41:32

FOOTSTEPS

0:41:320:41:33

I thought he was leaving at the end of the month.

0:41:350:41:38

Oh, he's had a good run. He stayed longer than we thought.

0:41:380:41:40

Yeah, but not to say anything.

0:41:400:41:44

He mentioned to me last night he was thinking of heading back.

0:41:440:41:46

I presumed he meant at the end of the week.

0:41:460:41:49

What did I do?

0:41:490:41:50

Why does he find it so easy to talk to you

0:41:520:41:55

and bloody impossible to talk to me?

0:41:550:41:57

Hey, Adam loves you to bits, you know he does.

0:41:570:42:00

There's a thin line and all that.

0:42:010:42:04

CAR HORN HONKS

0:42:040:42:05

I have to go to the airport.

0:42:050:42:08

I hope it's fun.

0:42:080:42:09

"Fun"!

0:42:090:42:11

SMASHING

0:43:200:43:22

-Hi.

-Oh, um...

0:44:350:44:38

I didn't think you were going to pick up.

0:44:380:44:39

I was just going to leave a message.

0:44:390:44:41

Has something happened? Are you all right?

0:44:410:44:44

SOBBING: It's George Selway -

0:44:440:44:45

he won't leave me alone.

0:44:450:44:48

He must have followed me to the hairdressers

0:44:480:44:50

and he just turned up in the shop near my house.

0:44:500:44:53

Wait, hang on - are you saying he's stalking you now?

0:44:530:44:56

I don't know, but...

0:44:560:44:58

He's been texting me and...

0:44:580:45:01

A few weeks ago, he sent me flowers.

0:45:010:45:03

I'm really sorry, I'm just blithering.

0:45:030:45:05

-I'm really, really scared.

-No, of course.

0:45:070:45:10

Look, all right. Look, I'm going to give you an address

0:45:100:45:12

and I need you to listen very carefully.

0:45:120:45:14

I don't have a pen. I haven't got a pen.

0:45:140:45:16

No, d-don't write it down, you've got a good memory.

0:45:160:45:20

Ready? It's 12 Merthyr Court.

0:45:200:45:22

That's M-E-R-T-H-Y-R, like the place in Wales.

0:45:220:45:27

Chamberland Road.

0:45:270:45:29

SE11.

0:45:290:45:31

Now, repeat that back to me.

0:45:310:45:32

-12 Merthyr Court, Chamberland Road, SE11.

-Good.

0:45:320:45:37

I'll see you there tomorrow, as close to 2pm as I can make it.

0:45:370:45:41

We can talk properly there, all right?

0:45:410:45:44

Look, just don't put it in your phones, not even into maps, OK?

0:45:440:45:48

OK. Thank you.

0:45:480:45:50

Right, and are you going to be all right until then?

0:45:500:45:52

I'm not taking any risks.

0:45:520:45:53

Good. Don't. I'll see you tomorrow.

0:45:530:45:56

I'm really glad you called, Yvonne.

0:45:560:45:58

Say my name again.

0:46:000:46:01

Yvonne.

0:46:020:46:04

We'll see each other tomorrow, all right? We'll be together.

0:46:040:46:08

OK?

0:46:080:46:10

I've got to go.

0:46:100:46:12

It's...

0:47:400:47:42

We're not talking boutique hotel, obviously.

0:47:440:47:47

It's OK.

0:47:470:47:49

It's safe.

0:47:490:47:51

A safe house.

0:47:510:47:53

I know you're not allowed to talk about what you do.

0:47:560:47:59

Do...? Do you want to take your coat off?

0:48:030:48:05

I'm not asleep.

0:49:280:49:29

But my arm is.

0:49:310:49:33

So what do you want to do?

0:49:450:49:47

About Selway?

0:49:510:49:53

Can't you warn him off for me?

0:49:550:49:58

Nothing would give me greater pleasure.

0:49:580:50:00

Well, almost nothing.

0:50:020:50:04

Don't tell me you wouldn't like to put the wind right up

0:50:120:50:15

that pathetic piece of shit.

0:50:150:50:17

Yeah, I would.

0:50:170:50:19

I want him to crap himself with fear.

0:50:200:50:22

I want him to feel...

0:50:250:50:27

..half as terrified as he made he feel.

0:50:290:50:31

I'm not really the one for that job, am I?

0:50:330:50:37

As far as I'm concerned, I...

0:50:370:50:39

I think he thinks he can do whatever he likes.

0:50:400:50:43

So it has to change.

0:50:430:50:45

I suppose you know people.

0:50:470:50:50

Yeah.

0:50:520:50:53

I'd like to see his face.

0:50:550:50:58

Wouldn't you?

0:50:590:51:01

Early?

0:51:320:51:33

Yeah.

0:51:350:51:36

Got stuff to do.

0:51:370:51:38

How was it all? Estonia?

0:51:440:51:45

Von.

0:51:480:51:49

Von.

0:51:490:51:51

Von!

0:51:530:51:54

You should know...

0:52:000:52:01

The thing is, the conference...

0:52:050:52:07

Rosa came with me to the conference.

0:52:070:52:10

So you are sleeping with her.

0:52:170:52:19

I wasn't before. I didn't lie.

0:52:200:52:22

We never have sex.

0:52:280:52:30

So it's my fault?

0:52:330:52:34

I'm not trying to blame you.

0:52:340:52:37

It's an explanation.

0:52:370:52:38

Pretty standard midlife crisis stuff, I'm afraid.

0:52:420:52:45

Sure.

0:52:510:52:52

Yvonne!

0:52:560:52:57

The recycling place gets mobbed on a Saturday,

0:53:000:53:03

so we can talk about it when I get back.

0:53:030:53:05

You don't need me!

0:53:050:53:07

Is that what you think?

0:53:100:53:11

What are you going to say to him?

0:54:460:54:49

I thought I'd freestyle it.

0:54:490:54:51

DOORBELL RINGS

0:55:170:55:19

INTERCOM BUZZES

0:55:240:55:26

SHE GASPS

0:56:110:56:12

Is there any such thing as a point of no return?

0:56:170:56:20

I used to think there wasn't.

0:56:220:56:25

Would the defendant please stand?

0:56:250:56:27

And then I met you.

0:56:270:56:30

Fucking bitch!

0:56:300:56:31

You deserve everything you get!

0:56:330:56:35

Are you happy now you've destroyed our life?

0:56:350:56:38

Oh, you bitch! You evil bitch!

0:56:380:56:41

In the aftermath of what has happened, a devastated Yvonne shuts down. She feels unable to talk to the police or her husband, but as a campaign of terror is mounted against her, she is pushed to her limits and turns to her former lover, Costley, for advice. They meet for one last time and share a passionate afternoon together, before Costley takes control of the situation and Yvonne is plunged from one nightmare into another.