Psychological thriller. Ellen believes she finally has proof that Paula is disturbed, but no-one else sees it her way.
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She thought I was having an affair. Why do you want Kay's phone?
Something might be on it.
You left her in a locked car!
We now have to figure out how to play Social Services.
Where was Paula?
-We were at home all evening.
I never thought you'd meet mine before I met yours.
Where's Caris this evening?
Oh, she's at a sleepover.
They're hiding her.
You go. I'll-I'll stay.
I am just asking you where your daughter is.
This programme contains some strong language
You didn't look at her properly, did you?
Look at her.
Do you think she looks young for ten there?
She was eight when they were taken.
Do you know why I haven't got any pictures of her
the last couple of years?
She died, two years ago.
Hit by a car.
The girl you met, that's my niece.
She doesn't live here, no, but I like having her around.
Is that enough for you?
Why did you lie?
Why should I be forced to have this conversation with you, of all people?
But we're here now, so we're going to have it out.
You dragged me up here, so you're going to say something.
Kay found out.
Yeah, I told her.
And she respected my privacy.
Do you even understand what that means?
Pretending Caris is alive isn't privacy.
Well, do you want to explain to me what you'd do?
You go home now and Lia's gone, what would you do?
Go on - try and imagine it,
so don't you dare tell me how to deal with it.
-Are you OK?
-I'd-I'd like to leave now, please.
Yeah, cos it's not very nice, is it? It's horrible.
Can you let me leave now, please, Paula?
I just told you that my daughter's dead
and you haven't even said sorry.
I am sorry.
No, you're not. You're disturbed.
I'm really sorry for your loss.
What are you going to do?
Well, she needs help, I think we can all agree on that.
If someone's delusional, is that not...
She knows Caris is dead.
She just prefers to pretend that she's alive to the people around her.
That's not a delusion - that's... that's a coping mechanism.
You think she was involved in Kay's death?
OK, let's just put this to bed.
Was she with you the night that it happened?
Do I think she killed someone? No!
So you lied to the police?
I stand by what I said.
OK, I need to put Lia to bed now.
All I ask is...
don't tell everyone.
I am sympathetic.
You have done nothing but argue that it couldn't be Paula
cos she's so nice and she's so normal.
And now it turns out she is in fact a lunatic, now that's off the table.
I wish you wouldn't use words like "lunatic".
I'm just m going to tell the police, let them deal with it.
And when they say that being grief-stricken isn't a crime,
then what? You'll drop it?
But lying to the police about your whereabouts when they're investigating a death is a crime.
If they're fine with that, then, yeah, I will drop it.
You won't tell David?
It's his wife, Ian.
Yeah, that's right. I thought this was about Kay.
And now it's something that you have to do for him?
Did you send the e-mail?
Then there's a good chance she'll never turn up for work again.
There is nothing she could possibly do that would surprise me now.
Careful what you wish for.
She's never late. What did you do to her?
I can't take any more of this.
No, well, neither can I. She's ill.
Is that what you call her?
What she's been doing, you think that's normal?
If I could do the same, I would.
If I could not have to listen to one more fucking platitude
about my loss?
I'm with her 100%. Radio silence?
Perfect sense to me. Let's have some more of it around here.
She said she told Kay!
Do you believe that Kay knew this and didn't tell you?
You think you're being a friend to her.
Yeah, and you!
Do you want to know why she killed herself?
-She thought I was having an affair.
With Paula, I know. She would still never in a million...
With her best friend.
I didn't think that you needed to know that.
I thought it was kinder to keep some things to myself.
Are you happy now?
How could she believe I would do that?
Why didn't she ask me?
She asked me.
And you told her we never did anything and we never would.
What did you tell her?
That's between me and my dead wife.
Did I ever make you believe that I wasn't happy with Ian?
So you're going to keep pushing.
You're going to keep pushing till you've got me on the floor, too.
It's hard enough seeing you.
At least some good's come out of it.
I'd love to go and spend some time with my daughter.
Except I have to go back to them and you get to go home.
The reason that you're suffering so much right now
is that you've never separated yourself from your child.
They're two separate things.
The only reason you can say that
is because you haven't fallen in love with her yet.
A couple of years at home, that's all it needs.
Look, we have both lost people who meant the world,
-but at least you've got someone to live for.
You need to have a think about who should be at the centre of your life.
Not Kay, not me, and not you.
You know, we haven't even spoken about where we're going to put all this.
Well, I thought... you'd take half, I'll take half.
She's gone, Kieran.
Talking's not going to change anything. I'm sorry.
You don't want to leave there.
It's a done deal.
You just walked?
Well, I had to.
I thought you'd be happy.
What about David?
I've done all I can. Probably too much.
Did you know she was looking for a job already?
Ellen. You've just forwarded me a reference request.
Lucy must've done that for me. Send it back to me. I'll do it.
What're you going to say?
I don't know.
Don't short-change her.
We knew her a little through the Association.
It must have been a terrible shock.
It was, yeah, it was.
We heard there was a police investigation. Instigated by you?
I'm calling about a reference you asked for.
We're sending something in writing. I just wanted to fill in some background.
This is the work that won me the contract.
Wasn't the design altered after the business was won?
Not materially, no...
There were changes.
There was a personality clash in my last job.
That's why I left, so if you get any references from Paula Reece
you should source a second opinion.
We'll do that.
-Why don't we start with the Hyatt award?
Are you still friends?
Paula. You used to work together at Jarman McCreadie.
You're thinking of someone else.
You're frightened of her.
I'm sorry to call you again,
but Ellen Rooney just turned up for an interview.
'She's still asking questions about you. I thought you'd want to know.
'I didn't say anything, but I hope that this is the last I hear
'from her and I hope I won't have to call you again.'
-I need to talk to you. I know it's difficult.
-I'm backed up with emergencies.
This is serious.
I can't see you as a patient. I explained that to Kieran.
No, I've-I've got a therapist. This isn't about me.
I'm here as a friend.
If you want to talk about Ellen, talk to your therapist.
I can't help.
Did she tell you why she was sacked?
She told you she resigned, didn't she?
As I said, I can't get into any of this...
I've not wanted to push back, but she has accused me
of all sorts of things that I think she's done herself.
Because that is a classic move, isn't it?
I'm not going to enter into any discussion on this, Paula,
so you may as well wrap it up.
I don't care what you think of me,
but I do care about what happens to that baby.
Neither of you have bonded with her.
Right, OK, that's your lot.
She's David's, isn't she?
Look, just because your wife had an affair,
you don't take it out on the child.
It's not yours.
Instead of complaining she's more excited about the baby than you are,
how about you work up some interest?
How do you feel going out looking for work again?
I think taking a step back's really helped put things into perspective.
And how do you feel about leaving Lia?
I feel a bit judged.
I-I honestly believe it's going to make me a better mother.
And the hostility you were feeling before,
where do you think that's going now Paula's not around?
Sorry, are you a social worker or a psychiatrist?
As you can see, my husband is channelling all my hostility.
I'm actually very chilled.
It wasn't really Paula I was angry at -
it was the way that my life had changed.
You've helped me see that.
It's from him.
You should go.
No, I shouldn't.
Well, he might take you back if you play it right.
I'm not interested.
It's your baby.
It's his baby.
I know you got it. I hand-delivered it.
Yeah, I got it.
Paula's not even going to be there.
Did she die?
The invite is from me.
David, we've all moved on.
Why? Why would I be going?
Do you think it's more painful for you to go back there than it is for me?
That's below the belt.
Go for the networking, if nothing else.
Paula has to be there. It'll look terrible if she's not.
It's up to you.
Right, so basically I'm going to look like an unprofessional shit
whether I go or don't go.
That's how we like it.
Just keep her away from me.
You know, I thought of-of skirting around it, but then I thought,
fuck it, if was the other way round, she'd-she'd own it.
This is not going to define her.
I wish I could be like you.
I'll let you two catch up.
So, you've been doing the rounds.
I hope our references made a difference.
They really swung it.
Did you get some offers?
Any day now.
Is everything going well?
Yeah, yeah, we're expanding. Looking at some new offices.
I'm busy. That's the main thing.
Yeah, me, too.
I'm going to find Ian.
Nice to see you.
Nice to see you, too.
Ah, there's the man responsible.
Hello. Nice to see you.
And you. Oh, you know we've got a baby room in here?
I do know. I put it there.
Where did you land with the underfloor heating?
Paula talked me into it.
She's done a great job.
No, you both have.
-Thanks. Nice to see you, Vernon.
Stay away from her.
I would if she would stay away from me.
She's been spiking all my references.
I don't want to sound like a broken record but just because
you didn't land a job doesn't mean someone's sabotaging you.
She is, though.
I can just about deal with her taking credit for everything
that I've done, but I won't have her blocking everything I'm going to do.
Don't touch me.
I'm not touching you.
Are you all right?
She pushed me.
-Call an ambulance.
-No, no, no, please, I don't want to make a fuss...
Call an ambulance now.
I'll get her.
You have to wait in the car until I'm out.
You're staying here.
It was all I could do to persuade them that I could look after her.
If you come home, they'll take her.
-No, just... You need to stay in the car.
Look, you can still see her, but it has to be supervised.
That's not possible.
You don't believe I did this?
She threw herself down the stairs!
Are you fucking him?
Did you ever?
Why did you leave work?
You may as well tell me cos it's going to come out.
Kay thought that David and I were having an affair, but we weren't.
But you wanted to.
So your best friend was completely deluded about that?
It came from nothing?
Well, she's dead so I can't ask her.
You can ask me.
I've seen you together.
I believe it.
No. No, you don't.
That's why you won't accept that she killed herself.
That's why you've been running around trying to blame someone else.
I'm taking Lia. You're staying here.
We're like a family here. It's very tight.
Some find that claustrophobic, others love it.
So when we say team player, what we really mean is we want to see...
Hi, come in.
She says if you don't take it, she's going to come in.
I'm sorry - I'll be two minutes.
Ellen, you know what'll happen.
When I was afraid Lia might be taken away, you had some leverage.
'But you made a mistake.
'You thought it was you I was afraid of.'
Now it's happened, not only have I got nothing to lose,
I've got no choice.
You have just forced me to dedicate every waking moment to you.
Next time, record it.
Can you see her if I'm there?
Supervised means them present.
All being well, they'll reduce it to family members,
but it'll be his family, not ours.
I don't see how it can be this harsh.
You didn't do anything.
Well, I made false accusations twice on the record.
There's assault with a deadly staircase,
aggravated by the fact I won't admit it.
Can't Ian do anything?
Ian's pressing for no visits.
What does he think you'll do?
What made you withdraw your statement?
Well, she's suffered enough.
But she did push you?
We provoked each other.
I just hope she's getting the help she needs.
Oh. With all the drama, I didn't know when would be the right time
and I was...thinking about what I would have wanted for Caris.
Put it on her ankle, you can get it in a different colour
and the wireless talks to your phone.
In case I forget where I leave her?
Oh, it's not just that, you can monitor her temperature and heart rate.
You don't have to worry again.
And the fee's taken care of for the next two years.
It's really extravagant.
Not for peace of mind.
Whilst Ellen's going through her treatment...
you can never be too careful.
The visits are supervised. She's not going to be left alone.
..if you ever need any help, you know where I am.
See you, Lia.
Say bye? Say bye-bye?
You're not fighting me, you're fighting everyone.
Not one agency is going to support you in this.
Well, I'm fighting for Lia, so the numbers hardly matter.
When you accept that you have a problem and start addressing it,
then we can have a conversation about Lia.
This is the conversation.
We're having it now at 300 an hour so let's just stick to the points.
It's a petition for a paternity test.
You can say no, but...
Well, that's also saying something.
What's happening with you and Kieran?
It's fine - we're still good friends. Nothing's changed.
Did you never want to try again?
We did. We tried everything.
Caris was a miracle.
You can't expect more than one in a lifetime.
Anyway, we're talking about you.
Why can't you and Ellen be friends?
She wants Lia, and she can't.
You must still love her.
Would have been better for her if I hadn't.
I haven't exactly helped, have I?
You do help people. You've helped me.
What do you want, Ellen?
I want Lia.
I can't help you with that.
See, that's still me.
I haven't changed.
It's not me you've got to persuade.
Look, have you had any doubts about my stability, ever,
in all of the years that you've known me?
If you say yes, I'll go, I'll walk away right now.
Ellen, you're showing me a photograph of my dead wife in front of her memorial!
Is that supposed to convince me that you haven't lost it?
-People go off the rails...
They become ill.
Right, like Kay did?
So all the women in your life are suddenly going crazy,
except for the one that just arrived?
how can you believe that Kay would give up on everything
and kill herself?
It's a woman that built
a multi-million pound business out of nothing!
-Just because... What, OK,
so she thought you might be having an affair with me
and didn't even check her facts?
What could you possibly have said to her that would make her do that?
I told her that if I had been with you, I might have gotten a baby.
That's what I said.
Did you tell anyone else that you said that?
I got drunk with Paula once, and...I don't actually remember.
She told Ian to get a paternity test.
Next time you're in the office,
will you please, will you just please just look at Paula,
like really look at her and if you have even, like, a tiny, tiny doubt,
just take one more look at what Kay was doing in the hours
before she went to the library.
I have done nothing else except go over those last few hours...
-..again and again.
Please, I'm begging you, leave me alone with my wife.
Can you drop me at mine?
Don't break the order.
I need to see her.
You'll lose her. Wait till Thursday.
No, I want to see her.
I have to see her. I'm going to lose my mind.
Did you know?
I saw it coming. He's got form.
You were a patient.
She doesn't want him.
She wants Lia.
Well, when you put a child at the centre of your life to the extent that she did,
excluding all else, and you lose that child...
She wasn't prepared to go through the reconstruction of identity required.
You took that child away.
She needs a replacement.
What better replacement than the child that's been so neglected?
Well, that's what she's talked herself into, anyway.
You didn't put Ian at the centre of your life.
Look how he's turned out.
If you want any more stroking, I'll have to charge.
You would help me take Lia away from your son?
I want Paula away from my son. Then we'll see about you.
Off you go.
I went through her phone again, and, um...
..she made some notes, the day before.
There's a licence plate number.
She already admitted she died in a car accident.
Yeah, but she didn't say it was a hit and run.
We need to find out who that licence plate was registered to.
I know why you wouldn't talk to me.
You were driving the car that hit Paula's child.
Police not find you?
Of course they found me.
They didn't prosecute because it was an accident.
Paula didn't want you to talk to me. Do you know why?
I don't know why, and I don't care.
I owe her that much.
It's the same reason she didn't want my friend to talk to you,
and my friend ended up dead.
The police won't listen to me, Georgia. It's on you.
HE CHATS INDISTINCTLY TO LIA
Hey, I'm right here.
What's Daddy having for lunch, eh?
Your food's coming, sweetheart.
'What the bloody hell are you playing at?
'Ellen, where is she?
'You bring her back right now or you'll never see her again!'
Ian, slow down. Stop shouting at me.
'Bring her back right now, and I promise I won't report it.
'Ellen, bring her back, or you'll never see her again.'
-I haven't go...
-'You'll go to prison. Ellen...'
This is prison we're talking about now.
'Ellen, are you listening to me?!'
Please don't hurt her.
Tell me where she is.
You make out like you care, but it's just an act.
Georgia killed your child. Why aren't you tormenting her?
Georgia's child has got leukaemia.
She was on the way to the hospital. That's why she was speeding.
I don't know why you ask because you don't care.
You and Kay, you're just the same. Selfish.
Is that why you killed her?
You still going to pretend she jumped?
She wouldn't shut up about Caris. OK?
I just wanted her to shut up.
Why have you taken Lia?
Because you're ruining her life.
Is she safe?
DOORS THUD SHUT
Where is she? Where is she? Where is she?
I will kill you - tell me where she is!
Tell me where she is!
Tell me where she is!
-It isn't a phone signal.
It's an IP address.
Can't help you.
It's you she's relying on.
I'll only negotiate with you.
Are you refusing to negotiate?
Tell me what to do.
She needs a mother, Ellen.
I can't have her, I know that.
But I can't let you have her back.
How can you listen to this and do nothing?
What's wrong with you?
Tell me where she is first.
I'll do it, but tell me where she is.
Ellen, you-you know you can trust me.
How do I know that you'll save her?
Let me save her, Ellen.
The sooner you sleep, the sooner I'll be there with the police.
This is the best you can do for her.
I'll tell her you loved her.
I'll write to her...
..as soon as she can read.
Maybe one day, I'll bring her back there.
-'I'll write to her...
'..as soon as she can read.
'Maybe one day...
'..I'll bring her back there.'
SHE RETCHES AND COUGHS
You're OK. Oh!
You're OK. Shh.
It's all right.
LIA STOPS CRYING
Paula Reece, I am arresting you under the Child Abduction Act 1984.
You do not have to say anything. However, anything you do say...
Fuck off, Ian.
That's a bit harsh.
You promised me.
He'll wake her.
What I did...
I know it's unforgiveable.
I should've been on your side, no matter what it looked like.
She put on a good show. Don't beat yourself up.
I don't expect another chance.
There must be something I can do.
I still love you.
Will you let me see Lia?
Not just now.
Up there, I would've had another window
and that would've got rid of those horrible shadows, wouldn't it?
-This is Lia?
Mm-hm. That's her.
You keeping busy yourself?
Oh, yeah, nonstop.
Are you in practice somewhere?
Not right now, no.
Oh, I could put you in touch with some people if you like?
Ah, you're all right.
She's a full-time job.
She's not a job, she's my daughter.
I've-I've actually got three offers I'm looking at,
but thanks very much for thinking of me.
See you later.
-Come on. Come on.
Here we are, The Busy Building Book.
"Workers dig a big hole
"for the foundation or basement of the building."
That's under here. See that big hole they're digging.
"After the foundation is done, workers build scaffolding.
"Pedestrians stand and watch.
"Workers take down the scaffolding..."
That's a daddy, and a mummy, and a little boy.
Look, that's the crane.
After Paula confesses her secret, Ellen thinks she has proof that Paula is disturbed, but no-one else sees it her way. The office turns against Ellen, and she is forced to leave for good. She tries to put Paula behind her, but Paula isn't willing to let go.
When Ellen encounters Paula's mysterious ex-colleague at an interview, Paula retaliates by driving a wedge between Ellen and her husband. After a catastrophic celebration at Ellen's finished building, her family as well as her career face ruin.