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In 1995 Serena Gorringe and Poppy Carlisle were accused of killing teacher Marcus Halnsley. Today Serena is forced to confront the memories she has long since buried, as Poppy is released from a seventeen-year prison sentence for the crime she still insists she didn’t commit.
Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe were briefly friends in the summer of 1995. But one night that summer, a horrific tragedy would strike and change their lives forever.
Today Serena returns to her hometown for the first time in seventeen years, stirring up memories of the secret she has concealed from her husband and daughter. Serena is haunted by the memory of a teenage love-affair with her teacher, Mr. Halnsley – an affair that ended with his brutal murder.
Poppy returns to the same hometown after seventeen years in prison. Poppy was found guilty of murder - a crime she still insists she did not commit. And now she’s out, she knows the only way to get her life back is to find Serena and force her to admit the truth about what happened that night.
International best selling novel The Ice Cream Girls has been adapted for ITV by Left Bank Pictures.
Lorraine Burroughs (DCI Banks, Lip Service, Fast Girls) and Jodhi May (The Scapegoat, The Jury, Strike Back) play the lead roles of Serena Gorringe and Poppy Carlisle.
The story follows two vulnerable teenage girls who, in the summer of 1995, are accused of murdering their schoolteacher. For seventeen years, the two girls go their separate ways, Poppy having been charged with the murder. Now in 2013, they are forced to confront each other and their dark, shared history.
While the drama plays out in the present, the events of that fateful summer unfold in flashback sequences. Had it not been for Serena’s teacher, Marcus (Martin Compston), these two girls from very different backgrounds might never have met.
As a lawyer’s daughter, Serena appears to be from the right side of the tracks; pretty and popular with a bright future. Poppy, on the other hand, has never had the opportunities Serena takes for granted and struggles through life with a stepfather who doesn’t want her around.
Fast-forward to modern day. Happily married mother Serena is now back in the same seaside town for the first time as she cares for her dying mother Rachel (Donna Kroll).
Poppy is living in quite different circumstances. Having served seventeen years for a crime she still insists she didn’t commit, she has only one thing on her mind… the truth.
And if she didn’t kill Marcus, then who did?