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With Poppy out and on the hunt for revenge, Serena struggles to block out the disturbing memories from her past. She turns to her mother for support but when Rachel’s health takes a sudden turn for the worse, Serena realises that this is a burden she must face alone. Serena resolves to report Poppy to the probation services, but as she remembers the dark side of Marcus, she is reminded of the support offered by her only friend at the time: Poppy.
Excluded and alone, Poppy remains determined to extract the truth from Serena. When lifeguard Al finally persuades Poppy to go for coffee, she relents and begins to confide in him. But is Al as trustworthy as he appears?
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?