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Coming face to face with Serena for the first time in seventeen years, Poppy learns that her burgeoning romance with Al is to be shortlived, for he is a journalist. When Poppy is then arrested for approaching Serena, she hits an all time low. Back inside a cell, Poppy finds herself alone and helpless.
Serena’s life also takes an unexpected turn for the worse when her identity as the second Ice Cream girl is exposed to Evan and Vee. Devastated by his wife’s betrayal, Evan leaves taking Vee with him. With nothing left to lose, Serena decides it is time to confront the past once and for all as she visits Poppy in detention. Both Serena and Poppy deny murdering Marcus and as they piece together their memories of the fateful night they both finally believe the other is telling the truth...
It is then up to Serena to investigate who really did kill Marcus but as she unpicks the past, she uncovers a secret that will turn her world upside down.
In the final denouement, Serena must make the ultimate sacrifice if she is to serve justice, free Poppy and reclaim her family.
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?