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Flesh and Blood

  • Episode:

    2 of 4

  • Transmission (TX):

    Tue 25 Feb 2020

  • TX Confirmed


  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 09 2020 : Sat 22 Feb - Fri 28 Feb

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  • Published:

    Thu 13 Feb 2020

Transmission details

Ep1 - Monday 24 February: 9pm - 10pm
Ep2 - Tuesday 25 February: 9pm - 10pm
Ep3 - Wednesday 26 February: 9pm - 10pm
Ep4 - Thursday 27 February: 9pm - 10pm


Series overview

Imelda Staunton (A Confession, Maleficent, Paddington, Harry Potter, Vera Drake), Francesca Annis (Home Fires, The Little House, Cranford), Russell Tovey (Years and Years, Quantico) and Stephen Rea (Dickensian, War & Peace, The Honourable Woman) star in Flesh and Blood - a darkly witty and gripping four-part drama created and written by Sarah Williams (The Long Song, Case Sensitive, Poppy Shakespeare), which explores family
dynamics and modern relationships as they spiral towards a tragedy and possible crime.

Joining the ensemble cast are Claudie Blakley (Manhunt, Grantchester, Lark Rise To Candleford), Lydia Leonard (Gentleman Jack, Absentia, Apple Tree Yard), Sharon Small (London Kills, Trust Me, Born to Kill), Lara Rossi (Cheat, Crossing Lines), Keir Charles (Man Up, Love Actually, Green Wing), Vincent Regan (Victoria, The Royals, Atlantis), Grace Hogg-Robinson (The Coroner, Mum) and David Bamber (Valkyrie, Doctors, The Bourne Identity).

Directed by BAFTA nominee and Grierson award winner Louise Hooper (Cheat, Vera, Cold Feet), Flesh and Blood is a modern story of three adult siblings - Helen (Claudie Blakley), Jake (Russell Tovey) and Natalie (Lydia Leonard) - who are thrown into disarray when their recently widowed mother Vivien (Francesca Annis) declares she’s in love with a new man, Mark (Stephen Rea).

Episode 2

Vivien’s three children are alarmed to discover that she plans to sell their childhood home and go travelling with her new man Mark in India. Although Mark seems loving and attentive to Vivien – spoiling her with indulgent gifts and whisking her off to the continent - the siblings and neighbour Mary are increasingly suspicious of his motives.

Meanwhile each of the siblings’ personal lives are in turmoil. Helen faces trouble from a former employee with a grudge, who attempts to drive a wedge into the heart of her family.

Jake accepts an offer from Stella that sees his living standards shoot up at a stroke. But ironically, he’s now even more tied to Stella – while at the same time trying desperately to rescue his marriage to Leila.

Natalie’s assured by Tony that he’ll finally leave his wife, Carla, for her.  But can she believe him? And Carla makes it terrifyingly clear that she won't give Tony up without a fight.

But all of this is put to one side when Vivien and Mark phone home with some momentous news, rocking the siblings and deeply wounding Mary. With everyone back together, a fractious family barbecue builds towards an explosive climax.