The Children On ITV1: A Review
What an excellent drama this has been so far! Written by Lucy Gannon and starring Kevin Whately, Lesley Sharp, Geraldine Somerville and Ian Puleston-Davies, the final part airs on Monday 15th.
If you haven’t seen it yet, head over to the ITV website and catch up. We rarely get a really good edge of your seat drama these days, so it’s worth catching up on this one. The story cleverly plays on real aspects of the problems inherent with every step-family, but in this drama, those problems don’t end with petty jealousies and family feuds…
Eight year old Emily – who is at the centre of the drama – is found dead and in a series of flashbacks and flashforwards, we’re getting ever nearer to finding out whodunit. There’s no shortage of suspects either because Emily’s been causing trouble left, right and centre.
She’s falsely accused her troubled step-brother Jack of sexually abusing her, she’s hurt and run off with her newborn step-sister and has incurred the wrath of just about everyone, with the exception of her adoring parents Sue and Paul. Because of Emily’s erratic and dangerous behaviour towards her baby step-sister, social services have become involved with the family and everybody’s on edge.
Jack’s been living with his father Cameron and his new love Sue – Emily’s mother –because Jack’s own mother, Anne, doesn’t want him to live with her. She threw Jack out after the police brought him home following a late night drunken episode where he was found scaling a high wall and putting himself in danger. Anne’s too busy with her own life to be bothered controlling Jack who’s been nothing other than a typical teenager, but now, Cameron wants Jack to go back to Anne following Emily’s accusations.
Sue and Paul have eyes only for their daughter and will not see what terrible lies and trouble the young girl is creating. Jack, Anne, and Paul’s girlfriend Natasha, can all see what Emily’s doing though so they’re sure to be at the forefront of the police investigation into Emily’s death.
Tune in on Monday at 9pm for the final part of this gripping drama. My money’s on Jack but it seems too obvious somehow!
I’ve absolutely loved this drama so far and if I have any criticism of it, it’s that the episodes are too far apart, but maybe that’s just because I have zero patience!