Clocking Off

Season 2 Episode 4

Barry's Story

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 30, 2001 on BBC
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Barry's Story
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Life has not been good to Barry Jackson. His wife ran off with his previous boss, leaving him to bring up two young daughters in his mother's house while he works nights as a security guard at Mackintosh. But though he's a loser, he is not bitter. Then one day, he wins £20,000 on the football pools. To Barry, this is a fortune. It could change his life - not that he has a love life or even a social life. So when he meets Trudy's sister, Janice, he is smitten. But Janice is everything Barry is not - worldly, cynical, mercenary - and she has her eyes elsewhere, on Mack. Since her husband ran off with all her money and left her reduced to selling flowers at a roadside stall, love takes second place in her thoughts to cash. Mack has cash, but isn't interested. When Trudy suggests a date with Barry, Janice dismisses the idea out of hand. Not only is he Trudy's 'cast off' but he is also only a security guard, hardly in a position to support her in the style to which she was accustomed. The news of Barry's windfall, however, changes her mind. One date leads to several. Barry is in love and even Janice finds herself falling, because he is a good man and as an added bonus, a fantastic lover. She meets his kids and his Mum and everything looks rosy for them both, until Janice discovers that Barry's win wasn't as much as she thought.moreless

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