Clocking Off

Season 3 Episode 7

Gary's Story

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 14, 2002 on BBC
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Gary (Marshall Lancaster), works in the off cuts department at Mackintosh, and has a beautiful, expensive home, full of costly antiques and erudite scientific tomes, everything just so. The only thing that doesn't fit is him. The problem is he's had a letter from a solicitor, informing him that he had been left a house and a substantial amount of money. In his father's will. All well and good, except that the only father Gary had ever known was still alive. Both Gary and his brother Stephen (Lee Ingleby) were adopted, only their adoptive parents never got round to telling them. A bit of a shock. Especially for Stephen who got the news without the financial bonus. Suddenly strange things start happening - Gary finds a piece of paper with versions of his signature on it, although no credit cards or cheque books have been stolen; then he comes home after a day at work to find the kettle warm as if it had just been used; or there's a beer bottle top on the floor which he didn't leave there. Like someone's been in the house. Nothing's taken though so not much he can do. Then he meets Tina (Jo Joyner). Or she meets him. In the supermarket, at the gym, suddenly she's everywhere. Gary is attracted to her and eventually gets up the guts to ask her out. One whirlwind romance later, they're engaged and Tina's moved in. A rosy future beckons. Until the day he comes back from work to find the locks changed and Tina accusing him of beating her up. Life goes topsy-turvy as an accomplished con tricks Gary out of everything. As he tries to comprehend the calamity, the weird events at his house start to make sense, as he reluctantly admits to himself that Tina was not acting alone. The deeper he digs, the more obvious it becomes that someone close to him must be involved, someone he thought he could trust...moreless

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