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Season 3 Episode 4

Julie's Story

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 21, 2002 on BBC
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Julie (Siobhan Finneran) is a Mackintosh old hand. She's a strange girl really - mid thirties, lives at home with her parents, popular, kind and generous but not truly close to anyone. As for a love life: non-existent. She feels a vague emptiness inside, but nothing she's ever dealt with. Life just goes on, day by day, same old thing. Its not as if she's actually unhappy. Then her brother, Robert (Phil Cornwell), the big success of the family, comes over for a visit from his home in Hong Kong. Julie is over the moon because although he's a bit of a bolshie bloke, she adores him. He's done well - successful job, happy marriage, two beautiful girls. And out of the blue, he offers Julie some of his good fortune: why doesn't she come out to Hong Kong too - they'd be together, she'd see more of her nieces, earn loads of money, make a new start. Back in the bedroom she's had since she was a kid, Julie realises how small her world is. Hong Kong looks tempting - frightening but tempting. Could she, quiet, reliable Julie, take that kind of risk? At the same time, there's a new machinist at work, Vicky (Sharon Duce). Julie shows her the ropes and they get on like a house on fire. At a party, there is a moment between them, an awkward moment when Julie makes a joke about mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. It confuses her. It's the kind of intimate moment she is not used to, not with anyone. Whenever Vicky's around, she feels like a nervous schoolgirl. Robert nags Julie to make a decision. When their Mum says that Julie has always been a homebody, lacking ambition and get up and go, she makes up her mind. She'll do it. She'll surprise everyone and take a leap in the dark. But Julie finds out that Robert's perfect life in Hong Kong is facing meltdown and his invitation is not quite as disinterested as it seems. And then there's Vicky, who arouses all sorts of emotions in Julie, terrifying, exciting, butterflies-in-the-stomach. Perhaps if Julie can steel herself to saying no to helping someone, to think of her own needs for once, a future of real happiness will become a possibility...moreless

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Sharon Duce

Sharon Duce

Vicky Sullivan

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Phil Cornwell

Phil Cornwell

Rob O'Neill

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Nicola Stephenson

Nicola Stephenson

Suzie Davidson

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