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Season 3 Episode 8

Mack's Story

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 21, 2002 on BBC
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Mack's Story
Mack has never exactly been a bundle of laughs but over the last few months, his bitter disappointment with life has been increasing, day-by-day. Is the factory with its big pressures and small triumphs, all there is? As crisis point looms, Mack needs to carve himself a future that makes him happy. On the surface, things seem surprisingly good. Mackintosh is on the brink of the most lucrative deal ever and despite his disillusion, Mack is still a sucker for the pull of success, big money. He's also got a nice looking woman on his arm, Miranda (Katie Carmichael). She's a posh girl, bit of a bitch but classy. Makes him feel good. She's too quick to hear wedding bells, but that can always be dealt with later.

Then Eddie (Craig Kelly) turns up, Mack's good-for-not-very-much brother. Eddie was the one with the brains, the brilliant future, all of which he wasted. He's become a drifter, full of vaguely formed plans, none of which come to fruition. Whilst Eddie has always envied the fact that Mack inherited the factory, Mack has always been jealous of Eddie's responsibility-free life They behave like niggling children, each bringing out the worse in the other.

Then, things start going wrong at work. With orders outstanding and the big job on the line, there's a flu epidemic, so bad that Mack is forced to start laying staff off. It could not have happened at a worse time. These problems, along with Eddie's presence, intensify all Mack's emotions - he's fed up with everything, keeping the factory going, making sure 320 people get paid every week. Let someone else deal with it. Let Eddie have it. Its what he's always wanted. See how he copes. Mack wants freedom; he wants out and, sadly for Miranda, he's going alone. To start again. The question is, can he do it? When it comes to the crunch, will he be able to walk away from the love of his life, Mackintosh Textiles?moreless

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