The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4

Season 1 Episode 2

Parents Separate

Aired Unknown Sep 23, 1985 on ITV
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Parents Separate
Adrian is incredibly upset when he learns that his parents are separating. Things are made even worse when he finds out that his mother is moving to Sheffield to live with Mr. Lucas, whom he has now decided he hates. He is worried about his father who is maudlin and possibly suicidal and his grandmother is no help when she seems satisfied by what has taken place. Of course, she has never liked his mother and always considered her wanton - a word which Adrian has to look up in the dictionary! With Pandora and Adrian now an item, she is a great comfort to Adrian but Bert says he doesn't hold with divorce as he was married for thirty-five miserable years and believes that others should have to stick it out as well. Things go from bad to worse when George is made redundant from his job and Adrian doesn't know how they will survive financially.moreless

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  • It seems that life just refuses to get better for poor Adrian. Now he has to cope with the unravelling of his parents' marriage.

    Pauline and George Mole have been having marital difficulties for quite some time and Adrian has been suffering because of it. When his mother and Mr. Lucas from next door decide to run away together to live in Sheffield, both Adrian and George are very upset, especially George, who doesn't feel that he has much left tolive for without Pauline.

    Conversely, May Mole, George's mother, is very pleased with the situation as she never liked Psuline and always considered her wanton, a word which Adrian isn't too pleased about!


    Just when it seems that things can't get any worse, George, already struggling financially, learns that he has been made redundant from his job.

    Poor Adrian, it's tough to cope with his troubled life when so much is going on. How will he handle the stress? Watch and find out, it's an excellent episode and one I know you will thoroughly enjoy.moreless
Robin Hertford

Robin Hertford

Ivan Braithwaite

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Feroza Syed

Feroza Syed

Mrs Singh

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Louise Jameson

Louise Jameson

Tania Braithwaite

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    • In this episode, Adrian and his father go shopping for groceries in a large Leicester supermarket. The story is set in the year 1981 but the viewer can clearly see an advertisement in the shot which mentions the Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre. This complex was not built until 1984, three years after the setting of the show.

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