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Moving On - Series 3 [DVD]

Reece Dinsdale , Melanie Kilburn , Ian Barber , John Fay    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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The critically acclaimed series Moving On created by BAFTA & EMMY award-winning Jimmy McGovern (The Street, Cracker) returns for a third run of five powerful films about people confronted with a life-changing decision. This series has a stellar cast complimented by compelling stories written by the cream of UK writing talent.

1. Punter
Hapless plumber Billy has always struggled with gambling--he claims it's under control but with bills and repossession notices piling up, his wife Michelle is close to breaking point. When Billy makes a chance discovery in a customer's loft, he thinks his prayers have been answered--but his addiction ensures his troubles have only just begun...

2. Tour of Duty
New mum Caroline is struggling to cope on her own while her husband Tom serves in Afghanistan. She's not natural army-wife material and is finding it hard to fit in to life on the barracks. When rats are discovered in the house, Caroline considers leaving--but rat catcher Sam offers a lifeline. It's not long before Caroline's loyalty is being called into question--and maybe the gossips have a point?

3. Donor
Christina's always been the life and soul of the party, but as she approaches forty it seems as if all her friends would rather change nappies than go clubbing--and even her own biological clock is starting to tick. When there are fertility problems for Christina and boyfriend Andy, she makes a startling request of gay best friend Mick and his fella Frank--can their friendship ever recover..?

4. The Poetry of Silence
Kieran is the youngest of Ann and John's children, and the first to go to university; he's had every opportunity they never had. They think he's living the high life when in reality Kieran's struggling with debilitating depression. When the truth finally comes out and Kieran comes home to recuperate, Ann and John discover that the road to recovery is far from straightforward.

5. The Milkman
Bugsy Mullen is a milkman with a scar on his lip. He's shy, with a good heart, but he--and his job--are out step with modern times. Angie is a single mum struggling to pay rising rents as her neighbourhood gets gentrified. A chance accident threatens to turn both their lives upside-down--will Bugsy roll over and take this latest misfortune on the chin, or can he finally learn to stand up for himself?


It’s a smaller number of episodes than previously that make up series three of Moving On. The show, put together by Cracker and The Street creator Jimmy McGovern, has always attracted a strong cast, and some equally meaty stories. Those standards are kept here. Series three, then, is made up of five separate films, as a collection of characters face major decisions in their lives.

Each of the stories in Moving On are standalone and among the themes that series three covers are; addiction to gambling; an army wife trying to cope while her husband is on service; and depression. These aren’t easy subjects and, with each film running to around 45 minutes, there’s not always as much time as you might like to deal with them.

But Moving On, nonetheless, continues to reach the very high standards that the earlier series have set for it. The differing stories call for differing casts, and it’s testament to the pedigree of the programme that such talented names are attracted once more to the material. Amongst the cast are the likes of Dean Lennox Kelly, Reece Dinsdale and Christine Bottomley, who each make the most of writing that allows them to genuinely stretch themselves as actors.

Moving On has always been an ambitious undertaking, and it’s hard to keep the standards high across five different productions. But this is quality drama, with an emotional intelligence that’s much to its credit. Recommended. --Jon Foster

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