Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
This British drama, condensed from a four hour televised mini-series, explores the darker side of a working-class family. The Spencers are a classically dysfunctional family. The patriarch, Charlo is a loutish, domineering brute who physically and emotionally batters his wife Paula and their children, John Paul and Nicola, a teenage factory worker. He makes his living as a small-time thief. Like many abusers, Charlo is perfectly charming to others not in his family; he has frequent affairs. John Paul looks as if he will grow up in his daddy's image. Nicola, nearing sexual maturity, is frequently eyed by him. At first, Paula puts up with her husband, believing things may eventually improve, but in time she fights back and eventually gives him the boot.
abuse, against-all-odds, dysfunctional, extramarital-affair, family, physical-abuse, poverty, revenge, robbery