Father & Son

Thursday, 10 June 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

EPISODE FOUR

Hollywood actor Dougray Scott joins BAFTA and Oscar nominees Sophie Okonedo and Stephen Rea in a new four part drama series Father & Son, co-produced by ITV and RTÉ.

Written by the late Emmy Award-winning Irish writer Frank Deasy (Prime Suspect: The Final Act and The Passion), Father & Son is the latest television drama to be scheduled at peak time across four consecutive nights on ITV1.

Set in Manchester Father & Son, depicts the complexity of modern inner-city life where crime is now a global business, and where gun culture is an ever more entrenched part of everyday life.

Michael (Dougray Scott) and Sean (Reece Noi) agree to the police deal. They will provide insider information on guns and drugs in exchange for a reduced sentence for Sean. Conroy (Ian Hart) arranges a secret, early morning meeting between Michael and Sean in prison, so Sean will be able to get the information from his father and then give it to the police. But Barrington (Terrance Maynard) is suspicious. He phones Michael, unaware he’s in the prison. Today is the day for his escape and he doesn’t want anything to go wrong. Michael reassures him.

During their meeting Sean reveals to Michael what really happened to Lynne. Michael is shocked and it’s a deeply emotional, a cathartic moment between father and son. And Michael can’t deny it, Lynne’s death was a consequence of Michael’s past life. In Ireland, the two detectives arrive back to see Anna (Flora Montgomery), barging into the house and tying her up. One of them takes photos of Anna on his mobile.

In Manchester Augustine Conlon (Stephen Rea) shows Michael the photo of Anna tied up and tells him the two rogue Gardai’s, in his pay, are holding her prisoner. If Michael kills Barrington he’s home free, if he doesn’t, Anna dies.

Michael sets about carrying out Barrington’s plan. As he’s wheeling Barrington down the corridor to freedom, Michael sees Connie and Sean, who are just saying goodbye to his grandfather, John. Sean ducks out of sight. Connie lets Michael go.

In an abandoned factory Barrington is set free. Michael tells him he’s going nowhere. This is it. This is the world they made. He kills Barrington to save Anna, to save his unborn child and to set Sean free from the past. There’s no going back for Michael now but he’s finally at peace with himself.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

EPISODE THREE

Hollywood actor Dougray Scott joins BAFTA and Oscar nominees Sophie Okonedo and Stephen Rea in a new four part drama series Father & Son, co-produced by ITV and RTÉ.

Written by the late Emmy Award-winning Irish writer Frank Deasy (Prime Suspect: The Final Act and The Passion), Father & Son is the latest television drama to be scheduled at peak time across four consecutive nights on ITV1.

Set in Manchester Father & Son, depicts the complexity of modern inner-city life where crime is now a global business, and where gun culture is an ever more entrenched part of everyday life.

Michael (Dougray Scott) makes an offer to Connie’s boss DI Conroy (Ian Hart). He will give the police inside information on drugs and gun running in exchange for a reduced sentence for Sean (Reece Noi). But Conroy tells him there’s a catch ��” the information will only be accepted if it comes from Sean. Connie (Sophie Okonedo) and Michael are nervous; it’s a risk for a 15 year old boy to give sensitive information on organised crime. But Conroy assures them he will look after Sean with a witness protection scheme.

When John O’Connor (John Kavanagh), Michael’s father, suffers a heart attack, Michael has to go to his home to retrieve his medication for the doctors. But whilst there, Michael discovers that his father gave the police information on him years earlier, information which may have led to Lynne’s murder. Michael accuses Connie of being in on it. She denies this, but how can they now trust DI Conroy?

Meanwhile, Michael’s girlfriend Anna has returned to their home in Ireland where she is visited by two detectives. They know all her movements and their manner is menacing.
Michael continues with Barrington’s escape plan. Conroy reveals to Connie further facts about Lynne’s death, but is this the truth? And Sean’s worst fears are confirmed when he uncovers photos of Stacey on Barrington’s mobile phone.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

EPISODE TWO

Hollywood actor Dougray Scott joins BAFTA and Oscar nominees Sophie Okonedo and Stephen Rea in a new four part drama series Father & Son, co-produced by ITV and RTÉ.

Written by the late Emmy Award-winning Irish writer Frank Deasy (Prime Suspect: The Final Act and The Passion), Father & Son is the latest television drama to be scheduled at peak time across four consecutive nights on ITV1.

Set in Manchester Father & Son, depicts the complexity of modern inner-city life where crime is now a global business, and where gun culture is an ever more entrenched part of everyday life.

Police raid the King family’s flat hoping to find the gun Jacob King (Dwayne Scantlebury) killed Maurice with and stop any revenge killings. But 10 year old Benny (Omaar March) smuggles the gun out in his schoolbag.

Michael goes to see Sean and tries to convince him to withdraw his statement. Full of resentment towards Michael Sean sees this as betraying Stacey so won’t agree to it.
Benny is in class, staring at Imani (Imani McLaren), Connie’s daughter, across the room as he fiddles with Jacob’s gun under his desk. When the teacher challenges Benny to show what he is hiding, Benny points the gun at the teacher, then at Imani. Imani knows why she’s been targeted. She knows what’s gone on, even though she’s so young. All hold their breath as it looks like he’s going to fire. At the last minute, the teacher manages to retrieve the gun from a dazed Benny.

Michael meets with Augustine and asks him to clean up Barrington’s £5m and arrange a plane to get Barrington to France. Augustine guesses that Michael’s involvement is down to protecting Sean, so agrees to help.

A distressed Connie (Sophie Okonedo) is taking Imani home. Conroy (Ian Hart) tells Connie she’ll have to move house but she refuses, instead she wants to come back to work. Conroy relents, but she can’t touch this case or any related to it.

Michael (Dougray Scott) informs Barrington (Terrance Maynard) of Augustine’s (Stephen Rea) terms. They go over the escape plans and Barrington reminds Michael, that if he dies, Sean comes with him.

Michael arrives back in the hotel room to find a bag of money. This is the money which needs to be ‘cleaned up’ for Barrington. Michael stares at it ��” can he do this? Can he go back to his old world? No question, he needs to protect Sean.

Anna is visited by two detectives from the Gardai, Norman McGinty (Michael, McElhatton) and Declan Henderson (David Wilmot). They question her about Michael. Not satisfied with what she has told them they promise to return.

Police investigations have revealed that the gun used by Sean had not been used before, which means it’s an organised crime gun. Where did it come from?

Augustine arranges the transfer of the money. He gives Michael the address of a mini market. Michael will give them the money and he’ll receive a piece of paper with a code on it, in Urdu. That will get the money out of Britain. Michael will then go to Dublin, to an internet café there, show them the code and they’ll give him the cash. The cash then goes into an account Augustine has set up, the codes of which Barrington re-sets and voila, £5m is laundered and ready for Barrington’s use.

Connie visits Sean as she wants Sean to tell her the truth. Did Stacey shoot Elijah King? Sean explains that his only protection, if he gets out, is the Motorway Crew. But if he crosses Stacey then he won’t even have that. Connie is devastated, she can’t argue and weeps in frustration.

Anna (Flora Montgomery) arrives in Manchester. As she and Michael are getting out of the car, Jacob King appears from nowhere and shoots, just missing Anna.

Anna questions Michael’s love for her. Michael explains that this time, he can’t turn his back on Sean. He’s changed, but the past is real and Sean is paying the price now for what Michael was. Anna decides to help, she’ll pick up the money as she wants to move things along quickly and get Michael out of Manchester before he’s killed.

Stacey, looking her seductive best, goes to see Sean, telling him she went to Lynne’s grave and told her how Sean was bravely trying to protect her when he shot Elijah King. She ensures his loyalty to her.

A nervous Anna collects the money at the internet café in Dublin and delivers it to Augustine. Michael lets Barrington know the money’s been delivered and in return Barrington tells Michael he knows where Jacob King is. Does he want the address? Michael loads his gun and drives off.

Stacey visits Barrington in hospital. He tells her they’re on their way to St. Lucia. As they kiss seductively we realise they are lovers who have been working together to set up Sean and Michael. Stacey’s a little uneasy as she thinks Connie has sussed out she is the shooter. But Barrington’s not bothered, to all and sundry Sean’s the killer.

Michael kidnaps Jacob King and drives to a run down area. Michael goes to shoot him, pushing his gun in King’s face but instead he tells King to get out of town, no phone calls, no contact. If he comes back he’s dead.

Michael’s in shock, he’s come very close to going back to his old ways. Can he trust himself? Has he really changed?

Monday, 7 June 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

EPISODE ONE

Hollywood actor Dougray Scott joins BAFTA and Oscar nominees Sophie Okonedo and Stephen Rea in a new four part drama series Father & Son, co-produced by ITV and RTÉ.

Written by the late Emmy Award-winning Irish writer Frank Deasy (Prime Suspect: The Final Act and The Passion), Father & Son is the latest television drama to be scheduled at peak time across four consecutive nights on ITV1.

Set in Manchester Father & Son, depicts the complexity of modern inner-city life where crime is now a global business, and where gun culture is an ever more entrenched part of everyday life.

Seven years ago Michael O’Connor (Dougray Scott) was a lynchpin of Manchester’s organised crime. Upon his release from an Irish jail, Michael decided not to go home but instead start a new life, with his girlfriend Anna (Flora Montgomery). Anna is now heavily pregnant and they are looking forward to the birth of their first child.
Meanwhile 15 year old Sean O’Connor (Reece Noi), Michael’s son by late wife Lynne, is living in Manchester with his Aunt Connie (Sophie Okonedo).

As Connie leaves for work, Sean’s friend Maurice (Ciaran Clancy) arrives with Stacey (Wumni Mosaku), Sean’s sassy and beautiful girlfriend. To Sean’s shock Maurice has a gun. Maurice and Stacey try to get Sean to look after the gun but he refuses, despite Stacey’s pleas. Two youths appear, speeding towards Maurice on their bikes. One has a blue plastic bag concealing a gun. He raises it and in a split second, Maurice is gunned down. The gunman trains his sights on Sean – but too many people are watching now – he runs – but with a warning – this isn’t over.

At the hospital, Maurice’s gun falls to the floor. Sean grabs it, he and Stacey go to take it out of the hospital only to be confronted by the same gang as before. Stacey grabs the gun. A shot rings out; Stacey has shot Elijah King (Lucien Laviscount). Coming to her senses, Stacey pleads with Sean that she can’t go to jail and he decides to take the rap for her. The police arrive and Sean is arrested. The shot gang member is alive but critical.

Sean’s Aunt Connie arrives at the scene – in uniform – she is a serving police officer on the Manchester gun unit. Tony Conroy (Ian Hart), the DI in charge of the operation, tells a shocked Connie that Sean appears to have shot a gang member and that a prior shooting took place outside their house. A distressed Connie has to watch as Sean is driven off to the police station. She phones Michael and tells him what has happened. Michael leaves immediately for Manchester, leaving behind an apprehensive Anna.

Michael arrives in Manchester and is determined to save his son. In the cab on the way to the city, he gazes out, memories of his old life flooding back.

DI Conroy gives a colleague, Blanchflower (Darren Morfitt), the background on Michael O’Connor and his criminal partnership with Barrington Smith. They set up the original Motorway Crew who were into drugs, guns and armed robbery. O’Connor had all the trappings, a flash car, big house in Cheshire, “the lot”. Then he got arrested in Ireland picking up guns to be run into Manchester.

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