The Family Man
The Family Man is a moving journey through the joys and sorrows of trying to have a baby through IVF.
The story centres on the charismatic Dr Patrick Stowe (Trevor Eve) and the private fertility clinic that he runs. Four couples, each for their own uniquely personal reasons, turn to him for help in making their dreams come true.
Gillian (Michelle Collins) is a 40-something career woman who has found love too late to become a mother naturally, and turns to the internet to find an egg donor. But she doesn't reckon on a blossoming attraction between her partner Steve (Peter McDonald) and donor Kelly (Daniela Denby Ashe).
After numerous unsuccessful attempts at IVF another couple, Natalie (Claire Skinner) and Matthew (Dominic Rowan), implore Patrick to bend the rules on implantation, without bargaining on the consequences. The IVF treatment works and Natalie is left expecting triplets.
Jane (Sara Powell) and Paul Jessop (Lennie James) already have a lovely family. But despite their three daughters, the couple are unable to move on from the heartbreak of losing their only son in a car accident. They want Patrick to help them conceive another boy.
Meanwhile, the relationship of Gary (Katy Cavanagh) and Tina (Lee Ross) starts to buckle under the strain of fertility treatment. Despite being strapped for cash, the pair determinedly attempt every possible route they can to conceive, until discovering the hard way that, however much money it costs, IVF can't always provide the answer.
Producer Sarah Brown says: ''More and more couples are using IVF to try and have babies. Science is developing apace and what is considered morally acceptable is changing all the time.
"By exploring the very emotional stories of four couples as they navigate their way through the world of IVF, The Family Man takes a human and accessible look at some of the key questions facing the industry and our society - where do the rights and wrongs lie?
''Should boundaries be crossed if that is right for the individual patient? And where should the pursuit of the perfect baby end?''
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