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Every Child Matters

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 15 October 2010

The second linked drama dealing with the fall out of the case of Debbie Hurst who was vilified as the most repulsive woman in Britain for allowing her ten year old daughter to dance semi-naked on the internet for paedophiles. It is six months since the case exploded on to the red tops and Joanne was the social worker who took the flak. She feels as though she was hung out to dry and wants to know why.

Joanne.....Sarah Lancashire

David.....George Costigan

Producer Gary Brown

Six months ago, Joanne found herself at the centre of a major scandal. Her client Debbie Hurst was caught exhibiting her ten year old daughter over the internet to paedophiles. Joanne was suspended on full pay, pending a disciplinary tribunal.

But then worse, much worse, her name and identity were leaked to the press and she found herself in tabloid hell. Today, the client is back in court for sentencing. Word has it she'll get at least eight years. Meanwhile, Joanne has been secretly fed information that the client's children are to be fostered out to their grandfather. So despite the injunction that she contact no colleagues whilst suspended, Joanne has persuaded David to meet her in secret.

Sarah Lancashire shot to stardom as Coronation Street's Raquel Watts. Sarah went on to star in such dramas as Clocking Off, Rose and Maloney, and more recently Five Daughters.

George Costigan is best known for the cult movie Rita, Sue And Bob Too. He has also appeared in Shirley Valentine and Calendar Girls, and television shows Doctor Who, A Touch Of Frost, Midsomer Murders and most recently Emmerdale.


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