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Session 6

Could the celebrity chef Arthur Montgomery have some information which leads to the whereabouts of missing man Jamie Phelps? They spoke on the phone on the day of the disappearance. But what did they talk about? 

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Episode 6

In this sixth episode, we get to meet one of missing man, Jamie Phelps's most important clients. Does he have some important information about Jamie's last movements?


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Jamie Phelps… Between you and me, he’s a bit of a rascal that one, but I’m sure I mustn’t judge.

In what way, Mr Montgomery?

Oh, call me Arthur, please.

Arthur, in what way did you mean that Jamie Phelps is a rascal?

Oh you know… the usual sort of thing. We’ve had some good nights at the Groucho club that’s all… Although, I’m sure he’s settled down now. He’s a good man.

How long have you been Mr Phelps’s client, Mr… Arthur?

A long time. Ten years? You see, I had a restaurant in town - that was when he was part of KPL and he looked after our accounts. Then he lured me away when he struck out on his own. Rascal!

Mr Montgomery, when did you last speak to Jamie?

We spoke this morning. Which I believe is why I’m here?

And what did you talk about if you don’t mind my asking?

Oh he was after my paperwork. And quite right too. I can be a bit slapdash when it comes to keeping records and whatnot. It’s all a bit tedious, isn’t it?

Is it?

It is. Especially when you are as busy as I am. I’ve got a new book out – Winter Warmers, I’ll leave you a copy.

Cheers. My wife’ll…

…Nikesh, we can’t accept that. Thanks anyway.

I’ll just leave it in my drawer for later. Cheers Arthu… Mr Montgomery.

No problem. I can tell who’s in charge here. I did actually email Phelps’s secretary this afternoon. Just so we’re dotting all the i’s.

Really, what about?

Make an appointment. Can’t put the blasted accounts off forever.

Is it usual for your accountant to call you from his mobile? Out-with office hours? 

Well, like I said. We’ve always got on well. And I can be difficult to get hold of.

But not today.

No.If there’s nothing else, I’ve got to go.

Thanks for your time.

Pleasure meeting you, Mr Montgomery. Let me show you out.



I don’t get it. He’s a total tool.

No, it’s all part of his thing, you know… you should watch his show. It’s part of his vibe.

All I’ll say is that, if a woman behaved how he does, there is no way she would have a TV show and a book deal. I think we should take a look at our timeline. Take me through what we’ve got.

Right, so, he was hacked last night and he only saw the ransomware email this morning. Probably before he left the family home at 24 Carnwell Avenue. He leaves the house at 08:00, drives towards work at 56 Harbour Road. He’s supposed to drop Pip off at nursery but doesn’t. On his way to work, at 8:25 he speaks to Juliet Arnott, his PA, asks her what’s going on. Then, calls his brother, Paul Stevenson, at 8:35, asks for a loan. Paul says no. He then gets to the office on Harbour Road at around 8:45. Goes inside, gets something – some files from his desk. We’re not sure which client they pertain to. He then gets back in the car, calls one of his clients, Arthur Montgomery, asks him to send in his paperwork. He then heads out of town past Beltonfield Park, Pip still in the car. And a couple of hours later, leaves Pip in a carpark and sends a text to his wife asking for forgiveness.

It doesn’t make any sense. Why was he chasing paperwork when he was being blackmailed?

Well, Arthur Montgomery is a pretty big account, right. He was trying to raise funds, perhaps he was going to bill him.

Could be. It seems… weird. How long did he have to raise the money?

72 hours, according to Mrs Arnott. I suppose they recognise that people need time to get hold of that kind of cash.

Why send that text? There’s nothing previous to suggest he was suicidal. And if he’s not suicidal, why ask for forgiveness from his wife?

Because he chucked away all of their savings.

Yeah, but, why text that? Is he running away? What’s he doing? And why didn’t he just drop Pip off at nursery? We’re missing something. I need you to…

Yes... Sounds like him... What’s the location?... Secure the scene we’ll be half an hour. Best get your wellies, we’ve got a body on the beach.


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Watching the video is helping me better understand the context and meaning behind the vocabulary used. For example wayward - if I had just googled it, I would simply know the meaning. But listening to it during an actual conversation helps me remember and recall better.
Madhan – India

Callie is right! It doesn’t make any sense and that's quite exciting! The story is completely open, anything can happen and as it's not a cliché, Juliet, the secretary, is not guilty!
Haroldo – Brazil

The rich vocabulary and pleasant British accent, along with brilliant actors, made me love these absolutely fantastic series. After watching episode 2, I doubted Jammie had some issues with his clients or acquaintances. One aspect reinforced my idea; I understood that Lucy was concerned about his disappearance, but throughout examining, Lucy seemed suspicious, having a strangely puzzled look on her face. Looking forward to the rest of the series
Mzia – Georgia

It is more and more interesting. Look at that celebrity chef Arthur, I think he is charming, his facial expression, his cheeky smile. But I can't figure out his role in Jamie's disappearance. Maybe his account has something to do with a financial fraud which Jamie committed.
Lucy – New Zealand

Amazing idea to create Father and Son as a way to learn english. The plot keeps me in suspense and makes me think all the time in new english words and phrases.
I'm so happy to follow you !!
Rosario – Peru

Hi! I am not sure, but maybe Lucy is the one behind everything! James is very suspicious, too. Callie doesn't like Lucy, so maybe she suspects something!
Ashley – Portugal

I am having such a good time watching this drama. I can not wait for the next episodes. There is something wrong with Lucy and I bet the output will surprise us all.
Gustavo – Brazil

I'm intrigued by a surprising story and wasn't expecting something to do with computer hacking. Is it possible to think that a cyber criminal is pretending to be Woody from Toy Story? I'm looking forward to the next episode!
Asami – Scotland


You can download the audio and PDF document for episode 6.


Writer - Samara Maclaren
Producer/Director - Rob Carter
Camera - Elly Nakajima and Matt Gillan
Editing/Post production - Elly Nakajima
Sound - Ed Capes


Callie - Helen Belbin
Nikesh - Grant Leat
Lucy - Veronica Jean Trickett
Evan - Will Harrison-Wallace
Paul - Nigel Thomas
Arthur - Darren Benedict
Juliet - Sarah Barlin
Sarah - Charlene Hamilton

Episode 7 of Father and Son will continue in Session 7

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Session Vocabulary

  • Useful words and phrases from this episode

    dishonest person


    dotting the i's
    carefully adding the final details

    get hold of someone
    contact someone

    waterproof, usually rubber boots

    (slang) an insult about someone who behaves in a stupid way to attract attention

    tempt someone

    something (usually money) that’s borrowed

    stop resenting and pardon someone

    raise funds
    obtain money

    chuck away