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At the age of ‘eighty-odd’, Tom Parfitt (Michael Palin) sits alone in his terraced house in the otherwise entirely Asian community of a small Yorkshire town, and remembers a strange drowned figure washed up on a beach.
Tom carefully fakes a fall to trick social worker Alison Denning (Rebekah Staton) into taking him into residential care. Roshana Salim (Mina Anwar), his friend and neighbour, is upset to see Tom leave, especially when he insists she must never visit.
At the old people’s home, Tom meets 18 year-old care assistant Hannah Ward (Jodie Comer) and they like each other immediately. Hannah is puzzled to discover he’s brought nothing with him but an empty suitcase.
Social worker Alison visits Tom alone in his room to present a framed photograph of himself as a little boy, which she has brought from his old house to help him feel at home.
Mysterious noises bring Hannah running to find that Alison has fallen from Tom’s third floor window. In what looks like a shocking accident, the entire window frame has broken free from the wall. Hannah finds Tom cowering in the corner of the room, claiming: “There’s something missing, and I can’t find it.”
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