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Three-part psychological thriller about a woman who goes on maternity leave only to become increasingly paranoid about the person who is hired to cover for her.

Three-part psychological thriller about a woman who fears her maternity leave cover is out to steal her life.

When Ellen gets pregnant after landing a big contract for her firm of architects, she hires Paula as cover, but she soon fears she has made a terrible mistake. Ellen wants to get back to work quickly, but Paula thinks Ellen should be putting her baby at the centre of her life.

Paula wastes no time in moving in on Ellen's bosses, clients and friends, and Ellen fears she is being forced out. Everyone thinks Paula is great and Ellen is being paranoid, until a site accident puts Ellen's suspicions into overdrive.

57 minutes

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Tue 28 Feb 2017 22:55

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Role Contributor
Ellen Morven Christie
Paula Vicky McClure
Ian Richard Rankin
Kay Neve McIntosh
David Dougray Scott
Rianne Sarah MacRae
Kieran Navin Chowdhry
Lucy Kim Allan
Vernon Gilly Gilchrist
Beth Siobhan Redmond
DS Colin Lockheid Euan Macnaughton
Sonographer Donna Bean
Nina Lexie McLean
Zoe Caoimhe Clough
Director Joe Ahearne
Producer Nicole Cauverien
Writer Joe Ahearne
Composer Dan Jones
Editor Graham Walker
Production Designer Mark Leese
Production Company Left Bank Pictures (TV) Ltd


  • Tue 28 Feb 2017 21:00
  • Tue 28 Feb 2017 22:55

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The writer: "I write to get out of myself. I want to write what I don’t know..."

The writer: "I write to get out of myself. I want to write what I don’t know..."

Joe Ahearne on writing and directing The Replacement