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Skip to 0 minutes and 19 seconds IRENE (VOICEOVER): Sometimes I feel like I may just vanish.

Skip to 0 minutes and 25 seconds Sometimes the hands in front of me tremor. But they’re not my hands I don’t think. They’re the hands of someone a lot older. It’s not me. I don’t always see myself in the mirror. That’s not me either. It can’t be. I try to remember everything all at once, but it’s too much and instead nothing comes. I can recognise that tired tone in their voices. It makes me afraid that they’re fed up and angry with me. I’m terrified that they’ll leave me, and when they do–

Skip to 1 minute and 15 seconds ELAINE: Mum.

Skip to 1 minute and 16 seconds IRENE (VOICEOVER): –I’ll vanish completely.

Skip to 1 minute and 18 seconds ELAINE: Mum. Mum. Mum. Mum. Mum. She’s fallen

Skip to 1 minute and 26 seconds TIMOTHY: Irene. Irene, I need in there.

Skip to 1 minute and 29 seconds ELAINE: Don’t bang. Her head’s the other side of the door.

Skip to 1 minute and 31 seconds TIMOTHY: I’m bursting. You know I’ve always got to pee as soon as I get up.

Skip to 1 minute and 35 seconds ELAINE: She could have banged her head badly, Tim.

Skip to 1 minute and 37 seconds TIMOTHY: Oh, I’ll have to pee in the garden.

Skip to 1 minute and 39 seconds ELAINE: Call Gerry, will you? Mum. Mum, can you hear me? Move away from the door. Mum.

Skip to 1 minute and 47 seconds TIMOTHY: What do you want me to do? Kick the door in?

Skip to 1 minute and 50 seconds ELAINE: Anything. Pleas, Tim. Anything, please.

Skip to 1 minute and 53 seconds TIMOTHY: Like what?

Skip to 1 minute and 55 seconds ELAINE: Anything apart from just being useless.

Skip to 1 minute and 57 seconds TIMOTHY: I honestly don’t know what to do.

Skip to 1 minute and 59 seconds ELAINE: Did you call Gerry?

Skip to 2 minutes and 0 seconds TIMOTHY: Yes.

Skip to 2 minutes and 1 second ELAINE: Well, that’s something at least.

Skip to 2 minutes and 7 seconds ROSEMARY: None of us want to go to work, Heather. That’s what we get paid for. And I really need to get in there because, as much as I can’t be bothered, I really do need to get to my job.

Skip to 2 minutes and 18 seconds HEATHER: (QUIETLY) I don’t care.

Skip to 2 minutes and 24 seconds GERRY: Mum. Mum, you can get up now. It’s me. Mum, it’s Gerry.

Skip to 2 minutes and 30 seconds TIMOTHY: She’s not conscious. Is she conscious do you think?

Skip to 2 minutes and 34 seconds GERRY: No, I don’t think she’s conscious.

Skip to 2 minutes and 39 seconds Mum, are you hurt? Can you hear me?

Skip to 2 minutes and 44 seconds ELAINE: She could be bleeding to death.

Skip to 2 minutes and 47 seconds GERRY: The window. I can get in through the window.

Skip to 2 minutes and 50 seconds ELAINE: It’s a skylight, and it’s high up. And it’s small.

Skip to 2 minutes and 54 seconds GERRY: I have been losing a lot of weight, I’ll have you know. The running.

Skip to 2 minutes and 58 seconds ELAINE: Might not be open.

Skip to 3 minutes and 0 seconds TIMOTHY: I can give you a leg up.

Skip to 3 minutes and 1 second CHARLOTTE: I’ve got to see this.

Skip to 3 minutes and 3 seconds ELAINE: You’re up.

Skip to 3 minutes and 4 seconds CHARLOTTE: How am I supposed to sleep with all this racket going on?

Skip to 3 minutes and 7 seconds GERRY: Your Gran is stuck on the other side of this door.

Skip to 3 minutes and 9 seconds CHARLOTTE: Really? Again?

Skip to 3 minutes and 11 seconds GUY: Can I get in the bathroom?

Skip to 3 minutes and 12 seconds GERRY: No.

Skip to 3 minutes and 13 seconds ELAINE: You’re here too, are you?

Skip to 3 minutes and 15 seconds GUY: Stayed over.

Skip to 3 minutes and 17 seconds CHARLOTTE: Gran’s hogging the bathroom.

Skip to 3 minutes and 19 seconds GUY: Do you want me to kick the door in?

Skip to 3 minutes and 21 seconds ELAINE: No. There’s got to be a better way.

Skip to 3 minutes and 26 seconds GERRY: Keep us steady. Keep– keep us steady.

Skip to 3 minutes and 32 seconds No, I can’t see. Can’t see her. Mum.

Skip to 3 minutes and 40 seconds IRENE: Gerald, get down from there at once you stupid boy!

Skip to 3 minutes and 47 seconds [CRASHING]

Skip to 3 minutes and 50 seconds GERRY: Has this happened before? How many times?

Skip to 3 minutes and 54 seconds ELAINE: None.

Skip to 3 minutes and 54 seconds CHARLOTTE: Mum.

Skip to 3 minutes and 55 seconds ELAINE: Not so you couldn’t get the door open.

Skip to 3 minutes and 57 seconds CHARLOTTE: Mum, yes it has.

Skip to 3 minutes and 58 seconds ELAINE: Yes, well– but she woke up early, and she hadn’t hurt herself.

Skip to 4 minutes and 2 seconds GERRY: Why am I not being told about this? I’m only three miles down the road.

Skip to 4 minutes and 6 seconds ELAINE: I’m dealing with it, Gerry. I can’t keep calling you every five minutes of the day.

Skip to 4 minutes and 11 seconds GERRY: Every five minutes now, is it?

Skip to 4 minutes and 13 seconds CHARLOTTE: Yeah.

Skip to 4 minutes and 14 seconds ELAINE: No!

Skip to 4 minutes and 14 seconds GUY: Well, it’s every day at least. Like, it’s every day when I’m here.

Skip to 4 minutes and 17 seconds ELAINE: Mind your own business, Guy. You’re not family.

Skip to 4 minutes and 20 seconds CHARLOTTE: Don’t speak to him like that.

Skip to 4 minutes and 21 seconds TIMOTHY: Charlotte, don’t start on your mother.

Skip to 4 minutes and 23 seconds CHARLOTTE: You’re not family either. Well, only recently, but not proper family.

Skip to 4 minutes and 27 seconds TIMOTHY: I think you’ll find it’s usually me who tracks her down on the street when you leave the door open when you come home late.

Skip to 4 minutes and 32 seconds GUY: Oi!

Skip to 4 minutes and 33 seconds IRENE: I am here.

Skip to 4 minutes and 34 seconds TIMOTHY: Or maybe it’s you that leaves the door open, Guy.

Skip to 4 minutes and 38 seconds GERRY: How long has she been wandering off?

Skip to 4 minutes and 40 seconds IRENE: I am here, you know.

Skip to 4 minutes and 41 seconds ELAINE: Who knows who leaves the door unlocked?

Skip to 4 minutes and 44 seconds GUY: Yeah, and it’s not me because I don’t have a key.

Skip to 4 minutes and 48 seconds GERRY: Can anyone here tell me how long she has been wandering off for?

Skip to 4 minutes and 54 seconds ELAINE: She’s not in your house, she’s with me every day making messes and needing and taking to hospital.

Skip to 5 minutes and 3 seconds GERRY: My house is not big enough for her.

Skip to 5 minutes and 5 seconds TIMOTHY: You downsized at a convenient point, Gerry.

Skip to 5 minutes and 8 seconds GERRY: That’s none of your business, Tim. What about your place? Aye, you’ve got your feet well under the table here, haven’t you?

Skip to 5 minutes and 16 seconds ELAINE: You be careful what you say, Gerry.

Skip to 5 minutes and 18 seconds CHARLOTTE: He has a study in his house. What are you studying, Uncle Gerry, astrophysics?

Skip to 5 minutes and 22 seconds GERRY: Yeah well, look– no. We’re taking in a foreign student. All right? The uni pays for that.

Skip to 5 minutes and 27 seconds IRENE: Please stop.

Skip to 5 minutes and 28 seconds GERRY: How long’s that been? Two years? Three years? Oh, that’s it. That really is the limit!

Skip to 5 minutes and 35 seconds IRENE: Stop it! Stop it all of you!

Skip to 5 minutes and 37 seconds ELAINE: Mum!

Skip to 5 minutes and 38 seconds IRENE: I know I’m not wanted.

Skip to 5 minutes and 45 seconds GUY: Ah, it’s OK, Nan. Here, have a chip. [CHATTER]

Skip to 5 minutes and 50 seconds CHLOE: If I get the care home, I’m walking. I don’t care.

Skip to 5 minutes and 54 seconds HEATHER: I did it once already. So?

Skip to 5 minutes and 56 seconds CHLOE: And how bad was it?

Skip to 5 minutes and 58 seconds HEATHER: Not bad, just boring. There’s literally nothing to do there.

Skip to 6 minutes and 5 seconds LUCY: It’s a complete waste of time.

Skip to 6 minutes and 7 seconds HEATHER: You can’t even change the TV channel to anything good.

Skip to 6 minutes and 11 seconds CHLOE: A month in there, it will feel like a year.

Skip to 6 minutes and 13 seconds LUCY: Geriatrics. There’s literally nothing to learn.

Skip to 6 minutes and 16 seconds CHLOE: If you go back there, Heather, you’ll never catch us up. You’ll qualify for nothing when you leave.

Skip to 6 minutes and 21 seconds HEATHER: Stop it. Would you just come on?

Skip to 6 minutes and 24 seconds ELAINE: You want a sandwich?

Skip to 6 minutes and 26 seconds GERRY: No, no, no. Not allowed to on this diet. No carbs.

Skip to 6 minutes and 30 seconds ELAINE: Oh, you can have a sandwich. What about half a sandwich?

Skip to 6 minutes and 32 seconds GERRY: That’s still a sandwich, only smaller.

Skip to 6 minutes and 35 seconds ELAINE: Oh, you’re just like Mum. She doesn’t eat anything either. I’ve got to make her everything now. And if she does take it upon herself to make something, she makes such a mess.

Skip to 6 minutes and 44 seconds GERRY: Aye, she was always feeding me. That’s what’s led to my issues.

Skip to 6 minutes and 48 seconds ELAINE: What issues? And don’t talk about her like she’s dead.

Skip to 6 minutes and 52 seconds GERRY: You know what I meant. When I was a youngster, she was always giving me sandwiches. Oh, and the biscuits mind.

Skip to 6 minutes and 58 seconds ELAINE: When people came round, lots and lots of plates of biscuits.

Skip to 7 minutes and 2 seconds GERRY: And the guests never ate them, so they were always given to us. Ah, the good ones as well.

Skip to 7 minutes and 6 seconds ELAINE: Dad never eat them.

Skip to 7 minutes and 8 seconds GERRY: I know. Why was that?

Skip to 7 minutes and 10 seconds ELAINE: Because he only like bourbons and Mum never bought bourbons.

Skip to 7 minutes and 13 seconds GERRY: What, on purpose?

Skip to 7 minutes and 14 seconds ELAINE: Of course on purpose. [LAUGHTER]

Skip to 7 minutes and 18 seconds GERRY: So how’s work? Busy?

Skip to 7 minutes and 21 seconds ELAINE: You know I’ve had to drop hours.

Skip to 7 minutes and 22 seconds GERRY: No.

Skip to 7 minutes and 24 seconds ELAINE: When I’m not here at home, that’s when things start to go wrong, and I don’t mean things like leaving the freezer door open. That’s only a wet kitchen floor and ruined chips.

Skip to 7 minutes and 35 seconds GERRY: Oh Elaine.

Skip to 7 minutes and 38 seconds ELAINE: I don’t know when I come home from work and I find her crying because she’s scared. She’s scared because I don’t come home. And I don’t even know how long she’s been on her own or how long she’s been upset. She can’t be left on her own.

Skip to 7 minutes and 53 seconds GERRY: Well what about Timothy?

Skip to 7 minutes and 54 seconds ELAINE: He has to work too.

Skip to 7 minutes and 56 seconds GERRY: Yeah, but what I mean is, can he not work and you stay here and look after her?

Skip to 8 minutes and 2 seconds ELAINE: Tim’s struggling just now. He’s not getting the hours he used to, Gerry. Please don’t say anything about it, but he’s worried. And I get worried with him, and then I go at my work and I can’t keep my mind on my work because I’m thinking they’re going to fire me. And then I come home and make the dinner, and I can’t find the forks because she’s hidden them all. I’m telling you, Gerry, I’ve had enough. I’ve really had enough. I mean, my heart’s broken with it. I’m just broken.

Skip to 8 minutes and 32 seconds GERRY: Why did she hide the forks?

Skip to 8 minutes and 35 seconds MARTIN: These are your placements. Please make a note of the times and locations. That’s all for this week. Thank you.

Skip to 8 minutes and 45 seconds HEATHER: Not again. I can’t do this again.

Skip to 8 minutes and 48 seconds LUCY: Why have I got it? This is crap. Of course you’re safe Chloe, cow.

Skip to 8 minutes and 54 seconds CHLOE: Mr. Martin recognises my superior potential. Not like you two losers.

Skip to 8 minutes and 59 seconds LUCY: Sir–

Skip to 9 minutes and 0 seconds MARTIN: Martin. Lucy please, we’re not in school.

Skip to 9 minutes and 3 seconds LUCY: I’ve been in the old folks home, Mr. Martin.

Skip to 9 minutes and 7 seconds MARTIN: I know, I know. Look, I don’t find nursing home placements beneficial to anybody, but this is the way things are set up, so–

Skip to 9 minutes and 15 seconds LUCY: Mr. Martin–

Skip to 9 minutes and 17 seconds MARTIN: There may be a place in Surgical, at a push. I think you can offer more than a care home allows, so leave it with me, OK?

Skip to 9 minutes and 26 seconds LUCY: Thanks, Mr. Martin.

Skip to 9 minutes and 29 seconds CHLOE: How’d you pull that off?

Skip to 9 minutes and 31 seconds LUCY: Who cares?

Skip to 9 minutes and 33 seconds HEATHER: How did this happen to me? How?

Episode One

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