|Based on||Operation Yewtree|
|Written by||Jack Thorne|
|Directed by||Marc Munden|
|Composer(s)||Cristobal Tapia de Veer|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||4 (list of episodes)|
|Production company(s)||The Forge|
|Original network||Channel 4|
|Original release||20 September –|
11 October 2016
It stars Robbie Coltrane as Paul Finchley, a once successful comedian of the 1980s and early 1990s, now hosting a television quiz show. He is accused of raping several young women in the early 1990s. Julie Walters plays his wife Marie, and Andrea Riseborough plays his daughter Dee.
- Robbie Coltrane as Paul Finchley
- Julie Walters as Marie Finchley (Finchley's wife)
- Andrea Riseborough as Danielle "Dee" Finchley (Finchley's daughter)
- Tim McInnerny as Sir Karl Jenkins (Finchley's former comedy partner, now a major star)
- Babou Ceesay as Jerome Sharpe (Finchley's solicitor)
- Mark Lewis Jones as Gerry (investigator)
- Nadine Marshall as DI Palmer
- Kate Hardie as Rebecca Thornton (alleged rape victim)
- Susan Lynch as Christina Farnborough (former babysitter)
- Graeme Hawley as Dan
- Cara Barton as Young Dee Finchley
- William Wright-Neblett as Billy (Dee's son)
- Trystan Gravelle as Young Paul Finchley
- Lucy Speed as Young Marie Finchley
- Kerry Fox as Zoe Darwin (Finchley's barrister)
- Renaee-Mya Warden as Frances
- Jeremy Swift as Simon
- Rosalind Eleazar as Georgina (a prostitute)
- Ed Eales White as Young Karl Jenkins
- Sarah Middleton as Young Rebecca Thornton
- Ruby Ashbourne Serkis as Young Christina Farnborough
- Vivienne Bell as Stella
- David Fleeshman as Judge
- Sam Hoare as Tom
- Ben Lloyd-Hughes as Freddie
- Ronnie Fox as Taxi Driver
- Vicki Hackett as Receptionist
- Ian Puleston-Davies as Leo
- Johann Myers as Dave
- Catherine Breeze as Nurse
- Darren Boyd as Hamish
- Lee Mack as Himself
- Robert Webb as Himself
- Alan Carr as Himself
- Frank Skinner as Himself
- Victoria Derbyshire as Herself
- Air date 20 September 2016
- After an awards ceremony, veteran comedian Paul Finchley is arrested on suspicion of raping Rebecca Thornton in 1993. This has a hard impact on him and his family. His Catholic wife, Marie, is horrified and his daughter Dee, a recovering drug addict, cannot take it in. Paul's life goes into a downward spiral as he is dropped from his presenting duties and to make matters worse, he faces more charges as more women come forward, including an alleged under-age victim.
- Air date 27 September 2016
- Dee begins to wonder if her father, Paul, was abusing her as a child. She attempts to confront her former babysitter, Christina, who has formally accused Paul. Flashback sequences show that Christina introduced Dee to drugs. On deciding that Paul is innocent, Dee crashes her car in a suicide attempt.
- Air date 4 October 2016
- Marie is confronted by Rebecca in the Ladies toilet at court. She starts questioning Paul's innocence. Paul is advised by his barrister to claim he had consensual sex with Rebecca. Marie starts wondering why she has stayed married to Paul, despite his numerous extra-marital affairs.
- Air date 11 October 2016
- Marie has sex with Karl, Paul's former comedy partner, who has been in love with her for decades. Only two of Paul's accusers have persisted in their claims. In court, Christina is proven to have lied, claiming that Paul raped her in his luxury car, which was in fact being driven by Marie (who committed a traffic offence, proven by police records) in another city that day. Rebecca, once a besotted admirer, is ridiculed by Paul's (female) barrister for having written him a fan letter a year after the alleged assault. Paul is cleared of raping both women.
- However, a flashback sequence confirms that he did have sex with Christina, who had been flirting with him. The sex was consensual but Christina was only 15 at the time. Flashbacks also show that Paul, who had recently learned that the TV network was losing interest in him and wanted to promote Karl as a bigger star going forward,did have sex with Rebecca in his caravan whilst filming on location. Karl was outside the caravan and overheard Rebecca's screams, but this is implied as role play therefore leaving Paul's guilt for the viewer to decide. He backed Paul in court due largely to his own guilt for lusting after and finally sleeping with Paul's wife. After the verdict, it is implied that Marie leaves Paul, and his relationship with Dee seems strained.
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