THURSDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2018
A Lookout Point Limited production for The BBC
Holly helps Leona investigate a lead at a hospital.
Ed struggles with his conscience after a night working on the Post's showbiz desk.
Leaving the London flat at which he regularly meets Krystyna (Kasia Koleczek), a sex worker, Duncan (Ben Chaplin) receives a text from “Matthew” asking for a favour.
At The Post’s daily conference Duncan orders his staff to uncover anything they can about steel union boss Frank Powell, in order to discredit Powell’s calls for re-nationalisation. Duncan messages Matthew, who is clearly very powerful, to inform him that he has fulfilled the favour.
At The Herald, Amina (Priyanga Burford) is focused on balancing the newspaper’s commitment to serious journalism with its declining sales figures. Leona (Ellie Kendrick), keen to get her name on a big story, is given a tip-off about a possible hospital related story by Holly (Charlotte Riley). When Leona’s attempt to take a shortcut to the truth is unsuccessful, Holly takes on the job herself, travelling through the night to the hospital in Leicester. James (Al Weaver), returning from a trip to India with a story on child labour, criticises Amina’s plans to address The Herald’s financial difficulties through extra advertising.
Ed (Paapa Essiedu) is sent, along with The Post’s Showbiz Editor, Angie (Thalissa Teixeira), to a celebrity-filled Halloween party. When he gets talking to Belle Hicks (Lauren Drummond), a high-profile children’s TV presenter, Angie spots the opportunity for a scoop and encourages him to secretly record Belle’s candid conversation about her colleagues. The story makes The Post’s front page, and Ed is surprised by Belle’s reaction. His struggles with his conscience are compounded by the fact he has nowhere to live, until he finds an unlikely flatmate.
Duncan’s wife, Sarah (Natasha Little), is aware of his continued infidelity and asks him to move out of the home he shares with her and their son. Over dinner with Amina, Duncan appears sanguine about the end of his marriage, but reveals that he has his eye on someone professionally: Holly.