The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - SEVEN DAYS -

Can­cer. El­der abuse. Saviour sib­lings. Adul­tery. Drugs. Death. It’s been a busy time for the vil­lage – and the first four are all cur­rent. Small won­der ev­ery­one spends so much time in the pub – I need a drink just to watch the char­ac­ters in stress; liv­ing with it must be a nightmare.

On Tues­day, Zak’s con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rates (the can­cer vic­tim, not the saviour sib­ling – be grate­ful for small mer­cies) and he goes ab­sent with­out leave fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent at Belle’s school.

On Wed­nes­day, he is stum­bling around the moor, deliri­ous, and there’s a shock for ev­ery­one when the po­lice in­form the Din­gles that Zak does not have can­cer (phew, that’s one thing off the list – only to be re­placed by de­men­tia, pre­sum­ably). As Zak talks to an imag­i­nary Butch and Shadrach on Fri­day, Cain ar­rives on the moors (it’s not Cathy and Heath­cliff, let me tell you) and the two come to blows – a lit­tle too near the edge. Let’s add cliff stum­bling to the list of trau­mas.

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