It was all too inevitable that the continuing battle between Dr Gemma Foster (Suranne Jones, right) and her slimy ex-husband Simon (Bertie Carvel) should claim an innocent casualty in their son Tom. And so it seemed to prove in last week’s episode, with his shocking attack on Max.
So will the parents now put their differences aside to help their child and understand just what’s going on inside his troubled teenage brain? Their history of unremittingly selfish behaviour doesn’t fill you with hope, and instead what we get tonight is perhaps the most shocking scene so far across both series as we discover just how impossible it is for the couple to expunge from themselves the love that has turned to loathing.
Meanwhile that nice handsome James is still around on the scene, and we can only pray that Gemma will see some sense and attempt to put her damaged past behind her.