Moving On (DVD)

Acclaimed screenwriter Jimmy McGovern, best known for Cracker and the ensemble drama The Street, here is the brains behind Moving On, a series of five stand-alone yet interlinked dramas set in Liverpool. The clue is in the title – each story is about a character who has reached a turning point in their life and must find a way to move on. McGovern has assembled a team of both new and established writers to create the scripts. And, as with The Street, he has lined up ensemble casts for each episode who are among the finest of Britain’s television acting talent.

This series was first screened in the afternoons and then repeated very late night so you may well have missed it. That kind of scheduling is a shame when the writing and acting are as strong as here. Moving On doesn’t quite have the gut-punching intensity of The Street but the stories are no less powerful and this is a DVD well worth the money for some quality entertainment.

The Rain Has Stopped
Widow Liz returns from a seaside holiday with a new man in tow – a former Gurkha whom she wants to marry. Her adult children are opposed to the marriage and her neighbour shops her to the benefits office. Fiancé Damar leaves when he sees how much trouble his presence is causing. Will Liz go after the man she loves?

Bully
Colin was bullied at school and has turned his own son Andrew into a bully as a result. When Andrew picks on a neighbouring boy, Ryan, a serious rift develops between Colin and Les, Ryan’s dad. Andrew then runs away but a surprise helps Colin mend his ways and behaviour.

Drowning Not Waving
Ellie has to sell her house to clear massive debts. John, who was the school rebel in their youth, wants to buy Ellie’s the house and offers her a tenancy. They start a relationship but then Ellie discovers John may have made his wealth from drug dealing. Ellie must decide whether the allegation is true or not and if so, what she must do.

Dress To Impress
Jake finds sexy underwear hidden in his house and becomes convinced wife Laura is having an affair. Angry rows ensue as Laura furiously denies Jake’s accusation and he refuses to believe her. Their seventeen-year-old son Dan is forced to out himself as a closet transvestite to stop his parents splitting up. But will that be enough?

Butterfly Effect
Sylvie is a single parent who works in a hostel for homeless teenagers. Jacko, one of the residents, pulls a gun on her so she reports him. The gun is not found though, and Sylvie quits her job in fear. Later, she runs into Jacko by chance and her emotions boil over – she threatens him back and finds the courage to return to work and give evidence against him in court. 

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Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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