The Secrets (2014– )
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A chance call from a doctors' surgery leads housewife and mother Lexie Turner to learn that her husband Philip is leading a double life with another wife, therapist Zara, and their child. ... See full summary »

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Dominic Savage

Writer:

Elinor Cook
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Episode credited cast:
Scarlet Billham ... Surgery Receptionist
Ben Chaplin ... Philip
Emilia Fox ... Zara
Joanne Froggatt ... Lexie
Sophie Thompson Sophie Thompson ... Becca
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A chance call from a doctors' surgery leads housewife and mother Lexie Turner to learn that her husband Philip is leading a double life with another wife, therapist Zara, and their child. Posing as a client Lexie visits Zara to sound her out before angrily confronting Philip. The women meet to discuss what they should do but when Philip arrives and suggests they continue the arrangement an irate Lexie walks out. Written by don @ minifie-1

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10 September 2014 (UK) See more »

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Moody Drama of Infidelity
19 November 2014 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

In plot-terms, the summary says it all: this is a drama of discovery, as Lexie (Joanne Froggatt) discovers to her horror that husband Philip (Ben Chaplin) has been leading a double life by pretending to go away to work and in reality living for half a week with ex-girlfriend Zara (Emilia Fox).

Dominic Savage's production makes considerable use of the close-up, focusing on the female protagonists' eyes and mouths as they try to come to terms with the extreme situation. In contrast Philip seems tongue-tied, almost as if he harbored a childlike desire not to be discovered; and when the truth emerges, he has no way of dealing with it other than to place the responsibility on to the two women.

"The Lie" is a drama focusing on how one man's self-centeredness destroys the lives of those around him. Zara tries to make the best of an impossible situation, but it's clear from the climactic scene (taking place in a park café) that nothing will ever be resolved. Although Lexie doesn't say anything, it's clear from her body language that she will never accept any of the solutions offered to her. Her final act is one of escape as well as defiance; having been manipulated once, she will not run the risk of it happening once more.

Joanne Froggatt doesn't say much, but her expressions convey far more than mere words in this taut drama, filmed in atmospheric gray, washed-out colors.


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