A Domestic

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01Disclosure20110307

Lawyers Kim and Olivier pay little attention to their Polish domestic.

Perhaps they should

A family cleaner sees and hears everything, from the pill packet that signals that her employers are no longer trying for another child, to that unfamiliar earring in the marital bed that signals something altogether more worrying.

Two successful family lawyers, prosperous and happily-married, pay little attention to their Polish domestic.

PETER JUKES' new domestic thriller series stars LYDIA LEONARD as Mariola, NEIL STUKE as Olivier, and CLARE LAWRENCE-MOODY as Kim.

A DOMESTIC is the story of Mariola, a young Polish cleaner who works for a well-to-do lawyer couple in London's leafy middle-class suburb of Chiswick.

As well as Mariola the Andersons employ a full time Spanish nanny, Elena.

Kim and Olivier Anderson seem to have a perfect marriage.

As lawyers who work mainly in the area of marital dispute and contracts they have a lot in common.

They laugh riotously at the antics their warring clients get up to trying to best each other in - and out - of court.

As well as being good friends the couple are caring parents to their adorable tot Russell.

Then one morning Mariola finds an earring in the marital bed.

It doesn't look like the sort of earring Kim would wear.

Mariola looks closer.

It belongs to Elena, the nanny!

Mariola panics.

She comes from a broken family in rural Poland.

She is very fond of the Andersons.

Even if their humour at others' expense she occasionally finds troubling, she desperately wants harmony to rule.

She is especially attached to little Russell and fears for his security and happiness if the truth gets out.

Accordingly, she returns the earring to Elena's room.

And from this act events unfold that threaten to plunge the family into acrimony, break-up and finally a surprising and scary brand of domestic violence.

Is it possible that the couple who enjoyed much humour at the expense of their furious and vengeful clients could find themselves in their shoes?

Episode 1: Disclosure

Kim and Olivier, both lawyers in the field of marital breakdown and divorce, don't pay attention to Mariola, their Polish domestic who hears and see everything.

Mariola - Lydia Leonard

Olivier - Neil Stuke

Karen - Clare Lawrence-Moody

Dr Kevin Rorty - Sean Baker

Anna - Christine Kavanagh

Elena - Sally Orrock

Russell - Deeivya Meir

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

02Irretrievable20110308

Mariola finds the nanny's earrings in the marital bed, a clue to the faltering marriage.

by Peter Jukes

A cleaner hears everything, sees everything, and yet no one pays her any attention.

As Olivier and Kim's marriage falters, Mariola sees signs and clues everywhere.

Money hidden in a shoebox.

A shot gun in the cellar.

But to what extent is she watching the breakup and to what extent precipitating it? And how far will Mariola go to recover the family she has lost? To the brink of madness or a tragic crime?

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Episode 2: Irretrievable

Ever since she discovered the Nanny's earrings in the marital bed, Mariola has seen the Andersons' marriage fall apart.

But as the builders move in, and Olivier showers his wife with gifts, will he be able to win back her heart?

Mariola - Lydia Leonard

Olivier - Neil Stuke

Karen - Clare Lawrence-Moody

Dr Kevin Rorty - Sean Baker

Anna - Christine Kavanagh

Elena - Sally Orrock

Russell - Deeivya Meir

Shane - Sam Dale

Jurek - Lloyd Thomas

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

03Mediation20110309

Mariola tries to clear up the mess she has made of her employers' marriage.

A Cleaner hears everything, sees everything, and yet no one pays her any attention.

As Olivier and Kim's marriage falters, Mariola sees signs and clues everywhere.

Money hidden in a shoebox.

A shot gun in the cellar.

But to what extent is she watching the breakup, and to what extent precipitating it? And how far will Mariola go to recover the family she has lost? To the brink of madness or a tragic crime?

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Episode 3: Mediation

Mariola tries to clear up the mess she has made of her employers' marriage and protect their young son, Russell.

But nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors, and intervening in a domestic conflict can make things worse.

Mariola - Lydia Leonard

Olivier....Neil Stuke

Karen - Clare Lawrence-Moody

Dr Kevin Rorty - Sean Baker

Anna - Christine Kavanagh

Elena - Sally Orrock

Russell - Deeivya Meir

Shane....Sam Dale

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

04Petition20110310

Mariola finds herself caught up in a minefield: a litigious divorce between two lawyers.

A Cleaner hears everything, sees everything, and yet no one pays her any attention.

As Olivier and Kim's marriage falters, Mariola sees signs and clues everywhere.

Money hidden in a shoebox.

A shot gun in the cellar.

But to what extent is she watching the breakup, and to what extent precipitating it? And how far will Mariola go to recover the family she has lost? To the brink of madness or a tragic crime?

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Episode 4: Petition

As Olivier moves out of the marital home, Mariola finds herself cleaning for him and his wife, and soon caught up in a domestic minefield: a litigious divorce between two lawyers

Mariola - Lydia Leonard

Olivier - Neil Stuke

Karen - Clare Lawrence-Moody

Dr Kevin Rorty - Sean Baker

Anna - Christine Kavanagh

Elena....Sally Orrock

Russell - Deeivya Meir

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

05 LASTWithout Prejudice20110311

Mariola explains to her interrogator her final violent role in the break-up's denouement.

by Peter Jukes

A Cleaner hears everything, sees everything, and yet no one pays her any attention.

As Olivier and Kim's marriage falters, Mariola sees signs and clues everywhere.

Money hidden in a shoebox.

A shot gun in the cellar.

But to what extent is she watching the breakup, and to what extent precipitating it? And how far will Mariola go to recover the family she has lost? To the brink of madness or a tragic crime?

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Episode 5: Without Prejudice

Sacked by her two warring bosses, Mariola explains to her interrogator the final twists and turns of the domestic break up, and her final violent role in its denouement

Mariola - Lydia Leonard

Olivier....Neil Stuke

Karen - Clare Lawrence-Moody

Dr Kevin Rorty - Sean Baker

Anna - Christine Kavanagh

Elena - Sally Orrock

Russell....Deeivya Meir

Other parts played by Lloyd Thomas

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.