22 year old, Preston lad, Danny re-lives his tour of duty in Iraq before returning home and taking up his old hobby of body-building - but this time he's doing it in a morgue.
"What it is, is that when someone is willing to sit with you, all exposed and vulnerable like they are, it makes you want to share, makes you tell 'em things you'd never tell anyone else."
Daughter of a bohemian mother, Mona is searching for a little security and the vestry of St. Barnabus provides what she needs. But it's a questionable 'divine encounter' that keeps her there; devotion or delusion - you decide.
"There were doors, locks, keys, commandments - remember me, honour me, respect me, thou shalt not, thou shalt not, thou shalt not - it was like sherbet on my tongue."
Jolly hockey sticks Millie has made a career out of the 're-invigoration' of Britain's honourable gents. Wielding a tennis racquet, quoting Betjeman and offering an indomitable service of meat and two veg; our Millie has just the remedy for recession-weary bankers.
"I say come one, come all. Come Rogers and Roberts, come Harrys and Humphreys, come to Millie Faucett-Reid's!"
After a big night out, Astrid creeps home and slips back into bed along-side long term boyfriend, Ben. In the hush of dawn we hear her confession and have to decide whether she is the cheat or the cheated.
"It wouldn't even occur to him that I could have done what I have. There could be all three of us in this bed and I still don't think it would cross his mind."
Scottish single mum, Bobby, is sacked for dealing Tesco vouchers out to the scheme. Three weeks before Christmas, and down on her luck, she becomes a home-help for local lady, Mrs. Beaton and sees what Christmas could have been if life had been kinder.
"I was standing there aw misty eyed, looking at her, wishin' I could take her hame and give her to ma kids for Christmas."
An American glory-boy, Miles was king of the trading floor before Merrill Lynch decided to send him to the London office in the summer of 2005. On July 7th, 2005 Miles boards a bus to Hackney Wick and the American dream explodes.
"I had lent Hasib Mir Hussain ten pence to buy a Mars bar ten minutes before he boarded a bus to Hackney Wick and pressed detonate."
Andre, originally Andrew, arrives at his trendy gallery one morning to find his boyfriend hanging from the rafters by an Hermes scarf - but why? Listen as Andre mourns the death of the shock factor, 'when we were something to look at' - and wonders whether we ever really needed it anyway.
"That bloody scarf; I've always maintained that a high price means high quality but who knew Hermes could take a man's weight?"
Seventeen year old, Jude takes his father's advice and spends the summer in the south of France where he meets his accommodating hostess, 60 year old Clara Moretti. Teenage obsession, in all it's vigour, plays out with disturbing consequences - idols cannot stay idols forever.
"I had inhaled the heavy scent of woman. Perfection did exist. Clara Moretti, my Madonna."
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