Fri 3 May 2013 9.00pm – 10.00pm ITV
Coming face to face with Serena for the first time in seventeen years, Poppy learns that her burgeoning romance with Al is to be shortlived, for he is a journalist. When Poppy is then arrested for approaching Serena, she hits an all time low. Back inside a cell, Poppy finds herself alone and helpless.
Serena’s life also takes an unexpected turn for the worse when her identity as the second Ice Cream girl is exposed to Evan and Vee. Devastated by his wife’s betrayal, Evan leaves taking Vee with him. With nothing left to lose, Serena decides it is time to confront the past once and for all as she visits Poppy in detention. Both Serena and Poppy deny murdering Marcus and as they piece together their memories of the fateful night they both finally believe the other is telling the truth…
Fri 26 Apr 2013 9.00pm – 10.00pm ITV
With Poppy out and on the hunt for revenge, Serena struggles to block out the disturbing memories from her past.
She turns to her mother for support but when Rachel’s health takes a sudden turn for the worse, Serena realises that this is a burden she must face alone. Continue reading ‘The Ice Cream Girls – Episode 2’ »
Fri 19 Apr 2013 9.00pm – 10.00pm ITV
Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe were briefly friends in the summer of 1995. But one night that summer, a horrific tragedy would strike and change their lives forever.
Today Serena returns to her hometown for the first time in seventeen years, stirring up memories of the secret she has concealed from her husband and daughter. Serena is haunted by the memory of a teenage love-affair with her teacher, Mr. Halnsley - an affair that Continue reading ‘The Ice Cream Girls – Episode 1’ »
International best selling novel The Ice Cream Girls has been adapted for ITV by Left Bank Pictures.
Lorraine Burroughs (DCI Banks, Lip Service, Fast Girls) and Jodhi May (The Scapegoat, The Jury, Strike Back) play the lead roles of Serena Gorringe and Poppy Carlisle.
The story follows two vulnerable teenage girls who, in the summer of 1995, are accused of murdering their schoolteacher. For seventeen years, the two girls go their separate ways, Poppy having been charged with the murder. Now in 2013, they are forced to confront each other and their dark, shared history.
While the drama plays out in the present, the events of that fateful summer unfold in flashback sequences. Had it not been for Serena’s teacher, Marcus (Martin Compston), these two girls from very different backgrounds might never have met.
As a lawyer’s daughter, Serena appears Continue reading ‘ITV presents The Ice Cream Girls’ »
Serena Farleigh is a middle class housewife living in Leeds with her teenage daughter and husband, a doctor. She is returning to the South Coast after seventeen years to care for her dying mother.
Serena was born late August 1978 to Rachel and Pete Gorringe. Her sister, Fez is three years her senior. Their father left home in 1981 and Serena never knew him. As a child, Serena was bright and popular. She did well at Continue reading ‘SERENA – LORRAINE BURROUGHS’ »
Poppy was born in October 1976. The result of a casual fling, she never knew her father.
Poppy’s mother Liz was only nineteen when she had Poppy, still almost a child herself. She continued to live with her own mother (Poppy’s Gran) who took on a great deal of the load of looking after Poppy. Poppy grew up feeling she had to emotionally support her mother, as Liz was not very reliable. Poppy’s early years, however, were relatively happy. Although she was quiet at school and felt the ‘free meals/one parent family’ stigma strongly, she had a very strong relationship with her grandmother, who helped her with school work and encouraged her to be ambitious. Gran also taught Poppy how to cook
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Marcus was born in a coastal town near Glasgow in 1968 and was the youngest of six children. Post University, Marcus moved to the southern coast in 1992. There he joined a teacher training college where he trained as a maths teacher. It was here that he fell for his lecturer, Marlene. They began an on-‐off relationship in 1993, which lasted several years.
Marlene would often try to end the affair but Marcus always convinced her otherwise, sometimes even threatening to inform her superiors. After completing the course, Marcus became a teacher at Serena’s school and became a well-‐liked and active staff member. He became head of department in 1994. Marcus Hansley was 27 years old when he was murdered.
Of 1st generation, Jamaican parents, born around 1956. Rachel worked hard to get to University to study law in the 1970’s and the birth of her two daughters did not stop her from achieving her goal. Her marriage however broke down after Serena’s third birthday.
Undeterred, Rachel became a solicitor for the local family law firm and soon became known for her loyal support of women who had been let down by their partners. She would often stay late advising her female clients through difficult times, sometimes to her daughters’ annoyance.
Rachel has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has been given six months to live.
Evan had always wanted to be a doctor. Calm, unflappable and from a family of doctors based in Leeds, his chosen Calling was no great surprise. Born to loving parents, with a couple of older sisters who mothered him, Evan doesn’t know what it’s like not to be loved.
This self confidence makes him kind and generous.
Evan fell in love with Serena, pretty much when he first saw her. When she got pregnant, he took it in his stride. It was earlier than he had expected to settle down, but by no means the end of the world. He’s a family man and would do anything for Vee and Serena
On The Ice Cream Girls…
Jodhi May (Poppy): It’s a story about two girls who are involved in a murder when they’re teenagers. One of them is acquitted and one of them is sent to prison. After seventeen years my character Poppy is released from prison. It’s really about the relationship between these
two girls and how their lives have changed. How one has been burdened with the past and one has lived in denial of it. It’s a really great drama because we don’t see enough female led dramas and these are two great, strong, female roles.
Lorraine Burroughs (Serena): It’s about two girls leading completely polar opposite lives.
One of them locked up for seventeen years and the other going off to university, meeting the love of her life, having a baby, and creating a whole new life. Serena has created a family for herself in Leeds but has had to come back to Brighton where the piece is set to look after her mother. You want to see what happens to these girls. Essentially, who was it that actually did this crime? I think it will keep people on the edge of their seats.
On the characters…
JM: It feels as if there are two different Continue reading ‘Cast Quotes’ »