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Coming Up is the Channel 4 talent scheme where new writers and directors have the opportunity to make an original film with a guaranteed network broadcast
Series 8 Summary
Coming Up 2013 returns with seven original dramas and stars a host of top British talent on both sides of the camera including Joe Gilgun, Una Stubbs, Celia Imrie, Jodie Comer and Adeel Akhtar.
Episode 1 - Henry
Karen loves her two-year-old son Henry, but feels that he could be better off without her.
Under huge pressure she makes a momentous decision, but an act of kindness from a stranger offers her hope for the future.
Written by John Donnelly, directed by Michael Pearce.
Episode 2 - Burger Van Champion
Denise is the 'Mega Mouthful Champion' at Mike's Burger Van. When Tom, her longstanding crush and a regular at the van, suggests that Denise enters an eating competition in America, the reluctant local legend thinks she might be in with a chance of winning his heart.
Written by Rick Edwards, directed by Iftekhar Gafar.
Episode 3 - Big Girl
Gemma and Hannah used to be best mates. On the eve of her Mum's wedding, Gemma escapes the pre-nuptials to reconnect with her old friend. However, Hannah is returning to Sierra Leone the next morning and won't say why.
Written by E V Crowe, directed by Leanne Welham.
Episode 4 - Doughnuts
Baz lives with his parents and his heavily pregnant wife, Roxy.
He doesn't pay rent, he sees his best mate at work every day and at the pub every night. He has an awesome car and basically he feels sorted.
But Roxy is looking for more and Baz doesn't know if he can deliver.
Written by Ishy Din, directed by Simon Neal.
Episode 5 - Sammy's War
Sammy takes drastic action to bring her war correspondent mother Frances back from Afghanistan. Frances, however, has no intention of staying.
New battle lines are drawn on the the homefront, leaving gran caught in the crossfire.
Written by Regina Moriarty, directed by Andrea Harkin.
Episode 6 - Call It a Night
On their nightly neighbourhood patrol of the Kilnamuck Estate, Van attempts to confess his love for Fiona. However, they are stymied by the early release of local gangster, Jackie Junior.
When their colleague Tommy is found dead, the gang must solve his murder and restore peace to the estate.
Written by Bronágh Taggart, directed by Samantha Harrie.
Episode 7 - Sink or Swim
Former synchronised swimmer Cynthia is looked after by grand-daughter Ellie, but Social Services want to take them both into care.
Ellie and her best-friend Cassia forge a desperate escape plan, but life on the run brings its own risks...
Written by Line Langebek, directed by Luke Snellin.
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