For Love's Sake (2013) - full transcript

For Love's Sake is a faith-based drama based on a true story. After the tragic death of her husband, Mary Walker falls into a spiral of suicidal depression and subsequently loses custody of her two boys. Through the intervention of her church community and a caring therapist, Mary regains her faith, experiences emotional healing, and finds the strength to fight a skeptical bureaucracy for custody of her children.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO OPEN A
PRESENT EARLY?

OK.

YES, PLEASE.

DON'T TELL YOUR MUM.

THANKS DAD.

YOU LIKE BIKES DON'T YOU, JAMES?

YES, DADDY, BUT I LIKE CARS TOO.

IM SORRY, PETER, I DIDN'T MEAN
TO FALL ASLEEP.

I KNOW.

IT'S FINE.

HOW'S YOUR HEAD?



IT'S BETTER.

CAN I HAVE A HUG?

WE DECORATED THE TREE.

I CAN SEE, IT'S WONDERFUL, WELL
DONE.

OK, BOYS. TIME FOR BED. OFF YOU
GO UP STAIRS.

WHO'S TELLING THE STORY TONIGHT?

DADDY.

YES.

GO ON.

DON'T FORGET TO PHONE YOUR MUM AND DAD AND LET
THEM KNOW WHAT WE'RE DOING FOR CHRISTMAS.

I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY CELEBRATE.

EVERYONE LIKES A GOOD PARTY.

I'LL CALL THEM TOMORROW WHEN I
GET BACK FROM NEWTON.

I THOUGHT WE WERE SPENDING THE
WEEKEND TOGETHER?



IM SORRY, MARY. I PROMISED ID
PREACH.

IT'S THREE DAYS BEFORE
CHRISTMAS.

DO YOU REALLY NEED TO?

I BELIEVE I SHOULD. IT'S THE
RIGHT THING TO DO.

I HATE IT WHEN YOU'RE NOT HERE.

I KNOW.

I LIKE IT WHEN WE'RE ALL
TOGETHER.

I NEED YOU.

I'LL ONLY BE GONE FOR A FEW
HOURS.

I'LL BE BACK BY DINNER AND THEN WE
CAN WRAP SOME PRESENTS. IT'LL BE FUN.

I WANT SOME CHOCOLATE.

I'LL GET YOU SOME.

AM I A GOOD MOTHER?

OF COURSE YOU ARE.

I NEED YOU TOO, YOU KNOW.

SUDDENLY THE DOOR BEHIND HIM
SLAMMED SHUT.

BANG!

HE PEERED INTO THE DARKNESS.

GOOSE PIMPLES RANG DOWN THE
BACK OF HIS NECK

AND MADE HIM SHIVER.

"OH NO" HE SAID

UNDER HIS BREATH,

"IT'S YOU!"

AND WE'LL FINISH IT TOMORROW.

DAD!

WELL, SORRY BOYS BUT IT'S REALLY
LATE AND YOU BOTH NEED TO SLEEP.

COME ON.

DAD.

YEAH?

WHAT'S WRONG WITH MUM?

NOTHING, JAMES, SHE'S FINE.

BUT SHE WAS CRYING.

I KNOW.

THAT'S BECAUSE...

SHE'S BEEN A BIT POORLY LATELY
AND SHE NEEDS TO SLEEP.

COME ON, LET'S PRAY.

I WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN.

I WANT TO BE LIKE YOU.

OK.

WELL, THAT'S GREAT.

WHAT ABOUT YOU, PAUL?

DO I HAVE TO?

WELL, IM NOT FORCING YOU TO
BELIEVE.

IT'S WHAT YOU WANT, THOUGH
ISN'T IT?

YES, THAT'S TRUE.

ID RATHER NOT.

OK, ERM, THIS IS NO LIGHT THING,

AND YOU CAN'T JUST DO THIS FOR
ME.

I WANT TO, DADDY.

OK, CLOSE YOUR EYES.

THANK YOU THAT JAMES WANTS TO
BECOME A CHRISTIAN.

PRAY WITH ME.

PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR BEING
NAUGHTY.

PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR BEING
NAUGHTY.

CHANGE MY HEART FOREVER.

CHANGE MY HEART FOREVER.

AND SAVE ME.

AND SAVE ME.

AMEN.

AMEN.

I DON'T FEEL ANY DIFFERENT.

OK, LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS
TOMORROW.

IT'S VERY LATE, AND YOU TWO DO
NEED TO SLEEP.

GOOD NIGHT.

GOOD NIGHT BOYS, LOVE YOU BOTH.

NIGHT.

DO YOU HAVE ANY RELATIVES WE
CAN CALL?

DON'T WORRY, WE'LL TAKE CARE OF
THINGS FOR NOW.

WHAT'S GOING ON?

HELLO, IM JOYCE SEVILLE FROM
NEXT DOOR.

WE'RE GOING TO GO AND BUY A
CHRISTMAS TREE TODAY.

WOULD IT BE HELPFUL IF WE TOOK
THE BOYS WITH US?

"I DON'T THINK OTHER PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WOULD
SHARE THE VIEW THAT THERE'S MOUNTING CHAOS"

UNBELIEVABLE.

TWO MORE YEARS OF RUNNING THIS PLACE
AND WE RETIRE SO WHAT DOES IT MATTER?

HE WALTZES IN FROM THE WEST INDIES, THE COUNTRY'S
ON ITS KNEES AND THAT'S THE BEST HE CAN DO.

ABSOLUTE SHAMBLES.

TEA?

I THINK I NEED SOMETHING
STRONGER THAN THAT.

COFFEE?

HELLO, MARGARET WALKER
SPEAKING, HOW CAN I HELP YOU?

YES, I CAN TALK...

OH...

I SEE...

WHAT'S HAPPENED?

OH, PLEASE NO...

WHAT'S UP, LOVE?

NO...

WHAT'S THE MATTER?

RIGHT...

WHAT IS IT?

RIGHT.

HOW DID IT HAPPEN?

I SEE...

HOW IS MY DAUGHTER IN LAW, MARY?

I UNDERSTAND, YES.

DADDY WOULD LOVE THIS.

WE DECORATED OUR TREE YESTERDAY.

BUT IT'S FAKE.

WHY AREN'T WE AT CHURCH TODAY?

I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO
COME WITH US.

DADDY'S SPEAKING AT ANOTHER CHURCH.
IS THAT WHY WE'RE ALLOWED HERE?

YES, JAMES, THAT'S RIGHT.

HI.

HELLO.

BACK ALL SAFE AND SOUND.

AH, THANK YOU, HELLO BOYS.

GRANDAD!

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

GONE TO GET A CHRISTMAS TREE.

AH, THANK YOU, THANKS VERY MUCH.

WHY ARE YOU HERE?

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME AND
SPEND CHRISTMAS WITH US?

THAT'S BRILLIANT.

AH!

PAUL?

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

YEAH, SURE, WHY NOT.

HOW ARE WE ALL GOING TO FIT IN
THE CAR?

AH, IT'S NO PROBLEM BECAUSE YOUR MUM
WILL STAY HERE FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS

AND ER, THEN SHE'LL COME AND
SPEND CHRISTMAS DAY WITH US.

IS DADDY GOING TO COME ALONG
TOO?

YES, JAMES, YOUR DADDY IS GOING
TO COME ALONG LATER.

HE'S ON A BUSINESS TRIP.

MY DADDY'S PREACHING AT A
CHURCH IN NEWTON.

OH...

ARE YOU SURE YOU DON'T WANT ME
TO STAY WITH YOU?

I NEED YOU TO LOOK AFTER THE
BOYS.

ARE YOU GOING TO BE OK?

NOT REALLY.

MY MINISTER IS ON THE WAY.

I'LL WAIT.

I NEED YOU TO LOOK AFTER THE
BOYS.

I DON'T WANT THEM HERE. FOR
THEIR SAKE.

WELL, IF YOU'RE SURE, WE'LL SEE YOU IN A COUPLE
OF DAYS. AND IF YOU NEED ANYTHING, YOU CALL.

RIGHT. WHO'S GOING TO PULL A
CRACKER THEN?

OH, EDWARD!

PAUL, HERE YOU ARE, YOU TAKE
ONE END.

JAMES CAN.

YOU BOTH CAN. HERE YOU ARE,
TAKE THAT.

ARE YOU READY?

ONE,

TWO,

THREE.

WHAT DID YOU GET?

A GREEN FROG.

OH LOVELY, WHAT ABOUT YOU?

A PLASTIC RING.

A PLASTIC RING!

YOU CAN GIVE IT TO YOUR NANA - SAVE ME HAVING
TO BUY HER AN ANNIVERSARY PRESENT WON'T IT!

DO YOU WANT SOME MORE TUR..

MARY... MARY!

WHAT'S WRONG WITH MUM?

SHE'S UPSET BECAUSE DAD'S NOT
HERE.

MUM SAID HE'S COMING AFTER HIS
MEETINGS.

WELL HE'S NOT.

HE IS. MUM SAID HE IS.

YOU DON'T GET IT DO YOU? STUPID.

IM NOT STUPID.

GRANDAD, CAN YOU TELL PAUL?

CAN I TELL PAUL, WHAT?

HE SAYS THAT DAD'S NOT COMING
UP AFTER WORK.

HE'S RIGHT, HE'S NOT.

WHY?

WHY DON'T YOU GO AND TALK TO
YOUR MUM ABOUT THAT?

DID THEY HAVE AN ARGUMENT?

HE'S NOT COMING, SIMPLE AS THAT.

YOU'RE JOKING WITH ME.

IM NOT JOKING.

BUT MUM SAID HE WAS COMING UP
AFTER HIS MEETINGS.

I KNOW WHAT YOUR MUM SAID.

HE'S NOT COMING.

NO.

HE'S NOT COMING!

WHY?

BECAUSE HE'S DEAD. YOUR DAD'S
DEAD.

NO.

IM SORRY.

BUT MUM SAID...

IM SORRY.

IM PROUD TO SAY PETER WAS A
FRIEND OF MINE.

HE WAS A WELL-LOVED MEMBER OF
THIS CHURCH,

A CARING HUSBAND AND FATHER,

A TALENTED TEACHER, A GIFTED
LAY PREACHER.

HE WAS...

IM A PSYCHIATRIST AND WHEN PETER
FIRST TOLD ME ABOUT CHRISTIANITY

I SAW NO NEED FOR GOD.

BUT HIS LOVE WAS SO PERSISTENT,

HIS ACTIONS ALWAYS POINTED ME
TO JESUS.

I...

THANK YOU MY BROTHER,

OH, IM GOING TO MISS YOU.

TODAY, WE MARK THE END OF
PETER'S JOURNEY ON THIS EARTH.

BUT WE ALSO COMMEND HIM TO THE
LOVE OF CHRIST

BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT, RIGHT
NOW, HE IS ALIVE

AND WITH GOD IN HEAVEN.

ABSOLUTE RUBBISH.

BECAUSE PETER, WAS A SAVED MAN.

MUM, WHERE ARE PAUL AND JAMES?

I DON'T KNOW DARLING.

MARY, IF THERE'S ANYTHING I CAN
EVER DO FOR YOU

PLEASE, YOU JUST LET ME KNOW,
OK?

IM GOING TO MISS THAT MAN.

YOU SHOULD HAVE TOLD JAMES THE
TRUTH.

I KNOW.

IT WASN'T RIGHT TELLING HIM HIS
DAD WAS AT A MEETING.

IM SORRY.

HOW ARE YOU GOING TO MANAGE?

IM NOT SURE.

WELL, YOU CAN'T WORK CAN YOU?

I SUPPOSE NOT.

WE CAN HELP.

WITH THE BOYS I MEAN.

RIGHT.

FUNERALS AREN'T THE PLACE FOR
CHILDREN.

WHAT ABOUT A CHANCE TO SAY
GOODBYE?

SHOULDN'T PUT THEM THROUGH IT.

THAT'S WHY THE BOYS AREN'T HERE.

IT COULD DAMAGE THEM.

ESPECIALLY HAVING TO LISTEN TO
ALL THAT.

SORRY?

THAT NONSENSE THE VICAR WAS
SPOUTING.

I DON'T THINK NOW'S THE TIME.

WELL IT DOES MAKE ME ANGRY.

FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON, PETER
WENT ALL RELIGIOUS.

EVERYBODY'S VERY UPSET.

YES, WELL DRAGGING US TO THAT
CHURCH DIDN'T REALLY HELP.

WHY COULD YOU NEVER RESPECT HIS
BELIEFS?

WE HAVE OUR OWN OPINION ABOUT
THE MEANING OF LIFE.

YOU BELIEVE WHAT YOU LIKE.

PETER WAS YOUR SON.

AND WHAT GOOD CAME OF ALL THAT
FAITH?

YOU TELL ME THAT.

I WISH I WENT TO THE FUNERAL.

WHY?

I WANTED TO SAY GOODBYE.

YOU'D HAVE GOT BORED AND THEN
BEEN UPSET.

NO I WOULDN'T.

OF COURSE YOU WOULD.

GRANDAD SAID, YOU'RE NOT STRONG
ENOUGH TO COPE.

I AM.

HE SAID PEOPLE NEED TO LEARN TO
COPE AND LOOK AFTER THEMSELVES.

WE'RE ON OUR OWN NOW.

HELLO, BOYS.

ID JUST LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU
TO MR. DUNKHILL HERE,

HE'S A SOCIAL WORKER FROM THE
COUNTY COUNCIL.

HELLO PAUL, JAMES. PLEASED TO
MEET YOU BOTH.

RIGHT, WELL, IVE COME TO SEE YOU
TODAY BECAUSE YOUR MUM IS VERY POORLY.

IT'S NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT BUT YOU'RE
GONNA HAVE TO STAY WITH SOMEONE ELSE

JUST UNTIL YOUR MUM GETS BETTER.

WHAT'S WRONG WITH HER?

SHE'S HAD TO GO TO HOSPITAL.

ARE WE ABLE TO VISIT MUM IN
HOSPITAL?

NOT AT THE MOMENT, JAMES, NO.
IM AFRAID SHE'S TOO POORLY.

WHERE ARE WE GOING?

YOUR CHURCH SUPPORTS A LOCAL
CHILDREN'S HOME.

THEY'VE FOUND PLACES FOR YOU
THERE.

NORMAN. HOW ARE YOU?

NOT SO BAD, JOHN. STILL ARGUING WITH
YOUR BOSSES ABOUT THE FUNDING CUTS.

I DON'T WRITE THE RULES, SORRY.

HAVE A SEAT BOYS.

SO, WHO HAVE WE GOT HERE THEN?

THE WALKER BOYS. REFERRED HERE
BY THE COUNTY COUNCIL

ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THEIR
CHURCH IN ELTON.

IVE GOT A SECTION ONE SIGNED BY
THE MOTHER.

WHAT'S A SECTION ONE?

I DON'T KNOW.

OK BOYS, YOU LISTEN TO MR.
WAKEFIELD,

HE'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU FOR NOW.

I'LL POP BY LATER IN THE WEEK.

LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER.

HEY, COME ON, CHIN UP. LT WON'T
BE FOR LONG.

OK BOYS COME ON, THIS WAY.

OH, HI JANET, IVE GOT THE
WALKER BOYS HERE,

CAN YOU TAKE THEM OVER TO THE
FLAT PLEASE?

YES NORMAN, COME ON BOYS CAN
YOU FOLLOW ME?

THANK YOU. OK BOYS,

SEE YOU LATER, BYE.

CAROL, MARTIN?

MARTIN, THIS IS PAUL AND JAMES.

CAROL!

SORRY.

CAROL, I WANT YOU TO LOOK AFTER
THESE TWO BOYS.

AND YOU'LL BE SHARING A ROOM
UPSTAIRS WITH MARTIN.

OK.

THESE ARE YOUR BEDS, THAT'S
YOUR WARDROBE.

OK.

WHY ARE YOU HERE?

OUR MUM'S IN HOSPITAL.

DO YOU LIKE CARS?

YEAH.

THESE ARE MINE, SO HANDS OFF
THEM.

YOU CAN LOOK AT THEM THOUGH.

THANKS.

HOW LONG ARE YOU GONNA BE HERE?

I DON'T KNOW.

MY MUM AND DAD'S CENTRAL
HEATING IS BROKEN.

OH.

IT'LL BE FIXED SOON THOUGH.

WE WON'T BE HERE LONG EITHER.

COME ON YOU THREE, TIME FOR BED.

DON'T FORGET TO SAY YOUR
PRAYERS.

CAN I HAVE A STORY?

I MEAN WITHOUT THE PAPERWORK,
NO, I MEAN, OUR HANDS ARE TIED.

YEP.

NO, WELL, IF THEY REALLY ARE AT
RISK THEN...

OK, YEP, WELL, GET BACK TO ME
WHEN YOU KNOW.

THANKS, BYE.

DID YOU AUTHORISE THIS?

AUTHORISE WHAT?

THERE'S NO WAY WE CAN FIND FOSTER
PARENTS FOR TWO CHILDREN AT ONCE.

WE JUST HAVEN'T GOT THE CARERS.

LN THIS CASE, IT'S THE ONLY
SOLUTION.

AND WE DON'T HAVE THE RESOURCES.

LET ME SEE THE NOTES.

PAUL AND JAMES WALKER WERE
RECEIVED INTO CARE IN JANUARY.

THEIR FATHER DIED IN A MOTOR
ACCIDENT IN DECEMBER

AND THEIR MOTHER SUFFERED A
RECURRENCE OF DEPRESSIVE ILLNESS.

ER, SHE TOOK AN OVERDOSE

WHICH LEAD TO THE BOYS
RECEPTION INTO CARE.

AND WHY SEND THEM TO A CHURCH
CHILDREN'S HOME?

MINIMUM DISRUPTION. THE BOYS
ARE TOGETHER,

THEY CAN STAY AT THE SAME SCHOOL

AND THERE'S CONTINUED CONTACT
WITH ELTON CHURCH.

AND HOW'S THE MOTHER?

STILL UNSTABLE AND CAN'T REALLY
COPE.

WHAT ABOUT RELATIVES?

THERE'S BEEN AN OFFER FROM THE
GRANDPARENTS. MARGARET AND EDWARD WALKER.

WELL, THERE YOU GO THEN.

MARY'S A CHRISTIAN. THE IN-LAWS
ARE ATHEISTS!

DOES IT MATTER?

WELL, IT WOULD GO AGAINST HER
WILL.

AND HER FAITH HAS TO BE
RESPECTED.

IF POSSIBLE, YES.

WELL, CLEARLY IT'S NOT POSSIBLE.

SEND THE BOYS TO THEIR
RELATIVES.

WELL, MARY MIGHT GET BETTER. I
MEAN, PERHAPS, WITH A LOT OF SUPPORT

WE COULD PLAN A RETURN HOME.

WE COULD OFFER HER HOME HELP,
DAY CARE DURING THE HOLIDAYS...

STRAWS? CLUTCHING? KEEP ME
POSTED.

HAVE YOU STOLEN THINGS BEFORE?

YEAH LOADS.

ID EVEN NICK YOUR STUFF, SO
YOU'D BETTER WATCH IT.

I THOUGHT WE WERE FRIENDS.

ONLY IF YOU DO THE DARE.

WE SHOULDN'T BE DOING THIS.

CHICKEN.

YEAH, JAMES, IF YOU'RE NOT GOING
TO DO THIS, STOP FOLLOWING US.

LET'S DO IT NOW.

WHAT DID YOU GET?

SWAP!

OK.

PRETTY COOL, GREAT.

WHAT? YOU'RE NOT HAVING ANY.

CHICKEN.

HI, BOYS.

HI, MUM.

HI, BOYS.

WHEN CAN WE COME HOME?

BOYS, WHY DON'T YOU GO AND PLAY
IN THE OTHER ROOM?

JAMES, COME ON.

YOUR BOYS HAVE SETTLED IN WELL.

AS WELL AS CAN BE EXPECTED.

WHEN MY HEAD'S CLEARER, I'LL
TAKE THEM BACK.

MARY. THE COUNTY COUNCIL WILL
LOOK AFTER YOUR CHILDREN,

BUT IVE BEEN TOLD THEY CAN'T
STAY HERE MUCH LONGER.

WHY?

WELL, THIS IS A CHURCH RUN
CHILDREN'S HOME.

IT COSTS THE COUNCIL TOO MUCH
MONEY.

I CAN'T TAKE THEM BACK YET, JOHN.
I CAN'T, IM NOT READY, I CAN'T.

I KNOW.

OBVIOUSLY WE'D MUCH PREFER IT
IF THEY WERE WITH YOU.

BUT YOUR IN-LAWS HAVE SAID
THEY'RE WILLING TO HELP.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

NO.

WHY?

THEY DON'T BELIEVE IN GOD.

RIGHT.

PETER'S PARENTS HATED
EVERYTHING HE STOOD FOR.

IM SURE THEY'D BE RESPECTFUL OF
THE BOYS' BELIEFS.

THEY WEREN'T RESPECTFUL OF
THEIR FATHER'S.

AT LEAST THEY'RE FAMILY.

NO.

I WANT WHAT'S BEST FOR YOU AND
FOR THE BOYS.

LETS TAKE IT ONE STEP AT A TIME.

JOHN, I DO TRUST YOU.

MUM?

YEAH?

IVE GOT THIS TOY AND I WANT TO
KEEP IT SAFE.

WILL YOU LOOK AFTER IT FOR ME?

DON'T YOU WANT TO PLAY WITH IT
HERE?

NO I WANT YOU TO KEEP IT FOR ME.

ALRIGHT.

WHY AREN'T WE GOING HOME?

I CAN'T.

WHY?

IM SORRY, I CAN'T.

WHY AREN'T WE GOING HOME?

IM STRUGGLING TO COPE AT THE
MOMENT.

IM NOT THINKING STRAIGHT.

I LOVE YOU THOUGH.

THE CENTRAL HEATING'S BROKEN. WE'VE GOT NO HOT
WATER. YOU CAN COME HOME WHEN IT'S FIXED.

YOU CAN COME HOME THEN. I
PROMISE.

OK, MARY, SHALL WE GO?

LOOK WHAT GRANDAD'S GOT ME.

WOW.

HELLO, JAMES!

GRANDAD!

MY LITTLE RAY OF SUNSHINE.

THIS IS REALLY NEAT, GRANDAD.
THANK YOU.

AH, YOU'RE WELCOME, YOU'RE
WELCOME.

GRANDAD?

YES, JAMES.

HAVE YOU GOT ME ANYTHING?

OH, JAMES, OH, IM SORRY, I
FORGOT ALL ABOUT YOU.

IM SO SORRY. HANG ON.

WHAT'S THIS...

THERE YOU ARE, HOW ABOUT THAT,
THERE YOU GO!

THANK YOU.

IT'S LOVELY TO SEE EVERYONE.

NOW WHY DON'T YOU ALL GO OUT TO
PLAY?

YEAH COME ON, SHOW ME THE PARK,
EH?

COME ON, I'LL RACE YOU THERE,
LAST ONE THERE'S A BILLY GOAT!

COME ON, JAMES!

RIGHT, STRAIGHT TO THE POINT.

WE WANT THE BOYS OUT OF HERE.
THEY MUST COME AND LIVE WITH US.

MARY IS CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR
VIEWS ON FAITH.

THE BOYS CAN MAKE UP THEIR OWN
MINDS.

I WANT WHAT'S BEST FOR THIS
WHOLE FAMILY.

BUT I HAVE TO CONSIDER MARY'S
BELIEFS.

SHE ATTEMPTED SUICIDE.

I HOPE YOU'LL THINK OF THAT TOO
WHEN YOU CONSIDER HER BELIEFS.

I WROTE DAD A LETTER.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

I WROTE HIM A LETTER, SAYING I
LOVE HIM AND I MISS HIM.

WHY DID YOU DO THAT?

I THOUGHT THAT IF I THREW IT UP
INTO THE CLOUDS,

GOD MIGHT CATCH IT AND GIVE IT
TO HIM.

STUPID.

IM NOT STUPID.

I JUST WANT TO BE GOOD. FOR DAD.

HEY!

THE 13 YEAR OLD WAS RESIDENT AT
HIGHFIELD NATIONAL CHILDREN'S HOME,

AND SHE WAS FOUND HANGING FROM
A TREE THIS MORNING.

THE DEATH IS NOT BEING TREATED
AS SUSPICIOUS,

BUT IT HAS RAISED QUESTIONS,
ONCE AGAIN,

OVER THE EFFECTIVENESS OF
CHURCH RUN CHILDREN'S HOMES.

AND WE BESEECH THEE,

THAT WE, WITH ALL THOSE WHO ARE
DEPARTED IN THE TRUE FAITH...

WHEN YOU DIE, WHAT DO YOU THINK
HAPPENS TO YOU?

I DON'T KNOW.

IS CAROL IN HEAVEN?

IM SURE SHE IS.

SHE COMMITTED SUICIDE,

EVERYONE KNOWS SHE CAN'T GO TO
HEAVEN.

DON'T BE SO SILLY, PAUL.

DO YOU RECKON SHE'LL MEET MY
DADDY?

PERHAPS.

I DON'T WANT TO DIE.

SHH.

YOUR CHILDREN AREN'T IN DANGER.

I THOUGHT THEY WERE SAFE.

THEY ARE, ABSOLUTELY.

I MEAN, JAMES HAS HAD A FEW
NIGHTMARES BUT THAT'S TO BE EXPECTED.

PAUL SEEMS UNAFFECTED.

IM REALLY WORRIED, JOHN.

WE WON'T GET THEM INTO ANOTHER
CHILDREN'S HOME.

AND IT'S UNLIKELY WE'LL FIND
FOSTER PARENTS.

DON'T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT,
JOHN,

THEY AREN'T GOING TO LIVE WITH
MY IN-LAWS.

WE BELIEVE COMPLETELY OPPOSITE
THINGS.

IM UNDER A LOT OF PRESSURE
HERE. FROM ALL SIDES.

IM SORRY, I DON'T HAVE A CHOICE.

I'LL TAKE THEM BACK.

MARY.

I'LL TAKE THEM BACK. I CAN DO
THAT CAN'T I?

TECHNICALLY, AT THE MOMENT, YES.

I MEAN, THEY'RE UNDER A SECTION
ONE BUT...

I'LL WORK HARD AND I'LL MAKE
THINGS RIGHT.

I WANT THEM HOME.

WE'RE GOING HOME. MUM'S BETTER.

I HEARD AGES AGO.

I CAN'T WAIT. IT'S REALLY
EXCITING.

YEAH.

PEOPLE LIE.

NO THEY DON'T.

THEY DO. THEY TELL YOU THINGS
TO MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER.

WE ARE GOING HOME.

IM NOT. SEE YOU.

HI, MARY!

HI, JOHN. HELLO, BOYS!

COME IN, WELCOME HOME! COME IN!

JAMES, HOW ABOUT A HUG?

WHY DON'T YOU TAKE YOUR CASES
UPSTAIRS?

WELL DONE, MARY. IM REALLY
HAPPY FOR YOU.

I KNOW YOU'VE GOT A JOB TO DO
BUT YOU'VE BEEN A REAL FRIEND.

WELL, IF YOU NEED ANYTHING, SOCIAL
SERVICES IS ONLY A CALL AWAY.

I'LL POP BY NEXT WEEK TO SEE
HOW THINGS ARE GOING.

I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU.

THEY'LL BE FINE.

WE'LL ALL BE FINE.

RIGHT, WELL, HAVE A GREAT
EVENING.

STICK OR TWIST?

TWIST.

IM GONNA TWIST.

IVE GONE OVER.

WHY, WHAT HAVE YOU GOT?

TWENTY FIVE.

IVE GOT TWENTY ONE ANYWAY.

YOU'RE BUST.

HELLO BOYS, IVE GOT SOMEONE I
WANT YOU TO MEET.

THIS IS GEORGE.

HELLO, BOYS. WHO'D LIKE TO GO
FOR A PICNIC?

GREAT.

SO WHERE DID YOU MEET HIM?

LN THE HOSPITAL.

WAS HE A PATIENT?

YES.

HE REALLY LIKES YOU.

NO, DON'T BE SILLY.

ARRRRRGH!

BOYS?

CUP OF TEA?

YEAH, THANKS.

ARE YOU GOING TO GET MARRIED,
MUM?

NO, NO... DON'T BE SILLY,

HE'S JUST A FRIEND. THAT'S ALL.

HI, JOHN... I WASN'T EXPECTING
YOU.

I KNOW, I JUST THOUGHT ID POP
ROUND TO SEE HOW YOU'RE GETTING ON.

IM GOOD, IM GOOD, YEAH.

GOOD... HOW ARE THE BOYS?

GREAT. GIVING ME THE RUN
AROUND, BUT YOU KNOW...

I JUST WAS THINKING, IF YOU
WANTED ME TO...

MARY, WHERE'S THE CORKSCREW?

IM SORRY, I HAD NO IDEA YOU HAD
COMPANY, I WOULD NEVER HAVE...

IT'S FINE, HE'S JUST A FRIEND...

FINE. GREAT. WELL, I'LL ER...

DISAPPEAR AND LEAVE YOU TO IT.

THANKS JOHN, IT'S GOOD TO SEE
YOU.

MARY?

YOU'D BETTER GO.

YES.

IM GOING OUT, MUM.

I WANT YOU BACK BY NINE.

BYE, MUM.

I BET YOU HE'S LATE.

GO EASY ON HIM, GEORGE. I TRUST
HIM.

ARE YOU GOING TO BE OK MUM?

ERM, JAMES! THAT'S NOT A POLITE
QUESTION TO ASK.

NO, IT'S ALRIGHT.

THINGS ARE BETTER NOW AREN'T
THEY?

IT'S JUST THAT WE'RE NOT GOING
TO CHURCH OFTEN.

WELL, PERHAPS WE COULD GO ON
SUNDAY.

DO YOU STILL LOVE DAD?

YES.

WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU
SAID TO HIM?

I CAN'T REMEMBER.

I WISH I COULD.

I SAID I WANTED TO BE A
CHRISTIAN, THEN I PRAYED WITH HIM.

IM TRYING HARD TO BE GOOD BUT
IM JUST TOO SCARED IF I DIE.

I THINK YOU SHOULD JUST ENJOY
LIFE WHILE YOU'RE YOUNG.

BEING A CHRISTIAN ISN'T ABOUT
BEING GOOD.

IT'S ABOUT TRUSTING JESUS.

IF YOU KILL YOURSELF DO YOU GO
TO HEAVEN?

WHAT?

JAMES! THAT IS NOT A QUESTION
TO ASK!

IT'S NOT THE TIME AND IT'S NOT
THE PLACE.

YOU DO NOT ASK QUESTIONS LIKE
THAT!

GEORGE!

BUT MARY, HE NEEDS...

GEORGE,

BUT MARY...

NO!

I THINK IT'S TIME YOU LEFT.

MARY?

NO, PLEASE, JUST GO.

IF THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT.

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

OUT.

I TOLD YOU TO BE BACK BY NINE.

SO.

SO, NOT ONLY ARE YOU LATE,
YOU'VE BEEN STEALING FROM ME!

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

PAUL!

SO WHAT IF I HAVE? LT COMES OUT
OF MY CHILD BENEFIT.

THAT IS MY MONEY FOR LOOKING
AFTER YOU!

HOW CAN YOU BE SO SELFISH? SO
UNGRATEFUL?

IVE HAD IT UP TO HERE WITH YOU!

I WISH IT WASN'T DAD WHO DIED.

IT WAS ME MUM.

WHAT?

I SPENT IT ON SWEETS.

YOU TELL ME THE TRUTH!

I AM!

DON'T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT.

BOTH OF YOU, GO UP TO BED! I
SAID GO TO BED!

HELLO? HELLO? MARY, IS THAT YOU?

SOCIAL SERVICES.

PLEASE HELP. PLEASE I NEED SOME
HELP. PLEASE HELP.

JAMES. JAMES? JAMES.

WHAT'S GOING ON?

IT'S GOING TO BE FINE.

IM JUST GOING TO HAVE A QUICK
CHAT WITH JOYCE ALRIGHT?

THANK YOU FOR THIS, JOYCE.

IT'S OK.

HOW IS SHE?

NOT GREAT.

I THINK SHE'S JUST VERY TIRED.

ARE YOU SURE YOU DON'T WANT ME
TO TAKE PAUL AS WELL?

THE CHURCH ARE BUSY ORGANISING
ANOTHER CARER.

YOU'D BE VERY WELCOME TO COME
WITH US PAUL.

I'LL BE FINE.

HEATHER WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU...

I'LL GIVE YOU A CALL IN THE
MORNING.

THIS CASE HAS BEEN A COMPLETE
SHAMBLES.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

YOU CONVINCED ME TO MOVE THE BOYS
FROM THE HOME BACK TO THEIR MOTHER.

I THOUGHT SHE'D COPE.

YOU'VE BEEN INVOLVED WITH THAT
WOMAN FOR TOO LONG, JOHN.

"THAT WOMAN" HAS RIGHTS.

AND SO DO SOCIAL SERVICES.

SHE'S GETTING BETTER, STRONGER
EVERY TIME I SEE HER.

SHE'S GOT HYSTERICAL PSYCHOSIS.

I THINK THAT'S A MISDIAGNOSIS.

SHE'S NOT HISTRIONIC. SHE'S
DEPRESSED.

A DEPENDENT PERSONALITY
DEFINITELY.

OH YES? AND WHO DIED AND MADE
YOU PSYCHIATRIST?

IVE SEEN IT BEFORE. SHE NEEDS TO BE
ENCOURAGED TO STAND UP FOR HERSELF.

LOOK, LT CLEARLY STATES HERE

THAT SHE IS INCURABLE. "THERE IS
NOTHING MORE THAT CAN BE DONE FOR HER."

AND IT WOULD BE IN THE BEST
INTERESTS OF EVERYONE

"IF HER BOYS WERE TAKEN AWAY
FROM HER."

CLEARLY SIGNED BY HER GP.

I AGREE SHE'S FRAGILE BUT LOOK
AT HER CASE HISTORY.

SHE SUFFERED FROM DEPRESSION
AFTER THE BIRTH OF HER TWO KIDS.

THEN TO CAP IT ALL HER HUSBAND
DIES.

REGARDLESS OF THE CAUSE, MARY IS
INCAPABLE OF LOOKING AFTER HER CHILDREN.

SHE'S A GOOD MOTHER.

LOOK, STOP WASTING YOUR TIME AND GET
THOSE BOYS IN A SECURE ENVIRONMENT.

I THINK YOU'RE MAKING A MISTAKE.

AND I THINK YOU'RE TOO INVOLVED.

YOUR PROFESSIONALISM IS RIGHT
ON THE LINE HERE, JOHN.

IM GONNA TELL MUM YOU STOLE THE
CAR FROM MARTIN.

NO I DIDN'T.

GIVE IT BACK.

LADS, STOP TEASING.

JAMES!

MUM!

PAUL!

PAUL, LEAVE JAMES ALONE.

STOP TEASING EACH OTHER!

MUM!

JAMES!

PAUL! PAUL, STOP IT!

MUM!

PAUL, JUST LEAVE HIM ALONE!

MUM?

MUM?

MUM?

HAVE YOU SEEN MUM?

YEAH, SHE'S IN THE KITCHEN.

NO SHE'S NOT. I CHECKED.

MUM?

MUM.

MUM?

MUM?

MUM?

MUM?

HELLO, JOHN? IT'S PAUL WALKER
HERE...

IT'S MUM,

WE CAN'T FIND HER...

I THINK SHE'S...

I DON'T KNOW...

WE LOOKED ALL OVER THE HOUSE...

LN ABOUT THIRTY MINUTES? YES,
WE'LL WAIT FOR YOU...

NO, JAMES WILL BE FINE...

I UPSET MUM AND I LIED TO HER.

IVE MADE HER LIKE THIS.

IM SURE YOU HAVEN'T.

DO YOU THINK THINGS WILL BE OK?

HAVE FAITH, JAMES.

YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS FROM OUR
POINT OF VIEW, MARY.

YOU DISAPPEARED.

I WAS IN THE BATHROOM.

BUT THE BOYS WERE CALLING YOU.

I DIDN'T HEAR THEM.

IT'S NOT FAIR ON THEM.

YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT MY
CHILDREN.

THAT'S NOT TRUE.

I DON'T WANT THEM TO GO TO MY
IN-LAWS.

LISTEN, MARY. YOUR GP HAS SAID
THAT YOUR CONDITION CAN'T BE CURED.

THAT YOU'LL NEVER CARE FOR YOUR
BOYS AGAIN.

DO YOU BELIEVE THAT?

IT'S NOT UP TO ME.

JOHN, PLEASE.

SORRY, MARY, THE DECISION'S
BEEN MADE.

PLEASE.

LISTEN BOYS YOU UNDERSTAND THIS
IS FOR THE BEST?

YOUR MUM ISN'T WELL AT ALL.

BUT THEY LIVE MILES AWAY, WE'LL
NEVER SEE HER.

IT WON'T BE AS BAD AS YOU THINK.

HOW LONG ARE WE GOING FOR?

THIS IS A LONG TERM ARRANGEMENT.

BUT WHAT IF MUM GETS BETTER?

IM SORRY, JAMES, BUT I THINK
THAT'S VERY UNLIKELY.

JAMES? JAMES!

JAMES! STOP!

JAMES!

JAMES!

JAMES!

JAMES!

JAMES!

STOP!

JAMES!

GET OFF ME!

ALRIGHT JUST, CALM DOWN, CALM
DOWN, JAMES.

IT'S ALRIGHT. YOUR GRANDAD'S
COMING.

- CALM DOWN.
- TAKE IT EASY.

- SETTLE DOWN, CALM DOWN, JAMES.
- YOU'RE ALRIGHT, LAD.

JUST RELAX.

GET OFF ME!

WE'LL TALK ABOUT IT.

JAMES, JUST CALM DOWN.

IT'S ALRIGHT, LOVE, IT'S
ALRIGHT. IT'S OK, LOVE, IT'S OK.

COME ON, LET'S GO.

THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT. WE
SHOULD'VE DONE THIS LONG AGO.

IT'S ALRIGHT, IT'S ALRIGHT.

COME ON. COME ON.

NANA?

YES, JAMES?

WHAT SHOULD I CALL YOU?

SORRY?

SHOULD I CALL YOU MUM? NOW THAT
YOU'RE LOOKING AFTER US.

DON'T BE SILLY, JAMES. IM STILL
YOUR NANA.

COME ON.

IT DOES LOOK ALRIGHT, DOESN'T
IT?

I PROMISE YOU IT'S FINE.

OK.

IT'LL BE FANTASTIC. THEY'LL
LOVE IT.

HELLO BOYS.

WHAT'S HAPPENED TO YOU TWO?

NOTHING.

WELL, IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE
NOTHING.

WE'RE FINE.

JAMES FELL OVER ON THE WAY HOME.

OH WELL AS LONG AS YOU'RE BOTH
ALRIGHT THEN.

WE'RE FINE, GRANDAD.

GOOD. RIGHT, IVE GOT A BIG
SURPRISE FOR BOTH OF YOU.

IS MUM HERE?

COME HERE, BOTH OF YOU. COME
HERE, CLOSE YOUR EYES.

THAT'S IT.

WELL NOW, ARE YOU READY?

- RIGHT.
- OFF WE GO.

STRAIGHT AHEAD.

AND...

YOU'RE NOT PEEPING ARE YOU?

NO.

STOP.

KEEP 'EM CLOSED. RIGHT.

AND OPEN YOUR EYES.

WELL, WHAT DO YOU THINK?

YEAH, I SUPPOSE IT'S ALRIGHT.

OH, RIGHT. FINE.

JAMES? WHAT DO YOU THINK?

IT'S LOVELY.

WELL I THOUGHT YOU'D BE MORE
EXCITED THAN THAT.

WELL IM NOT FIVE, AM I?

PAUL!

IT'S ALRIGHT, IT'S ALRIGHT, LET
IT GO, LET IT GO.

I LIKE IT. I REALLY DO.

IT TOOK US ALL AFTERNOON.

IT'S JUST.

WHAT?

I JUST WISH I COULD OF HELPED
DECORATE IT. THAT'S ALL.

NOT WHILE IM COOKING PLEASE.

PAUL, I WONT TELL YOU AGAIN,
OUT! OUT!

HE'S ALWAYS UNDER MY FEET. I
SWEAR HE DOES IT ON PURPOSE.

WHY DON'T I TAKE THEM OUT AFTER
LUNCH, EH?

WORK OF A BIT OF THAT ENERGY.

GRANDAD?

MMM?

WHEN DID YOUR DAD DIE?

OH, HE DIED A LONG LONG TIME
AGO.

I WAS THREE. I NEVER REALLY
KNEW HIM.

PERHAPS YOU WILL KNOW HIM WHEN
YOU GO TO HEAVEN.

WELL...

MY DAD'S IN HEAVEN.

JAMES, WHEN YOU'RE DEAD YOU'RE
DEAD. THAT'S IT. OVER.

I BELIEVE IN GOD.

WELL OF COURSE ITS FINE IF YOU
WANT TO BELIEVE THAT.

IF YOU WANT YOU COULD EVEN GO
TO CHURCH.

I DONT THINK I WANT TO GO BY
MYSELF.

I'M JUST ASKING IF YOU THINK
GOD IS REAL?

NO. JAMES, I DON'T.

SO WHY ARE WE CELEBRATING
CHRISTMAS?

WHAT?

WHAT IS CHRISTMAS FOR?

WELL, IT'S FOR THE FAMILY.

LOOK, WHY DON'T YOU GO AND PLAY
WITH PAUL?

YOU'VE HARDLY TALKED TO HIM ALL
DAY.

NOW IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD
LIKE US TO PRAY ABOUT?

ERM. YES PLEASE.

CAN WE PRAY FOR THE WALKER
FAMILY?

HOW ARE THE BOYS?

STILL WITH THEIR GRANDPARENTS.

MAY I?

OH YES?

DEAR LORD,

WE PRAY, LORD, THAT

HOWEVER DARK THE WALKER'S LIVES
MAY SEEM RIGHT NOW

THAT, THAT THEY WOULD GROW TO
LOVE YOU

AND SEE THE GOOD THAT YOUR LOVE
CAN BRING THEM.

THAT, RIGHT NOW, YOU WOULD

WORK IN THEIR LIVES,

FOR YOUR GLORY, FOR SOMETHING
WONDERFUL

AND BEAUTIFUL.

WE PRAY THESE PRECIOUS NAME OF
JESUS.

AMEN.

AMEN.

HELLO SIR, HELLO. HOW'S THE
JOURNEY?

I'LL TAKE THEM FOR YOU.

ALL YOU EVER TALK ABOUT IS GOD.

IT'S IMPORTANT.

NO, IT'S NOT.

IT'S WHAT DAD BELIEVED.

SO. LT DOESN'T MAKE IT TRUE.

GOD'S NOT REAL.

YOU KNOW WHY MUM CAN'T LOOK
AFTER US, DON'T YOU?

SHE'S POORLY AND SHE NEEDS TO
GET BETTER.

NO, BECAUSE SHE'S MAD AND SHE
KEEPS TRYING TO KILL HERSELF,

THAT'S NOT TRUE.

YES, IT IS.

MUM WOULD RATHER DIE THAN LOOK
AFTER US.

IDIOT.

IT'S ROOM NUMBER THREE AND THERE
IS A BELL IF YOU WANT ANYTHING.

GET OFF!

SORRY ABOUT THIS. DO YOU MIND
SETTLING YOURSELF?

I'M SORRY ABOUT THAT. IM SORRY.

GET OFF!

HEY,

IDIOT.

HEY, HEY, HEY, HEY. COME ON,
COME ON, PACK IT IN.

PACK IT IN.

PAUL, GO TO YOUR ROOM, GO ON,
GO ON.

COME ON, WHAT'S ALL THIS ABOUT,
LAD?

I HATE MY LIFE.

JAMES, JAMES!

PAUL, OUT OF MY WAY.

GUESTS OF JUST ARRIVED AND IM
UP TO MY EYES IN IT.

THERE IS NO GOD.

I DONT KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO.

JUST GIVE IT TIME, LOVE.

THEY WILL SETTLE DOWN.

WILL THEY?

I THINK SO, YES.

WE SHOULDN'T BE DOING MARY'S
JOB FOR HER.

I REALLY APPRECIATE THESE
TALKS, JOYCE.

I DO TO.

GETS ME OUT OF THE HOUSE.

I MISS MY BOYS, JOYCE.

I FEEL REALLY LOST.

WHY DON'T YOU COME ALONG ON
SUNDAY?

WE'D ALL LOVE TO SEE YOU.

I DONT KNOW, I FEEL LIKE I HAVE
LOST MY WAY.

EVEN MORE REASON TO COME.

SO HOW ARE YOU SETTLING IN?

ALRIGHT.

WHY DO YOU CARE?

BECAUSE I DO. A LOT.

THEN WHY HAVEN'T YOU BEEN TO
SEE US IN AGES?

WELL, BECAUSE THINGS HAVE BEEN
GOING SO WELL.

IT'S JUST A JOB, ISNT IT?

WHAT IS?

YOU ONLY COME TO SEE US BECAUSE
YOU GET PAID TO.

WELL, IT IS A JOB AND I DO GET
PAID.

BUT THAT DON'T MEAN I DON'T
CARE.

MUM CARED FOR US.

SHE STILL DOES.

MUM TRIED TO COMMIT SUICIDE,
DIDN'T SHE?

YES JAMES, SHE DID.

BUT MAYBE IT WAS A CRY FOR HELP.

YOU KNOW, HER WAY OF MAKING
PEOPLE LISTEN.

NO ONE LOVES US ANYMORE. WHEN
ARE WE GOING TO GET TO SEE MUM?

WELL, PERHAPS WE CAN ORGANISE A
VISIT.

BEING A CHRISTIAN IS NOT JUST
BASED ON GOING TO CHURCH

PRAYING OR EVEN DOING GOOD
WORKS.

OF COURSE, ALL THESE THINGS ARE
IMPORTANT IN THEIR OWN RIGHT.

BUT THEY NEED TO COME ABOUT AS
A RESULT OF A TRANSFORMED LIFE.

A LIFE TRANSFORMED BY JESUS
CHRIST.

WHO EVEN GIVES US THE FAITH TO
BELIEVE

AND TRUST IN HIM IN THE FIRST
PLACE.

WHEN WE ARE IN TROUBLE, WHEN WE
ARE IN DISTRESS

WE NEED TO RUN TO HIM AND CLING
TO HIM.

WE CAN TRUST JESUS.

HE ALONE IS ALL POWERFUL.

ALL SEEING. ALL KNOWING.

HE IS THE ROCK OF OUR SALVATION.

JOYCE, IVE BEEN FOCUSED ON
MYSELF FOR TOO LONG.

IVE LOST MY BOYS.

I NEED THEM HOME, JOYCE.

I MISS THEM.

EXCUSE ME.

ER, I DON'T MEAN TO INTERRUPT,
I JUST...

IT'S JUST THAT IT'S SO GOOD TO
SEE YOU.

NO IM NOT PLAYING WITH HIM.

WOULDN'T WANT YOU TO ANYWAY.

LISTEN BOYS, I JUST NEED A FEW
MINUTES.

SO?

THE BOYS ARE ALWAYS FIGHTING

AND PAUL CAN BE EXTREMELY RUDE.

THEY'RE BOYS. THEY'RE
BOISTUROUS.

YOU SEE JOHN, THE PROBLEM IS IF THEY'RE
BEHAVING LIKE THIS IN HIGH SEASON.

MARGARET IS VERY WORRIED ABOUT
THE GUESTS.

WELL, IM SURE GIVEN TIME THEY
WILL SETTLE IN.

PAUL CAN BE SO SULLEN. SOMETIMES
I DON'T REALLY LIKE HIM,

THAT'S PERFECTLY NATURAL.

HAVE YOU TRIED SHOWING THE BOYS
SOME AFFECTION.

YES, I TAKE THEM OUT. I PLAY
WITH THEM.

DO YOU OFFER THEM ANY, YOU
KNOW, PHYSICAL CONTACT?

LOOK HERE, WE ARE DOING OUR
BEST.

IT'S NOT BEEN EASY.

IT'S BEEN STRESSFUL, IT'S BEEN
VERY STRESSFUL.

DARLING, IT'S ALRIGHT, IT'S
ALRIGHT.

YOU SEE JOHN, THE FACT IS, I JUST DONT
KNOW HOW MUCH LONGER WE CAN CARRY ON.

RIGHT.

YOU DO KNOW I CAN AFFORD A
PRIVATE DOCTOR.

IT'S ALL BEEN TAKEN CARE OF.

CONSIDER IT A GIFT TO YOUR
FAMILY.

THANK YOU. YOU'RE VERY KIND.

I REQUESTED A TRANSFER OVER OF
YOUR MEDICAL NOTES.

IT SAYS HERE THAT YOU SUFFER
FROM AN INCURABLE HYSTERIA.

DID ANYONE EVER EXPLAIN THAT TO YOU?
DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANS?

NO, NOT REALLY.

IT MEANS YOUR BEHAVIOUR TENDS
TO BE OVER DRAMATIC

AND ATTENTION SEEKING WHEN YOU
ARE UNDER STRESS.

LIKE WHEN YOU HAVE TAKEN AN
OVERDOSE.

I JUST FELT REALLY ALONE.

HOW ARE YOU FEELING?

GOOD. POSITIVE. IM DOING MORE.
IVE GOT A LOT MORE ENERGY.

RIGHT, MRS THOMAS, WOULD YOU
LIKE TO FOLLOW ME THIS WAY?

OH DEAR, EXCUSE ME.

BE BACK IN A MINUTE.

IT'S FIRST ON THE RIGHT.

GET OFF ME!

GET OFF!

GET OFF ME!

BOYS!

STOP THIS, NOW STOP IT!

I CAN'T COPE WITH THIS. GET
THEM OUT. GO ON, GET THEM OUT.

GET THEM OUT!

SHH. IT'S ALRIGHT, LOVE.

YOU ALRIGHT? IT'S OK.

DID YOU WANT TO BE THE CENTRE
OF ATTENTION?

NO.

WHEN PETER DIED,

I JUST WANTED EVERYBODY ELSE TO
TAKE CARE OF ME.

MY FRIENDS, CHURCH...

BUT IT JUST ALL FELL TO PIECES.

YOU'RE STILL ANXIOUS THOUGH
AREN'T YOU?

OF COURSE I AM. IM WORRIED I
WON'T GET MY BOYS BACK.

WHAT'S GOING ON?

IT'S BEEN DECIDED THAT IT'S
BEST FOR YOU BOTH

IF YOU STAY AT A NEW CHILDREN'S
ASSESSMENT CENTRE IN WESTON.

THEN WHAT?

THEN YOU'LL BE ASSESSED.

AND SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE WILL
DECIDE WHERE WE...

WHERE YOU GO FROM THERE.

DOES THIS MEAN WE'LL BE ABLE TO
LIVE WITH MUM?

I DOUBT IT, JAMES.

BUT YOU'LL THINK ABOUT IT?

WE WERE BETTER OFF WITH MUM.

EVERY OPTION WILL BE CONSIDERED
AT THE ASSESSMENT CENTRE.

IM SORRY BOYS. I REALLY AM VERY
SORRY.

WHAT DID WE DO?

OH, JAMES. YOU DIDN'T DO ANYTHING AT ALL.
NOTHING AT ALL LAD.

IT'S JUST THAT, YOU KNOW, YOUR
NANA CAN'T REALLY COPE YOU SEE?

BUT YOU DIDN'T DO ANYTHING,
TRULY.

GOODBYE, NANA. THANK YOU FOR
HAVING US.

MARY, WHY ARE YOU HERE?

I WANT TO PROVE THAT IM BETTER.

I LET MY BOYS DOWN, AND I MISS
THEM.

I WANT THEM HOME.

I HAVE TO SAY THAT I DISAGREE
WITH THIS DIAGNOSIS.

I DON'T THINK YOU'RE HYSTERICAL
AT ALL.

YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN, LIKE PETER?
YOU TRUST GOD?

THAT'S WHY IM FEELING BETTER, I
KNOW HE'S WITH ME.

THANKS, CLEMENT.

YOU'VE REALLY MADE THINGS
CLEAR. YOU'VE RESCUED ME.

YOU'VE RESCUED YOURSELF, MARY.

WELL, ULTIMATELY, IVE GOTTA
THANK GOD FOR THIS.

I AGREE WITH THAT.

AND, I DON'T THINK YOU NEED ME
ANYMORE.

NO, NO I DO.

I NEED YOU TO HELP ME TO PROVE
TO EVERYONE ELSE THAT IM OK.

HELLO, NORTH SHORE GUEST
HOUSE...

OH... MARY, HELLO.

NO, THE BOYS AREN'T HERE...

I'LL JUST PASS YOU OVER TO
EDWARD.

HELLO, MARY.

NO... SOCIAL SERVICES NOT BEEN
IN TOUCH WITH YOU?

WELL, YOU SEE, THEY'VE MOVED
THE BOYS FROM HERE...

YES, I HAVEN'T GOT THE NUMBER,
NO...

WHY DON'T YOU TRY CALLING...

MARY? HELLO? MARY, HELLO?

WHAT A MESS.

HELLO JOHN... IT'S MARY WALKER.

IT WASN'T THE INTENTION OF SOCIAL
SERVICES TO KEEP YOU IN THE DARK.

YOU DIDN'T EVEN ASK MY OPINION.

WITH ALL DUE RESPECT YOUR
OPINION DOESN'T COUNT.

YOU DIDN'T EVEN CALL.

WHY JOHN?

IM SORRY. IM REALLY SORRY.

I WANT MY BOYS BACK.

WITH YOUR TRACK RECORD? IT'S
NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN.

MY BOYS ARE IN CARE UNDER A SECTION ONE, YOU
TOLD ME. IT'S MY CHOICE TO ASK FOR THEM BACK.

THE BOYS' MOVE WAS A DE FACTO TRANSFER.
A SOLE DECISION OF THE COUNTY COUNCIL.

YOUR CHOICE WAS THEREFORE
RELINQUISHED.

RIGHT. BUT IM BETTER NOW. IM
STRONGER.

GIVE IT UP, MARY.

AND ACCEPT THAT SOCIAL SERVICES
WILL DO THE RIGHT THING

FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN.

WHO'S TALKING NOW JOHN,

YOU, OR SOCIAL SERVICES?

I REPRESENT SOCIAL SERVICES.

THERE'S NO DIFFERENCE.

IT'S LIKE TRYING TO GAIN
CONTROL OVER SOMETHING

AND THEN REALIZING YOU DON'T
HAVE TO.

THE MORE I FOCUS ON THE LORD
AND THE BOYS

THE MORE ENERGISED I FEEL.

BUT THEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS
HAPPENS.

I'LL VOUCH FOR YOU.

I THINK IVE MESSED UP TOO MANY
TIMES.

NO...

HELLO!

HELLO CHRISTINA, IT'S GOOD TO
SEE YOU AGAIN.

HELLO, MARY, I THINK I CAN HELP.

ALRIGHT LADS, JUST TAKE A SEAT
HERE.

RIGHT. THE MEETING WILL LAST
ABOUT AN HOUR

AND THEN WE'LL CALL YOU IN TO
DISCUSS WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.

YOU TWO OK?

WE'LL BE FINE.

PAUL? I WANT TO GO HOME.

WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL HAPPEN?

SHUT UP AND GROW UP.

THIS IS A COMPLETE AND UTTER
SHAMBLES.

IT HAS BEEN VERY UNFORTUNATE.

UNFORTUNATE? IT'S A DISGRACE.

JOHN, PERHAPS YOU'D LIKE TO EXPLAIN
WHAT THE CURRENT POSITION IS?

WE NEED TO SECURE LONG TERM
CARE FOR JAMES AND PAUL WALKER.

ALTHOUGH I THINK THE BOYS THEMSELVES ARE STILL
HOPEFUL THEY CAN GO BACK HOME TO THEIR MOTHER.

NOT A CHANCE.

I RECEIVED A LETTER FROM A
SOLICITOR REPRESENTING THE WALKER'S.

AND THE TONE OF IT WORRIES ME.

ARE REPORTS WATER TIGHT ON THIS?

I'LL CHECK.

BEST DO CHECK - FORENSICALLY.

I WANT EVERYTHING IN WRITING.

THE FACT THAT SHE'S HIRED A
SOLICITOR

DEMONSTRATES A HUGE IMPROVEMENT
IN HER HEALTH AND MOTIVATION.

OH, IM GLAD YOU CAN SEE THE
POSITIVE SIDE!

IVE IMPLEMENTED A SECTION THREE.

THEY'RE COMPLETELY UNDER THE
AUTHORITY OF THE COUNTY COUNCIL NOW.

IF GOD IS REAL THEN MAYBE HE'LL
FIND A WAY TO SEND US HOME.

YOU CAN COME IN NOW, JAMES.

PAUL, WE'LL TALK TO YOU IN A
MINUTE.

GOOD MORNING, JAMES, MY NAME IS
GILLIAN TUTT.

AND IM THE SENIOR SOCIAL WORKER
IN CHARGE OF YOUR CASE.

NOW, AS YOU KNOW WE'VE HAD A MEETING
THIS MORNING TO DISCUSS YOUR FUTURE.

AND WE'VE REACHED A UNANIMOUS
DECISION.

NOW, IM SURE YOU'RE AWARE THAT
YOUR MOTHER IS VERY ILL.

AND IN OUR OPINION SHE'S NOT REALLY GOING
TO BE ABLE TO LOOK AFTER YOU PROPERLY.

BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT WE'RE GOING TO
BE PUTTING YOU UP FOR LONG TERM FOSTERING.

PERHAPS EVEN ADOPTION.

I WANT TO GO HOME.

OH, COME ON, JAMES. LET'S BE
SENSIBLE.

WE'RE GOING TO FIND YOU A NICE
NEW FAMILY.

WHAT ABOUT MY BROTHER.

WILL WE BE TOGETHER?

WELL, WE HAVE TO BE GROWN UP
ABOUT IT

AND RIGHT NOW, I THINK THAT IS
VERY UNLIKELY.

I DON'T THINK THIS IS WHAT GOD
WANTS.

OH, REALLY? I THINK, PERHAPS,
YOU SHOULD CHECK WITH GOD AGAIN.

THANK YOU, JAMES. WELL DONE.

COME ON, PAUL. LET'S GO IN.

IM NOT GOING TO LET YOU. YOU
CAN'T MAKE ME.

I'LL JUST RUN AWAY.

AND WE'LL END UP WITH THE
POLICE INVOLVED.

I DON'T CARE.

WELL YOU SHOULD CARE.

NOW STOP BEING RUDE AND...

PAUL WALKER, COME BACK HERE
THIS INSTANT.

WHAT'S WRONG?

GO AWAY. LEAVE ME ALONE.

YOU'RE MY BROTHER. WE SHOULD
STICK TOGETHER.

I WANT TO GO HOME.

SO DO I.

AND ANY COURT WOULD AGREE

THAT YOU HANDED OVER YOUR
CHILDREN FREELY

BECAUSE YOU COULDN'T COPE.

AND WHEN YOU TOOK THEM BACK
AGAIN

YOU FAILED IN YOUR DUTY OF CARE.

I KNOW. BUT IM BETTER NOW.

AND THEN THE AUTHORITIES TOOK
OVER, QUITE RIGHTLY.

THEY DIDN'T EVEN CONSULT ME.

AND NEITHER DID THEY HAVE TO.

WHOSE INTERESTS DID THEY HAVE?

WELL, THE BOYS, IN THEORY.

THEY DIDN'T CONSULT THE BOYS.

OH COME ON, THEY MUST'VE DONE.

NO, THEY TOLD THEM WHERE THEY WERE
GOING AND WHAT THEY WERE DOING,

BUT THEY DIDN'T CONSULT THEM.

COME ON JAMES, WE'VE GOT TO GO!

GET IN THE CAR NOW PLEASE!

WHEN ARE WE GOING TO GET TO SEE
MUM?

ERM, IM NOT SURE, PAUL.

JAMES MISSES HER TOO.

IT'S THE DOOR.

LEAVE THAT DOOR ALONE.

JUSTIN GET OUT OF THE WAY

AND DON'T ANSWER BACK!

HELLO JOHN, HOW ARE YOU?

HI RUTH.

MEET THE WALKER BOYS.

THEY'LL BE SHARING WITH A YOUNG
LAD NAMED JUSTIN.

GEOFF, SWEETIE, WILL YOU GIVE
US A MINUTE?

OK. WE NEED TO GET MOVING ON
THE FOSTER DIRECTORY,

SO I'LL GET A PHOTOGRAPHER OVER
SOONER RATHER THAN LATER.

FINE.

THE ONLY OTHER THING IS THE MOTHER'S STARTED
TO MAKE NOISES ABOUT HAVING THE BOYS BACK.

SO IF THEY TALK ABOUT IT, JUST
GENTLY...

NIP IT IN THE BUD. WILL DO.

LISTEN, THESE KIDS HAVE BEEN PUSHED
FROM PILLAR TO POST, THEY'RE BOTH...

DON'T WORRY, I'LL BE GENTLE
WITH THEM.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

IM PRAYING THAT GOD WILL LET US
BE A FAMILY AGAIN.

WHY?

WELL, IF GOD WANTS US TO BE A
FAMILY AGAIN WE WILL BE.

YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT?

GOD WILL DO WHAT'S BEST FOR US.

IT'S THE ONLY HOPE WE'VE GOT.

RIGHT BOYS. WE NEED TO PUT YOUR
VIDEOS IN THE FOSTER DIRECTORY.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TALK ABOUT YOURSELVES. WHAT YOU LOVE
DOING, WHAT YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP, THAT SORT OF THING.

BEFORE WE START PROCEEDINGS ID
LIKE TO CONGRATULATE EVERYONE...

GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE.

IM CHRISTINA GRACE AND IM HERE
TODAY

AS A FORMAL REPRESENTATIVE OF
THE WALKER FAMILY.

ARE YOU? I ASSUME YOU'RE HERE
AS AN OBSERVER.

I MUST REMIND YOU THAT MARY
WALKER

HAS NO LEGAL RIGHT TO BE HEARD
AT THIS COMMITTEE.

AND UNDER SECTION 3 OF THE
CHILD PROTECTION ACT

ALL AUTHORITY OVER THE CHILDREN
IS OWNED BY THE STATE.

AND WHAT ABOUT THE BOYS?

I BEG YOUR PARDON?

WHAT ABOUT THE BOYS? WHAT ABOUT
THEIR RIGHT TO BE HEARD?

HAVE YOU ASKED THE CHILDREN
WHAT THEY WANT?

THEY HAVE AGREED TO OUR
PROPOSALS

AND ARE FULLY AWARE OF THEIR
MOTHER'S CONDITION.

BUT HAVE YOU ASKED THE BOYS
WHAT THEY WANT?

YOU MISS THE POINT. THEY HAVE
AGREED TO OUR PROPOSALS.

IF THE BOYS WANT TO LIVE WITH
EACH OTHER AND THEIR MUM,

AND THEIR MOTHER WANTS THEM
HOME,

DO YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO IGNORE
THEM?

ALL THE EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THE
BOYS ARE HAPPY WHERE THEY ARE.

THAT THE MOTHER SUFFERS FROM AN
INCURABLE HYSTERIA.

SO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR
INPUT BUT WE HAVE A LONG AGENDA

AND MUST MOVE ON, IM SORRY.

ON BEHALF OF MY CLIENTS, THANK
YOU FOR YOUR TIME

AND I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR
RESPONSE.

WE WILL BE IN TOUCH AFTER THE
MEETING.

CAN I LEAVE THIS WITH YOU?

WHAT IS IT?

IT'S FROM MARY'S PSYCHIATRIST,

HE'S GIVEN HER A CLEAN BILL OF
HEALTH.

GOOD DAY.

RIGHT, LET'S TAKE TEN MINUTES
EVERYONE.

YOU ARE OFF THIS CASE WITH
IMMEDIATE EFFECT.

OKAY GUYS, LET'S TIDY UP IN
HERE.

JAMES, LEGO AWAY, THEN STRAIGHT
UP FOR A BATH.

BUT I HAD ONE WHEN KATE WAS ON
DUTY.

NICE TRY. BATH NOW PLEASE.

BUT IVE HAD ONE.

DON'T LIE.

IM NOT LYING.

RIGHT.

GO AND GET GEOFF.

IVE HAD ENOUGH OF HIM.

GET OFF.

GET OFF!

GET OFF!

GET OFF!

AND DON'T GET OUT UNTIL YOU'RE
CLEAN!

IT WAS ALL KICKING OFF TODAY
WASN'T IT?

YEAH, I KNOW, I HATE RUTH.

YEH, ME TOO.

PLEASE, BE QUIET.

SHUT UP IF YOU WANT TO LIVE.

IT'S REALLY LATE.

AH, GET OFF ME.

GET OFF ME!

JUSTIN, LEAVE HIM.

WHAT?

I SAID LEAVE HIM.

MAKE ME.

THAT'S ENOUGH!

OUT. ALL OF YOU.

YOU STAND THERE. YOU THERE.

YOU FACE THE WALL.

IF I HEAR ANOTHER...

FACE THE WALL!

IF I HEAR ANOTHER SOUND FROM
ANY OF YOU, THERE'LL BE TROUBLE.

AND I MEAN TROUBLE!

HELLO, IM HERE TO TAKE PAUL AND
JAMES OUT FOR THE AFTERNOON.

IM SORRY, YOU ARE?

THEIR MOTHER.

IM AFRAID WE DIDN'T KNOW YOU
WERE COMING.

I DID PHONE.

IM SORRY MRS WALKER, BUT WE HAD
NO NOTIFICATION.

I RANG AND I LEFT A MESSAGE
WITH KATE WHO WAS ON DUTY.

YES, WELL IM ON DUTY NOW. NOT
KATE.

SURELY THERE ISN'T A PROBLEM
WITH ME TAKING THEM OUT?

NOT WITHOUT THE APPROPRIATE
AUTHORITY THERE'S NOT.

I HAVE THE AUTHORITY,

MY SOLICITOR RANG UP SOCIAL
SERVICES.

YOU CAN'T STOP ME FROM SEEING
MY CHILDREN.

ACTUALLY, YES I CAN AND I WILL,
FOR THEIR SAFETY.

MUM!

THEY WON'T LET ME SEE YOU.

IM SORRY MRS. WALKER.

THESE ARE MY CHILDREN. I HAVE
RIGHTS.

WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING ON?

THIS IS MRS. WALKER. SHE SAYS
SHE'S COME TO SEE HER CHILDREN.

WELL WE CAN'T LET YOU.

WHY CAN'T WE SEE OUR MUM?

THIS HAS GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH
YOU PAUL, GO BACK TO YOUR ROOM.

YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO DO THIS.

MRS. WALKER PLEASE CALM DOWN.

CALM DOWN? IM NOT THE ONE WHO'S
BEING UNREASONABLE.

YEAH, LEAVE OUR FAMILY ALONE.

THAT'S ENOUGH.

YOU CAN'T STOP US FROM SEEING
OUR MUM.

MRS. WALKER,

PLEASE COME IN TO THIS ROOM SO
WE CAN TALK IN PRIVATE.

IF MY CHILDREN WANT TO SEE ME
THEN HOW CAN YOU STOP THEM?

MRS. WALKER, WE'VE HAD NO AUTHORITY
TO ALLOW YOU TO SEE YOUR CHILDREN.

AND WE DO HAVE THE RIGHT TO
STOP YOU.

GILLIAN TUTT, SOCIAL SERVICES.

PERHAPS SOMEONE WOULD LIKE TO
EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT'S GOING ON?

YOU'RE ONLY ALLOWED TO SEE YOUR
CHILDREN IF WE LET YOU.

MY SOLICITOR ORGANISED IT.

I NEED TO SPEAK TO JOHN.

AS IVE ALREADY SAID, JOHN'S
BEEN TAKEN OFF THE CASE.

FROM NOW ON YOU'LL BE DEALING
WITH ME.

WELL, I NEED TO SPEAK TO HIM.

WHOSE IDEA WAS IT TO INVOLVE A
SOLICITOR?

THAT'S MY BUSINESS.

YOU KNOW YOU WON'T WIN.

YOU'VE FAILED YOUR FAMILY TOO
MANY TIMES.

YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND.

I THINK I DO MRS WALKER. I
THINK I DO.

WE'LL SEE.

HOW ARE THEY TREATING YOU?

FINE.

BUT DO YOU THINK THAT GOD CARES
FOR US?

I KNOW HE DOES, JAMES.

IM SCARED.

WE WANT TO GO HOME.

I KNOW YOU DO, I KNOW.

WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?

I DON'T KNOW,

BUT GOD'S IN CONTROL.

ALRIGHT, I THINK THAT'S ENOUGH
NOW.

BEFORE WE FACE THE MUSIC. HOW
STRONG IS THEIR CASE?

IT'S DIFFICULT TO SAY. I MEAN,
COULD GO EITHER WAY.

AH, OK.

MRS. WALKER, YOU'VE SET A DATE
IN COURT

TO REGAIN THE LEGAL RIGHTS OF
YOUR CHILDREN?

I HOPE TODAY WE CAN CONVINCE
YOU TO SEE REASON.

MAY I STATE FOR THE RECORD

THAT THE MANNER IN WHICH THE
WALKER CASE WAS DEALT WITH

WAS WHOLLY PROFESSIONAL,

THAT SAID,

IT IS NOW OUR DUTY TO ENSURE A
SATISFACTORY CONCLUSION.

PERHAPS YOU COULD UPDATE US?

DO YOU THINK THEY'LL LET US GO
HOME?

THEY WON'T LISTEN.

THEY THINK THEY KNOW WHAT'S
BEST AND THAT'S IT.

WE HAVE HOPE.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

PRAYING.

I COULD SEE THAT SHE NEEDED
SUPPORT.

SO I OFFERED MY HELP, AS A
FRIEND.

AND I EVEN TREATED HER CHILDREN
AS IF THEY WERE MY OWN.

BUT SHE WAS SO IMBALANCED

AND SHE WOULD FREAK OUT AT ME

AND SCREAM AT ME FOR NO REASON!

SO I JUST THOUGHT IT BEST TO
LEAVE.

BEFORE, YOU KNOW, SHE GOT ANY
WORSE.

WELL, THANK YOU FOR COMING IN
TODAY GEORGE.

YOUR CONTRIBUTION HAS BEEN
INVALUABLE.

BUT WHEN THE MOTHER APPEARED

BOTH BOYS BECAME VERY, UPSET.

BUT ALL CHILDREN IN MY CARE?

THEY'RE TREATED WITH THE SAME
LOVE, AND RESPECT.

THEY'RE ALL WELL LOOKED AFTER
AND GENERALLY,

VERY HAPPY.

THANK YOU, RUTH. THAT'S BEEN
REALLY GOOD.

THANK YOU FOR COMING IN.

REGARDING THE LETTER FROM MRS
WALKER'S PERSONAL PSYCHIATRIST,

ALL THE CHECKS HAVE BEEN MADE AND IT'S QUITE CLEAR
THAT DR. LLOYD IS HIGHLY REGARDED IN HIS PROFESSION.

WHERE DID SHE FIND THE MONEY,
TO PAY FOR ALL THIS?

I DON'T KNOW, I HAVE NO IDEA,
IM SORRY.

AND WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?

I THINK IT'S CLEAR FROM THE EVIDENCE
THAT THE CHILDREN HAVE NEVER BEEN HAPPY.

AND THIS FORMS THE BASIS FOR
HER CASE, DOES IT?

NOT HER CASE, NO.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

IT'S NOT MRS. WALKER WHO
BROUGHT THE CASE.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN, IT'S NOT MRS. WALKER?
WELL WHO ON EARTH IS IT THEN?

I THOUGHT YOU KNEW.

KNEW WHAT?

RIGHT, WOULD SOMEONE PLEASE
TELL ME WHAT IS GOING ON?

IT'S NOT MRS. WALKER WHO FILED
THE CASE...

IT'S MY CHILDREN.

HAS THIS BEEN DONE BEFORE?

THERE IS A LEGAL STANDING FOR
IT.

MRS. WALKER, IM SURE YOU ARE
AWARE

THAT THE CHILDREN'S WELL BEING HAS BEEN
AT THE HEART OF EVERY ACTION WE'VE TAKEN.

BUT WE CANNOT LEAVE IMPORTANT
DECISIONS

TO THE EMOTIONAL WHIM OF A
CHILD.

THEIR FUTURE HAS TO BE DECIDED
FOR THEM.

DO YOU CONCEDE THAT MARY IS IN
A FIT STATE

TO CARE FOR HER CHILDREN?

YES.

AND HAVE YOU ASKED THE BOYS
WHAT THEY WANT?

WE HAVE IT ON PAPER RECORD THAT THE
BOYS SUBMITTED TO OUR RECOMMENDATIONS.

AND DID THE BOYS SIGN ANYTHING?

NO OF COURSE NOT.

THEN IT CAN HARDLY BE USED AS
EVIDENCE.

AND WHERE IS YOUR EVIDENCE MISS
GRACE?

CAN I SPEAK?

IM NOT A STRONG WOMAN.

AND IVE FAILED MY FAMILY.

BUT GOD BE MY WITNESS I HAVE
CHANGED.

IM HERE TODAY TO ASK FOR MY
FAMILY BACK

AND I CAN CONFIDENTLY SAY THAT
I WILL NOT FAIL THEM AGAIN.

MY BOYS HAVE TOLD YOU THAT THEY
WANT TO COME HOME.

PLEASE, LISTEN TO THEM.

THEY ARE MY CHILDREN.

AND I LOVE THEM DEARLY

AND THEY LOVE ME.

WE NEED FACTS, NOT FEELINGS
MRS. WALKER.

IF YOU CAN PROVIDE SOLID PROOF
THAT THE BOYS ARE

UNHAPPY AND WANT TO COME HOME
THEN

WE COULD CONSIDER IT.

WELL WE DON'T HAVE SOLID PROOF,

BUT THERE IS EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST
THAT THE BOYS ARE UNHAPPY.

WELL, I THINK THAT SETTLES IT
THEN.

HOW'S IT GOING?

IM REALLY SORRY, MARY. THEY'RE
RIGHT,

WE DON'T HAVE ANY LEGAL PROOF.

IM TRULY SORRY.

YOU'VE BEEN LIKE THAT FOR AGES.

COME ON NOW ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

PLEASE, MAKE US A FAMILY AGAIN.

PLEASE.

MRS. WALKER, IVE HEARD NOTHING
TODAY TO CHALLENGE OUR POSITION,

OTHER THAN YOUR WORD,

WHICH IM INCLINED TO IGNORE
BASED ON YOUR PAST ACTIONS.

THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE THAT
THE BOYS WILL BE BETTER OFF AT HOME.

THEREFORE WE REMAIN ADAMANT

THAT THE BOYS WILL BE BEST SERVED
UNDER OUR CONTINUING AUTHORITY.

MRS. WALKER, JUST GIVE UP NOW

AND TRUST THAT WE HAVE MADE THE
RIGHT DECISION FOR EVERYONE.

PLEASE, HELP MY FAMILY.

WHAT ON EARTH...

YOU ARE SUSPENDED FROM THIS
CASE.

PLEASE LEAVE. NOW.

I CAN'T ALLOW THIS TO GO ON.
SORRY, GILLIAN.

THIS IS SO OUT OF ORDER,

- IF YOU THINK IM GOING TO SIT HERE AND LISTEN TO THIS...
- GILLIAN. LET HIM SPEAK.

IVE NOTHING TO SAY THAT MARY
HASN'T ALREADY SAID.

THEN WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU
DOING HERE?

I HAVE SOMETHING TO SHOW YOU.

COME ON NOW, PAUL, YOU'VE GOT
TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF.

I WANT TO GO HOME AND LIVE WITH
MY MUM.

YOU KNOW YOUR MUM'S NOT WELL.

I BELIEVE SHE'S BETTER, WHY
DON'T YOU?

I WANT THE SAME AS PAUL.

BOYS. COME ON, YOU KNOW YOU'RE
NEVER GOING HOME.

I PRAY EVERY DAY TO LIVE WITH
MY MUM AND MY BROTHER.

AND IF GOD WANTS THIS TO HAPPEN
YOU CAN'T STOP ME.

I KNOW MY MUM TRIED TO KILL HERSELF,
BUT DOESN'T EVEN NEED FORGIVING.

I STILL LOVE HER.

IF WE'RE A FAMILY THEN WE CAN
HELP EACH OTHER.

WE SHOULD BE AT HOME. TOGETHER.

PAUL, PLEASE.

ALRIGHT. IF YOU WANT TO LOOK
AFTER ME YOU CAN,

BUT YOU'LL HAVE TO LOOK AFTER
JAMES AS WELL.

AND JUST SO YOU KNOW, I WILL
RUN AWAY.

IT IS THEREFORE THE DECISION OF
THIS PANEL TO ALLOW

PAUL AND JAMES WALKER TO RETURN
TO THEIR MOTHER, MARY.

AND, SUBJECT TO A SUCCESSFUL
PROBATION PERIOD,

ALL PARENTAL RIGHTS WILL BE
REINSTATED.

YOU'VE MADE ME A LAUGHING STOCK.

YOU DID A PRETTY GOOD JOB OF
THAT ON YOUR OWN.

GET OUT OF MY SIGHT.

JOHN!

THANK YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

WELL, IM JUST PLEASED IT'S ALL
WORKED OUT.

WELL DONE YOU.

I COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT
YOU.

IM DELIGHTED FOR YOU.

I REALLY APPRECIATE WHAT YOU'VE
DONE.

I DID TRY TO DO THE RIGHT
THING. YOU DO KNOW THAT?

I KNOW.

THERE'LL BE A FORMAL REVIEW IN SIX
WEEKS TO CHECK THAT EVERYTHING'S OKAY.

AND IT WILL BE.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS, MARY.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS, JOHN.

AN ANIMAL SHED

WAS A HUMBLE PLACE FOR THE SON
OF GOD TO BE BORN.

BUT HE CAME TO THIS EARTH

FOR THE WRETCHED AND BROKEN -

FOR THOSE WITHOUT HOPE.

HIS LOVE IS UNMERITED

AND UNDESERVED.

A LOVE FREELY GIVEN

THAT GIVES STRENGTH TO THE WEAK

AND HOPE TO THE DESPISED.

AS THE BIBLE SAYS "GOD CHOSE
THE DESPISED"

AND FOOLISH THINGS OF THIS WORLD

"TO CONFOUND THE WISDOM OF THE
WISE."

EVEN IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY

A CHRISTIAN CAN COPE

BECAUSE OF THE LOVE OF JESUS.

THE BIBLE SAYS "I CAN DO ALL
THINGS"

THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS
ME"

MAY THE LOVE CHRIST HAS SHOWN
TO US

ALSO BE DEMONSTRATED IN OUR
LOVE FOR HIM,

OUR LOVE FOR OUR FAMILIES

AND OUR LOVE FOR ALL PEOPLE.
AMEN.

WHO'D LIKE TO OPEN A PRESENT
EARLY?

YES.

THAT'S FOR YOU.

THANKS, MUM.

AND THIS ONE'S FOR YOU.

THANKS, MUM.

I NOTICED YOU'D LOST YOUR OLD
ONE.

IT'S PERFECT.

MUM?

YES?

CAN I PHONE NANA AND GRANDAD?

YES, WHY?

BECAUSE I WANT TO WISH THEM A
MERRY CHRISTMAS FOR TOMORROW.

THAT'S REALLY THOUGHTFUL, JAMES.

MUM. BEFORE DAD DIED

HE HELPED ME PRAY

AND WE TALKED ABOUT BEING A
CHRISTIAN.

I DIDN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND THEN,

BUT I THINK I DO NOW.

THAT'S REALLY GOOD, JAMES.

THAT'S REALLY GOOD.

COME ON.

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