‘Safe House’ episode guide

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Safe House is a new ITV thriller set in the Lake District, from the makers of Foyle’s War.

Inspired by a real couple, the four-part drama series tells the story of a married couple: Robert (Christopher Eccleston) a former detective and Katy (Marsha Thomason) a teacher who are asked by close friend and police officer Mark (Paterson Joseph), to turn their remote Guest House into a Safe House.

> Order Safe House on DVD on Amazon.

The cast also includes Jason Merrells (Waterloo Road), Nicola Stephenson (Holby City), and Peter Ferdinando (A Field in England).


Episode 1

Monday 20 April 2015, 9pm

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Former police officer Robert (Christopher Eccleston) and his wife Katy (Marsha Thomason) left city life behind them after Robert was injured, whilst trying to protect a witness in his care. The witness, Susan Reynolds was fatally shot. Robert has been struggling with the guilt he feels over the death of Susan.

In a bid to put the past behind them, Robert and Katy now run a guest house, hidden away in the idyllic Lake District. A surprise visitor turns up, DCI Mark Maxwell (Paterson Joseph), an ex-colleague and old friend. He suggests that the guest house is perfectly positioned to operate as a safe house, Robert is tempted but will Katy agree?

Later, DCI Maxwell finds himself dealing with a family left reeling from an unexplained assault. The father, David (Jason Merrells), has been hospitalised and an innocent passer-by is in a critical condition. DCI Maxwell needs to work out why this family was targeted and track down the assailant.

Mark calls Robert to see if he and Katy will take David, Ali (Nicola Stephenson), Louisa (Harriet Cains) and Joe Blackwell (Max True) and keep them safe. They agree. Deep down Robert wants to protect this family to prove that he can still do the job – and make sure that this time nothing goes wrong.

Settled into the guest house the Blackwell family adjust to life in a safe house. The man hunting the family is being investigated by Mark who turns to Robert for help and from within the safe house Robert undertakes his own investigation into the family.

The only member of the family not in the safe house and unaccounted for is the eldest son, Sam (James Burrows). He is away at university, but worryingly no-one has seen or heard from him in weeks.


Episode 2

Monday 27 April 2015, 9pm

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The Blackwell family must pretend to be ordinary holiday makers, staying at the guest house. They are given a ‘script’ on which they are tested by Robert and Katy – it’s vital each of them knows their cover story.

Sam Blackwell’s car is found smashed and abandoned and there’s growing concern for his safety. The police have a possible connection between Sam and known criminal Michael Collersdale (identified as the man targeting the family). Robert explores this current theory, determined to get to the truth.

The family is tested when unexpectedly Katy’s friend visits. Meanwhile Michael Collersdale confronts someone connected to the family and the daughter Louisa confides in Katy, triggering a situation which endangers the family.

At the safe house Robert’s questioning of the family continues as David, the father, is under scrutiny. Can he explain the large amounts of cash arriving and leaving his bank account? He has a secret that he is desperate to keep from Ali, his wife.

Katy is feeling the pressure of keeping the family safe and concealing the real reason for their stay. The youngest member of the family, Joe, gravitates to Robert and wants to know more about the night Robert was shot. Joe’s innocent questioning leads to Robert remembering new details from the night Susan Reynolds died.

Louisa and Joe are taken for a sailing trip on the lake. When the boat disappears from sight Robert is thrown into a panic. Later Robert can’t sleep and heads off into the night. Katy is worried and calls Mark who knows exactly where Robert has gone. Mark finds Robert and questions him over the true nature of his relationship with Susan Reynolds.

Meanwhile, in the city Michael Collersdale roams free.


Episode 3

Monday 4 May 2015, 9pm

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Ali (Nicola Stephenson) receives devastating news and Robert (Christopher Eccleston) has some difficult questions for her. Unsettled and anxious Ali takes an impulsive decision and Katy (Marsha Thomason) questions Robert’s methods.

Meanwhile Robert tackles Mark (Paterson Joseph) about a past decision.

Michael Collersdale (Peter Ferdinando) has a break-through in his hunt for the family and the police believe his arrest is imminent. The youngest member of the Blackwell family Joe (Max True) is worried that he has made a mistake that could expose the family.


Episode 4

Monday 11 May 2015, 9pm

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The investigation into Michael Collersdale (Peter Ferdinando) takes an unexpected turn and Robert (Christopher Eccleston) has worrying news for David (Jason Merrells) and Ali (Nicola Stephenson) Blackwell.

Meanwhile, Sam Blackwell (James Burrows) and his younger brother Joe (Max True) decide to head off across the lake and are caught up in a terrifying ordeal.

Robert and Mark (Paterson Joseph) work to resolve the situation but when events dramatically spiral it has serious consequences for both the family and Robert as he finds himself in direct opposition to Mark.


> Order Safe House on DVD on Amazon.

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