The second series of Jimmy McGovern’s Bafta and RTS Award-winning The Street deals with issues of sexuality this week in a story starring Vincent Regan as the happily married� Charlie who succombs to the advances of another man.
Working away from home Charlie and his colleagues round off a gruelling day by setting out to get drunk after which he retires to the room that he is sharing with fellow worker Tom, played by Will Mellor.
Charlie’s woken when Tom tries to get into bed with him. Affronted by Tom’s actions, Charlie states that he’s 100 per cent straight, although Tom argues that no one is 100 per cent straight.
The next day, Charlie attempts to change hotel rooms but it’s not an option so he’s stuck with Tom. That evening, Tom tries his luck again, and Charlie doesn’t resist his advances this time.
With the job finished Charlie and Tom go for drinks in a local gay bar before going their separate ways but when Charlie is attacked by a homophobic thug and loses his wallet he’s forced to return home with no money to show for the week’s work.
Charlie lies to Roz about what has happened to him but the matter doesn’t rest there. When the police arrest his attacker they trace Charlie who refuses to assist but it’s too late � his secret is out. Charlie’s son, Luke, is taunted at school by Derek, the son of the policeman who interviewed Charlie. Luke responds by beating up Derek.
Charlie is called to the school where the head teacher tries to make sense of the situation. Once alone with Charlie, Luke tells him he knows he is gay.
Charlie’s world collapses around him: at work, everyone’s talking about him and he’s the butt of all their jokes. Having reached the end of his tether, Charlie comes clean to Roz and, even though she appears unable to cope, the family is forced into an uneasy truce, sharing secrets they would rather not share.
Thursday 22 November, 9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE