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Jac’s long lost mum turns up
Jac’s long lost mum turns up (Image credit: BBC)

Ice queen Jac Naylor gets a blast from the past when she finds herself coming face to face with her long-estranged mother, Paula. Having not seen Paula since she walked out on her as a 12-year-old, Jac is unsurprisingly far from moved when her mother is brought into the hospital, having collapsed soon after she landed in the UK from India. Ric, unaware of Jac’s relationship to Paula, insists that she takes the patient on. Cold to Paula’s ill-health, when Jac gets her test results back she discovers that her mother has kidney damage. When Paula tries to insist that the reason she was returning to England was to visit Jac, the stoic surgeon dismisses her belated attempts at a reconciliation and breaks the news to her mum – she needs a kidney transplant for a chance of survival. Will Jac really walk away from her mother in her hour of need? Meanwhile, Mark attempts to win compensation for Maria, but evil CEO Vanessa intimidates the nurse and forces her to withdraw her claim. Furious, Mark resigns in protest. Elsewhere, Oliver’s attempts to impress Connie and Elliot don’t impress sassy new nurse Roberta. (opens in new tab)

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 


An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.