White Heat (2012)

Claire Foy is playing Charlotte Pugh (series regular)

White HeatTV Premiere: UK: March 8, 2012 on BBC2 / US: May 9, 2012 on BBC America
DVD Release: UK: April 16, 2012 / US: TBA
Created by: Paula Milne
Starring:

Sam Claflin, Claire Foy, Reece Ritchie, Lee Ingleby, MyAnna Buring, David Gyasi and Jessica Gunning


Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 minutes per episode
Rating: UK: 15 / US: unknown



Plot Outline

A new epic drama for BBC Two written and created by Paula Milne, White Heat charts the lives of seven friends from 1965 through to the present day.

Their relationships – complex, volatile, life affirming and life changing – start when they come together as a diverse group of young students to live as flatmates in London’s Tufnell Park: rebel with a cause Jack played by Sam Claflin, intelligent feminist Charlotte played by Claire Foy, fragile beauty Lilly played by MyAnna Buring, medical student Jay played by Reece Ritchie, electronics geek Alan played by Lee Ingleby, law student Victor played by David Gyasi and kind hearted Orla played by Jessica Gunning.

The series follows them over almost five decades as their lives, loves and destinies are shaped by the political events of each era – from the death of Churchill, the union strife of the Seventies, the ascendancy of Thatcher, the Falklands, AIDS, the end of the Cold War to the present day. Their interwoven personal lives play out against the backcloth of these crucial events to make them the people they are today.

Claire's Role

Charlotte is from a suburban middle class background – like the others, she is a product of the post war baby boom. Intelligent and insightful she often feels she is driven by a kind of default mechanism. She is an intuitive feminist. She knows she wants more in life than the routine domesticity of her mother – and she is determined to get it.

The fact that less is expected of her in terms of a career than her two brothers fuels her rebellious spirit. She realizes that university is her ticket to a new future and grabs at the chance of it. When she meets Jack, it is his frustration and rage against injustice which attract her. It doesn’t just echo her own frustration – it validates it.

Episodes featuring Claire Foy

Eve of Destruction (1.02 - Aired on March 15, 2012)
Directed by John Alexander
Written by Paula Milne
Additional Episode Cast

Lindsay Duncan, Tamsin Greig, Richard Lintern, Jeremy Northam, Hugh Quarshie, Juliet Stevenson, Tim Barlow, Julian Barratt, Brendan Foster, Sanchia McCormack, Ian Smith


Synopsis

In 2012, Charlotte is joined by two former flatmates to clear the flat. Back in the late 60s, Lilly faces a terrible personal crisis. And at a violent anti-Vietnam war demonstration Jack and Victor face a challenge that will define their perceptions of each other forever.

The Dark Side of the Moon (1.03 - Aired on March 22, 2012)
Directed by John Alexander
Written by Paula Milne
Additional Episode Cast

Paul Copley, Lindsay Duncan, Tamsin Greig, Richard Lintern, Jeremy Northam, Hugh Quarshie, Jonathan Readwin, Andrew Simpson, Juliet Stevenson


Synopsis

In 2012, a fourth former flatmate arrives. In 1973, London is targeted by an IRA bombing campaign. Alan finally makes his long-awaited play for Lilly, while Charlotte’s volatile relationship with Jack implodes and she realises she must move on. Orla faces a family crisis that will haunt her for life.

The Eye of the Needle (1.05 - Aired on April 5, 2012)
Directed by John Alexander
Written by Paula Milne
Additional Episode Cast

Paul Copley, Lindsay Duncan, Tamsin Greig, Geoff Leesley, Jeremy Northam, Hugh Quarshie, Juliet Stevenson, Euan MacNaughton, Abhin Galeya, Adam Leese, Will Bliss, Ramon Tikaram, Holly Weston


Synopsis

In 2012, five of the former flatmates await the arrival of the sixth. In 1982, the group are summoned by Jay and Orla to help detox Jack, who is in the grip of a life threatening heroin addiction. However Charlotte finds that Jack’s hold over her is equally threatening.

The Past Is A Foreign Country (1.01 - Aired on March 8, 2012)
Directed by John Alexander
Written by Paula Milne
Additional Episode Cast

Lindsay Duncan, Tamsin Greig, Richard Lintern, Jeremy Northam, Hugh Quarshie, Juliet Stevenson, Julian Barratt, Karen Henthorn, Geoff Leesley, Hamish MacDougall, Lloyd McGuire, Sally Mortemore, Christian Roe


Synopsis

In 2012, Charlotte arrives at the flat of a recently deceased friend. She was one of seven students who once lived there. Memories are triggered of 1965 when they all met for the first time. Full of idealism and potential they embark on a journey of discovery, love and betrayal.

The Personal Is Political (1.04 - Aired on March 29, 2012)
Directed by John Alexander
Written by Paula Milne
Additional Episode Cast

Peter Ashdown, John Biggins, Dominic Coleman, Paul Copley, Lindsay Duncan, Tamsin Greig, Karen Henthorn, Dominic Kemp, Akshay Kumar, Geoff Leesley, Tomi May, Jeremy Northam, Tim Parker, Hugh Quarshie, Veronica Roberts, Oliver Senton, Joe Sims, Juliet Stevenson, Holly Weston


Synopsis

In 1979, the seven flatmates come together to celebrate Alan and Lilly’s wedding. Jay confronts his biggest fear and decides to tell his parents he is gay. Jack decides to join mainstream politics but his aspirations are threatened when Victor is arrested by the police after a stop and search.

The Sea of Trees (1.06 - Aired on April 12, 2012)
Directed by John Alexander
Written by Paula Milne
Additional Episode Cast

Paul Copley, Lindsay Duncan, Tamsin Greig, Michael Kitchen, Jeremy Northam, Hugh Quarshie, Juliet Stevenson, Ramon Tikaram, Sorcha Cusack, Abigail Guiver, Rebecca Calder, Emma Hartley-Miller, Karen Henthorn, Geoff Leesley, Euan MacNaughton, Adam Woodroffe


Synopsis

It’s 1990 and the flat is for sale; Orla organises one last reunion for the flatmates. A brutal revelation has cataclysmic consequences. Back in the present, the last surviving flatmate arrives and the identity of the deceased flatmate is finally revealed.

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