There's no escape
Sarah Lancashire stars as Catherine Cawood, a police sergeant in a small town where drunkards, drug addicts and teenage pregnancies are a way of life. Her world is turned upside down when the man she thinks is responsible for her daughter's death - Tommy Lee Royce - is released from prison. Meanwhile, quiet middle-class accountant Kevin Weatherill feels underappreciated and underpaid at work. Desperate to give his daughters a decent education, he asks for a pay rise so he can send them to private school. But when his wealthy boss Nevison refuses, something finally snaps for Kevin and he enlists the help of local drug lord Ashley to kidnap Nevison's daughter and hold her for ransom. Things quickly spiral out of control when Ashley involves Tommy Lee in the plan. How far will any of them go to get what they really want?
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Sergeant Cawood's world stops when the man who drove her daughter to suicide is released from prison, and Kevin's split-second decision devastates Nevison.
Catherine's search for Tommy gains momentum when she receives a tip-off regarding his whereabouts. Helen absorbs the shock of hearing that Ann has been abducted.
Tommy brutally takes control of a situation when PC Kirsten McAskill pulls him and Lewis over. His actions have devastating consequences.
Catherine's focus returns to the job in hand as she searches for the owner of the suspicious Milton Avenue property, with dramatic consequences.
Catherine sinks into a deep depression as she learns that Tommy is still at large. The net finally closes in on Kevin.
Things get tense at Catherine's birthday party when a drunken Daniel reveals a different version of past events with Becky.