This week we have a complicated case.
Mack is an old man living in a care home – that is being sold. And as it is sold, the elderly residents will be moved to other care homes – whether they like it or not. Mack takes exception to this and puts his medicine in Keith, the manager’s food – and punches a policeman.
It seems a simple case of ABH, but the prosecution, leader by the fallen angel Richard seeks a charge of attempted murder. A sentence that would naturally kill an 82 year old. But then there’s the question of whether the law fails to apply simply because the perpetrator is old?
Joe a friend of Mack, another resident of the home with advanced Alzheimers and to control Mack, Keith threatens to separate Mack from Joe if he doesn’t do what Keith wants – and this is what prompts the poisoning
But even that is not simple – as Joe is very much in thrall of Mack as well in his easily exploited state. Especially since it’s clear that Mack wasn’t a great friend of Joe’s once – and once ran off with his wife. Of course, then we have a new twist and Mrs. Sherringham sees his friendship with Joe in his vulnerable state as a kind of penance for what he did.
And if that weren’t enough, Keith clearly has his own demons with an overbearing and cruel father and how Mack was involved with his father’s bullying cruelty.
The ending… was a trifle twee. Guy overcomes decades of issues to have a sudden and miraculous change of heart? I suppose a show about angels is allowed a certain twee level but still, it felt clumsily cobbled together at the end.