Care, BBC 4, written by Kieran Prendiville and directed by Antonia Bird.

This is not on BBC iPlayer, which is a shame because it’s the best thing I’ve seen on telly for quite a while. It’s quite a simple story. Young Davey (Daniel Parker) gets caught shoplifting and gets sent to Lewavon Boy’s Home, a care facility run by Carodog Council in Wales, where he is sexually abused by a paedophile ring. This is shown in flashback. When the viewer sees Davey  (Steven Mackintosh) he’s a grown man. There’s something boyish about him as he plays on the beach with what we think are his kids, but Craig (Craig Roberts and Millie (Millie Phillipart) are Pauline’s (Maria Pride) not his. And they are out on a date. And it’s went swimmingly. When Davey climbs up the outside of the roan pipe to deliver a stone as a memento to Craig and the pipe collapses and he lies on his back, although he’s in pain he’s laughing at the stupidity of it. Pauline and him share a snog and you know they’re suited and going to be a couple.

The arrest and conviction of Lewavon’s care-home manager Francis Chambers (Peter Wight) for the rape and sexual abuse of boys in his care and the publicity this generates causes Davy to have flashbacks. He doesn’t want to have anything to do with reliving those years of pass the parcel of boys and men. Pauline helps talk him round that those monsters are still out there, molesting other kids, and Davey should act.

Journalist are also on his case. The media needs authentic voices, evidence, screen-time authenticity. Davey needs to be left alone.  ‘I didn’t ask to be raped,’ he says.

Another story-line shows how the insurers of Carodog Council try to limit the damage and shut down possible claims because that makes practical business sense.

Terrific. Watch this if you get a chance.

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