Take Me Home: The Complete Mini-Series released on DVD for the first time 21st January 2019

First shown on BBC One in 1989, Tony Marchant’s acutely observed three-part series explores the errors of empathy and the flipside of ambition in Thatcher’s Britain.

Tony (Keith Barron) is a middle-aged man scraping a living as a cab driver in the rapidly developing fictional Midlands town of Woodsleigh Abbots. His marriage to Liz (Annette Crosbie) is in a rut, and he falls for lonely young newlywed Kathy (Maggie O’Neill), after picking her up one evening.

Kathy’s controlling husband Martin (Reece Dinsdale) cares only about his career at a Chinese-owed tech giant InfoCo, and Tom’s initial fatherly concern for Kathy as she opens up to him about her woes soon develops into an obsessive passion on both sides.

But there are always losers in a winner-takes-all world, and writer Tony Marchant pulls no punches in this gripping tale of adultery and ambition.

Marchant’s later drama Leaving (2012) has a similar storyline, involving an older married woman who becomes involved with a much younger man, and is regarded as a companion to Take Me Home.