Programme Index

Discover 10,100,220 listings and 230,670 playable programmes from the BBC

32 Brinkburn Street

Episode 1

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

One house, two families and 80 years of secrets...

The drama begins in 1931, as Walter Ogilvie hides a bloodied apron in a hole in the attic, watched by his distraught wife, Gracie, and mother-in-law Elizabeth. Smoothing plaster over the wall, Walter looks to his family and says: 'Nobody talks about this, ever'...

Cut to 2011, and 80-year-old Frank Ogilvie has lived at 32 Brinkburn Street all his life. But Frank doesn't know that at the heart of his family is a dark secret - that behind the attic wall lies a body hidden in 1931. It's a secret that could blow Frank's family apart for ever...

This episode gives an insight into the lives of the 1930s Ogilvie family before the body is hidden in their attic. It's a worrying time as Walter's hours are being cut back at work and he has a gambling habit he can't resist - which leads to trouble when he's chased by a debt-collecting gang. Meanwhile, to help ends meet Gracie takes in a lodger, mysterious Irishman Sid. While there's an immediate spark between the two of them, there's animosity between Sid and Walter.

In 2011, facing hard times, Ellie and Nick Milliner have recently moved back in with Frank, Ellie's father. Teenager Poppy, Nick's daughter from his first marriage, comes too and isn't happy. Frank, however, is delighted, especially as his health is ailing.

Elsewhere, GP David bids farewell to his Nigerian girlfriend, Joy, whose visa has expired; but when she sees Frank's advert for a carer, she discovers a way to stay.

By moving between the lives of a family in contemporary Britain and those of the same family a generation before, 32 Brinkburn Street highlights the differences between life 80 years ago and now.

But whatever era it is, family is family, and every family has secrets... Show less

About this data

This data is drawn from the data stream that informs BBC's iPlayer and Sounds. The information shows what was scheduled to be broadcast, meaning it was/is subject to change and may not be accurate. More