Series 1, Episode 5 - School Of Hard Knocks
When Alex's teacher writes home to say that "Alex is possibly gifted but we'll never know because he has the attention span of a gnat," Jimmy, surprised by this comment about his son, latches onto the "gifted" part while Diana's focus is on Alex's "not living up to his potential".
Molly is delighted that Alex is given all this attention which gives her the chance to fly under the radar and do what she wants for a while. In an attempt to get to know his brilliant son better, Jimmy enlists his help to finally finish his DIY in the back room only to discover how unfocused Alex really is.
When Alex tells Jimmy, "I don't want to make anything of my life: I want to be like you," Jimmy is forced to re-evaluate himself and comes to the frightening conclusion that maybe he would have benefited from someone like Diana in his life to motivate him. Diana runs with this notion and in the process, runs Jimmy into the ground.
Meanwhile Siobhan and Kev commiserate about the amount of time Jimmy is spending with his family leaving them both feeling like spurned lovers.
- Friday 9th February 2007
- BBC One
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Nicholas Lyndhurst||Jimmy Venables|
|Celia Imrie||Diana Neal|
|Ryan Sampson||Alex Venables|
|Dani Harmer||Molly Venables|
|Amanda Abbington||Siobhan Casey|
|Kenton Allen||Executive Producer|
|Fred Barron||Executive Producer|