Accused (2010–2012)
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Stephen's Story 

Peter Cartwright engages Charlotte, a nurse, to tend his dying wife Katherine. Several months after Katherine's death, he begins to date Charlotte, finally marrying her. His elder son, ... See full summary »


David Blair


Jimmy McGovern (by), Daniel Brocklehurst (as Danny Brocklehurst) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Sheehan ... Stephen Cartwright
John Bishop ... Peter Cartwright
Sheridan Smith ... Charlotte
Josh Bolt ... Dom Cartwright
Michael Maloney ... Judge
Tina Kellegher ... Katherine Cartwright
Kirsty Leigh Porter ... Julie
Rosina Carbone Rosina Carbone ... Defence Counsel
Candese Reid ... Olivia
Alastair Campbell ... Alastair Campbell
David Crellin ... Doctor Doran
Julian Gorman Julian Gorman ... Copper
Chord Melodic ... Clerk of Court (as Chris Michael Hall)


Peter Cartwright engages Charlotte, a nurse, to tend his dying wife Katherine. Several months after Katherine's death, he begins to date Charlotte, finally marrying her. His elder son, Stephen, 17, becomes obsessed with the idea that Charlotte killed his mother and is now trying to poison him. He hears voices from the television warning him, but he refuses to accept that he needs psychiatric help. Indeed when he goes on trial for trying to kill Charlotte, he clings to his story that it was self defence to prevent her from killing him and his younger brother. Written by don @ minifie-1

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28 August 2012 (UK) See more »

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When Stephen leaves the house to join his family and Charlotte in the car for the wedding, the door number reads '46'. However, when Dom later calls an ambulance for Charlotte he says the address as '36 Ramires Drive'. See more »

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Worthy enough, but lacks the emotional punch of the last two
4 September 2012 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

After their mother dies, Dom (Josh Bolt) and Stephen (Robert Sheehan) Cartwright are a little taken aback when their father Jack (John Bishop) starts up a relationship with Charlotte (Sheridan Smith), the nurse who tended their mother in her final days. While Dom gradually starts to warm to her, Stephen develops a deep rooted psychosis and starts to believe Charlotte is intending to do them all harm, leading to an earth shattering act where someone ends up in the dock.

Opening with a scene that immediately makes for an emotional set up, this latest addition to Jimmy McGovern's Accused series starts from a different angle to his last two instalments and plays out in much the same fashion. Since it's the entry where the human dynamics play the biggest part, the story evokes some decent drama from it's mostly young cast, who are given some sizable material to work with. Sadly, the mystery of who will be murdered (or, in this case, attempted murdered) and who by is no surprise and takes forever to play out, unlike in the last two where there was a genuine air of mystery and surprise when the cat came out the bag.

This part is also notable for being an acting job for popular comedian John Bishop, who turns in an average performance at best and is certainly nothing to write home about. Slightly more effective in the supporting role is fellow Merseysider Smith, who is a bit more forceful and dynamic. But, as I said, it's the younger cast who keep this boat flowing, with Sheehan the star of the show as the increasingly delusional young man. This is decent enough, but compared with the last two, it's below par. ***

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