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This British drama, condensed from a four hour televised mini-series, explores the darker side of a working-class family. The Spencers are a classically dysfunctional family. The patriarch, Charlo is a loutish, domineering brute who physically and emotionally batters his wife Paula and their children, John Paul and Nicola, a teenage factory worker. He makes his living as a small-time thief. Like many abusers, Charlo is perfectly charming to others not in his family; he has frequent affairs. John Paul...more