Imagine an iconic English village; the duck pond, the quaint tea houses, the sound of leather on willow. Now think again. In the rural enclaves of Cheshire, you're more likely to see Ferraris parked outside private members clubs, solicitors specializing in pre-nups next to salons offering lunchtime plastic surgery, and size eight models from Newcastle on the hunt for millionaire husbands. This is the world of the 'Cheshire Set'. With their own set of social codes, this new class has created an exclusive club in which the only qualification for membership is wealth - or at least the appearance of it.

John White (David Schofield) and his wife Beth (Barbara Marten) worked hard to drag themselves up from their working class roots via their own construction firm. They swapped the British Legion for the triangle. Their first-born Darren (Darren Tighe) became John's deputy in the family business. With his wife Terese (Poppy Miller) , the social climbing daughter of a local Golf pro, they have a daughter, Charlotte (Angela Holmes). John and Beth's youngest - Justin (Nicholas Shaw) and Lauren (Jaime Winstone) - now in their twenties, have never worked a day in their lives.

Then along came Cassidy (Kelly Harrison). John had been unfaithful before, and thought nothing of this latest young blonde beauty. Until she announced she was pregnant with his child. Careless accident or calculated piece of gold digging, John surprised everyone by choosing to stand by Cassidy. Before you could say midlife crisis, John and Beth were separated and discussing divorce.

Goldplated follows the fallout of John's betrayal as it plays out in the goldfish bowl of Cheshire life.





Title:  Goldplated
Original TX date: 18th October 2006
Broadcaster: Channel 4
Format: 8 x 50 mins
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