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Emotional trauma of fertility clinic blunder; Ella And The Mothers Saturday, BBC1, 9.00pm.

WHEN two women attend an IVF clinic for treatment - Gina Kaufman, glamorous trophy wife of George, and Madeleine Kingdom, a recently divorced university lecturer - they are oblivious to the battle that will explode between them all too soon.

Michelle Collins, Juliet Aubrey and Sean Gallagher star in Ella And The Mothers, a timely drama that thinks the unthinkable when a possible IVF mix-up is uncovered.

Nearly six years later, Madeleine is lovingly, if chaotically, raising her daughter, Ella.

But after numerous IVF failures, George and Gina's marriage is starting to show the strain. Then, just as Gina is giving up hope of ever becoming a mother, she hears of allegations that mistakes have been made at the fertility clinic where both she and Madeleine were patients.

It seems that embryos had been mixed up and implanted into the wrong women and Gina discovers that Madeleine's Ella might actually be hers.

Without a second thought, Gina tracks down Madeleine and makes a shocking late- night call to her home and claims Ella is her child.

Dismissing Gina as a lunatic, Madeleine asks her to leave. But her troubles have only just begun.

Fired up, Gina persuades George to get his lawyer onto the case. Suddenly, Madeleine has to face up to the fact that she could have a serious fight on her hands.

Gina, vulnerable and emotionally raw, starts to stalk Ella. Madeleine, in turn, sets out to discover as much as she can about the couple that wants to take her child. Using a false identity, she tracks George to a hotel bar, not bargaining on what happens next...
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 10, 2002
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