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Can someone confirm that my memory of Bouquet of Barbed Wire is accurate? What I recall is that the father has an affair with his daughter's flatmate, the daughter discovers this and threatens to tell her mother, the tension builds but eventually she does spill the beans at a fully attended family Sunday lunch. Or something fairly close to that? Thanks, Karen

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That's almost correct; Peter Manson (Finlay) takes his secretary to his daughter Pru's flat while she and her husband are on holiday. Pru and her husbnad Gavin find out from a friend who watered their plants and walked in on them and Pru then told her mother at a family dinner.

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Thats not quite accurate. The father is in love with his daughter and to cover this up he embarks upon an affair with his new secretary which to begin with takes place at his daughter's flat, her and her husband are away on a holiday. When they are discovered by a neighbour who has come in to water the plants the neighbour tells Prue's husband who in turn tells Prue who then feels she must tell her mother. Prue then winds up in hospital because she gets badly beaten by Gavin (whilst pregnant no less!) and then the whole thing turns into everyone jumping into bed with everyone else.There's more but in essence Prue is manipulative and she in fact engineers the downfall of the whole family. A fairly toxic woman.

I recommend the book before you embark on the tv series its a page turner.

A Bouquet of Barbed Wire by Andrea Newman (Penguin)

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Prue is also in love with her father, and spills the beans regarding the affair through jealousy. Luckily for the viewer, this rather icky relationship never appears to have been consummated.

Great series!

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