Hardworking, successful Caroline feels like her life is falling apart.
Her career as a headmistress is going from strength to strength, but her marriage is collapsing – husband John recently left her to move in with his lover, but now he’s back and wants to try again.
Caroline herself has got herself caught up in a complex emotional relationship with fellow teacher Kate, but is unable to acknowledge the depth of her feelings. Is Caroline still in love with John? Or is she just in denial about her sexuality? Caroline’s depressed, confused and feels that the future lacks hope.
At least Celia’s happiness at falling in love with Alan is one weight off her mind. Sarah Lancashire, who plays Caroline, says about her character: “Caroline is a high achiever, who needs order and control. She can be prickly and arrogant – it’s her defence – but her bark is worse than her bite. But it’s her mother’s relationship with Alan, a relationship that wouldn’t ordinarily be deemed by society to be conventional, that gives Caroline ‘permission’ to finally admit to being who she really is."