WRITER: Oliver Pearn
DIRECTOR: Oliver Pearn
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Nicola Quilter
CAST: Victoria Lucie, Dame Harriet Walter, Joanne Rogers, Royce Pierreson
Alderney, UK. 1964. AGNES, 24 works alone as a switchboard operator in a telephone exchange. While going about her daily business connecting people, she passes the time listening in to their conversations.
One day, she receives a strange call from SHIRLEY, a woman suffering from dementia and unable to clearly articulate what is happening around her. There’s a blood curdling scream and the line is cut. Extremely worried, Agnes calls the police.
Over time, she gleans information from other callers, piecing together what has happened and comes to believe MARTHA, a nurse at the care home, has been kidnapped by HAROLD, a workman there.
Agnes uses her powers of deduction and local knowledge to help the police track the abduction. But things take a turn for the worse when she realises everything is not as it seems.
Eventually, the police locate Martha but not Harold. He has returned home to take his own life. With new information, Agnes calls and talks him down by sharing her experiences. Her day ends with both Harold and Agnes having new hope for the future.