The 7.39. Carl Matthews (Morrissey) is a 45-year-old guy whose life has fallen into a dull routine. Happily married to his best friend from college, Maggie (Colman) and father to two sullen teenagers, Carl’s life is as predictable as they come; even down to him catching the same 7.39am train every day, with the same unhappy faces doing the same daily commute, en route to Waterloo.
Enter, Sally Thorn (Smith). Sally has recently moved out of London with her personal trainer boyfriend, Ryan (Maguire). Unsure if she likes the new suburban life, or the prospect of marriage to Ryan who is desperate to settle down and start a family, Sally secretly spends her time wondering if this is really the life for her and, more importantly, if Ryan is the man she wants to spend it with. However, she’s not much time to worry about these things, not while she’s running to catch the 7.39 back to her day job in London.
One morning, over a fight for a seat, Sally and Carl begin talking and suddenly their daily train journeys become a lot more interesting, potentially changing the course of both of their lives forever.
Broadcast on BBC One on January 6 2014.