Former television golden girl Anthea Turner was once the highest paid female presenter on British TV. But the dream turned sour when Anthea embarked on an affair with a married man, Grant Bovey. The inevitable media storm tarnished Anthea’s squeaky clean image – made worse after their star studded wedding appeared to be ‘sponsored’ by a famous chocolate bar. Incapable of processing the media backlash, Anthea retreated from the public eye, and focused on her life as a housewife and stepmother to Bovey’s three daughters.
But now divorced, Anthea’s lavish lifestyle and the celebrity it afforded her is a distant memory. Determined to rebuild her confidence and her career, Anthea is turning to the UK’s most dynamic therapist, Mandy Saligari.
Anthea begins therapy a shadow of her former self – quiet and fragile – and admits that her divorce, finalized just days before, has left her feeling exposed and vulnerable. She recalls a happy childhood, but her dyslexia haunted her – and gave her a determination which drove her to become the queen of British TV. But through therapy it becomes clear that the tragic death of her younger sister Ruth – and her inability to process this as an 18-year old girl, has forced Anthea to protect herself from her own emotions, to devastating impact.
Anthea admits that despite rising to the heady heights of the UK’s highest paid television presenter, fame came at a high price - professional jealousy and intense media scrutiny, amidst which she, finally giving into her feelings, embarked on her ill-fated affair with property tycoon Bovey, whilst both of them were married. Mandy helps Anthea to see how the loss of the public admiration, and subsequently her career and ultimately the relationship with Bovey left Anthea with nothing to hide.
Therapy is an intense but rewarding experience for Anthea – can Mandy help her she confront the impact of her losses to begin the new chapter she so desperately craves?