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An appointment with drama awaits, writes Sarah Olowofoyeku

Sometimes one mistake is all it takes

BEAUTY salon manager Bel has discovered an ugly secret. As a result, a tangled web is being weaved among the members of the dysfunctional family at the centre of BBC One’s new drama series Age Before Beauty.

The opening episode introduced viewers to Bel (Polly Walker). She runs Mirrorbel, a Manchester beauty salon, which is staffed by her younger sisters and their mother Ivy-Rae (Sue Johnston). Bel had left the salon in the hands of her sister Leanne (Kelly Harrison) 20 years ago so that she could focus on raising her twins. But since they left for university, she has been persuaded by Teddy (Robson Green), Leanne’s husband and salon accountant, to take over the management again to save the shop from closing. She has her work cut out.

After a month of long days and hard work at the salon, Bel was devastated when she discovered that her husband, Wes (James Murray), had cheated on her with a young and attractive personal trainer, Lorelei (Madeleine Mantock). Lorelei made Wes ‘feel 18 again’. Although he regretted what he did, he could not stop seeing Lorelei and now things have gone too far.

When Bel finds out, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She books a PT session with Lorelei to see who she’s up against.

In the episode next Tuesday (7 August), Bel plans to come face to face with her husband’s ‘other’ woman.

Meanwhile, the rest of the family suspect that Bel is up to no good, although it should be her brother-in-law Teddy they are keeping their eyes on. Teddy has revealed that Bel was the woman he would have married if Wes hadn’t beaten him to it. He is now secretly scheming to win Bel’s heart, and he was the one who set up Wes’s affair. But neither Wes – his best mate – nor anyone else in the family has got a clue.

Wes, who still trusts Teddy, is torn about the affair and confides in him, saying: ‘It’s like I’m two different people.’

Actor James Murray says: ‘Wes makes a calamitous mistake very early on in the series and he snowballs from there.’

Wes knew what he had done was wrong, but he couldn’t stop himself from doing it.

The same can be true for anybody. Sometimes one small mistake is all it takes and, before we know it, a situation is out of control. We begin to do things that we don’t really want to do, and it becomes difficult to see a way out.

It’s a problem that has had people tearing their hair out through the ages. Bible writer Paul, whose life had been given a complete makeover, still experienced it. He wrote: ‘Instead of doing what I know is right, I do wrong’ (Romans 7:19 Contemporary English Version). But he went on to explain that there is another way. If we choose to follow Jesus, he will rescue us from our poor choices and mistakes and help us put things right.

Paul found out that if someone’s life doesn’t look good, Jesus can show them how to change things.

Will we let this discovery transform our lives – for good?

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