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Issue Details: First known date: 2011... 2011 The Slap : Anouk
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'Anouk leaves the BBQ more appalled by seeing Hector flirting with Connie than Harry slapping Hugo. Her life is full of pressure - her mother is ill, a young writer at work has his sights set on her job - and the slap is the last thing on her mind. Feeling ill from what she assumes is stress, Anouk visits a doctor, where she discovers to her shock, that she is pregnant with her much younger boyfriend's child. She tries to talk to Aisha, but can't bring herself to. Her confusion is compounded when Rhys proposes they quit their jobs to travel around the world together. She is torn by her feelings for him, his kindness, and commitment to her, and the fear of tying him down and holding him back.

'The next day, Anouk gets into a heated argument with her boss, and quits. Still reeling, she catches up with Aisha and Rosie for a drink that night. When the conversation turns to the slap, and Rosie tells them she and Gary are pressing charges against Harry, Anouk doesn't hold back in telling them how she feels. Rosie and Aisha are stung at Anouk's reaction, and she storms out feeling estranged from her two closest friends.

'Feeling guilty, Anouk visits Rosie's house the next day to apologise, and inadvertently confesses that she is pregnant. Saying it out loud, and trying to persuade herself that it is a chance for renewal, Anouk realises she doesn't want to have the child. The morning after her abortion, Anouk wakes to find Rhys cooking her breakfast. Unaware of her decision to terminate, but having worked out she was pregnant, Rhys is overcome with excitement at the idea of having a baby. But when Anouk tells him there is no baby, Rhys is devastated. Furious at not giving him the choice, he leaves her.'

Source: ABC TV website,
Sighted: 18/10/2011


  • First screened on ABC TV1 on 13 October 2011.

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      ABC Television ; Matchbox Pictures ,
      2011 .
      Extent: 55 minsp.
      Series: form y separately published work icon The Slap Tony Ayres , Australia : ABC Television Matchbox Pictures , 2011 Z1699408 2011 series - publisher film/TV 'The series starts at an Australian backyard BBQ. Amongst alcohol, friendship and a children's cricket game a man slaps a child who is not his son. The party comes to a sudden halt. The child's parents are so affronted they vow to take the man to court. As the series unfolds the police become involved and friends and family are forced to take sides. One cousin is forced to testify against another. Couples are caught in the crossfire. Beliefs are tested and relationships strained.

      'The story is told through the points of view of eight characters as the court case proceeds, as affairs begin and end, as a pregnancy is decided and marriages morph and change. Each character's life is profoundly affected by "the slap", and each of the main character is metaphorically slapped as they are forced to face up to fundamental truths about themselves.'

      Source: The Slap website (Sighted 11/10/2011)
      Number in series: 2
Last amended 18 Oct 2011 11:59:59