Leaving is a relationship drama written by acclaimed screenwriter Tony Marchant. It’s a character-driven story about the complexities of love, family and growing up. 25 year old Aaron Hughes lives with his parents in Warrington. He’s failed to get a job since leaving university and his ex-girlfriend Phoebe is about to marry his brother. Life’s not panning out the way he’d hoped. After he meets Julie Ranmore, a married mum of two, he finds his life changing.
Everybody is left feeling from the confrontation in the breakfast room. Julie attempts to to apologise to her family, but they won’t listen and it’s clear she’s not welcome any more. Aaron argues with his father, who is not happy that he has thrown his job away. Angela allows Julie and Aarom to stay in her spare bedroom. Michael ends up being charged with threatening behaviour and it seems likely he will get a fine. Julie ends up knowing that she must move back in with Michael and Aaron returns to his parents but they both are determined to make their relationship work somehow. Maxine ends up pleading with Aaron to leave their family alone. Julie ends up deciding to end her relationship with Aaron after realsing that she could never give up her children. Later on after Julie reflects on what she’s lost she gets in her car and drives to Aaron’s flat. Aaron refuses to answer the door though. Several months later, Jonah is getting married and Aaronis amongst the guests with a new girlfriend. Julie is supervising operations at the back and Aaron turns and catches Julie’s eye. They share an uncertain, bittersweet smile together.