My Fragile Heart
GenreCrime drama
Written byAbi Morgan
Directed byGavin Millar
StarringSarah Lancashire
Lorcan Cranitch
John McArdle
Anne Stallybrass
Lynda Rooke
Robert Glenister
Sarah Price
Eva Pope
ComposerColin Towns
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes2
Executive producerGreg Brenman
ProducerRebecca De Souza
CinematographyNigel Walters
EditorIan Farr
Running time90 minutes
Production companyTiger Aspect Productions
Original networkITV
Picture formatDVB-T 576i 16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original release17 September (2000-09-17) –
18 September 2000 (2000-09-18)

My Fragile Heart is a two-part British television crime drama miniseries, written by Abi Morgan, that first broadcast on ITV on 17 September 2000. The series starred Sarah Lancashire as Trina Lavery, a young woman who returns to her childhood home to look after her terminally ill mother, only to find the man accused of the murder of her best friend several years ago living nearby. The series was directed by Gavin Millar, with Rebecca De Souza acting as producer.[1]

The first episode gathered 9.82 million viewers. Episode two dipped slightly; gathering 9.58 million.[2] The series was sold abroad, with both episodes combined into a single film, running at 146 minutes (minus adverts).[3] The series was later released on VHS, exclusively via WHSmith stores.[4] This remains the only home video release to date.


Trina Lavery (Sarah Lancashire) returns to her hometown of Stoke-on-Trent after 20 years, there to look after her ailing mother. Upon her arrival, Trina discovers that Bernard Cleve (Lorcan Cranitch), the man who was arrested for the murder of her best friend some years ago, is also living in Stoke, his case having been tossed out of court. Though a free man in the eyes of the law, Bernard is unable to escape suspicion when another local girl is killed. This time around, however, Trina has a feeling that Bernard was not responsible – and in setting out to prove her theory, she risks becoming victim number three.[5]


The Guardian said of the first episode; "Adultery on a bed of sofa cushions, burgeoning teenage sexuality in the woods and a shortage of ice in the home of Trina's alcoholic mum (she took to using frozen peas instead), these are not recognisable traits of cosy Sunday night television. All of which made My Fragile Heart both topical and, more importantly, excellent drama."[6]



  1. ^ "My Fragile Heart". 18 June 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Weekly top 30 programmes – BARB". Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  3. ^ William Neale (20 February 2015). "My Fragile Heart – ITV 2000 – Sarah Lancashire". Retrieved 8 February 2018 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ "My Fragile Heart (pal/vhs) 2000". Amazon UK. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  5. ^ "My Fragile Heart (ITV 2000, Sarah Lancashire, Lorcan Cranitch)". January 2017.
  6. ^ McLean, Gareth (18 September 2000). "Weekend TV". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 February 2018.