Confirmed for BBC One on 25 February at 9pm to 9.30pm

Ep 1/6

Monday 25 February



Episode one: The Pond.

Warren Thompson suddenly finds himself in his mid-50s, forced to move from the south up to Preston when his partner Anne’s father falls ill. Warren’s living in an area he doesn’t like, doing a job he’s not emotionally cut out for, and looking after two teenage stepsons, Charlie and Danny, that he never wanted.

Never blessed with any sort of patience or a paternal instinct, Warren just wants an easy life. He’s happy with a clean house, a neat garden, and a nice cup of tea. But thanks to his naturally difficult personality, Warren is constantly finding himself in sticky situations. He’s always making life hard for himself and often on the verge of losing it. There are no happy endings for Warren as he grapples against the problems and misunderstandings of his own making.

Warren pushes his eldest stepson Charlie into getting a job at the local garden centre so he can get a discount on pond liner, to rival his annoying neighbour Ian. Meanwhile, Anne and her sister Liz visit a clairvoyant and get a bleak reading of things to come on the cul-de-sac.

Warren is played by Martin Clunes, Anne is played by Lisa Millett, Charlie is played by Tim Preston, Danny is played by Oscar Morgan, Ian is played by Neil Edmond, Liz is played by Martine Brown.