Henry Willows (John Thaw) is a middle-aged man in middle-management, divorced from his wife for seven years and perfectly happy with the arrangement. Apart from his prudish and pernickety daily cleaner, Enid (Elizabeth Bennett), he's alone, and revelling in his solitude... However, Henry's serenity is shattered when, out of the blue, his eldest child, Matthew (Reece Dinsdale), arrives on his doorstep. It seems that Matthew is disenchanted with life at home because of his mum's new boyfriend. He wants to stay with his dad - for good. The truth of the matter is that he has been thrown out by his mum, after she realised that Willows Jr. has too much in common with Willows Sr.!