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Celia Dawson and Alan Buttershaw are both widowed and in their seventies. They had had feelings for each other in the 1950s, though they were never acted upon and the two grew apart. In the present day they are reunited after both being persuaded to join Facebook by their respective grandchildren. Alan has "loved Celia since he was 16 years old" whilst Celia is described as a woman who is "unfulfilled" having been unhappily married to a man she grew to hate. After re-encountering each other, Alan and Celia discover that they still feel as passionately for each other as they did when they were teenagers. Celia and Alan's story is described in press material as a testament of the "uplifting power of love at any age".
Alan and Celia's romance is depicted alongside the troubles of their own grown up daughters; the series' press pack describes the portrayal of family as being "as dark as it is comic". Alan's daughter Gillian and Celia's daughter Caroline are complete opposites; widowed Gillian runs a farm and works part-time in a supermarket, whilst Oxford-educated Caroline is headmistress of a successful school. Their parent's engagement affects both daughters lives; Gillian wonders how she and her son will cope without her father around to help; whilst Caroline, struggling with depression and her feelings for a female colleague, feels her mother's unconventional romance gives her "‘permission’ to finally admit to being who she really is.

Production Company: Red Productions

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