Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay star in this BBC adaptation of Angela Lambert's novel. Widowed on the same day, retired milkman Roy Southgate (Courtenay) and RAF pilot Reggie Coyngham-Jervis meet at the hospital where their wives were being looked after. When Reggie's social worker, concerned that he will not be able to look after himself properly, suggests that he allow Roy to move in, the former wing commander chooses to look upon him as a kind of butler-cum-batman. After a rocky start, the two develop a strong bond of mutual trust, confiding some painful personal tragedies to each other. However, their relationship comes under threat when Reggie begins romancing the gold-digging Liz (Joanna Lumley).