Albert Finney both directs and stars in this comedy drama about a successful writer's mid-life crisis attempts to re-connect with his working-class roots and estranged family. After becoming hugely wealthy and successful as a novelist in swinging sixties Britain, Charlie Bubbles' (Finney) indulgent lifestyle is wearing a little thin. Convinced he can fend off the boredom in his life, he takes to drinking and has an affair with his young American secretary (Liza Minnelli). But, as his crisis deepens, he starts to question his motivation and glitzy lifestyle. Finally realising he has to re-discover the basic human emotions that are missing in his life, he sets out to revisit his northern roots, and, in particular, his estranged wife Lottie (Billie Whitelaw) and son Jack (Timothy Garland).