ITV adaptation of the Evelyn Waugh novel. William Boot (Michael Maloney) is a junior hack who writes a weekly newspaper column about British rural life from his family estate. When he is mistaken for a war correspondent by befuddled sub-editor Mr Salter (Denholm Elliot), he is sent to the suspected frontline in the mysterious location of Ishmaelia. Along the way he meets an elusive man of mystery (Herbert Lom), a beautiful German blonde (Renee Soutendijk), an insane Swede (Sverre Anker Ousdal) and various other strange characters. However, nobody seems to be able to tell him the exact whereabouts of the war he is supposed to be covering.