It is the early 1970s and ‘well-to-do’ Emily Hetherington has moved from London to the outskirts of Bristol.  Her house has been decorated from top to bottom, including a ‘top of the range’ kitchen and a landscaped garden.  Her attention is now turned to the locals, whom she is sure are starved of culture.  However, she soon discovers the locals have plenty of culture and plans of their own…  They also have Thomas, who manages to wreck her house, garden and sanity.