This wickedly observant comedy by the author of Educating Rita finds Dennis, on the eve of his thirty fifth birthday, making a last ditch attempt to break away from his middle class existence. Imprisoned on Phase Two of the housing estate and surrounded by Tupperware parties, Weight Watchers and wife swapping, he longs to revert to an easy going way of life. He reaches breaking point when neighbors Roger and Jane arrive with presents that epitomize the hated way of life. In between giving directions on the phone to his parents lost in the maze of bungalows and keeping his vandalizing aerosol sprays hidden, Dennis attempts to pack a rucksack. When he finds that Jane, Roger and his wife want to come too, he sinks in front of the TV, unable to make his escape. But there is always next year . . . and the year after.