COMEDY DRAMA SERIAL 3 x 60 MINS
Feckless, clueless and rudderless, an Englishman in New York with literary ambitions is drowning in a sea of self-made troubles. When his debauched and long-lost biological father shows up out of the blue, he must face the truth of what he has done and become the author of own life before it’s too late.
British would-be novelist Jonathan Starling is dying of quiet desperation in a tiny one-bedroom apartment in deadly dull Yorkville on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. His marriage to AA step-Nazi Karen is way past its sell by date and the knock down, drag out brawls, often in front of their two daughters, are endless. He is browbeaten and hopelessly inert, she is angry all day, every day, and who could blame her? She slogs sixty hours a week on Wall Street while he dabbles part-time as an adjunct professor of creative memoir writing, while complaining that the novel he’s writing is chronically stuck on page one. But rather than pull his finger out and his socks up, he hides behind the needs his students have for ‘creative expression’ and the endless school runs, cooking, laundry and ballet lessons for precocious daughters Madison and Taylor.
Into this hornets’ nest stomps Jake Upwood, an unapologetic rake, bon vivant, erstwhile pornographer- and Starling's long-lost biological father. Showing up unannounced after a lifetime of estrangement, he now wants to get to know his son. He doesn’t tell the family he has escaped from a care home in North London, or that he’s penniless and dying of cancer, but after barging his way into the family home he worms his way into Starling’s work and his marriage, creating havoc and mayhem that ends up costing Starling both.
But it’s an ill wind that blows no good, and the blast that blows through the Starling household turns out to be what everyone- Jonathan, Karen, the kids, his students and Jake himself- need most of all.
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