In London, 1953, Williams, a veteran civil servant, is an important cog within the city’s bureaucracy as it struggles to rebuild. Buried under paperwork at the office, lonely at home, his life has long felt empty and meaningless. Then a shattering medical diagnosis forces him to take stock – and to try and grasp fulfilment before it goes beyond reach.
He finds himself drawn to the natural vitality of Margaret, a young woman who once worked under his supervision and is now determined to spread her wings. Then one evening he is struck by a revelation and sets about creating a legacy for the next generation.
'A director rising into the highest ranks and an actor at the peak of his powers are the keys to this mesmerising melodrama' - Kevin Maher, Times