It's World War II, and in the English country village of Little Weirwold, aging recluse Tom Oakley is forced to take in boy evacuee Will Beech against his wishes. Poor Tom is still missing his wife and young son lost during the last war. Well, you'll never guess what happens to their awkward pairing by the end.
When Will's mum is revealed to be a mentally ill anti-semite religious-extremist child abuser, are we really supposed to fear that the programme makers might have him finish up with her?
John Thaw is a terrific actor in this, and the others are okay too, but I'm afraid this just didn't turn out to be my sort of thing.