When Bill retires from his tedious career in confectionery sales, he looks forward to spending his autumn years steeped in the traditions of the ancient art of lawn bowls.
He and his wife, Margaret, are the best pair in the club, and odds-on favourites for the Riddington Married Couples Cup.
That is until Matt and Jude move in next door.
With their four-wheel drive and their brash new ideas about village life, this upwardly mobile young couple challenge everything Bill stands for.
And the last straw comes when they have the audacity to take up bowls themselves.