Young Tim is torn between a worldly mother and an eccentric father.
Tim is sent off to boarding school, his mother anxious that he meet people who are less cranky than his father.
Disaster strikes when Tim persuades his father to buy him a toy boat to sail on the pond in Kensington Gardens.
Tim's gentle eccentric father is beginning to show signs of dementia.
His mother's 17 cats are making their presence felt at home.
Tim's mother uses her newly acquired false teeth to entertain her grandchildren.
Lying on the floor at her former accompanist's house, Tim's father has a religious experience.