As Sarah Palfrey, Joan Plowright plays a widow who, while not necessarily enjoying her widowhood, is at least trying to take advantage of the freedom it entails. The Claremont hotel is something like an old folks' home, and she hates to think that she would ever be there permanently, but a month or two might suffice. One day she takes a walk to the post office and trips on a stray tree root. Quick to her rescue comes Ludovic "Ludo" Meyer (Rupert Friend), a sensitive young writer. He bonds with Mrs. Palfrey and agrees to join her for dinner in the Claremont's wretched dining room the following Sunday. However, when Mrs. Palfrey tells her fellow residents that a guest is coming, they assume it will be her grandson Desmond. Mrs. Palfrey does not dissuade them from this idea, and Ludo, who aims to please, is eager to go along with it, pretending to be Desmond to impress the neighbors. Plowright is thoroughly believable as a distinguished lady left behind by time, but Friend less so as The Perfect Man.
Director: Dan Ireland
Writer: Ruth Sacks
Producer: Lee Caplin, Carl Colpaert and Zachary Matz
Cast: Joan Plowright, Rupert Friend, Anna Massey, Zoe Tapper, Georgina Hale, Millicent Martin, Marcia Warren, Robert Lang, Michael Culkin and Clare Higgins