Ria has enough to cope with: there is her husband Ben, who has his own hang-ups and her sons Adam and Russell, who are the cause of most of them. Then suddenly there's Leonard.
Ben and Russell decide to talk after a year of silence. It is not as happy an experience as Ria would have wished. She has also lied to Leonard about her age.
It is time for Ria to break away from the family. But as the provider, Ben's ego is at stake, so the tug of war begins.
All Leonard wants is for Ria to have lunch with him on his birthday. All Ria wants is excitement. Ben wants nothing in particular but benefits from all their needs.
A work of art has an effect on the whole family. Father and son are drawn closer; Ria finds it hard to ignore Leonard's existence.
Ria has decided that her life is an untidy drawer full of people who bother her. In the effort to tidy it she finds it difficult to part with some people.
Adam's girlfriend leaves him because he is boring. Ria meets Leonard, who is out jogging in the park.
Ria is upset when she encounters a fox hunt when out in the country with Ben. She determines to mount a protest.
After a row with Russell and Adam, Ben suffers from pains in the chest and thinks he's having a heart attack.
Russell and Adam irritate new neighbour Mr Conrad. After a visit to church, Ria nearly runs over a dog.
Susanna, a woman the Parkinsons met on holiday, comes to stay and causes Ria more anxiety.
Leonard rings Ria and asks her to meet him for lunch as he has something to tell her.
For Ria, Christmas is a time of truth. Surrounded by people she loves, she is forced to do things she hates.
Sitcom written by Carla Lane. The boys have gone to Scotland, but they're not necessarily out of sight, out of mind.
The quiet and unflappable Ruby suddenly presents Ria with a problem. While she's sorting it out, Leonard's loneliness grows.
When Russell finds himself in a dilemma, Ria and Ben combine their understanding and help him to cope. But there is something he hasn't told them.
Ria knows there is something worrying Adam, and she knows that Russell is in trouble. Her own particular problem is Leonard, but why is Ben so quiet?
Ben plans a romantic birthday for Ria - but so does Leonard. Ria is faced with the first real temptation.
Ria is pleased to meet Kathleen, her old schoolfriend. They have lots to talk about, but Ria talks too much and a friend turns into an enemy.
Ben is away, Adam and Russell are at an all-night party, Leonard is alone... Ria is faced with the ultimate temptation.