Classic British drama about the residents of a large terrace house in London between Christmas 1938 and September 1939. Among them are young motor mechanic Percy Boon (Richard Attenborough) and his mother (Gladys Henson); the landlady, Mrs Vizzard (Joyce Carey), who is a widow and a believer in spiritualism; Mrs Josser (Fay Compton), Mr Josser (Wylie Watson) and their teenage daughter (Susan Shaw); the eccentric spiritualist medium Mr Squales (Alastair Sim), and the colourful Connie Coke (Ivy St Helier). Percy is in love with the Josser's daughter, Doris (Susan Shaw), and reluctantly turns to crime to raise money to impress her with. But things go horribly wrong. Percy Boon (Richard Attenborough) lives with his mother in a shared rented house with an assortment of characters in central London. Although well intentioned, Percy becomes mixed up with gangsters and murder. The story focuses on the effects this has on Percy and the other residents.