Bedtime - from writer Andy Hamilton (Outnumbered) - is a unique and hugely rewarding comedy series set in the bedrooms of various adjoining Ealing houses during the last half-hour of the day.
Andrew and Alice Oldfield (Timothy West and Sheila Hancock) are the couple to whom - and around whom - so much is happening; a small suburban world of car alarms, noisy lovemaking, broken windows, newborn babies and revenge as a dish served fiery hot.
From the couple whose marriage is tested in unexpected ways, to the young model who falls into the clutches of tabloid journalism; from the grieving son and his empathetic father to the lover with a demanding deadline; from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day - over three series you are invited through open doors and closed windows into the hilarious, surprising and completely engaging world of other people just before Bedtime.
Returning home from work, Paul must face a cranky baby and an equally cranky Sarah, who fears that they have not been communicating effectively ever since the birth of their baby. Next door, the subjects of Andrew's complaints range from Jeremy Paxman to the house sitter next door, and no amount of pleading from his wife Alice will calm him down. Meanwhile, in the third house of the terrace, Sapphire and Gulliver talk about life and their TV careers (Gulliver the host of a gardening show and Sapphire an extra on shows such as Silent Witness).
Sapphire meets with Ruby, who seems very interested in her relationship with Gulliver, however the young woman does not realise that the journalist is really only after a juicy story. Still disturbed by the phonecall from their daughter in LA the previous evening, Andrew and Alice argue over whether she is overexaggerating the problems that she is having with her husband, Denis. Meanwhile tensions continue to flare between Paul and Sara after she discovers that he has secretly been in contact with her psychologist.
When Andrew tries to convince Alice that she shouldn't be going on the globalisation protest, tempers begin to build, accumulating in a shock revelation from Alice about her past. After Paul returns home late yet again, Sara tries to persuade him that she wants to hold a dinner party in order to alleviate the paranoia that she is suffering about him having an affair, but the idea doesn't go down well. Meanwhile Ruby attempts to get some more dirt on Gulliver after his latest meeting with Sapphire.
Sara's paranoia grows after an embarrasing and unplanned confrontation with Paul's colleague Melissa reveals a few surprising facts about his work life. Andrew is shocked to hear about Alice's behaviour during the globalisation process, but the two are soon united by a pleasant but unexpected phone call. Meanwhile, Sapphire and Ruby prepare another entrapment plan to catch Gulliver in the act of cheating on his wife.
Jools' sudden return from LA does little to stem Andrew's lack of tact in difficult situations, especially when an unwanted guest turns up at the house. Sapphire comes clean to Gulliver about her work with Ruby, but the two women are stunned when they discover a significant flaw in their work. Meanwhile tensions continue to build between Paul and Sara as they seem to grow even more distant from each other.
Sapphire and Ruby confront Gulliver after their shocking discovery about him. Paul finally comes clean to Sara, but his revelation is startingly different from what she had expected. Meanwhile Andrew and Alice worry as to whether Jools is doing the right thing by talking things over with Dennis after everything that has happened between them.