Does Susan love him? Will Angela stop hassling him? Is Morrissey God? Why do people laugh at his own poetry? And how are all these questions connected?
In this highly original, seven part sitcom, the completely ordinary and thoroughly perplexed Sean Hughes is plucked from obscurity and kept for seven weeks in a TV studio - which just so happens to be a brick-by-brick reconstruction of his Muswell Hill flat. Trapped, he is forced to share his misgivings and everyday with the studio audience - who along with the script writers such as Samuel Beckett - try to keep him happy by re-arranging his love life and wheeling in his local pub, the corner shop and a park bench.
Sean's Show features guest appearances from Windsor Davies, The Bay City Rollers and The Late Show's Tracy McLeod.
Sean wallows in his unreciprocated love for Susan, which endures the length of the first series, as do his futile efforts to shake off Angela, a former one-night stand who claims to be madly in love with him. Things look promising when a new script arrives from dead author Samuel Beckett. But when Windsor Davies shows up at his door carrying a giant box of concentrated strawberry jelly and asking to use his bathroom, Sean is worried the show will take a turn for the worse and resort to cheap gimmicks for laughs.
Sean fears he may have had a one-night stand with the wife of Barry the bar keeper, but he can't seem to recall the particulars. He thinks the situation might work out in his favor, however, when he learns that the news of his indiscretion has made Susan jealous. Sean performs his rendition of Patsy Cline's ""Crazy.""
Sean asks his neighbor Tony to build him a shed so he'll have a place to smoke cigarettes unrebuked. Meanwhile, he decides to commit suicide by employing the ""Morrissey method"" of dancing himself to death wistfully, but his will to live is revived when his suicide note is published and becomes a best-seller. Panic sets in when it's time for the credits to roll and a moral for the episode hasn't been established.
Tony usurps Sean's identity while he's away on holiday in Greece. When Sean returns, he learns that his pen pal is trying to kill him and that Angela has devised a dastardly plan to blackmail him into marrying her. Tony's scheme to take over Sean's life and win Susan backfires when he is caught in a fight between high ranking officials of the Sicilian Mafia and Greek thugs, all of whom have it in for Sean.
Sean gets in touch with his paternal nature when he discovers he has a 12-year-old son named Gordon who is going to come and live with him. Gordon's arrival forces Sean to confront his issues about his relationship with his own father.
Announcing that his angsting days are over, Sean seizes control of the script and reworks his character to be ""tougher."" To demonstrate his resolve, he writes letters to Susan and Angela, declaring once and for all his feelings of love for the one and utter contempt for the other.
Sean's house is stripped bare by the burglars who have been furnishing it throughout the series, and all his belongings are returned to rightful owner Elton Welsby. Barry becomes paranoid that he will be killed off before the end of the episode because the rest of the supporting cast has been done in already. Sean performs Julian Cope's ""Jelly Pop Perky Jean"" for Susan in one final attempt to win her love.