An ordinary British family contends with the hopes, anxieties and joys of an uncertain future in this six-part limited series that begins in 2019 and propels the characters 15 years forward into an unstable world.
The story begins as members of the Lyons clan converge for the birth of the newest family member, baby Lincoln, and an outspoken celebrity begins her transformation into a political figure whose controversial opinions will divide the nation. As Britain, of this imaginary drama is rocked by political, economic and technological advances, the family experiences everything hoped for in the future, and everything that is feared.
Manchester, 2019. As politician Vivienne Rook causes a scandal on live TV, the Lyons family is brought together when their youngest sibling Rosie goes into labor. At her bedside, brothers Stephen and Daniel, and grandmother Muriel, wonder what life will be like for baby Lincoln. Fast-forwarding five years into the future, to the London of 2024, Stephen and his wife Celeste worry about their socially-withdrawn daughter, Bethany, who’s contemplating a major life choice. Back in Manchester, Daniel, who’s now married to his boyfriend Ralph, finds himself falling for a Ukrainian refugee, Viktor. As the Lyons come together for Muriel’s birthday, a call from their missing-in-action sister, Edith, brings extraordinary news that could change their lives forever.
With the world still reeling from the events of Hong Sha, Edith returns home for good but harbors a secret about what really happened while she was abroad. Daniel tries to build a new life with Viktor despite the risks. Rosie and Edith are amazed by Viv Rook's power and passion at a political rally for her MP campaign. Celeste remains disturbed by Bethany's fascination with technology, but a series of urgent texts make Celeste and Stephen realize their entire life is about to come crashing down.
As Stephen and Celeste try to rebuild their shattered lives, Daniel’s world turns upside down when Viktor is forced to flee from Kiev. Edith’s former life as an activist calls her back into action. Rosie loses her job to fully automated food service. The Lyons children face some hard truths after a tragic event. Back at home, Celeste is left alone to cope with Bethany’s obsessions, which lead her into terrible danger. The General Election sees Viv Rook’s surprising rise to power.
As events heat up across Europe, Daniel embarks on a quest to bring Viktor home, with help from Edith. Rosie sets up her own business with new boyfriend, Jonjo. With her suspicions confirmed, Celeste exposes Stephen's secret life to the family. Meanwhile, Viv Rook sets her sights on the ultimate prize: No. 10 Downing Street.
Viv Rook becomes the new Prime Minister a new Britain takes shape, while Edith investigates mysterious rumors about The Disappeared, While Rosie searches for a solution to Daniel’s problems, she finds her estate being fenced off by the privatized police. As the climate worsens, flooding creates British refugees, forcing Muriel to reveal problems of her own.
This is the final episode of the six-part series. Muriel, in a passionate speech, blames humanity for the various problems in the world. The family free Viktor and end up liberating the camp broadcasting it all over the world. Stephen shoots Woody in the leg. Edith collapses at the camp due to her illness. Viv is charged with murder, and the BBC is reopened. The series skip to 2034 where it’s revealed that the events described were the re-telling of Edith’s memories, as she in in the process of uploading her memories to water molecules with Bethany’s help. Edith body dies, and the whole Lyons clan checks to see if Edith’s consciousness was uploaded to Muriel’s “Signor” virtual assistant.
My best Quote: Episode One when Daniel gives a speech after his youngest sister gives birth:
I don’t know if I could have a kid in a world like this, it’s like that Rook woman said things were okay a few years ago before 2008, remember back when we use to think that politics were boring, those were the days, and now I worry about everything. I don’t know what to worry about first, never mind the government, it’s the god dam banks that terrify me, and it’s not even them, it’s companies, the brands, the corporations. They treat us like algorithms while they go around poisoning the air, and the temperature, and the rain, and enemies, don’t get me started on Isis. Oh, now we got America, never thought we would be afraid of America in a million years, but we’ve got fake news, false facts. I don’t even know what’s true anymore, what sort of world are we in because if it’s this bad now what’s it going to be like for you in thirty years time, ten years, five years, what’s it going to be like.