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. Daniel (the youngest brother) is getting married to Ralph, Stephen (the oldest brother) and Celeste (his wife) worry about their two daughters, Edith (the oldest sister) is engaged in one humanitarian cause after another, and Rosie (the youngest sister) is a single mother with spina bifida raising one boy, and about to give birth to a second. Presiding over them is Gran, the imperious Muriel.
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.
On 14 May 2019, businesswoman Vivienne "Viv" Rook (Emma Thompson) causes controversy by saying she "doesn't give a fuck" about the Israel-Palestine conflict on an evening talk show, and Rosie (Ruth Madeley) gives birth to a son, Lincoln, by her former Chinese lover. Daniel (Russell Tovey) worries about the state of the world and what Lincoln’s future will be. The timeline skips forwards to 2024; in the meantime, Donald Trump wins a second term as president, and China constructs an artificial island and a military base named Hong Sha Dao in disputed waters. Daniel marries Ralph (Dino Fetscher), Queen Elizabeth dies, Viv tries and fails to be elected as an independent candidate in the 2022 general election, and a Russian-backed military government takes over in Ukraine. Daniel manages a local council-run refugee camp, where he makes a connection with Viktor (Maxim Baldry), who fled Ukraine after he was tortured for being gay. Teenage Bethany (Lydia West) tells her parents Stephen (Rory Kinnear) and Celeste (T'Nia Miller) that she is trans-human and eventually plans to upload her consciousness to the Cloud, to her mother's utter horror. Cracks begin to form in Daniel and Ralph’s marriage, as Daniel's feelings for Viktor cause him to detach from his husband. Viv starts a political party, calling it The Four Star Party, the stars representing the asterisks that the news media have used to represent her unapologetic use of the "F-bomb" on TV. Rosie goes on a date with Tony (Noel Sullivan), but leaves in disgust after she discovers he has sex with his house robot. At a party for Muriel’s (Anne Reid) 92nd birthday, the family get a video call from long-absent Edith (Jessica Hynes), who has traveled to Vietnam, close to Hong Sha Dao. As air raid sirens sound in the UK, news comes that Trump has fired a nuclear missile at Hong Sha Dao and the family descend into panic and squabbling. In the uproar, Daniel flees Ralph and his family for Viktor, and they have sex for the first time.
Don't forget to come back for episodes 2 - 6.