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Greg Wilson (Martin Freeman) is an ex-child star. At fourteen, he was a child magician. Precocious, smug, very punchable.
The pinnacle of his career was the 1986 Royal Variety Performance, when he charmed the audience with his patter about his Mum sewing name-tags into the backs of all his tricks.
One week later, his career is finished. During a phone-in on the Saturday morning kids TV show, Crikey Its Saturday!, someone rings in and calls Greg a fucking wanker on live TV. Its the ultimate humiliation. The caller has articulated what everyone is secretly thinking. Its a blow from which Greg will never recover.
Twenty years later, Greg works in a leather sofa shop. The early promise of his life unfulfilled. Hes bored, unhappy, still hurting on the inside, forever wary of other people. In every human encounter lies potential humiliation.
Even his boss, who looks about 13, treats Greg with utter contempt.
But then Greg is recognised by a customer and asked for his autograph. It's the ...