French plays Mary Tregednack who lives above the post office with her neurotic partner, Angela. Mary always says what she thinks and is not averse to stocking the shop she runs with stolen goods, while Angela's prim exterior masks an obsession with frocks and phobias.
A Cornish cottage is sold as a holiday home to a couple from London. Mary and the people of St Gweep decide enough is enough and a shipwreck causes Tupperware to be washed upon the beach.
This is UK TV made for the UK and without any of the self-mocking humour of The Royal Family - sadly.
Ricky is 'the nice guy' helping solve the current local problems such as child molestation, suicide and insurance scams - often accompanied by his recently found son.
From this side of the world it looks like it's taking itself too seriously.