Adrian doesn't have what he considers to be a very easy life in the English Midlands. He lives with his mother, father and the Dog and things can and do get very trying for him on a regular basis.
In this first episode, Adrian is dismayed to discover that he has spots on his chin for the first day of the new year. As if that isn't bad enough, the dog has run off after knocking the meter reader off his bucycle and he has to lock the poor thing in the coal shed when the police bring it home. To topit all off, he is convinced that his parents don't understand him and that he has a highly inadequate diet.
His best friend, Nigel, seems to having egverything; a brand new racing bike and all the comforts of home. This just makes Adrian feel worse.
When Mr. and Mrs. Lucas who live next door end up separating, he just can't understand why his mother finds it necessary to comfort Mr. Lucas so much. Imagine his surprise then when he learns from Nigel that Mr. Lucas and his mother have been having an affair for ages! Bert Baxter, the old-aged pensioner whom Adrian takes care of is no help and the only bright star on poor Adrian's personal horizon is the new girl at school, Pandora Braithwaite, whom he thinks just might be the perfect girl for him.
This series is based on Sue Townsend's hilarious best-selling book series and it isn't to be missed, particularly by those who were young in the mid 80s.