“Life is a long journey. If we’re lucky, we’ll make some friends along the way. If we’re unlucky, they’ll stay in touch.”
“Boomers” follows the ups and downs of three couples living in Thurnemouth, “Norfolk’s only West facing resort.”
There’s Alan and Joyce (Phil Jackson and Alison Steadman), who are coming at retirement from very different directions; Alan wants to slow down, Joyce wants to speed up. Alan tries to avoid as many of Joyce’s social commitments as possible, but downsizing to a bungalow has meant there are fewer places for him to hide.
John and Maureen (Russ Abbot and Stephanie Beacham), living in their gadget filled dream house, adventurous in every aspect of life including the bedroom. For them 60 is the new 40, however there’s a reminder of what’s around the corner with Maureen’s ever present mum Joan (June Whitfield).
And finally there’s Trevor and Carol (James Smith and Paula Wilcox) who’ve got non communication down to such a fine art, that if Carol spent a weekend away, Trevor might not even notice.
30 years of living in each other’s pockets have shown the benefits and drawbacks of the group staying friends.
– EPISODE GUIDE –
Episode 1 – Jean’s Funeral
Wednesday, January 17
When Alan’s old mate Mick comes over from Spain to join the group at his ex wife’s funeral, only Alan seems to be glad to see him. When Mick turns up however, he’s got a surprise for everyone – a thirty year old Lithuanian wife.
Episode 2 – Carol and Trevor’s Anniversary
Wednesday, January 24
Joyce has organized a celebratory lunch out for Carol and Trevor’s Fortieth Wedding Anniversary but her carefully laid plans are thrown as Carol announces she’s made a decision that could ruin not just this anniversary but every one to come.
Episode 3 – Thurnemouth Day
Wednesday, January 31
Thurnemouth Day is a big day for our gang. Trevor’s meant to be officiating at the opening ceremony and Joyce has promised Carol a place in the Choral Society’s Choir. Meanwhile John’s plans for a fishing trip are scuppered by Joan’s dodgy plumbing.
Episode 4 – Joyce’s Retirement Do
Wednesday, February 7
Joyce is retiring. While she was hoping for a big party at a country hotel, Alan’s just invited all their friends round to their house – but at least he’s blown up some balloons.
Episode 5 – Joan’s Move
Wednesday, February 14
Maureen has decided to move her mum Joan into a residential home, however Maureen’s sister Pauline – three times married, sixty going on sixteen – thinks it’s cruel and Joan should come and live with her.
Episode 6 – The Sixties Weekender
Wednesday, February 21
Every year the gang go away for a sixties weekender at a seaside resort, but this year’s different; Alan’s messed up the booking – they’ve only got two rooms between six; and Carol’s bumped into an old (male) friend who could throw her marriage back into the air.
Episode 1 – Matt and Seb
Wednesday, February 28
Our gang is invited to a housewarming party at the home of couple Matt and Seb, who are new to Thurnemouth.
Episode 2 – Naming Ceremony
Wednesday, March 7
It’s the naming ceremony of Alan and Joyce’s first granddaughter Scarlet and everyone’s invited.
Episode 3 – Mick’s Return
Wednesday, March 14
A newly single Mick (Nigel Planer) returns with a warning to his friends -if they don’t change their ways they will end up like him, sad and lonely.
Episode 4 – Wedding
Wednesday, March 21
Maureen’s mum Joan (June Whitfield) proves she can still surprise everyone with the announcement she’s getting hitched to a toy boy!
Episode 5 – Murder Mystery
Wednesday, March 28
John’s decided it’s time they did something different for his birthday, so he’s hosting a Murder Mystery party, with Alan as the disgruntled butler.
Episode 6 – Camping
Wednesday, April 4
It’s Trevor’s birthday and the couples are off for a wet weekend camping. Trevor’s in his element but the others are putting on a brave face.
Episode 7 – Christmas
The three couples are coming home on Eurotunnel for Christmas, but they’ve missed the train and are facing the prospect of a not very Joyeux Noel in Calais.