Although Judy and Alistair are away on their honeymoon, Jean has not finished match-making, determined to bring Sandy and Harry together at last. Then, against the advice of Lionel, Jean befriends a young back-packer found on their front door step.
The day of Alistair and Judy's wedding is here and everyone hopes it will go off without a hitch. But a best man with a broken leg and the threat of an emotional breakdown from Alistair threaten to wreck everything.
Judy and Alistair make plans for their upcoming wedding and decide that a country wedding at the big house would be perfect. But when Alistair begins to take things out of control, Judy starts to worry about the wedding becoming more than just a quiet affair.
It seems like Judy and Sandy might be finally settling down when Alistair proposes again to Judy and Sandy gets a visit from Harry. Sandy is discovers Harry has been promoted to Detective Sergeant and has been offered an attachment to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Though he is making plans for his new life, it is beginning to look as if she may not be part of it.
Jean decides it's time to join the technological age. Lionel is frustrated by her enthusiasm for the Internet and refuses to help her get connected. Alistair meets Lionel at a pub and tells him that he's lost all his money.
When Lionel confides in Alistair that he is unsure about his future financially, Alistair suggests selling the country house. Agreeing that this is the best solution, Jean and Lionel soon find that selling the house will mean firing both Mrs.Bale and Lol.
As the house next-door goes up for sale once again, Jean and Lionel anticipate the arrival of Penny and Stephen who are returning from a holiday in Spain. When Penny and Stephen announce that they have a surprise, Jean and Lionel fear the worse.
After an embarrassing incident involving Lionel walking in on Sandy in the bath, Jean becomes convinced that the house is not big enough and immediately arranges to have a second bathroom put in. Feeling that she is the cause for all this, Sandy considers whether or not she should move out.
Lionel finds a stray dog and Jean, Judith and Sandy all want to keep him. However, Lionel insists they should find the real owner. Sandy meets her ex-boyfriend Harry, the policeman who later turns up with the dog's real owner.
As Judith and Sandy no longer have boyfriends Jean wants to think of a way to cheer them up. She enlists Lionel's support. When Alistair calls round on business Jean thinks he has come to help.
The Duncans abruptly vacate the house next door and Judith has the wonderful idea of her and Alistair taking up residence there. Lionel has his reservations, but they are nothing compared to the reservations Judith has when Alistair proposes marriage for an odd reason.
Jean gets the whole gang, including Lionel's father, Rocky, and his stepmother to help out with her party for the elderly residents of a local retirement home. Lionel is the last to agree and is anxious about the whole idea, especially after being told to watch out for Mrs. Thrupp.
Penny and Stephen are expected for lunch, but when they arrive there appears to be something unusual going on between the couple. When Sandy announces she will be away from work for a week, Jean volunteers herself to stand in temporarily, much to Judy's dismay.
When Jean, Lionel, Judy, Sandy, and Alistair travel to the country house for a weekend, they learn of a plan to install a bypass around the village. But when Jean tries to oppose the bypass, she finds herself in an embarrassing situation as road construction can't be avoided.
When Alistair tells the family that he has finally sold the house next-door, Jean is anxious to learn who the new home owners are. But when the family meets their new neighbors, they soon find themselves wishing Penny and Stephen were living next-door.
Jean and Lionel take a parental interest in Harry, Sandy's policeman boyfriend. Yet, the affairs of the younger generation seem to diminish in importance when Jean receives a phone message from an old flame.
Season Four finds Lionel surrounded by females and grumpier than ever. He's adjusted to living with Jean and her daughter Judith, but now her personal assistant Sandy and crazy sister-in-law Penny move in, bringing more chaos to the house. When his trendy publisher Alistair tells him that the American producers of the TV mini series based on his memoirs want a spicier story, Lionel sours.
Jean and Lionel are reunited 38 years later when Lionel returns to England to write his memoirs, and Jean's agency supplies him with a secretary. Neither of them is romantically involved but they are older, wiser and not as eager to jump into a relationship.
After years of uncertainty, Jean's daughter Judith marries Alistair, Lionel's publisher, in a country wedding. Sandy is kept on periphery but, finally joins boyfriend Harry as he jets off to be a Canadian Mountie. With the house to themselves at long last, Jean and Lionel recall in a series of flashbacks all those memorable moments since they met up again after almost 40 years apart.
In Season Two, Lionel takes Jean to rural Hampshire to meet his eccentric father, Rocky, who has gotten engaged to equally eccentric Madge. Lionel meets more of Jean's family, her sister-in-law Penny and husband Stephen, who are constantly quarrelling. Jean's daughter Judy's begins a romance with Lionel's young publisher Alistair as he plans for the imminent launch of Lionel's autobiography.
Season 8 begins as Judith and Sandy have both chucked their boyfriends. Jean wants to cheer them up, but this leads to a fib about Lionel having a 'deeply personal problem', which succeeds in distracting the girls but leaves Lionel completely baffled. Lionel is adopted by a shaggy dog, Sandy and Judith swap boyfriends while pension and technological plans rattle Lionel.
Lionel and Jean continue to confront the problems associated with getting older. A perceived loss of masculinity prompts Lionel to tackle Sandy's stalker. Now that he no longer has any writing to do, he is bored if Jean is not around; while she is having trouble adjusting to being semi-retired. Both think Judy and Sandy's new boyfriends are far from desirable.
As Time Goes By in season four, Jean and Lionel visit the Hardcastle country home since Lionel's father Rocky and his wife Madge have gone to Mongolia. Lionel gets a shock when his ex-wife Margaret asks to meet up. The American broadcast of the mini series based on Lionel and Jean's romance is imminent but Lionel is unhappy he might have to rewrite his script.
Jean and Lionel take a trip to Paris in season 3, where a feuding honeymoon couple ruin the romantic mood; Rocky, Lionel's father marries Madge, his housekeeper; Lionel and Jean make plans to live together; and an American TV executive wants to turn their love story into a mini-series.
Jean suspects that Lionel is going deaf, while he is convinced that she is having problems with her eyes. Judy has decided to give her romance with Alistair another chance, while Sandy is still dating policeman Harry. Jean prompts Lionel's jealous streak when she meets up with an old flame. She's also very curious about the prospect of new neighbors.