The story is set in the Northern English town of Bolton and concerns the Crompton family, and in particular the father, Rafe, and his attempts to assert his authority in the household as his children grow up.
The play was filmed in 1969 - produced, once again, by Michael Medwin - and the result is a valuable time-capsule in that it depicts a Bolton of large, long-gone chimneys. Other parts of the film show street scenes and wide shots of the town as it was at the time of filming, now very much changed. It was filmed as St. Peters Way was being constructed and whilst many of the old industrial buildings remained. The lives depicted are very real for the period and this film captures an industrial town in transformation.