The show revolves around an unapologetically, unrefined cockney lad named Bill who learns that he is the 14th heir to the Earl of Hareford. However, he will only receive his inheritance if Sir John and the Duchess approve of him.
The Duchess feels that with a little grooming, Bill will be suitable to inherit the title – and the money. However, she insists that Bill break up with his cockney girlfriend, Sally.
Bill refuses to accept the title if he cannot keep Sally as his girl and so starts the comical conflict between the upper-class and the lower-class.
Stephen Fry’s revised book brings together this comical rags-to-riches in tight-breaches story supported by the nostalgic sound of Noel Gay’s music.