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A one-off drama from BBC Two's Time of Your Life season of programmes in 2004 about the lives of older people. Ray is a widowed cabbie and occasional Football Hooligan in his mid-sixties who feels like life has passed him by. He's still grieving the loss of his wife and his two kids, Caz and Little Ray, use him as an unpaid babysitter. Meanwhile, Jim, is planning to use his retirement to do some of the living he's missed out on during his career as a teacher at the public school he attended as a child. He and Ray Meet Cute when Ray picks him up in his cab and the two of them end up becoming friends. Eventually, they grow closer and start a tentative relationship, much to the consternation of Ray's kids.

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  • Coming-Out Story: Mostly about Ray and Jim coming out to themselves.
  • Driver of a Black Cab: Ray, although he's not an especially Gabby Cabbie.
  • Foreshadowing: Jim makes a list of all the things he wants to do with the rest of his life: to see the world and to fall in love. He does.
  • Gold Digger: When Ray's kids notice that there's something different about him, they think it's because some younger woman is trying to sponge off him.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Averted with Ray and his best friend Billy One-Punch. Billy claims that he knows everything about Ray, but Ray counters that neither of them really know each other at all.
  • Holding Hands: The first time Ray tries this with Jim, it goes down like a lead balloon. On the second attempt, Ray's much more receptive.
  • In-Series Nickname: Jim was always known at his school as "Beaky" due to his rather prominent nose. One of the first things he does once he leaves school is check himself into a plastic surgery clinic to get it fixed.
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  • Late Coming Out: Mid-sixties would usually be considered pretty late.
  • Love Confession: Jim to Ray as he's about leave for Botswana, presumably never to return:
    "You saw my list. I've fallen in love. Now I'm off to see the world."
  • Race for Your Love: Ray runs after Jim when he thinks Jim is about to leave for Botswana.
  • Title Drop: The song appears on the soundtrack towards the end of the film.
  • Titled After the Song: From The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
  • A Touch of Class, Ethnicity and Religion: Class tensions abound in Ray's family. His son has done pretty well for himself and married "up." He and his wife, Denny, are about to send off their only child off to Harrow. Meanwhile, Caz and her husband Lynval are from a lower income bracket. They have three kids and are expecting a fourth, but neither of them care about being rich.
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  • Unusual Euphemism: "`oofter" for "gay", which derives from Cockney rhyming slang for "poof".
  • Where da White Women At?: Averted with Caz and Lynval, for whom it's a complete non-issue that never comes up over the course of the film.
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