Maxine Chandler lives in the Savoy Hotel, cocooned in elegance and sustained by the memories of a life of sophistication and success appropriate to the star she still believes she is. It's a life which has included three husbands - a Hollywood screen idol, an English aristocrat and a French Moroccan gigolo. She is spoiled, theatrical and demanding and at an age she will not admit to, living in style she can no longer afford.
If Maxine brings an aura of transatlantic boat crossings, Riviera weekends and Noel Coward first nights, Freddie Latham gives us a whiff of wine bars, MTV and the District Line. Her short life includes a degree in communications from Birmingham Polytechnic, a failed live-in love affair, a crippling overdraft and low level jobs in media research, overworked and underpaid.
Freddie and Max are brought together by coincidence, stay though circumstance and forge an alliance which is always volatile, sometimes affectionate and never predictable.