Elderly Logan Mountstuart recalls his life as recorded in his many journals. In 1926 as an Oxford student he is keen to race his friends Peter and Ben to losing their virginity but the feisty socialist Land Fothergill seeks only his intellectual companionship so he spends illicit Sunday afternoons with Peter's girlfriend Tess,until she winds up pregnant and marries Peter. Whilst promising his dying father and Uruguayan mother he will carry on the family tinned meat trade he longs to write and,after meeting Ernest Hemingway in Paris,publishes a sexy best-seller 'The Girl Factory' though Land believes it beneath him and marries a Labour M.P.,herself standing for parliament. On the rebound he marries aristocrat's daughter Lottie and they have a son,Lionel,but the marriage soon proves to be a mistake and,when in 1936,Logan goes to cover the Spanish Civil War,it is not Lottie who sees him off but the alluring BBC journalist Freya Deverell,who is carrying his child.
Working as a journalist during the Spanish Civil War, Logan confides in Hemingway, knowing he must make decisions about Freya and Lottie.
With the outbreak of WWII, Logan is recruited as a British Agent by Ian Fleming. Foreign assignments lead to encounters with the formidable Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
Although the world is in turmoil, Logan's domestic life is bliss. Freya and Stella, their daughter, are thriving and it seems at last that Logan understands the meaning of true love.
Following some personal tragedy, Logan appears to have moved on and found success and happiness in the art world of New York.
But a family death brings him back to London where he meets Peter's third wife Gloria, and attempts to come to terms with his loss.
Logan emerges from his coma, but is upset to hear of Ben's death. After being discharged from hospital, he returns to his old flat in London, where he struggles to make ends meet. In a bid to make the most of his life, he becomes involved with an anti-fascist organisation - only to discover his new friends have sinister plans. Drama, starring Jim Broadbent, Matthew Macfadyen and Julian Rhind-Tutt.