Donna Summer is playing on the stereo. Dishes of cheese and pineapple are on the coffee table - the social get-together from hell is about to begin.
Beverly, and estate agent husband Laurence, have invited round new neighbours, Tony and Ange, and nervous divorcee Sue. As Beverly plies the guests with alcohol, Demis Roussos and nibbles, this horribly compelling evening descends into drunkenness and debauchery.
Combining comedy, drama and tragedy, Mike Leigh's iconic comedy became an instant classic when it first appeared as a BBC Play For Today in 1977.
It is a ruthlessly accurate observation of the pretensions of suburbia, a world obsessed with class and taste and rules over by the monstrous Beverly!