Maggie Cole goes to be on the radio! Not that it’s an enormous deal; they’ll most likely solely use a snippet. However the picturesque village of Thurlbury’s “native historian”—“native what?” everybody asks, shocked, when Maggie so names herself—is thrilled, regardless of how a lot humility she impacts.
Maggie, who works on the space’s historic fort (“Norman preserve” as she insists or not it’s known as), is aware of everybody on the town—and likes to learn about them. When she calls her husband Peter, the headmaster on the native faculty, with information of the radio interview, she eagerly interrogates him a few boy who has introduced a lifeless magpie to highschool—whose son is he?
When a category of youngsters arrives on the preserve for a tour, she gossips in regards to the younger trainer’s assistant, Roxie, with the category’s trainer, Maggie’s finest good friend Jill. Roxie is relationship Alex Myer, who’s a member of the Coast Guard, Maggie tells Jill, whereas Jill laments the slim prospects for a boyfriend in Thurlbury. Come to the celebration celebrating Thurlbury’s anniversary, Maggie exhorts Jill, there will probably be loads of eligible males there. Plus, she wants Jill to counsel that the celebration wants a float; Maggie can’t since she’s organizing every little thing.
As Maggie arrives on the native pub for the interview, the producer laments the dullness of Thurlbury to a colleague over the cellphone. However he loosens Maggie up with a double gin and tonic and asks her about any “colourful characters” or “quirky anecdotes” within the city after getting by the pablum in regards to the village’s historical past. As she begins to open up, he buys her one other drink.
She will get so drunk she has to name Peter to choose her up. On the best way dwelling, she spots a well-recognized canine exterior the village store and calls for Peter pull over. Their son Jamie and his spouse Becka are coming over for dinner, she says; she wants to purchase wine.
Inside, she browbeats the Polish proprietor Emil, Roxie’s dad, to place up an indication promoting the anniversary celebration, then sidles as much as Marcus Ormansby, an writer who comes to jot down in Thurlbury, prying into his life—it’s his canine Maggie noticed exterior. Happy, Maggie will get again in Peter’s automotive empty-handed. The place’s the wine, he asks. We now have lots at dwelling, she says.
Earlier than dinner, Maggie orders Peter to ask about infants. An opportunity opens up when Jamie shares that they could have discovered a store to promote Becka’s “bespoke jewellery” out of—or “trinkets,” as Maggie calls it. That can open up a room of their home, Maggie factors out, kicking Peter. He asks about grandchildren. Becka assures Maggie that she would be the third particular person to know after they’re pregnant.
Earlier than mattress, Maggie watches her neighbor Alan drive off. Poor Carol, she says to Peter. Carol, Thurlbury’s physician, believes her husband is at all times gone on enterprise journeys, however there’s most likely another excuse he leaves on the weekends.
Throughout city, the lights of emergency automobiles flash exterior the pub because the pub proprietor watches them by the home windows. At their dwelling, Kelly Roberts worries that her husband Neil’s buy of a flashy automotive will arouse suspicion. And, as Maggie goes to mattress, she decides to advertise the upcoming radio interview on social media—her son’s and faculty’s accounts, since she doesn’t have her personal.
The subsequent day, she meets Jill and exhibits her a relationship app—Maggie has signed her up, and brought her personal have a look at the lads for good measure. Peter calls her: we’re having a barbeque celebration? Maggie has determined to host a gathering to take heed to the radio interview, and invited scads of individuals—forgetting to tell Peter, after all.
On the celebration, Maggie makes awkward small speak with Karen, Peter’s assistant, however finds her unreceptive. She strikes on to Carol and Jill and is shocked to listen to that the reporter by no means spoke to both of them, though Maggie beneficial them as attention-grabbing residents to incorporate in his piece
Because the radio phase begins, everybody throughout Thurlbury tunes in. After a pleasing introduction, the reporter strikes on to “tales from the Thurlbury rumor mill” that Maggie shared. Carol’s husband is leaving city to cheat on her—Maggie’s good friend noticed him with one other girl in one other city. Roxie has dated practically each boy on the town. Marcus is simply too lazy to invent his personal characters for his books, so he fashions them on residents of Thurlbury. The pub proprietor, who arrived out of nowhere 4 years in the past, might need been concerned with gangs and is now in witness safety. Neil and Kelly have low-paying jobs however one way or the other purchased a brand new automotive; perhaps they received the lottery? And Jill? She’s in line to exchange Peter when he retires subsequent yr, however she’s “not the sharpest software within the field.”
Lastly, Jamie turns the radio off. Carol storms off. Peter awkwardly ends the celebration. Jill stays and tells Maggie she by no means desires to talk to her once more.
Alan returns dwelling to seek out Carol fuming in entrance of her laptop computer. He asks her what’s mistaken, and she or he performs the interview, leaving him to pay attention and not using a phrase. Roxie desperately tries to achieve Alex whereas Emil disgustedly tears down the flier promoting Maggie’s celebration. Kelly, terrified, asks Neil if he heard the interview.
Again on the Cole home, Maggie downplays the state of affairs as a “tempest in a teacup.” However when she goes to take a shower, Peter hears her crying by the door. “How do you repair a factor like this?” she asks, despondent. “Maybe by stubbornly refusing to acknowledge it might probably’t be mounted,” he says, hugging her. We’ll speak to all of them, one after the other, and make it proper, he guarantees.