I was a huge fan of O'Leary's charming debut romcom The Flatshare. This follow-up is a life-swap comedy in which burnt-out Londoner Leena is forced to take a two-month sabbatical from work. Taking the opportunity to visit her 79-year-old grandma Eileen, left by her husband and looking for love, in a village in the Yorkshire Dales, Leena has a brilliant idea; they should swap lives for eight weeks. Eileen can surely find an eligible gentleman in the Big Smoke and Leena can relax in the countryside. Best laid plans and all that. Great fun with a touching message about community.
Eileen heads for trendy Shoreditch and a bigger pool of eligible men, while Leena stays in the village and assumes her grandmother’s responsibilities for the Neighbourhood Watch committee and May Day festival.
Unlikely as it seems initially, they both flourish in their new settings — proving it’s easier to get perspective on your life when you step outside it.