When Mari, a forty-year-old autistic cleaner, finds out that San, the geeky guy at the local newsagents, is having an arranged marriage, she decides that she wants to have an arranged boyfriend.
Mari’s pin-up is a sexy dark-haired catalogue model that she calls Clive and she wants her new boyfriend to be just like him. So San, reluctantly helps Mari sign up to a dating website with the profile: Catalogue model required – must be called Clive.
A curious assortment of Clives respond and Mari embarks on a series of dates, each disastrous in its own special way…. because Mari always tells the truth, which is never a good policy on a first date.
San runs the newsagents under the hawk eye of his controlling and ambitious mother Neera. In the swirl of preparations for San’s socially advantageous marriage, Neera makes it clear that she doesn’t want Mari hanging around.
Things become more complicated when Mari’s boss Phillip makes a pass at her, and Mari records the whole encounter on her digital camera. Phillip sends Mari home, but then realises he needs to get the footage back and stop Mari from telling the truth to his wife.
Sacked from her job by Philip and chased away from San by Neera, Mari desperately holds on to a photo of her ideal Clive.
Meanwhile San begins to realise that he is falling in love with Mari, but his mother is definitely not going to let that happen. San speaks to his bride-to-be and is surprised to find that he might have an ally since she has fallen in love with someone else.
Will San stand up to his mother? Will Mari ever find her Clive? Most importantly, will Mari and San finally realise that they are made for each other?
Shirley Henderson (Trainspotting, Bridget Jones Diary, Harry Potter) and Roger Allam (The Hippopotamus, Tamara Drewe, The Thick of It) are on board for a shoot in 2018 with Alison Sterling of Ignition Films producing.