When Mari, a thirty-nine year old cleaner who has a matter of fact way of speaking, finds out that San, the geeky guy at the local newsagents, is having an arranged marriage, she decides that she has 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 exactly like him. So San helps Mari sign up to a dating app with the profile: Catalogue model required – must be called Clive.
A curious assortment of Clive’s respond and Mari ventures into a series of dates. All of them are disastrous in their own special way, because most of these Clive’s are liars and some of them are just plain weird.
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, who also happens to be Mari’s adopted sister.
Sacked from her job by Philip, dissed by her own sister 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 is, as Mari says, “having raunchy sex” 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 2019 with Alison Sterling of Ignition Films producing.