When Mari, a forty-year-old autistic cleaner, finds out that her best friend San is having an arranged marriage, she decides she wants to have an arranged boyfriend. Mari’s pin-up is a sexy dark-haired catalogue model that she calls Clive and her new boyfriend has to be like him. Wanting Mari to find happiness, San signs her up to a dating website with the profile: “Catalogue model required – must be called Clive.”
As potential Clives respond, Mari embarks on a series of dates. Each of them are disastrous in their own special way, mostly because Mari always tells the truth which is never a good policy on a first date. Feeling protective towards Mari, San turns up to keep an eye out in case anything goes wrong.
Things become complicated when Mari’s boss Phillip makes a pass at her and Mari records the whole encounter on a digital camera which she carries everywhere. Phillip has to get that footage back (difficult) and keep Mari quiet (impossible) before Mari’s truth-telling ruins his marriage to Hannah.
San begins to realise that he is falling in love with Mari, but his mother and bride-to-be are definitely not going to let that happen. Will Phillip delete the footage? Will Hannah ever forgive him? Will San stand up to his mother? Will Mari ever find her Clive? Or will Mari and San finally realize 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.