Watch The Ploughman's Lunch
- 1 hr 47 min
Against the backdrop of the 1982 Falklands War in Great Britain, BBC reporter James Penfield accepts a writing assignment to pen a book on the Suez Crisis. After developing a romantic interest in distant TV newswoman Susan Barrington, James arranges to meet her left-wing mother Ann in order to "get in" with her daughter, only to discover that Ann herself has written about the Suez Crisis and has romantic designs on him. After the two engage in a sexual affair that is shockingly condoned by Ann's dispassionate filmmaker husband Matthew Fox, James abruptly jilts Ann and cuts off all ties with her, but is punished by karma in the end when he discovers at a Conservative Party conference he is covering that Susan is involved in a sexual relationship with James' longtime journalist friend Jeremy Thatcher.