This high budget movie for ITV1 is based on the novel by Stevie Davies and written by Bafta award-winner Alan Plater whose previous television credits include A Very British Coup and The Last of the Blonde Bomb Shells. From Bafta award winner The Producers (The Politicians Wife, Seeing Red) and directed by Christopher Menaul (Wall of Silence, State of Mind), Belonging is a bittersweet drama set in the picturesque market town of Shrewsbury. At first glance its just a domestic tale about marital breakdown but a closer inspection reveals a tender, perceptive and at times, deeply funny story. The range of rich and diverse characters and the closely observed trivia of family life are what transform this simple story into a glorious depiction of human endurance. Jess (Brenda Blethyn - Saving Grace, Secrets and Lies) and Jacob Copplestone (Kevin Whately Inspector Morse, Auf Wiedersehein Pet, Lewis, The Children) have been happily married for twenty years and now live with Jacobs cantankerous and demanding mother, May (Rosemary Harris Spider-Man), his sweet and good natured aunt, Brenda (Anna Massey Pinochet In Suburbia) and his devout and elderly cousin, Nathan (Peter Sallis Last Of The Summer Wine, Wallace & Grommitt). With selfless dedication, Jess has given up her job as a librarian to care for the oldies. But when her husband disappears, Jesss world starts to fall apart. She now has to question the entire basis on which her life has been built and come to terms with her new found freedom while contending with her exasperating relations.