Investment banker Alex Masterley battles for survival as the fall out from the credit crunch threatens to send the City back to the Dark Ages of banking: no bonuses, iron-fisted regulation and the need to go on working beyond retirement age (which in Alex's case was supposed to be 35). Alex's colleague Clive gets fired (twice) and things become so desperate in the Masterley household that Penny, Alex's trophy corporate wife, has to get a job.
Charles Peattie was born in 1958. He studied Fine Art at St Martin's College. He produces the Celeb cartoon in Private Eye. He is also an animator and TV writer. He was appointed MBE in 2002. He has four children and lives in North West London. Russell Taylor was born in 1960. He studied Russian and Philosophy at Oxford. He has written books on Russia and the Marathon. He is also a successful composer of TV and film music. He was appointed MBE in 2002. He lives in North London.