Stuck in his home town of Shankly, 18-year-old Willow is at a loose end when his friends head off to uni and his girlfriend dumps him.
However, our duffle-coated hero has an unwavering passion for music and, if his parents let him, local radio show After Hours could give him the direction he needs.
Before she played the hits, Lauren used to make them. This bubbly music lover spent her youth in an indie band but has somehow ended up back in her home town.
When not running pirate radio show After Hours from her canal barge, she serves cupcakes in the local deli.
Lauren's co-host Ollie is an unashamed music geek who was a big fan of her band.
Once a writer for the music mags, he used to go to gigs every night. However, after losing his job, he was forced to move back home and now earns his bread and butter proofreading articles about mayonnaise and couscous.
Willow's only remaining friend in Shankly is an eccentric and philosophical soul. He works in an off-licence but feels he could be signing on at any moment.
Willow's dad Peter has misplaced his sense of purpose after losing his job as a milkman and is struggling to pay the mortgage. Upset that the local supermarket has put him out of work, he is refusing to shop there.
A big Neil Diamond fan, his taste in music falls a long way short of impressing Lauren and Rob.
Willow's mum, who's always trying to drum up support for her community events in a town that's at rock bottom. In support of her husband she's boycotting the huge new supermarket that's putting the town's businesses in jeopardy, but it might be their only hope of finding a job.
Peter's best mate is a marketing manager who moves in with the Hannigans when his relationship with his beloved wife Sheila hits the rocks.
He's supposed to be looking into starting a business with Peter, but is more interested in waxing his surfboard and playing guitar.
Having just finished school, Jasmine and Willow had their minds set on going travelling. Then she breaks up with Willow and starts dating a bass player. Will she regret her decision?