Molly Bennett and Nellie McDonough are as close as can be.
They sort out all the neighbours' problems, care for seven children between them, and still have time for a giggle and a gossip.
So imagine the excitement when Nellie's son, Steve, proposes to Molly's daughter, Jill.
But it's not long before unsettling events turn their attention again to friends in need.
The Bradley family, who have moved in up the street, are a bad lot, and Molly and Nellie find their hands full with sorting out the troubles that ensue.
Meanwhile, Molly's teenage daughter, Doreen, has fallen head over heels in love with a young lad named Philip.
She hasn't been with anyone quite like him before, and she's in for a terrible shock when she finds out whose family he comes from...