Kingdom Swann (Sir Billy Connolly) is a talented but rather naive Scottish artist who lives in Edwardian London with his housekeeper, Violet Askey (Sarah Lancashire), a dowdy and self-effacing, but very loyal young woman from Lancashire. He is dismayed to find that there is no longer a demand for his style of paintings. Then Violet buys him a camera from the local market stall. Helped by his unscrupulous new assistant, Cromwell Marsh (Douglas Henshall), he soon transforms himself into "Kingdom Swann, Society Photographer" and is much in demand. When two younger sisters want him to take "artistic photographs" of them in the nude, Marsh hoodwinks Swann into specializing in "tableaux": photographic versions of famous paintings of nudes, using local prostitutes as his models. Marsh realizes that he can make a great deal of money on the black market by secretly printing selected parts of these photos and selling them under the brand name "Gentlemen's Relish" to a supplier of pornography. ...
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