Jimmy Spud is no ordinary eleven year old: while others dream of football and girls, he dreams of becoming an angel.
When he gains an apprenticeship with the Archangel Gabriel ( Billy Connolly), it seems as if his prayers have been answered. But , his “miracles” go largely unnoticed, and his robe of feathers and celestial trumpet insight fury from all around, in particular his bullying father.
A disillusioned Jimmy is on the verge of quitting, but, when his father is diagnosed with cancer he decides to give it one last try : the Spuds deserve a miracle and, maybe, this time he will have the power to deliver it. A bittersweet rights-of-passage from the writer of the acclaimed Billy Elliot.
Colin (Barry McEvoy) is a Catholic and George (Brian O’Byrne) is a poetry-loving Protestant. In Belfast in the 1980s, they could have been enemies, but instead they became business partners.
After persuading a mad wig salesman, known as the Scalper (Billy Connolly), to sell them his leads, the two embark on a series of house calls—always in neighbourhoods that are dangerous for one or the other partner.
Then they find out they may lose their exclusive wig distributorship to competitors. Through a series of comic twists, the pair are given large orders for wigs by both sides of the Protestant/Catholic conflict.
Should they compromise their principles in order to keep their business? Will it destroy their friendship? Could one of their wigs in the hands of the IRA actually put one or both of them in jail or even get them killed?