This British satire skewers mindless media culture as it follows the brazen schemes of Vivienne Vyle (Jennifer Saunders), a daytime talk show host who never met a guest she wouldn't exploit to further her own career. As Vivienne watches her shamelessly sensationalistic show climb up the ratings, she must contend with her gay but devoted husband (Conleth Hill) and her heartless producer (Miranda Richardson) who's even more calculating than she is.
The evil stepmother conjures up a spell that reverses all that the fairy godmother had done. Everything that she made (the dress, the horses and the carriage) which was how Cinderella went to "The Ball".
When Daniel Plainview - a ruthless oil prospector - learns of oil-rich land in California that can be bought cheaply, he moves his operation there and begins manipulating and exploiting the local landowners into selling him their property.
For Rod Kimball, performing stunts is a way of life, even though he is rather accident-prone. Poor Rod cannot even get any respect from his stepfather, Frank, who beats him up in weekly sparring matches.