And the Beat Goes On was a drama serial of eight one-hour episodes set in Liverpool, England during the 1960s. It follows the members of two families as they struggle to cope with the social turmoil of this period. Mickey O'Rourke (Roy Brandon), his wife Mary Ann (Eileen O'Brien) and their son Ritchie (Danny McCall) must contend with Ritchie's girlfriend Cathy (Cathy Williams), who is pregnant by another man. Nick Spencer (Stephen Moore) and his wife Connie (Jenny Agutter) have a daughter Christine (Lisa Faulkner) who brings an unsuitable boyfriend home. Meanwhile, Connie is becoming dependent on tranquilizers and her brother tries to borrow money from Nick.