Free Agents

A dark and poignant romantic sitcom following a 'will they, won't they' couple. Stars Stephen Mangan, Sharon Horgan and Anthony Head

Strand:
Channel 4 Comedy Showcase 2007
AKA:
Comedy Showcase: Free Agents; Bitter and Twisted (Working Title)
Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
2007 - 2009  (Channel 4)
Episodes:
7 (pilot + 1 series)
Starring:
Stephen Mangan, Sharon Horgan, Anthony Head, Matthew Holness, Sara Pascoe, Dolly Wells, Tom Goodman-Hill, Anna Maxwell-Martin
Writers:
Chris Niel
Production:
Big Talk Productions
& Bwark Productions

Alex is a talent agent suffering the emotional fall-out from his divorce. Helen, his fellow agent, has the office next to him and is also in pain; overcome with grief from a recent bereavement. Deluded colleague Alex believes they are perfect for one another. Helen thinks quite the opposite. Yes she's slept with him - twice - but there is absolutely no way she is doing it again...

Free Agents depicts a world in which the agents' boss, their clients, friends, relatives, accountants and even ex-girlfriends are as bizarrely dysfunctional as Alex and Helen themselves. This is a comedy about an on-(mostly)-off, romance between two people who might just have a positive future together if they can shake off their pasts.

Our Review: The smut in this sitcom caused some viewers to turn off, but if they'd stayed they'd have realised that underneath this there was a well-written "will-they, won't-they" love story. It was held together nicely by good chemistry and acting from the lead stars.