Mutual Friends. Image shows from L to R: Martin Grantham (Marc Warren), Patrick Turner (Alexander Armstrong). Image credit: Hat Trick Productions.

Mutual Friends

Comedy drama which followed the trials and tribulations and entangled lives of a group of old friends. Marc Warren and Alexander Armstrong starred

Comedy Drama
2008  (BBC One)
6 (1 series)
Marc Warren, Keeley Hawes, Alexander Armstrong, Alistair Petrie, Rhashan Stone, Naomi Bentley, Sarah Alexander, Claire Rushbrook, Lee Ross, Emily Joyce, Joshua Sarphie & more
Anil Gupta, Richard Pinto
Hat Trick Productions

Martin has two best friends, Patrick and Carl, who couldn't be more different. One is an irresponsible, unreliable, feckless womaniser, and the other is dead. Guess which one slept with his wife?

Martin Grantham is happily married to Jen. They have a son Dan, a nice house, the works. One day his best friend Carl throws himself under a train, setting off a disastrous sequence of events that will change Martin's life forever...

Into this mess steps Patrick, a friend from way back. Patrick is everything Martin is not - glib, self-confident, popular and pathologically immature. He's the last person Martin needs in his life right now. Or is he?

The series explores issues such as death, adultery, marriage, divorce, parenthood and even breaking and entering but, with friends like these, who needs enemies?

Our Review: The first couple of episodes made a good impression on us. They were perhaps a bit too drama heavy for comedy fans, however they were still fun and interesting enough to keep us watching.

However, six hours is a long time to watch couples bickering and, as the episodes progressed, we found ourselves becoming a bit bored and fed up with the depression. What this programme needed was more scenes in which Warren and Armstrong exchanged matey banter.