Episode 2.7 - Optimum Conditions

Mike is throwing a party to celebrate the end of exams and Beth begins to question her whole identity. Meanwhile, the future is still uncertain for Jamie and Laura, now officially a couple, and Janet has a surprise for Alan.

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In-Depth Episode Synopsis

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Mike is throwing a party to celebrate the end of exams, but is keeping it under the radar to ensure only the cool crowd get to hear about it. Beth gets a huge shock when her previously flawless academic record is 'tainted' with a B, and rather than getting into the party spirit, begins to question her whole identity as 'the smart one'.

Beth's not the only one with doubts. The future is still uncertain for Jamie and Laura, who are now officially a couple, but Jamie is concerned that Laura's not really into him as she won't 'go public' with the news and tell her parents or friends.

Alan's also got some persuading to do: he tries to drag Janet back to counselling as he's feeling neglected by her spending so much time at work. Things take a turn for the better when Janet surprises him with a planned weekend away but the purpose of the trip is not quite what Alan expected.

First Broadcast Details

Tue 19th February 2013
BBC Three
0.58 million viewers (3% audience share)
30 minutes

Main Repeats

  • Sun 24th Feb 2013 (2:00am, BBC3)
  • Tue 2nd Jul 2013 (2:00am, BBC3)
  • Fri 30th Aug 2013 (11:05pm, BBC1)
  • Wed 5th Feb 2014 (2:30am, BBC3)

Episode 2.7 Cast & Crew

Regular Cast
Sean Michael Verey ... Jamie Prince
Scarlett Alice Johnson ... Laura Derbyshire
Dylan Edwards ... Mike Fenton
Yasmin Paige ... Beth Mitchell
Angus Deayton ... Alan Derbyshire
Anna Chancellor ... Janet Derbyshire
Ben Crompton ... Keith Prince
Bronagh Gallagher ... Sandra Prince
Guest Cast
Karl Theobald ... Jeremy
Alexis Dubus ... Concierge
Writing Team
Chris Reddy ... Writer
Production Team
Ben Fuller
(as Ben Gosling Fuller)
... Director
Catherine Gosling Fuller ... Producer
Mark Freeland ... Exec Producer
Lucy Robinson (II) ... Exec Producer
James Lapsley ... Production Design
Daniel Pemberton ... Composer
Dan Robinson ... Editor

Video Clips From This Episode

Mike's Party

Mike explains his new party concept to Jamie and Beth. They're not 100% convinced...

Featuring: Sean Michael Verey (Jamie Prince), Yasmin Paige (Beth Mitchell), Dylan Edwards (Mike Fenton).

Hello Laura!

Jamie wants everyone to know that he and Laura are an item, so he pops round to say 'hi'.

Featuring: Scarlett Alice Johnson (Laura Derbyshire), Sean Michael Verey (Jamie Prince), Angus Deayton (Alan Derbyshire).

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