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After You've Gone. Image shows from L to R: Diana Neal (Celia Imrie), Molly Venables (Dani Harmer), Alex Venables (Ryan Sampson), Jimmy Venables (Nicholas Lyndhurst), Siobhan Casey (Amanda Abbington)
After You've Gone

After You've Gone

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 2007 - 2008
  • 25 episodes (3 series)

When his ex-wife Ann joins an African disaster relief effort, Jimmy is left to care for their teenage children - with the help of his ex-mother-in-law. Stars Nicholas Lyndhurst, Celia Imrie, Ryan Sampson, Dani Harmer, Amanda Abbington and more.


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Series 1, Episode 5 - School Of Hard Knocks

Jimmy and Alex bond through vandalism.

Further details

When Alex's teacher writes home to say that "Alex is possibly gifted but we'll never know because he has the attention span of a gnat," Jimmy, surprised by this comment about his son, latches onto the "gifted" part while Diana's focus is on Alex's "not living up to his potential".

Molly is delighted that Alex is given all this attention which gives her the chance to fly under the radar and do what she wants for a while. In an attempt to get to know his brilliant son better, Jimmy enlists his help to finally finish his DIY in the back room only to discover how unfocused Alex really is.

When Alex tells Jimmy, "I don't want to make anything of my life: I want to be like you," Jimmy is forced to re-evaluate himself and comes to the frightening conclusion that maybe he would have benefited from someone like Diana in his life to motivate him. Diana runs with this notion and in the process, runs Jimmy into the ground.

Meanwhile Siobhan and Kev commiserate about the amount of time Jimmy is spending with his family leaving them both feeling like spurned lovers.

Broadcast details

Friday 9th February 2007
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Nicholas Lyndhurst Jimmy Venables
Celia Imrie Diana Neal
Ryan Sampson Alex Venables
Dani Harmer Molly Venables
Amanda Abbington Siobhan Casey
Lee Oakes Kev
Vincent Ebrahim Bobby
Guest cast
Roxanne Ricketts Ellie
Writing team
Katie Douglas Writer
Andrea Solomons Writer
Dan Tetsell Writer
Ian Brown Writer
James Hendrie Writer
Fred Barron Writer
Production team
Tony Dow Director
Rosemary McGowan Producer
Kenton Allen Executive Producer
Fred Barron Executive Producer
Mark Wybourn Editor
Harry Banks Production Designer
Jamie Cullum Composer

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