Avoidance. Image shows from L to R: Claire (Jessica Knappett), Jonathan (Romesh Ranganathan)


  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 2022 - 2024
  • 12 episodes (2 series)

Romesh Ranganathan plays a father with avoidance issues trying to change for his son. Also features Jessica Knappett, Mandeep Dhillon, Lisa McGrillis, Kieran Logendra, Tony Jayawardena and more.

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Series 1, Episode 2

Avoidance. Image shows from L to R: Spencer (Kieran Logendra), Jonathan (Romesh Ranganathan)
When Spencer gets invited to a Laser Quest party, Jonathan is so distracted by over-parenting the situation that he risks embarrassing Spencer and losing his job.

Further details

Claire comes to drop Spencer off at Danielle and Courtney's, where Jonathan is temporarily living. Spencer seems upset and Claire confides in Jonathan that Spencer is not coping well with the split.

The following morning over breakfast, Jonathan tries to get Spencer to open up about his feelings, but the conversation gets derailed by the news that Spencer has been invited to laser tag that afternoon by Jed, a cool kid Spencer is keen to befriend.

Meanwhile, at the gym, Courtney complains to Dan about Jonathan's continued presence in the house, making it clear she wants him out, whereas Dan hints that it's nice having a kid around the house. As they head home, Jonathan's boss Keith calls Dan saying that Jonathan's not been at work and isn't returning his calls, and as such will be firing him.

Broadcast details

Friday 17th June 2022
30 minutes


Cast & crew

Romesh Ranganathan Jonathan
Jessica Knappett Claire
Mandeep Dhillon Danielle
Lisa McGrillis Courtney
Kieran Logendra Spencer
Tony Jayawardena Keith
Guest cast
Tommy Finnegan Darren
David William-Green Sweaty Man
Cohen Day Jed
Bruce Mackinnon Tom (Jed's Dad)
Writing team
Benjamin Green Writer
Romesh Ranganathan Writer (Additional Material)
Shaun Pye Script Editor
Jen Brister Script Consultant
Production team
Benjamin Green Director
Arnold Widdowson Producer
Michelle Farr-Scott Executive Producer
Romesh Ranganathan Executive Producer
Benjamin Green Executive Producer
Danielle Lux Executive Producer
Tanya Qureshi Executive Producer
Lauriel Martin Line Producer
Chelsea Chandler Post Producer
Andy Kinnear Editor
Hannah Purdy-Foggin (as Hannah Purdy Foggin) Production Designer
Catherine Willis Casting Director
Nadine Hindi Costume Designer
Matt Wicks Director of Photography
Nicola Coleman Make-up Designer
Holley Gray Composer
Toby Knowles Composer
Jessica Barrell (as Jess Barrell) Graphics
Matt Bell 1st Assistant Director

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