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


  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 2022
  • 6 episodes (1 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, Matthew Lewis and more.

  • Due to return for Series 2

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 3

Avoidance. Image shows from L to R: Jonathan (Romesh Ranganathan), Courtney (Lisa McGrillis)
Jonathan lies to Claire about finding a new place to live for him and Spencer, giving himself just four days to find a flat.

Further details

Jonathan and Spencer are still living at Danielle's, and tensions are rising - particularly with Courtney, who is not thrilled at having them there.

Claire arrives to drop Spencer off, and questions how appropriate it is for him to be sleeping in an office room, suggesting he spend more time with her.

Jonathan panics and lies, claiming he has found a flat for him and Spencer to live in. Meanwhile Spencer wants to audition for the school production of Cats, but Jonathan is afraid he will follow a similar fate as he once did in a school production of Joseph, where he was pranked and humiliated by his peers.

As Claire seems impressed Jonathan is finally pulling his life together, Jonathan is afraid his lie will be discovered.

Broadcast details

Friday 24th June 2022
30 minutes


Cast & crew

Romesh Ranganathan Jonathan
Jessica Knappett Claire
Mandeep Dhillon Danielle
Lisa McGrillis Courtney
Kieran Logendra Spencer
Guest cast
Tianna Heffenden Waitress
Cohen Day Jed
Johnny Cochrane Estate Agent 1
Matt Green Estate Agent 2
Writing team
Romesh Ranganathan Writer
Shaun Pye Script Editor
Jen Brister Script Consultant
Benjamin Green Writer (Additional Material)
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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