Breeders. Image shows from L to R: Paul (Martin Freeman), Jim (Alun Armstrong), Jackie (Joanna Bacon), Ally (Daisy Haggard). Copyright: Avalon Television


  • TV sitcom
  • Sky One / Sky Comedy
  • 2020 - 2023
  • 40 episodes (4 series)

Dark comedy starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard as stressed parents. Also features Alun Armstrong, Joanna Bacon, Alex Eastwood, Eve Prenelle, Patrick Baladi and more.

  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 929

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Series 1, Episode 1 - No Sleep

Breeders. Image shows from L to R: Jackie (Joanna Bacon), Paul (Martin Freeman), Ally (Daisy Haggard). Copyright: Avalon Television
The children won't sleep - Paul and Ally thought these nights were over. Paul spends the night fighting his own anger and his children's inability to go the f**k to sleep.

Broadcast details

Thursday 12th March 2020
Sky One
35 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 12th March 2020 10:00pm Sky1
Friday 13th March 2020 12:00am Sky2
Saturday 14th March 2020 10:00pm Sky2
Saturday 14th March 2020 11:40pm Sky1
Wednesday 18th March 2020 10:35pm Sky1
Wednesday 15th June 2022 10:00pm Sky Comedy
Friday 17th June 2022 12:30am Sky Comedy
Monday 1st May 2023 4:00pm Sky Comedy
Monday 10th July 2023 9:00pm Sky Comedy
Wednesday 12th July 2023 10:15pm Sky Comedy
Friday 21st July 2023 12:30am Sky Comedy

Cast & crew

Martin Freeman Paul
Daisy Haggard Ally
Alun Armstrong Jim
Joanna Bacon Jackie
Patrick Baladi Darren
Stella Gonet Leah
Tim Steed Carl
George Wakeman Young Luke
Jayda Eyles Young Ava
Guest cast
Hammed Animashaun Binman
Dan Mersh Binman
Michael Clark Dunk Man
Jack Myers Dunk Man
Keir Charles Dan
Martha Howe-Douglas (as Martha Howe Douglas) Amber
Francisco Labbe Waiter
Funmbi Omotayo Pastor
Lonyo Engele Police Officer
Writing team
Simon Blackwell Writer
Sean Gray Writer (Additional Material)
Sarah Dempster Script Consultant
Production team
Ben Palmer Director
Toby Welch Producer
Simon Blackwell Executive Producer
Chris Addison Executive Producer
Michael Wiggs Executive Producer
Richard Allen-Turner Executive Producer
Rob Aslett Executive Producer
Jon Thoday Executive Producer
Martin Freeman Executive Producer
David Martin Executive Producer
Josh Cole Executive Producer
Jon Mountague Executive Producer
Dan Kay Line Producer
Ben Palmer Co-executive Producer
Mark Henson Editor
Miranda Jones Production Designer
Sarah Crowe Casting Director
Oli Russell Director of Photography
Rebecca Duncan Costume Designer
Jo Jenkins Make-up Designer
Oli Julian Composer
David Chalstrey 1st Assistant Director


Breeders review

The filth and the fury of modern parenting.

Carol Midgley, The Times, 13th March 2020

Breeders review

Martin Freeman is the perennially good-natured screen everyman. But in the new Sky comedy Breeders, which he co-created, his character Paul is forced to concede: "I'm not a nice man."

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 12th March 2020

Breeders, review

There's a top notch team of writers behind these middle-class Macbeths, but the humour never quite rings true.

Sean O'Grady, The Independent, 12th March 2020

Breeders, review

Martin Freeman's sweary parenting comedy may be sharp, but it's unlikeable and cruel.

Anita Singh, The Telegraph, 12th March 2020

Breeders episodes 1 and 2 review

Simon Blackwell and Chris Addison's funny, frank new parenting comedy is taboo-breaking and part of a growing trend.

Louisa Mellor, Den Of Geek, 12th March 2020

It is hard to feel anything for Breeders parents

It may be that I'm getting a bit soft in my old age, but I think the tone is all wrong.

Rachel Cooke, The New Statesman, 11th March 2020

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