Breeders. Image shows from L to R: Ally (Daisy Haggard), Paul (Martin Freeman). Copyright: Avalon Television.


Sky One sitcom about parenting. 10 episodes (1 series) in 2020. Stars Martin Freeman, Daisy Haggard, Michael McKean, Alun Armstrong and others.

Next new episode is on Thursday at 10pm. Episode 5
Episode 4 is repeated on Wednesday at 10:30pm.

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

Series 1, Episode 1 - No Sleep

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

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Martin Freeman Paul
Daisy Haggard Ally
Alun Armstrong Jim
Joanna Bacon Jackie
George Wakeman Luke
Jayda Eyles Ava
Patrick Baladi Darren
Stella Gonet Leah
Tim Steed Carl
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
Mark Henson Editor
Miranda Jones Production Designer
Oli Julian Composer


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

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

Breeders review

The filth and the fury of modern parenting.

Carol Midgley, The Times, 13th March 2020

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