Catastrophe. Image shows from L to R: Rob (Rob Delaney), Sharon (Sharon Horgan). Copyright: Avalon Television


  • TV sitcom
  • Channel 4
  • 2015 - 2019
  • 24 episodes (4 series)

Sitcom starring Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan as a couple who make a 'bloody mess' of falling in love. Also features Ashley Jensen, Mark Bonnar, Carrie Fisher, Jonathan Forbes, Frances Tomelty and more.

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Series 4, Episode 5

Catastrophe. Image shows from L to R: Mrs Cohen (Tonya Cornelisse), James Cohen (Chris Noth), Sharon (Sharon Horgan), Rob (Rob Delaney). Copyright: Avalon Television
Sharon is unsettled by a strange moisture patch at school, while Rob's big boss at work visits London and takes a close interest in his career. Fran and Chris make a major decision.

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Broadcast details

Tuesday 5th February 2019
Channel 4
35 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 9th February 2019 2:25am C4

Cast & crew

Rob Delaney Rob
Sharon Horgan Sharon
Ashley Jensen Fran
Mark Bonnar Chris
Daniel Lapaine Dave
Sarah Niles Melissa
Seeta Indrani Harita
Douglas Hodge Douglas
Guest cast
Amanda Hale Catherine
Serena Evans Mrs Hammond
Kai Alexander Jeffrey
Dexter Hyman Frankie
Sonny Hyman Frankie
Chris Noth James Cohen
Dominic Rowan Mr Maxwell
Tonya Cornelisse Mrs Cohen
Writing team
Rob Delaney Writer
Sharon Horgan Writer
Production team
Jim O'Hanlon Director
Andy Lumsden 1st Assistant Director
Toby Welch Producer
Richard Allen-Turner Executive Producer
Kara Baker Executive Producer
Jon Thoday Executive Producer
Rob Delaney Executive Producer
Sharon Horgan Executive Producer
Samantha McCole Line Producer
Christopher Watson Editor
Chris Richmond Production Designer
Tracey Gillham Casting Director
Rebecca Duncan Costume Designer
Mattias Nyberg Director of Photography
Jacquetta Levon Make-up Designer
Oli Julian Composer


Very awkward encounter with the Head Teacher

When a new head teacher joins Sharon's school, an awkward moment catches her off guard...

Featuring: Rob Delaney (Rob) & Sharon Horgan (Sharon).


The penultimate episode in this season of Catastrophe - tragically, the last - kicked off with such a sublimely off-colour gag (about another Channel 4 show, Sunday Brunch) that I mused, mildly, that standards could only trickle downhill thence.

Should have known better. A guest appearance by Chris Noth as Rob's misogynist boss, all geezerish complicity and freezing out women (because they obviously don't have a sense of humour), was sexist in a way I had thought had been made illegal in America, but on reflection probably remains rampant (if not mandatory) in most States.

How half our own population must have cheered, then, at Sharon's calling-out of her own new and faintly creepy headmaster, in a way which surely can be done most skilfully with a soft County Meath accent and fast sense of sweary humour. Most women don't enjoy such luxurious wish-fulfilment - but, for all that, this somehow managed to achieve message with nuance, without ever losing sight of Sharon Horgan's primary objective, which is to be caustically funny throughout.

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 10th February 2019

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