Coupling. Image shows from L to R: Jane (Gina Bellman), Susan (Sarah Alexander), Jeff (Richard Coyle), Steve (Jack Davenport), Sally (Kate Isitt), Patrick (Ben Miles). Copyright: Hartswood Films Ltd.

Coupling

BBC Two and BBC Three sitcom about a group of friends. 28 episodes (4 series), 2000 - 2004. Stars Jack Davenport, Gina Bellman, Sarah Alexander, Kate Isitt and others.

Series 1, Episode 1 - Flushed

Steve is desperately struggling to get rid of clingy girlfriend Jane, with the advice of best friend Jeff. It's made ever more complicated when he meets the charming Susan.

Further details

Steve is attempting to dump Jane but she won't accept it. In the same bar, Patrick is trying to dump Susan, but she humiliates him by saying she didn't really think they were actually going out together. Jane and Steve have a short-term but very physical reconciliation in the ladies' toilet. Steve bursts out of the cubicle to get a condom, trips over, and lands at Susan's feet. They've met before - she's a workmate of Steve's best friend, Jeff. Neglecting to tell her that he has another girlfriend locked in the cubicle, Steve asks Susan out.

On their first date, all their friends find a reason to tag along too: Jeff, in mortal terror that they will talk about him; Jane, still under the illusion that she's Steve's girlfriend; Patrick and Susan's best friend Sally, on a rebound date. Having tricked Susan into showing them one of her breasts, the six sit down to dinner.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 12th May 2000
Time
9:30pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Jack Davenport Steve
Gina Bellman Jane
Sarah Alexander Susan
Kate Isitt Sally
Ben Miles Patrick
Richard Coyle Jeff
Guest cast
Raji James Waiter
Writing team
Steven Moffat Writer
Production team
Martin Dennis Director
Sue Vertue Producer
Geoffrey Perkins Executive Producer
Beryl Vertue Executive Producer
Mykola Pawluk Editor
Andrew Howe-Davies (as Andrew Howe Davies) Production Designer
Simon Brint Composer
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