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

Repeats

    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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