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


  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two / BBC Three
  • 2000 - 2004
  • 28 episodes (4 series)

The trials and tribulations of six thirtysomethings struggling with life in general, but above all, relationships. Stars Jack Davenport, Gina Bellman, Sarah Alexander, Kate Isitt, Ben Miles and more.

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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

Friday 12th May 2000
30 minutes


Show past repeats

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Wednesday 2nd July 2014 12:00am London Live
Wednesday 2nd July 2014 12:30am London Live
Wednesday 2nd July 2014 9:00pm London Live
Friday 5th September 2014 10:00pm London Live
Saturday 6th September 2014 9:00pm London Live
Saturday 4th October 2014 9:00pm London Live
Sunday 5th October 2014 12:00am London Live
Wednesday 29th October 2014 11:00pm London Live
Friday 7th November 2014 9:00pm London Live
Saturday 8th November 2014 12:00am London Live
Saturday 9th July 2022 10:00pm Gold
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Saturday 11th February 2023 9:40pm Gold
Sunday 12th February 2023 1:40am Gold

Cast & crew

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 Production Designer
Simon Brint Composer

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