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 2 - Size Matters

Susan arranges a proper, uninterrupted date with Steve at her flat, and even offers to cook - something which Sally assures her will be seen as "sex with catering". Meanwhile, despite their opposing politics, Sally is ever-more drawn to Patrick after discovering his nickname 'Donkey' does not refer to his intellect...

Further details

Susan and Steve prepare to go on their first date (or at least, their first date without their friends gatecrashing.) Susan suggests that she'll cook, sparking debate as to whether that means she's inviting Steve to have sex too.

Susan tells Sally - and Steve - that Patrick is particularly well-endowed. This leaves Sally with a tricky dilemma: she's always sworn never to have sex with a Tory, but Patrick is a very big boy... Meanwhile, Steve is increasingly intimidated by Patrick's huge reputation, until Susan finally puts him at ease.

Broadcast details

Friday 19th May 2000
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 2nd July 2014 9:30pm London Live
Friday 5th September 2014 10:30pm London Live
Saturday 6th September 2014 9:30pm London Live
Saturday 4th October 2014 9:30pm London Live
Sunday 5th October 2014 12:30am London Live
Friday 7th November 2014 12:30am London Live
Friday 7th November 2014 10:30pm London Live
Saturday 9th July 2022 10:40pm Gold
Sunday 10th July 2022 2:20am Gold
Saturday 11th February 2023 10:20pm Gold
Sunday 12th February 2023 2:15am Gold

Cast & crew

Jack Davenport Steve
Gina Bellman Jane
Sarah Alexander Susan
Kate Isitt Sally
Ben Miles Patrick
Richard Coyle Jeff
Guest cast
William Scott Masson (as William Scott-Masson) Howard
Adam Astill Barman
Mariella Frostrup Self
Angus Deayton Self
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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