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 3 - Sex, Death And Nudity

Jane's aunt has died, and having not told her family she's broken up with Steve, attempts to rope him in. But he'd only be comfortable with Susan. And she wants to take Patrick, who wants Sally. And Jeff ... well he actually knew the deceased.

Further details

When her aunt dies, Jane insists that Steve comes with her to the funeral. So far, so good, until Jane adds that this would be a bad time to tell her family that they've split up. Understandably, Susan won't let Steve go unless she comes too, so that she can keep an eye on them. She brings Patrick as her date, Patrick brings Sally, and Jeff comes too on the grounds that he's the only one who actually knew the deceased.

Paranoia about inappropriate behaviour ensues, until Jane breaks the tension by laughing during the minute's silence.

Meanwhile, Jeff fights interview nerves by imagining everyone naked. This backfires somewhat when he walks confidently into his interview, only to be confronted by his reflection in a mirror - naked.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 26th May 2000
Time
9:30pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
30 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Jack Davenport Steve
    Gina Bellman Jane
    Sarah Alexander Susan
    Kate Isitt Sally
    Ben Miles Patrick
    Richard Coyle Jeff
    Guest cast
    Adam Astill Barman
    Katharine Page Agatha
    Gwenllian Davies Aunt Muriel
    Brian Shelley Vicar
    Simon Bateso Michael
    Nigel Betts Neighbour
    Jeremy Peters Undertaker
    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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