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 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

Friday 26th May 2000
30 minutes


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Wednesday 9th July 2014 9:00pm London Live
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Cast & crew

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 Production Designer
Simon Brint Composer

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