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 2, Episode 2 - My Dinner In Hell

Steve's beyond nervous when he and Susan arrange to host a dinner party with her parents as the guests. Meanwhile, Patrick and Jeff discover that a rather enterprising former partner has made a business out of Patrick's natural assets.

Further details

Steve and Susan are watching a documentary on telly, and the narrator says that all men masturbate, even if they are in a stable relationship. This sends Steve into a new realm of embarrassment.

Susan's parents, who are notoriously frank in discussing matters of a sexual nature, arrive for supper. In his paranoia, Steve imagines that they are taunting him about his masturbatory habits, and furiously asks them to leave.

Meanwhile, Patrick has tracked down a vibrator that an old girlfriend modelled on his own member. He presents a gift-wrapped copy to Steve, who then innocently passes it on to Susan's Mum as a peace offering.

Broadcast details

Monday 10th September 2001
30 minutes


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Tuesday 22nd July 2014 11:30pm London Live
Wednesday 23rd July 2014 9:30pm London Live
Friday 25th July 2014 10:30pm London Live
Saturday 26th July 2014 2:00am London Live
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Saturday 11th October 2014 9:30pm London Live
Wednesday 29th October 2014 11:30pm London Live
Wednesday 19th November 2014 1:30am London Live
Wednesday 19th November 2014 11:30pm London Live
Saturday 6th December 2014 9:30pm London Live
Sunday 7th December 2014 12:30am London Live
Saturday 30th January 2016 9:30pm London Live
Sunday 31st January 2016 2:30am London Live
Sunday 17th July 2022 10:40pm Gold
Monday 18th July 2022 3:15am Gold
Sunday 19th February 2023 12:30am Gold

Cast & crew

Jack Davenport Steve
Gina Bellman Jane
Sarah Alexander Susan
Kate Isitt Sally
Ben Miles Patrick
Richard Coyle Jeff
Guest cast
Wanda Ventham Edna
James Woolley Robert
Wendy Wason Sex Shop Assistant
Samuel Barnett Sex Shop Assistant
Nick Moorcroft TV Presenter
Mariella Frostrup 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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