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 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

Date
Monday 10th September 2001
Time
10pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    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 (as Andrew Howe Davies) Production Designer
    Simon Brint Composer
    Paywall

    Supporters and subscribers get more

    Additional content and tools are available across the site for Supporters and BCG Pro subscribers. On this page you can:

    • Broadcast details of 14 past repeats of this episode

    Donate (for fans) BCG Pro

    Already a donor or Pro user?