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 3 - Her Best Friend's Bottom

Having popped into Susan's flat and discovered Sally nude in the kitchen and in need of some reassurance as to her attractiveness, things suddenly get very awkward for Steve. Meanwhile, Susan's on a drive to pick new furniture for her and Steve's flat.

Further details

Susan's latest project is to choose some furniture for the flat that she and Steve will share together. Against the backdrop of selecting fabrics, the truth slowly emerges about a deep mystery: why Steve and Sally have suddenly started acting so strangely.

Steve went to Susan's flat unannounced and saw Sally emerging from the shower. That was a forgivable accident - but why did Sally then remove the towel and ask Steve whether he found her attractive? Her excuse takes everyone by surprise: she needed reassurance because she'd just been to bed with Patrick. And for the first time ever, Junior Patrick had failed to jump to attention.

Broadcast details

Monday 17th September 2001
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 29th July 2014 11:00pm London Live
Wednesday 30th July 2014 9:00pm London Live
Friday 1st August 2014 10:00pm London Live
Friday 1st August 2014 10:30pm London Live
Thursday 2nd October 2014 11:00pm London Live
Friday 3rd October 2014 10:00pm London Live
Saturday 11th October 2014 10:00pm London Live
Sunday 12th October 2014 9:00pm London Live
Saturday 29th November 2014 10:00pm London Live
Friday 5th December 2014 9:00pm London Live
Saturday 6th December 2014 12:00am London Live
Saturday 6th December 2014 10:00pm London Live
Sunday 7th December 2014 9:00pm London Live
Saturday 6th February 2016 9:00pm London Live
Sunday 7th February 2016 2:20am London Live
Saturday 23rd July 2022 10:00pm Gold
Sunday 24th July 2022 1:50am Gold
Sunday 19th February 2023 1:10am Gold

Cast & crew

Jack Davenport Steve
Gina Bellman Jane
Sarah Alexander Susan
Kate Isitt Sally
Ben Miles Patrick
Richard Coyle Jeff
Guest cast
Jack Pierce Junior Shop Assistant
Alan Cowan Senior Shop Assistant
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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