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 5 - Jane And The Truth Snake

Having been sacked from her job, Jane ends up in a somewhat confused state, creating a puppet sidekick named Jake, from a pink sock. Patrick, meanwhile, decides he has no option but to dump his new girlfriend, Linda, as she's ruled out ever having a threesome.

Further details

Jane's boss Jeremy sacks her from her job reporting traffic jams after she instructs London's drivers to close their eyes and meditate. A distraught Jane attempts suicide with some pills she was given at a party. In her addled state she creates a pink sock puppet called Jake the Snake, who always tells the truth.

Having said some truly appalling things to Sally, Susan and Steve, Jane uses Jake to insult Jeremy too. He declares she'll never work for the station again, but the public send in so many letters of support that Jane is reinstated.

Meanwhile, Patrick is about to dump his latest girlfriend, Linda, because she's ruled out the possibility of having a threesome. She announces that she's changed her mind, and Patrick rushes back to her flat in anticipation. His disappointment is hard to hide when Linda introduces him to his new playmate for the evening: Jeff.

Broadcast details

Monday 1st October 2001
30 minutes


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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
Shaughan Seymour Jeremy
Susan Earl Lynda
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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