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 7 - Dressed

Jane is stuck naked at a party full of strangers, whilst at the bar Patrick is in contest with colleague Ivan over the gorgeousness of his wife - Susan! Neither Steve nor Sally are too amused.

Further details

Jane is invited round to dinner by Bill, a good-looking man she met in the bar. She decides to make a lasting impression by turning up wearing nothing underneath her cute little trenchcoat. Unfortunately, on arrival she discovers not a romantic dinner for two, but a dozen other guests.

Meanwhile, Patrick is locked in insane competition with Ivan, an acquaintance from work. Ivan has a glamorous trophy wife, so Patrick decides he needs one too, just for the evening. He recruits Sally for the part, then changes his mind and claims Susan for his 'bride' (he 'needed a blonde'). Seeing Susan pretending to be Patrick's wife finally makes Steve's mind up for him: he proposes to Susan in front of the whole group, and she accepts.

Broadcast details

Monday 15th October 2001
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 13th August 2014 1:00am London Live
Wednesday 13th August 2014 9:00pm London Live
Friday 15th August 2014 10:00pm London Live
Saturday 16th August 2014 1:00am London Live
Sunday 12th October 2014 11:00pm London Live
Monday 13th October 2014 12:30am London Live
Thursday 16th October 2014 11:00pm London Live
Friday 17th October 2014 10:00pm London Live
Sunday 30th November 2014 10:30pm London Live
Monday 1st December 2014 1:00am London Live
Sunday 7th December 2014 11:00pm London Live
Saturday 30th July 2022 10:00pm Gold
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Saturday 25th February 2023 11:50pm Gold

Cast & crew

Jack Davenport Steve
Gina Bellman Jane
Sarah Alexander Susan
Kate Isitt Sally
Ben Miles Patrick
Richard Coyle Jeff
Guest cast
Matthew Bose Bill
Stewart Wright Harry
Peter Heppelthwaite Walter
Dominic Taylor Ivan
Lidija Zovkic Miranda
Georgia Kelly Emily
Michael Price Barman
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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