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 3, Episode 1 - Split

Following their split, both Sally and Steve are agonising over using the telephone. She's insistent she's not desperate, but he definitely is!

Further details

The action begins where it left off at the end of Series 2 - Steve and Susan have had an argument about their future, and Susan storms out of Steve's flat in tears. The screen splits into two and we follow what happens to both Steve and Susan simultaneously.

While Steve tries repeatedly to ring Susan, his courage failing ever time, the girls are locked in a debate over the merits of 1471, and what it means if the phone "chirps". Eventually the tension at both ends of the phone gets too much. The boys and the girls set out for "the Temple of Woman": in the girls' case, a beauty salon; in the boys' case, a lap dancing club.

Steve gets hideously drunk, and phones Susan as soon as he gets home, pleading that she come back to him. She does just that.

Notes

This episode is presented in split-screen.

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 23rd September 2002
Time
9:30pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
30 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Jack Davenport Steve
    Gina Bellman Jane
    Sarah Alexander Susan
    Kate Isitt Sally
    Ben Miles Patrick
    Richard Coyle Jeff
    Guest cast
    Hannah Waddingham Jenny Turbot
    Mariella Frostrup Self
    Writing team
    Steven Moffat Writer
    Production team
    Martin Dennis Director
    Sue Vertue Producer
    Beryl Vertue Executive Producer
    Sophie Clarke-Jervoise Executive Producer
    Mykola Pawluk Editor
    Andrew Howe-Davies (as Andrew Howe Davies) Production Designer
    Simon Brint Composer
    Simon Wallace Composer
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