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 3, Episode 2 - Faithless

Jeff gets himself into a tricky situation with sexy work colleague Wilma; she asks him out, but he's not sure if it's a 'date' or not, and doesn't want to appear rude... Jane has troubles after falling for a devoutly religious colleague at the radio station.

Further details

Jane and Jeff are both having difficulty keeping the faith.

Jeff is sent into a spiral of tension when his attractive colleague, Wilma, asks him out for a drink. Is Wilma about to make a move on him, or does she just want to be friends? If she's interested in his arse, then surely he shouldn't be talking to her, what with him having a girlfriend. But to refuse the date would be to assume that Wilma likes him, and she certainly hasn't made that clear. Unable to face this challenge alone, Jeff rigs up his mobile phone for the date, so that his friends can hear his conversation with Wilma and give him advice. Wilma puts her cards on the table straight away: she fancies Jeff and she wants to know if he fancies her too...

Meanwhile Jane is thrilled by the arrival of a new member of staff at the station, right from the moment he smoothly parks his huge, red sports car into a tight little hole. Mmm. Jane is not the sort of girl to be put off by the fact that James is the station's religious broadcaster, nor by the further complication that their first date is at a Christian discussion group. Hope begins to fade when James tells her that he doesn't believe in sex before marriage (although Jane does helpfully offer to take her top off if that will ease the situation). Despite this inauspicious beginning, James gives Jane a passionate kiss. Why is he bothering with her? Because he has faith.

Broadcast details

Monday 30th September 2002
30 minutes


Show past repeats

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Wednesday 27th August 2014 9:00pm London Live
Friday 29th August 2014 10:00pm London Live
Saturday 18th October 2014 9:30pm London Live
Friday 31st October 2014 10:00pm London Live
Saturday 1st November 2014 9:00pm London Live
Saturday 13th December 2014 9:30pm London Live
Sunday 10th May 2015 12:30am London Live
Saturday 6th August 2022 10:00pm Gold
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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
Lou Gish Julia
Emilia Fox Wilma
Lloyd Owen James
Gerard Gilroy Roger
Muriel Pavlow Angela
Colin Michael Carmichael Trevor
Andrew Collins Andrew
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 Production Designer
Simon Brint Composer

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