Free Agents. Image shows from L to R: Helen Ryan (Sharon Horgan), Alex Taylor (Stephen Mangan)
Free Agents

Free Agents

  • TV sitcom
  • Channel 4
  • 2007 - 2009
  • 7 episodes (1 series)

A dark and poignant romantic sitcom following a 'will they, won't they' couple. Stars Stephen Mangan, Sharon Horgan and Anthony Head. Stars Stephen Mangan, Sharon Horgan, Anthony Head, Matthew Holness, Sara Pascoe and more.

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 1

Alex and Helen try to cope with the aftermath of their drunken one-night stand.

Further details

Talent agent Alex, going through a painful divorce, and his colleague Helen, recently bereaved after the death of her fiancé, have a one-night stand that ends in tears. His tears, not hers. Alex views this unfortunate experience as a perfectly good basis for a long-term relationship. Helen doesn't...

Next morning they go to work, at the successful and glamorous talent agency CMA, a kind of emotional-casualty-ward where everyone - especially Stephen, their charismatic sex-pest of a boss - is as screwed up as Alex and Helen.

As their working day progresses, Alex doggedly stalks Helen around Soho trying to get her to be his girlfriend. Alex, homeless, returns to CMA to spend another night on his office sofa, while Helen heads to the off-licence to pick up supplies for the evening's binge-drinking.

So by the time Alex shows up uninvited on her doorstep, her cabernet-sauvignon goggles are firmly on, and their one-night-stand quickly becomes a two-night-stand, maybe even more. That is until Alex, missing his kids, repeats his crying-after-sex-trick, and once again all bets are off...

Broadcast details

Friday 13th February 2009
Channel 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 10th August 2009 11:05pm E4
Thursday 20th August 2009 11:00pm E4

Cast & crew

Stephen Mangan Alex Taylor
Sharon Horgan Helen Ryan
Anthony Head Stephen Caudwell
Matthew Holness Dan Mackey
Sara Pascoe Emma Phillips
Guest cast
Georgia King Jodie (Actress)
Jonah Lees Alex's Son
Noah Marullo Alex's Son
Writing team
Chris Niel Writer
Production team
James Griffiths Director
Nira Park Producer
Matthew Justice Executive Producer
Iain Morris Executive Producer
Jonathan Amos Editor
Dick Lunn Production Designer
David Arnold Composer

Share this page