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.

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Series 1, Episode 2

Alex meets an old flame when Helen posts his details on a dating website.

Further details

It's almost Valentine's Day and Alex has decided it's time for him to start dating again. Or rather Helen's decided. She posts his details on a dating website. While opting out of Valentines herself by arranging something as unromantic as possible - to have dinner with her elderly accountant.

Alex says no to online dating, but one night lodging with Stephen is enough to convince him he better find a girlfriend to move in with ASAP. He rings Helen for his password, she's secretly logged into his account having a snoop but quickly logs off, and he discovers a drunken video-message from Sarah Stephens, an old girlfriend.

Meanwhile Stephen has fallen in love, and asks Helen's advice on how to give up his lecherous ways. But on Valentine's Night, Stephen quickly becomes aroused as a side effect of being emotionally open; prompting him to ask his beloved to do something disgusting.

And Helen's night doesn't turn out as planned when her accountant sends Raz his very good-looking - but gay - deputy instead. And Sarah turns out to be funny and attractive. Alex is seeing her again the following week...

Broadcast details

Friday 20th February 2009
Channel 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 10th August 2009 11:40pm E4
Thursday 27th 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
Dolly Wells Sarah
Guest cast
Joy Brook Stephen's Girlfriend
Antonia Campbell-Hughes 1st Dinner Date
Navin Chowdhry Lawyer
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

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