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 5

Alex organises a surprise birthday party for Helen.

Further details

Alex is in a meeting with Raz, the accountant that Helen accidentally had dinner with on Valentines Day. Raz is supposed to be sorting out Alex's debts but he fancies himself as a bit of a life-coach. Pushing Alex into imagining his life ten years from now, Alex realises that he's imagining his life to be with Helen.

He arranges a surprise party for her birthday. Or rather control freak Sophie, Pete's sister, arranges it. Alex finds a way to keep Helen busy the night of the party while Sophie's getting the flat ready.

Dr. Two-Scenes is the nickname everyone at CMA gives to Roger Comerford, Alex's client who only ever has two scenes in every episode of Holby City. Claiming the Doctor has written a script he'd like to talk to Helen about, Alex arranges for them to have a drink on the night of her birthday.

But the evening later falls apart when Alex confides in a deranged Sophie about his feelings for Helen, her dead brother's fiancée, and Sophie punches him in the face.

And Helen is so drunk that she completely misunderstands Alex's declaration of love and goes off to have sex with Doctor Two-Scenes 'because he may be a very unsuccessful actor but he's a great salsa-dancer'.

Broadcast details

Friday 13th March 2009
Channel 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 17th September 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
Tom Goodman-Hill Malcolm
Anna Maxwell Martin Sophie
Guest cast
Navin Chowdhry Lawyer
Amer Rainbird Widow
Pascal Langdale Dr Two Scenes
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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