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 6

Alex and Helen's relationship issues come to a head at Stephen's latest wedding.

Further details

Alex sulks over Helen having sex with Doctor Two Scenes. After a late-night argument, a defensive, drunk Helen storms off to Colchester to have sex with the Doctor again, while Alex is dragged off by Stephen to an upmarket brothel where he introduces Alex to Wendy - the glamorous madam - who he is marrying on Saturday. With Alex as Best Man.

Alex discovers that Helen didn't go to Colchester but did go to Ruislip Crematorium to try and visit Pete's headstone - at 3 a.m. Her drinking and life are out of control. She decides to sell her flat and leave CMA.

Alex bumps into Sarah Stephens who he's been avoiding. And Helen goes for an interview to train as a therapist. Realising that she actually just needs to be in therapy, she's not leaving CMA and doesn't want Alex to move out of her flat. In fact she... but Alex interrupts - he has already arranged to move in to Sarah Stephens' spare room. In fact, a week later at Stephen's wedding Alex admits he moved into Sarah's bed. Twice.

It's definitely not going to happen for Alex and Helen. Until Helen makes an emotional declaration to Alex. They kiss. And kiss. And then realise that everyone including Sarah and Alex's kids are staring at them.

Broadcast details

Friday 20th March 2009
Channel 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 17th September 2009 11:30pm 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
Jonah Lees Alex's Son
Noah Marullo Alex's Son
Stephanie Beacham Stephen's New Wife
Cheryl Alleyne Therapist
Ross Gurney-Randall Security Guard
Chris Obi (as Christopher Obi) Taxi Rank Guy
Martin Laird Actor
Writing team
Chris Niel Writer
Production team
James Griffiths Director
Nira Park Producer
Matthew Justice Executive Producer
Iain Morris Executive Producer
Mark Everson Editor
Dick Lunn Production Designer
David Arnold Composer

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