Him & Her. Image shows from L to R: Becky (Sarah Solemani), Steve (Russell Tovey). Copyright: Big Talk Productions
Him & Her

Him & Her

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Three
  • 2010 - 2013
  • 25 episodes (4 series)

BBC Three sitcom set around a lazy working-class couple in their mid-20s, and following the minutiae of their relationship and lives. Stars Russell Tovey, Sarah Solemani, Joe Wilkinson, Kerry Howard, Ricky Champ and Camille Coduri

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Series 1, Episode 2 - The Birthday

It's Steve's birthday and everyone wants to go out and get plastered - except Steve who is ill. Or at least he tells his mum and everyone else he is...

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Further details

Him & Her. Image shows from L to R: Steve (Russell Tovey), Janet (Joanna Bacon). Copyright: Big Talk Productions

It's Steve's birthday and everyone wants to go out and get plastered - except Steve. Steve is ill in bed. Or at least he tells his mum and everyone else he is.

When Becky, Laura, Shelly and Paul can't persuade Steve to go out and celebrate, Steve stays in and - with a little help from Dan - makes very good use of his presents.

Characters introduced this episode:

Steve's mum Janet dotes on him. Steve's father left when he was young and Janet has devoted herself to her perfect son. Essentially lonely, she'll take any excuse to get out of the house and likes a good drink. She's on the lookout for Mr Right - or even just Mr Anything.

Shelly is Laura's friend from work - aged 43. She's a divorcée and a single mother. She has one son, aged eight, and does not stop talking about him. She's desperate to go out and get drunk, desperate for love or sex or a snog, or anything she can get to interrupt the tedium of her life. In short, she's trying to relive her youth through Laura, her soulmate. They're as mind-numbingly average as each other.

Broadcast details

Monday 13th September 2010
BBC Three
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 14th September 2010 1:15am BBC3
Thursday 16th September 2010 12:25am BBC3
Thursday 16th September 2010 11:45pm BBC3
Saturday 18th September 2010 1:20am BBC3
Sunday 19th September 2010 9:30pm BBC3
Monday 20th September 2010 12:15am BBC3
Thursday 30th December 2010 2:05am BBC3
Friday 21st January 2011 9:30pm BBC3
Wednesday 13th July 2011 11:15pm BBC1
Friday 9th September 2011 10:30pm BBC3
Saturday 10th September 2011 1:30am BBC3
Monday 4th March 2013 11:00pm Dave
Friday 3rd May 2013 1:45am Dave
Monday 15th July 2013 3:20am Dave
Saturday 16th November 2013 3:20am Dave
Thursday 22nd May 2014 3:30am Dave
Monday 13th October 2014 1:15am Dave
Monday 22nd June 2015 10:20pm W
Wednesday 23rd December 2015 12:10am W
Thursday 31st December 2015 1:30am BBC3
Sunday 29th January 2023 9:30pm BBC3
Monday 30th January 2023 2:50am BBC3
Wednesday 28th June 2023 11:10pm BBC3
Thursday 29th June 2023 2:35am BBC3
Wednesday 8th November 2023 11:30pm BBC3
Thursday 9th November 2023 3:00am BBC3

Cast & crew

Russell Tovey Steve
Sarah Solemani Becky
Joe Wilkinson Dan
Kerry Howard Laura
Ricky Champ Paul
Camille Coduri Shelly
Guest cast
Joanna Bacon Janet (Steve's Mum)
Writing team
Stefan Golaszewski Writer
Robert Popper Script Editor
Production team
Richard Laxton Director
Kenton Allen Producer
Matthew Justice Executive Producer
Nira Park Executive Producer
Tony Cranstoun Editor
John Stevenson Production Designer


Him & Her And His Swollen Glands

Can the 'loving support' of his closest friends coax Steve out of bed on his birthday?

View this clip on the BBC website

Featuring: Ricky Champ (Paul), Kerry Howard (Laura), Sarah Solemani (Becky), Russell Tovey (Steve), Joe Wilkinson (Dan) & Camille Coduri (Shelly).

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