Mutual Friends. Image shows from L to R: Jen Grantham (Keeley Hawes), Martin Grantham (Marc Warren), Patrick Turner (Alexander Armstrong), Liz (Sarah Alexander). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Mutual Friends

BBC One comedy drama. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2008. Stars Marc Warren, Keeley Hawes, Alexander Armstrong, Alistair Petrie, Rhashan Stone, Naomi Bentley, Sarah Alexander and others.

Series 1, Episode 2

Patrick tries to help Martin cope with his marital problems by subjecting him to an energetic reintroduction to the life of a single man.

Further details

Mutual Friends. Harry Seed (Lee Ross). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions.

Patrick tries to help Martin cope with his marital problems by subjecting him to an energetic reintroduction to the life of a single man, involving vigorous mountain bike-riding, rounds of golf and marathon computer games sessions - fuelled by a diet of pizza, beer and skunk.

On Liz's advice, Jen decides to apply for a job - only to discover that it is based in Norwich. She can make a new start and leave Martin, taking their young son, Dan, with her.

Martin, meanwhile, discovers that Carl had a second mortgage on another house and, as a result, his widow Leigh is now bankrupt. He is also under pressure from his boss, Sarah, to hang on to the lucrative Qcumba case and attempts to arbitrate between Harry and Patrick - who are both refusing to budge in their battle for control of the company. Martin's embarrassment is later multiplied when he walks in on Patrick and Sarah in bed together.

Desperate to prevent Jen from leaving for Norwich, Martin goes to see her new employer, Darren. Jen, however, is not pleased. Patrick later sabotages the Qcumba spring launch, which Harry has organised, and gets sacked.

Patrick and Liz have set up a meeting between Martin and Jen, but it doesn't go well and Martin takes a joint from Patrick and has a psychotic episode in a supermarket - prompting Jen to rush to his hospital bedside.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 2nd September 2008
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Marc Warren Martin Grantham
Keeley Hawes Jen Grantham
Alexander Armstrong Patrick Turner
Alistair Petrie Carl Cato
Rhashan Stone Dev
Naomi Bentley Anita
Sarah Alexander Liz
Claire Rushbrook Leigh Cato
Lee Ross Harry Seed
Emily Joyce Sarah Fletcher
Joshua Sarphie Dan Grantham
Thomas Byrne Conor Cato
Patrick Knowles James Grantham
Guest cast
Jonathan Ryland Bob
Paul Thornley Darren
Jenny Gleave Hen Party Girl
Mark Frost Doctor
Writing team
Anil Gupta Writer
Richard Pinto Writer
Hilary Frankland Script Editor
Production team
Catherine Morshead Director
Rob Bullock Producer
Sarah Brandist Executive Producer
Simon Wilson Executive Producer
Mark Redhead Executive Producer

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