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Pramface. Image shows from L to R: Janet Derbyshire (Anna Chancellor), Alan Derbyshire (Angus Deayton), Laura Derbyshire (Scarlett Alice Johnson), Jamie Prince (Sean Michael Verey), Keith Prince (Ben Crompton), Sandra Prince (Bronagh Gallagher).


BBC Three sitcom. 19 episodes (3 series), 2012 - 2014. Stars Sean Michael Verey, Scarlett Alice Johnson, Dylan Edwards, Yasmin Paige, Emer Kenny, Angus Deayton, Anna Chancellor and others.

Series 2, Episode 7 - Optimum Conditions

Mike is throwing a party to celebrate the end of exams and Beth begins to question her whole identity. Meanwhile, the future is still uncertain for Jamie and Laura, now officially a couple, and Janet has a surprise for Alan.

Full synopsis

Pramface. Image shows from L to R: Jamie Prince (Sean Michael Verey), Laura Derbyshire (Scarlett Alice Johnson). Copyright: BBC / Little Comet.

Mike is throwing a party to celebrate the end of exams, but is keeping it under the radar to ensure only the cool crowd get to hear about it. Beth gets a huge shock when her previously flawless academic record is 'tainted' with a B, and rather than getting into the party spirit, begins to question her whole identity as 'the smart one'.

Beth's not the only one with doubts. The future is still uncertain for Jamie and Laura, who are now officially a couple, but Jamie is concerned that Laura's not really into him as she won't 'go public' with the news and tell her parents or friends.

Alan's also got some persuading to do: he tries to drag Janet back to counselling as he's feeling neglected by her spending so much time at work. Things take a turn for the better when Janet surprises him with a planned weekend away but the purpose of the trip is not quite what Alan expected.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 19th February 2013
BBC Three
30 minutes


  1. Wednesday 20th February 2013 at 1:30am on BBC3
  2. Thursday 21st February 2013 at 12:20am on BBC HD
  3. Friday 22nd February 2013 at 2:55am on BBC3
  4. Saturday 23rd February 2013 at 1:45am on BBC3
  5. Sunday 24th February 2013 at 2:00am on BBC3
  6. Tuesday 2nd July 2013 at 2:00am on BBC3
  7. Friday 30th August 2013 at 11:05pm on BBC1
  8. Wednesday 5th February 2014 at 2:30am on BBC3

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Sean Michael Verey Jamie Prince
Scarlett Alice Johnson Laura Derbyshire
Dylan Edwards Mike Fenton
Yasmin Paige Beth Mitchell
Angus Deayton Alan Derbyshire
Anna Chancellor Janet Derbyshire
Ben Crompton Keith Prince
Bronagh Gallagher Sandra Prince
Guest cast
Karl Theobald Jeremy
Alexis Dubus Concierge
Writing team
Chris Reddy Writer
Production team
Ben Fuller (as Ben Gosling Fuller) Director
Catherine Gosling Fuller Producer
Mark Freeland Executive Producer
Lucy Robinson Executive Producer
Dan Robinson Editor
James Lapsley Production Designer
Daniel Pemberton Composer


Hello Laura!

Jamie wants everyone to know that he and Laura are an item, so he pops round to say 'hi'.

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Featuring: Sean Michael Verey (Jamie Prince), Scarlett Alice Johnson (Laura Derbyshire), Angus Deayton (Alan Derbyshire).

Mike's Party

Mike explains his new party concept to Jamie and Beth. They're not 100% convinced...

Featuring: Sean Michael Verey (Jamie Prince), Dylan Edwards (Mike Fenton), Yasmin Paige (Beth Mitchell).

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