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.

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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


    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
    James Lapsley Production Designer
    Dan Robinson Editor
    Ben Gosling Fuller Director
    Catherine Gosling Fuller Producer
    Mark Freeland Executive Producer
    Lucy Robinson Executive Producer
    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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