Semi-Detached. Stuart (Lee Mack). Copyright: Happy Tramp Productions.


BBC Two sitcom about a hapless middle-aged father. 7 episodes (pilot + 1 series), 2019 - 2020. Stars Lee Mack, Ellie White, Samantha Spiro, Patrick Baladi and others.

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Semi-Detached. Image shows from L to R: Stuart (Lee Mack), April (Ellie White). Copyright: Happy Tramp Productions.

Series 1, Episode 1

Things haven't been going well for Stu and April since the birth of their baby. Faced with a make-or-break date, Stu has to contend with disruptions from his inappropriate Dad, extortionist brother and an almighty argument erupting next-door.

Broadcast details

This episode is currently available on BBC iPlayer

Thursday 6th August 2020
25 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Lee Mack Stuart
Ellie White April
Samantha Spiro (as Sam Spiro) Kate
Patrick Baladi Ted
Clive Russell Willie
Neil Fitzmaurice Charlie
Sarah Hoare Madonna
Geoffrey McGivern (as Geoff McGivern) Barry
Cecilia Noble Sandy
Writing team
David Crow Writer
Oliver Maltman Writer
Neil Webster Script Editor
Production team
Ben Palmer Director
Alison Marlow (as Ali Marlow) Producer
Neil Webster Executive Producer
Gregor Sharp Executive Producer
Ben Palmer Executive Producer


The World's Worst 'Make-Up' Lunch

Stuart tries to win back April's heart with a disastrous "make-up" lunch.

Featuring: Lee Mack (Stuart), Ellie White (April), Clive Russell (Willie).


Lee Mack on the difference between his sitcoms

The comedian says his character Stuart is very different from the version of himself he plays in his other popular sitcom.

Patrick Cremona, Radio Times, 5th August 2020

Lee Mack begged to be cast in new sitcom Semi-Detached

The comedian was originally only asked to read the script so he could give feedback.

Patrick Cremona, Radio Times, 5th August 2020

TV review: Semi-Detached, BBC Two

It's interesting that this is on BBC Two because it's really only a whisker away from being a mainstream BBC One sitcom.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 6th August 2020

Semi-Detached with Lee Mack review

The gimmick of Lee Mack's new sitcom is that all the action happens in real time - though whether audiences would appreciate, or even notice, the restriction that writers David Crow and Oliver Maltman have imposed on themselves remains to be seen.

Bruce Dessau, Chortle, 6th August 2020

Semi-Detached review

In some respects, this BBC sitcom channels elements of the sadcom - but the moments aren't frequent or long enough to actually make us care.

Annabel Nugent, The Independent, 6th August 2020

Semi-Detached, episode 1, review

Lee Mack's suburban sadsack makes for solid sitcom fare.

Anita Singh, The Telegraph, 6th August 2020

Semi-Detached review

Promising concept and cast let down by shortage of laughs.

Patrick Cremona, Radio Times, 6th August 2020

Semi-Detached review

Lee Mack as a wedding DJ having a midlife crisis? It sounds naff, but it's like Birdman - if Birdman were set in a cream sitting room.

Joel Golby, The Guardian, 8th August 2020

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