Trying. Image shows from L to R: Nikki Newman (Esther Smith), Jason Ross (Rafe Spall)


  • TV sitcom
  • Apple TV+
  • 2020 - 2024
  • 32 episodes (4 series)

Comedy about a young couple planning to adopt a baby. Stars Rafe Spall, Esther Smith, Imelda Staunton, Darren Boyd, Phil Davis and more.

  • Returns on Wednesday 22nd May on Apple TV+ with Series 4, Episode 1
  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 378

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Series 1, Episode 8 - We Know The Way Out

Trying. Image shows from L to R: Penny Wootton (Imelda Staunton), Nikki Newman (Esther Smith), Jason Ross (Rafe Spall)
After admitting his infidelity to Erica, Freddie's staying in Jason and Nikki's spare room, which is not the easiest situation for anyone. But the couple's panel hearing at the local council proves an even greater challenge.

Broadcast details

Friday 1st May 2020
Apple TV+
30 minutes, 13 seconds


Cast & crew

Rafe Spall Jason Ross
Esther Smith Nikki Newman
Imelda Staunton Penny Wootton
Darren Boyd Scott Filbert
Phil Davis Vic
Ophelia Lovibond Erica
Oliver Chris Freddie
Paula Wilcox Sandra
Robyn Cara Jen
Sian Brooke Karen Newman
Marian McLoughlin Jilly Newman
Roderick Smith John Newman
Guest cast
Ava Talbot Lauren
Colin Mace Michael Grafton
Lorna Brown Samantha
Rick Bacon Simon Davis
Maxine Finch Julie Okolo
Fen Wilson Julie Farnby
Renu Brindle Nina Malik
Cally Lawrence Jeanette Hale
Fergal McElherron Caoimhín Óg Ó hEachthighearna
Dan March Water Cooler Man 1
James Millard Water Cooler Man 2
Writing team
Andy Wolton Writer
Production team
Jim O'Hanlon Director
Chris Sussman Producer
Emma Lawson Producer
Andy Wolton Executive Producer
Jim O'Hanlon Associate Producer
Joel Stokes Line Producer
Mark Hermida Editor
John Stevenson Production Designer
Rachel Freck Casting Director
Arthur Mulhern Director of Photography
Ros Little Costume Designer
Jo Jenkins Make-up Designer
Guy Garvey Composer
Pete Jobson (as Peter Jobson) Composer
Paul Saunderson Composer
Jessica Sutton Graphics
Tim Mannion 1st Assistant Director


Trying, review

Apple TV's first British comedy isn't as funny or as quirky as it's trying to be.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 1st May 2020

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