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aired from: Jul 1999 to: Oct 2001 16 eps Carlton/ITV 60/30 min stereo closed captioned

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    1st Season Summer 1999 (60 min)

  1. "She's a Lovely Girl"
    gs: Ingeborga Dapkunaite [ Natalia ], Joanna Wake [ Imogen Fox ], Ian Thompson [ Roy Fox ], James Ellis [ Vincent Dempsey ], Sean Scanlan [ Father Anthony ], Angela Bruce [ Miss Sayer ], Nicholas Hewetson [ Dr. Jacobs ], Michael Cochrane [ George Lacey ], Hugh Simon [ Norman ], Yvonne Gidden [ Edwina ], Stephen Mangan [ Justin ], Lucy Punch [ Melissa ], Nina Young [ Zoe ], Michael Buffong [ Rupert ], Ysobel Gonzalez [ Constance ], Nina Sosanya [ Mother at parents' evening (uncredited cameo) ]

    rc: Hilary Shand, Zandra, Samantha, Stephanie

    On the lookout for a girlfriend, lonesome women's-magazine journalist Eamon Donaghy invites his boss Zoe to dinner with some of his friends from college: Patrick & Beatrice Dempsey and Kath Shand, at the Dempseys' house, as usual, and to their continuing despair. The evening goes so badly that Patrick determines to find Eamon another outlet, and gets a recommendation for a prostitute for Eamon to visit. Things go so well for Eamon with Natalia, that they start going out together, and Eamon invites her to dinner with the others, but things don't go so well when they go to a party together and she recognises an old client in Patrick's boss George Lacey. The Dempseys want to get their eldest son Brendon into a good local Catholic school, but have to get him baptised first. They volunteer Eamon & Kath as god-parents, even though the two don't get on well together. Patrick interviews for a new secretary, but his boss overrules his choice, and he is landed with the inexperienced, though pretty, Melissa. At home, Kath has to have her mother move in as a flatmate.

    b: 20 Jun 99 w: Nicholas Martin d: Udayan Prasad


  2. "Don't Shoot the Cows"
    gs: Joachim Raaf [ Klaus ], Nina Young [ Zoe ], Michael Cochrane [ George Lacey ], Yvonne Gidden [ Edwina ], Stephen Mangan [ Justin ], Lucy Punch [ Melissa ], Hannah Waterman [ Country supermarket check-out girl ]

    rc: Zandra, Samantha, Stephanie

    Patrick & Beatrice's plans for a romantic weekend away in the country without the children are thrown into chaos when his boss orders him to take a visiting potential client, Klaus, along too. Beatrice then invites Kath for company, and somehow Eamon and his date Zoe get dragged along as well. Klaus concentrates his attentions on Zoe, to Eamon's dismay, and also to Kath's, as she confesses to Beatrice that she fancies Klaus. Klaus's huge appetite, for both food and sex, turn out to be his undoing when he discovers the 'happy cake' that Kath has made to make the weekend seem less disastrous for her and Eamon.

    b: 27 Jun 99 w: Nicholas Martin d: Udayan Prasad


  3. "What's Wrong with Bees"
    gs: Nicola Stephenson [ Jenifer ], James Ellis [ Vincent Dempsey ], Anthony Green [ Miles ], Angela Bruce [ Miss Sayer ], Sean Scanlan [ Father Anthony ], Andy Dennehy [ Max ], Warren Kimmel [ Hansie ], Christopher Rickwood [ Father Nathan ], John Warnaby [ Sebastian ], Colin Gourley [ Gerald ]

    rc: Hilary Shand

    Patrick & Beatrice continue their efforts to get Brendon into a good, Catholic school, deciding against moving out into the suburbs, or North London, and have to grip their teeth and get on well at the local church, even though the traditional Father Anthony is temporarily replaced with the 'happy clappy' Father Nathan. The local video-hire shop's staff persuade Eamon to sign up for their unorthodox dating service, through which he meets Jenifer, with whom he gets on very well, until Patrick spots that she goes to the same church; Eamon is ardently anti-religious, and breaks things off with Jenifer, though regrets it immediately, but it's too late. Meanwhile, Kath embarks on a relationship with Miles, a bee enthusiast, until Kath realises that he takes his interest over the boundary into obsession.

    b: 4 Jul 99 w: Nicholas Martin d: Piers Haggard


  4. "Be Nice to Posh People"
    gs: James Ellis [ Vincent Dempsey ], William Scott-Masson [ Alex Fraser ], Lucy Robinson [ Sophie Fraser ], Pip Torrens [ Hugh ], Abigail Thaw [ Alice ], Frederick Treves [ Jocelyn Fraser ], Nicholas Boulton [ Waiter ]

    Patrick & Beatrice make friends with a couple in the local park, Alex & Sophie Fraser, after their children play together. The Frasers have remarkable similarities with the Dempseys, even having friends who parallel Eamon & Kath. But Eamon realises that they are very posh, finds out they are actually titled, and tries to warn the Dempseys off them. But Patrick & Beatrice are still keen on them.

    b: 11 Jul 99 w: Nicholas Martin d: Piers Haggard


  5. "Happy Nappy"
    gs: Michael Cochrane [ George Lacey ], Lucy Punch [ Melissa ], Stephen Mangan [ Justin ], Yvonne Gidden [ Edwina ], Eric Loren [ Scott ], Bob Sherman [ Kurt ], Vicky Pepperdine [ Mum in park ], Jem Wall [ Dad in park ]

    rc: Hilary Shand

    Eamon & Kath are recruited as babysitters for Patrick & Beatrice's two young boys, while they attend an important office party at Patrick's legal firm. It is being held to help seal a crucial, large, long-term deal with a couple of representatives from an American tobacco company, but Patrick's boss, George Lacey, gets embarrassingly drunk, his secretary, Melissa, has a passionate fling with his assistant Justin in a side office, and to cap it all, George has a mid-life crisis and deliberately insults the guests, ruining the chances of the deal. Meanwhile, Eamon & Kath are having problems with their charges, and reluctantly decide to call in Kath's mother, but she disappears en route, so Eamon has to go out in search for her, while Kath stays at the Dempseys' house and becomes increasingly distressed. Afterwards, Eamon has to gently comfort and support Kath, until they are interrupted by the returning Patrick & Beatrice.

    b: 18 Jul 99 w: Nicholas Martin d: Sandy Johnson


  6. "Don't Shred My Rabbit"
    gs: Nina Young [ Zoe ], Lucy Punch [ Melissa ], Stephen Mangan [ Justin ], Elizabeth Marmur [ Dido ], Tim Wallers [ Henry Voss Bark ]

    rc: Hilary Shand, Zandra, Samantha, Stephanie

    At the office, Patrick has a small moment of madness with Melissa, that she misinterprets, with consequences that threaten to spiral out of control. With a little encouragment from Beatrice, Kath nervously arranges with Eamon to go on a date, but he stands her up at the last minute, and spends the night with Zoe, who is taking an increasing interest in him, after he helps her out of a major problem at work. He agrees to Zoe's idea of leaving their jobs and moving to New York that day, leaving a devastated Kath to be consoled by her mother and Beatrice.

    b: 25 Jul 99 w: Nicholas Martin d: Sandy Johnson

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    2nd Series Spring 2001 (30 min)

  7. "Carp!"
    gs: Tony Robinson [ Paul ], Gary Dunnington [ Craig ]

    rc: Hilary Shand, Zandra, Samantha, Stephanie

    Lovelorn Eamon returns from New York to find that the girl he had dumped, Kath, has a new boyfriend, Stuart, who is a chiropractor. Eamon finds that his new job is not quite what he had in mind.

    b: 19 Jan 01 w: Nicholas Martin d: Philippa Langdale


  8. "Carping On"
    gs: Tony Robinson [ Paul ], Tamara Beckwith [ Herself ], Gary Dunnington [ Craig ], Winston Ellis [ Fernando ], Claire Lubert [ Josephine ], Simon Scott [ Peter Parker ]

    rc: Zandra

    Eamon insists that the only way to halt falling magazine sales is to get sexy. Kath has a shock.

    b: 26 Jan 01 w: Nicholas Martin d: Philippa Langdale


  9. "Tory Girl"
    gs: Sam Callis [ Po ], Andy Dennehy [ Max ], Warren Kimmel [ Hansie ], Anna Wilson-Jones [ Alice ], Kate Loustau [ JoJo ], Lucy Davis [ Harry ], Tom Mullion [ Twitty ], Anne-Marie Marriott [ Spoilt woman ]

    rc: Hilary Shand

    Eamon meets Alice, a fervent Conservative, who soon realises politics is not the only thing dividing them.

    b: 2 Feb 01 w: Nicholas Martin d: Roger Gartland


  10. "She's Having a Baby"
    gs: Timothy Davies [ Obstetrician ], Sam Graham [ Greg ], Jax Williams [ Midwife ], Amanda Root [ Pandora ]

    rc: Zandra, Samantha, Stephanie

    Eamon and Kath clash in the kitchen when both plan to hold important dinner dates: he with his boss Zandra, and she with Stuart.

    b: 9 Feb 01 w: Nicholas Martin d: Roger Gartland


  11. "__________"
    gs: David Daker [ Ernest ], Evroy Deer [ Winston ]

    rc: Hilary Shand

    Kath's mother, Hilary, finds romance when she meets a nice man called Ernest at an art gallery, but Kath is not so keen on him.

    b: 3 Sep 01 w: Nicholas Martin d: Justin Chadwick


  12. "__________"
    gs: Matthew Marsh [ The Ed ], Nicolas Chagrin [ Ralph ]

    rc: Zandra

    Eamon's editor Zandra persuades him to spend a while working on the style magazine Hiatus, run by a psychotic editor.

    b: 10 Sep 01 w: Nicholas Martin d: Justin Chadwick


  13. "__________"
    gs: Bob Monkhouse [ Ambassador Howard ], David Daker [ Ernest ], Peter Moreton [ Ambassador Jeff ], Nina Young [ Zoe ], Tim Stedman [ Graham ], Brenda Peters [ Elderly woman ], Ralph Nossek [ Elderly man ]

    rc: Hilary Shand, Zandra, Samantha, Stephanie

    Kath badly wants to earn the money so she can pay for herself to go on holiday with Stuart, so she takes up selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door. Eamon is disappointed not to get the magazine editor's job when Zandra resigns to join the board.

    b: 17 Sep 01 w: Nicholas Martin d: Philippa Langdale


  14. "__________"
    gs: Keith Barron [ Declan Donaghy ], Marc Warren [ Russell ], Joan Blackham [ Rosemary ], Michael Elwyn [ Nicholas ], Ram John Holder [ Leonard ]

    rc: Hilary Shand, Zandra

    Eamon's father, Declan, arrives out of the blue. Kath is drafted in to take over the teaching of a creative writing course.

    b: 24 Sep 01 w: Nicholas Martin d: Philippa Langdale


  15. "__________"
    gs: Keith Barron [ Declan Donaghy ], Dick Brannick [ Stranger ], David Daker [ Ernest ], Colin Murphy [ Kieron Roberts ], Michael Glenn Murphy [ John ], Craig Crosbie [ Frank ]

    rc: Hilary Shand, Zandra

    Eamon's father, Declan, flirts with Kath's mother, Hilary, at Eamon's 32nd birthday party, much to Eamon & Kath's embarrassment. Stuart buys an engagement ring.

    b: 1 Oct 01 w: Nicholas Martin d: Susan Tully


  16. "__________"
    gs: Ana Sofrenovic [ Ursula ], Ram John Holder [ Leonard ]

    rc: Zandra, Samantha, Stephanie

    As Eamon is comforted by Kath, both begin to question whether they're really happy. Eamon is given a big opportunity at work, creating the Internet arm of UTP, and Stuart wants to take Kath to Thailand.

    b: 15 Oct 01 w: Nicholas Martin d: Susan Tully

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NOTES

The show had the working title of Easy Listening.


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