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Coupling - Series 1 (DVD)
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Coupling - Series 1 (DVD)
Advantages: Funny, well written comedy
Disadvantages: Quite expensive for 6 episodes, no extras
Stephen Moffat (Jekyll, Doctor Who)
Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean, This Life)
Sarah Alexander (Green Wing, Smack the Pony)
Gina Bellman (Jekyll)
Kate Isitt (Strictly Confidential, Is it legal?)
Ben Miles (V for Vendetta, Cold Feet)
Richard Coyle (Human Traffic, Lorna Doone)
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This show was dubbed as the English "Friends", however I think that was a little unfair to "Coupling". Although Friends is funny, this is articulate, witty and with just a touch of sexual perversion. Of course there are similarities - it revolves around 6 late twenty-something men and women, the dynamic between them, and they spen most of their time hanging out at a trendy wine bar (Alcohol is the British coffee!)
Steve Taylor (Davenport) - Steve is the leader of the boys. At the start of the series he is struggling to break up with Jane, but keeps getting distracted by her suggestive comments of lesbianism and stockings.
Patrick Maitland (Miles) - Patrick is the ultimate playboy. He has a powerful job, fast car and the nickname of the "donkey." He only sees women as objects to sleep with and if they won't they must be lesbians. He used to date Susan.
Jeff Murdock (Coyle) - Jeff is the eccentric Welsh pervert who is obsessed with women and scarred by a bizaare relationship with his mother. He has theories on every relationship matter including "unflushable girlfriends", "the melty man" and the "giggle loop"
Susan Walker (Alexander) - A professional woman who starts the series having a casual fling with Patrick, but quickly ends up with Steve. Works with Jeff and is old friends with Sally
Jane Christie (Bellman) - Jane is the most self obsessed woman on the planet who knows just how to manipulate everyone around her.
Sally Harper (Isitt) - A beautician desperate not to get old and therefore only smiles and single men to avoid wasting the elasticity of her skin. Old friends with Susan but secretly resents ger for being so perfect.
1 Flushed - Steve wants to dump Jane, but she wont take no for an answer. In the same bar Patrick and Susan are also breaking up. After nipping out of the toilet cubicle to grab a condom, Steve bumps into Susan and asks her out. On their date Jeff turns up to make sure he is not the topic of discussion, Jane then shows up after phoning all the taxi firms to hunt him down, then Sally and Patrick turn up on their own date. The whole first date debarcle is resolved by a public breast flashing incident with the statement "I intend this breast satirically!"
2 Size Matters - After Steve rings Susan and completely forgets the whole English language, he finally gets round to arranging their proper first date.Susan offers to cook which the girls identify as code for "Lets have sex and I will cater." After the girls overhear the boys conversation about the best time to take your socks off during foreplay the date commences. Sally makes it clear to Patrick she will never have sex with him as he is a Tory, but is devastated to learn of his nickname "The Donkey" shortly after. At finding this out Steve becomes inesecure abiut sleeping with Susan so send Jeff into the toilet to find out what they are dealing with - just as Sally does the same. Meanwhile Jane tries to make Steve jealous by dating a gay man.
3 Sex death and nudity - As Jane has forgotten to tell her family that her and Steve broke up, he has to escort her to her aunts funeral. Not happy with this arrangement, Susan invites herself along and invites Patrick along as her date, unaware that he has already asked Jeff.
Patrick then asks Sally along much to her distress as she hates elderly peope.
Meanwhile Jeff has taken to imagining everyone naked to help him get through a job interview and teaches everyone the giggle loop - a concept where you can't hold a laugh in at wildly inappropriate moments.
4 Inferno - Steve finds Susan cleaning his flat and was shocked after realising he had left "Lesbian Spank Inferno" in the video player. Susan decides to hold a dinner party at Steves and invites the whole group over - all of who know about the tape but all too embarassed to mention it. During an awkward silence Steve tells Susan he loves her, which irritates Jane. Jane then convinces her therapist along to the party but Steve thinks she is her new girlfriend. The dinner party obviosly descends into comedic chaos with the therapist thinking Patrick is gay thanks to his new 'hardman haircut.'
5 The Girl with two breasts - The boys are in the bar checking out a beautiful woman. After discussing the merits of breast having individual brains and how if women were telepathic they would kill all men for being perverts, Jeff decides to go and chat her up. Unfortunately (or fortunately for Jeff) she doesn't understand a word of English. After watching the conversation from Jeffs point of view, we then rewind it and see it from the girls point of view. The resulting confusion is hilarious
6 The cupboard of Patrick's love - Jane unexpectedly turns up at Patrick's flat and discovers a cupboard filled with videos with girls names on them. He has videoed every woman he has slept with and stored it in the cupboard. Steve isn't happy that there is a tape of Susan there, as is Susan when Jane tells her. The story is interrupted by the noys discussion of the best naked actresses including Britt Eckland and Helen Mirren and Jeffs childhood sexual arousal at the television set. So all the boys go to Patrick's to watch the video much to Susans disgust
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Coupling is one of the most well written comedy series to come out of Britain in the last decade. It is shot in an unconventional way, with captions, flashbacks and even repeats in different languages.The relationships developing between the characters as they realise each others boundaries is great. Plus some of the conversations between the boys are both surreal and hilarious. Steve's monologues as he gets stressed are well written and brilliantly delivered, and even though the series is only 6 episodes long you can really identify with the characters. Jeff is every pervy and slightly social inept guy rolled into one. This is sometimes repeated on UKTV Gold an is well worth a watch if you want a great dialogue based show rather than one based on more slapstick physical comedy. Will be reviewing series 2 and 3 shortly
Summary: Best of British comedy