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Series cast summary:
Hugh Laurie ...  Paul Slippery 6 episodes, 2003
Anna Chancellor ...  Estelle Slippery 6 episodes, 2003
Sheila Hancock ...  Gwendolen Hartley 6 episodes, 2003
Benedict Cumberbatch ...  Rory Slippery 6 episodes, 2003
Neil Henry ...  Daniel Slippery 6 episodes, 2003
Joe Van Moyland Joe Van Moyland ...  Edwin Slippery 6 episodes, 2003
Lolita Chakrabarti ...  Dr. Surinder Dhillon 6 episodes, 2003
Emma Ferguson Emma Ferguson ...  Laura Proek 6 episodes, 2003
Carol Harvey Carol Harvey ...  Rosie 6 episodes, 2003
Peter Capaldi ...  Dr. Ronnie Pilfrey 5 episodes, 2003
Siobhan Hewlett ...  Lucy Proek 5 episodes, 2003
Bob Mason Bob Mason ...  Mr. Proek 3 episodes, 2003
Charlie Covell Charlie Covell ...  Woj 3 episodes, 2003
Fenella Norman ...  Mrs. Proek 3 episodes, 2003
Phillip Manikum Phillip Manikum ...  Porker 3 episodes, 2003
Trevor Cooper ...  Jim / ... 2 episodes, 2003


Paul Slippery (Hugh Laurie), a forty-something doctor, lives with his wife Estelle and three sex-obsessed sons Rory, Daniel and Edwin in the west London suburb of Putney. On top of coping with family pressures and a mid-life crisis, Paul discovers his unusual ability to hear other peoples' inner thoughts. Written by Kyoo Moo

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A middle-aged man losing his edge... and his grip!


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29 June 2003 (UK) See more »

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Daniel Slippery: [looking at Rory] Who's the guy with him?
Edwin Slippery: Maybe he's for me! I need someone to love!
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Hilarious miniseries
20 November 2016 | by MohrwynSee all my reviews

We all know that aging isn't easy. But I surely don't know any story that shows us all the fun parts during this process!

We meet Paul Slippery and his family in a time that Paul starts to become pretty obsessive about his wife Estelle. He feels something important is missing in his relationship.

A feeling that is getting stronger by the day, due to all the changes their family is experiencing. His sons are starting their careers, while exploring all fun parts of their young adults life. With three grown sons Estelle decides to start her own career, which Paul has a hard time getting any grip on. And on top of all that, one of his colleague's is really getting on his nerves.

A really fun story unfolds, with all kinds of misunderstandings on Paul's part. It contains lot's of crazy stuff and plots, that grows more complicated as Paul gets more confused.

Whether you're younger, older or actually "fortysomething", if you're in for a good laugh, this show is a "must see". I watched it several times and will for sure watch this "feel good" series again.

For those who know Hugh Laurie only as Gregory House, remember he is actually English, as is this series. Even though he's a doctor in this series too, his character is in no way comparable with House. Those two elements may cause you to either love or hate Paul Slippery and his family.

Besides taking the main role in this series, Hugh Laurie also directs three of the episodes.

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