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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 ... See full summary »
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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
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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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UK

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English

Release Date:

29 June 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Fortysomething See more »

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Carlton Television See more »
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Stereo

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Edwin Slippery: [replying to a love letter/e-mail Pilfrey sent to his mother] I've called it "Deeper feelings for a Doctor".
[Lucy giggles]
Edwin Slippery: "Dear Ronnie..."
Laura Proek: Don't over do it.
Edwin Slippery: Sorry..."Ronnie, my feelings for you have gotten deeper and mow they threaten to shake my marriage to Paul. He is old and tired. You are young and..." What's the word?
Lucy Proek: Vibrant?
Edwin Slippery: That's the one. "I need to see that crazy, crazy smile of yours. The strange and hypnotic hand gestures. The way you sing those old Beatles' numbers."
Laura Proek: He'll never ...
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Quite staggeringly brilliant comedy
19 July 2003 | by neardarkSee all my reviews

I've just seen the third episode tonight, and this really is the most staggeringly brilliant comedy I've had the pleasure to view in a great many moons. Quite why ITV has decided to move it to the 11pm slot on a Saturday night I know not, but I would thoroughly recommend that you check out the rest of the series and then rush to acquire a copy as soon as it's released on DVD or video.

The characterisation, script, performances and plot are all excellent - Hugh Laurie, Anna Chancellor and Peter Capaldi are all at their very best, and there's some quite stunning physical comedy from Mr Capaldi in particular. All the supporting roles are excellently played as well, particularly the three sons, their two inane girlfriends and Ms Chancellor's employer (the ever-wonderful Sheila Hancock).

All of which may sound a tad hyperbolic, but if I'd just said "Well, it's about this doctor facing a midlife crisis, he's worried that his wife may run off with someone else, his practice partner is psychotic and obsessed with his wife, his teenage sons can't stop either thinking about, or having, sex, and meanwhile he can't remember the last time he actually had any himself," I'd never really have got it out of my system, now would I?


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