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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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Release Date:

29 June 2003 (UK) See more »

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Fortysomething See more »

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Surinder: [discussing a new drug Dr. Pilfrey has been testing on his patients] Dr. den Harg rang me too. Apparantly in Germany, they tried it on hamsters. They died within minutes.
Dr. Ronnie Pilfrey: [raises his right hand] As God as my witness, I'll never give it to a single hamster.
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One of the best comedies I've seen
29 April 2015 | by p_chamney-534-910364See all my reviews

I first watched Fortysomething 3 years ago, and I soon purchased it, which is rare for me. I'm not a particular fan of comedies, but this one's really smart and huge fun, and it's got heart. The characters are hilarious and engaging, and whoever cast this did an amazing job. I hadn't seen some of the actors before, but they're all just what's needed. Peter Capaldi's Ronnie Pilfrey is a particular joy. Other standouts are Hugh Laurie, Anna Chancellor, and Sheila Hancock. A young Benedict Cumberbatch is fun, although under-utilized in his role. If you enjoy re-watching favorite series, this is definitely one to check out. Like some other classics, it holds up well to that. It's also got lots of heart. I'm not sure why this only ran for a season; it may have been because Hugh Laurie was cast in House. Or perhaps it was scheduled/promoted wrong. But thank goodness Fortysomething exists. Sex is a recurring theme, so you may not want to watch it with small children, only so you don't have to explain it to them. It's deftly-handled, though. If you weren't offended by the subject in Friends, it won't bother you here.

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