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Introduction ............................................................................. Page 2

Foreword by Peter Souter .......................................................... Page 4

Meet the characters .................................................................. Page 6

Amanda Abbington is Babs ...................................................... Page 12

Dean Lennox Kelly is Dickie ..................................................... Page 14

Miranda Raison is Abbey .......................................................... Page 15

Ralf Little is Clint ..................................................................... Page 17

Lucy Davis is Lillie.................................................................... Page 19

Shaun Dooley is Eddie .............................................................. Page 21

Episode synopses .................................................................... Page 23

Left Bank Pictures and Screen Yorkshire ................................... Page 26

Cast list ................................................................................... Page 27

Production credits.................................................................... Page 28



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                           INTRODUCTION

Six-part romantic comedy drama, Married Single Other, tells the story
of three couples trying to work out what a couple is these days.
Starring Amanda Abbington, Lucy Davis, Shaun Dooley, Dean Lennox
Kelly, Ralf Little and Miranda Raison, Married Single Other, is produced
by Left Bank Pictures, a company founded by former ITV Drama
executive, Andy Harries.


Married
Babs (Amanda Abbington) has realised her relationship is in real
trouble. She can no longer live with her useless, but lovable, husband,
Dickie (Dean Lennox Kelly), who has a unique talent for spending his
days and her income on ‘great ideas’. Frustrated by his frivolous
approach to life, Babs is faced with one of the biggest decisions of her
life. Should she divorce Dickie after all they’ve been through together?


Single
Clint (Ralf Little), Dickie’s brother, has never dated the same girl twice.
Until he meets Abbey (Miranda Raison), a gorgeous model, who turns
his world upside down and makes him
question his one night stand approach to
relationships. For the first time in his life                           he
wants a proper girlfriend. And in order to persuade her he’s boyfriend

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material, Clint has to change his attitude to love and romance. Is he a
confirmed womaniser or will he settle down and be faithful to one
woman for the rest of his life?


Other
Childhood sweethearts, Lillie (Lucy Davis) and Eddie (Shaun Dooley),
have been together for 16 years and are blissfully happy. Eddie has
proposed on 16 different occasions, but each time he crashes and
burns.   Lillie still refuses to wed Eddie, claiming she loves him too
much to marry him. However, when she encounters an abusive
husband, whilst working at the women’s refuge, her opinion on life
dramatically changes.    She also never realised how much her young
son, and child prodigy, Joe (Jack Scanlon) wanted her to marry his Dad
until she finds his secret scrapbook. It’s a life changing moment for
Lillie as the impact of what she discovers sinks in.


Married Single Other also stars Leila Mimmack as Gina, Babs’ 15 year
old daughter from a previous relationship, Tom Kane as Harry, Lillie
and Eddie’s eldest son, Gina Yashere as Eddie’s co-worker Flo and
Oona Chaplin as feisty man-eater, Fabiana.




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ITV’s Director of Drama Commissioning, Laura Mackie, is delighted
with the project: “Married Single Other is a fantastic mix of laugh out
loud humour, high emotion and true romance brought to the screen
by a wonderful ensemble cast.”


Executive Producer, Andy Harries (The Damned United, Cold Feet, The
Queen, Prime Suspect), said: “Peter has created a script which offers a
romantic and sweet take on modern day life, against a sometimes
bitter and realistic background. I’m thrilled to be working with him and
we have an outstanding cast and crew on board.”


Married Single Other is a Left Bank Pictures production for ITV1 and is
executive produced by Andy Harries and Francis Hopkinson, alongside
writer Peter Souter and Hugo Heppell from Screen Yorkshire.


The 6 x 60 minute series has been filmed in Leeds and produced by
Radford Neville (Wuthering Heights) and directed by Declan Lowney
(Cold Feet, Father Ted, Little Britain) and Charles Martin (Skins).


Married Single Other has been commissioned by Laura Mackie,
Director of Drama ITV and Sally Haynes, Controller of Drama ITV and is
supported by Screen Yorkshire through its Production Fund.



                FOREWORD BY PETER SOUTER

In 2008 I did a very foolhardy thing.


I had a secure job writing adverts for Walkers, Birds Eye, Sainsbury’s
and so on. Whilst sitting in my office overlooking West London I took a
veeeery deep breath and decided that I would quit my job to write
things that lasted longer than 30 seconds.


My employers, Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, were terribly nice about it.
“Good luck” they said, “Hope it all goes well with the writing thing.”

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November 2008. I sat at my computer with the smell of smouldering
bridges wafting over from directly behind me and started to write a
gentle romantic comedy series called Married Single Other which will
be popping up on ITV1 soon.


Whilst conceiving Married Single Other I’ve had the most fantastic time
of my life. I never really believed in luck until very large and repetitive
dollops of it kept hitting me on the back of the head. First dollop: I
met two very clever men called Andy Harries and Francis Hopkinson.
As well as being clever, Andy produces Oscar winning films like The
Queen and Francis makes Bafta winning series like Wallander. Second
dollop: Using skills honed over two decades I tricked them into taking
me to see Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes, the petite and always
exquisitely dressed women who commission drama for ITV and this
was dollop number three. I used the time to tell them all about what I
like to watch on telly.


Basically I love Richard Curtis. I know it’s not fashionable or even
particularly cool at the moment. But to me Four Weddings and Notting
Hill are Citizen Kane and The Godfather. Mock me if you like but
millions of other people seem to feel the same if box office receipts
and DVD sales are anything to go by.


Gentle romantic comedy doesn’t seem to get much of a look in on
prime time TV. I suggested to Laura that people might want to see the
occasional warm show about love and family in addition to all the
blood-soaked cop and doctor dramas. She listened patiently for an
hour then said, “Okay, go and write a script.”


I went away, made lots of mistakes and in the end, with a lot of help
from Andy, Francis, Laura, Sally and my brilliant script editor Lucy
Dyke (watch out for that girl, one day I predict she will be the CEO of
BBC, ITV and Sky all at the same time)… I wrote six episodes of
Married Single Other.

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It’s not for me to say, obviously, but in my opinion the series has
turned out brilliantly!




Not brilliantly because of my feeble scribbles but because of our
amazing cast and crew. Ralf Little is a talented comedic actor and
looks devilishly handsome on screen, Amanda Abbington is basically
acting Mariah Carey (able to act in all eight octaves, extracting tears
and laughter from the viewer at will and recreating every emotion in
between just for fun). Shaun Dooley and Dean Lennox Kelly make any
Hollywood actor look hammy. Lucy Davis makes you want to marry the
TV screen and take it home to meet your Mum. And Miranda Raison
makes any catwalk model look like a hairy-arsed builder. Look closely
and you’ll also spot the most wonderful cameos from the peerless
Gina Yashere, a Goddess in our house for her appearances on Mock of
the Week.

To add to all that talent we’ve also got three amazing kids; Jack, Tom
and Leila who are all huge stars in the making!

The episodes have been radiantly realised by our two directors, Declan
Lowney (Father Ted & Cold Feet) and Charles Martin (Skins) and
brilliantly produced by Radford Neville. I know I’m not entirely
impartial but they’ve made the series warm, funny, moving, modern,
sexy, silly and occasionally even profound!

I hope you’ll like what you see.


Peter Souter.


PS. Watch episode two with your partner at home tonight while
drinking a glass of wine and perhaps hugging a cushion. The DVD is in
your press pack, the wine is sadly still in the off licence.


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                      MEET THE CHARACTERS




                             Babs

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Babs’ life is anything but simple. Her marriage is on the rocks and her
teenage daughter, is well, a teenager.


Babs is Lillie’s best friend. Without Lillie she would be lost. They met
when Lillie looked after her on her first day at school while the other
girls were still deciding whether her nickname should be Baps or
Boobera.


Babs and Lillie were teenage mums together. Lillie because she knew
instantly that Eddie was her man and wanted to be a young mother,
Babs because she was drunk, horny and didn’t like the feel of latex.


Babs fell in love with and married Richard Trench, Dickie to his
numerous friends.     Never have two people been more sexually
compatible. And Babs loves sex. Unfortunately she’s having doubts
about Dickie. His epic laziness and addiction to the internet has left
the couple hopelessly in debt. Babs has clawed her way towards an
Open University Psychology qualification and a new life as a
counsellor. She loves him, but now she has a parachute she may just
use it.


She may be a child psychologist but Babs struggles as a mum are
huge. Her teenage daughter, Gina, is her kryptonite. At all other times
she is clever, sardonic and rather sophisticated, but confronted with
her offspring she is petulant and utterly unreasonable…just like Gina.




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                                  Dickie

If Dickie designed himself a website it would have to be called
www.slowmotiondisaster.com


Dickie is married to Babs and loves her completely, but his innate
laziness and impulsive ideas do less than impress. As a result his
marriage is crumbling around him. Sex is the one thing he is really
good at, and the one thing that keeps Babs coming back for more.


Dickie is not really a dad to Gina, more a laid back older brother with a
carefree attitude to parenting.


Essentially, Dickie is a big, muscular lay-about. His easy charm is
mostly employed to give him an easy life.


Dickie infuriates Babs because he has spent every penny he has ever
earned on…stuff. Stuff with no use to anyone. Loveable Dickie has
bankrupted the whole family in an entirely unlovable way.


His great (though sedentary) passion in life is the interwebulator. But
he’s the world’s least successful web designer. He has a stunning
talent for clicking and dragging, married to an unerring ability to seek
out what is least commercial and dedicate himself to it.


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Dickie creates the sites that interest him with no thought given to
those that might interest other people. And yet…there’s always the
chance that one of his ideas will turn out to be an accidental home
run…




                                 Clint

When Eddie tries to convince Clint that marriage is sexy Clint replies:
“What’s the point in being sexy if you’re not allowed to shag anyone?”


Clint is sharp, good looking, driven and utterly unencumbered by
conscience. He has a good job in advertising but plans to get an even
better one.


Clint is stereotypically materialistic and a bit of a show-off. He is
determined to have more of anything than anyone else - more
success, more money and more sex. But he is very well equipped to
get more; he’s richer than any of his friends (though that’s not saying
much). And he’s recently met Abbey, a small time model.


Clint’s usual behaviour pattern is to pick up girls, sleep with them and
never call them again. But Abbey is smarter than that. She refuses to

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sleep with Clint for a month, and makes him run around after her like
a puppy dog.


For the first time in his life, Clint realises he’s in love and that he may
have to change his ways for good.          However, when he meets a
gorgeous Brazilian stripper, Fabiana, his willpower and self-control is
well and truly put to the test…




                                  Abbey

Abbey is gorgeous and a small time catalogue model with a crippling
desire to please. She’s smartish, funnyish and unrelentingly kind and
thoughtful.




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Modelling work starts to dry up in your late twenties, and while Abbey
has still got it, she’s no fool and at 29 knows it’ll be time to move on
very soon. Just at the moment she’s looking for something new to
interest her, Clint walks into her life.


Clint is the last person in the world Abbey would normally go for.
Being a model she meets guys like him all the time. Guys who are
looking for a quick shag and then disappear before the sun rises.


Abbey rejoices in sending Clint away with his tail between his legs.
But, when Clint continues to pursue her, Abbey decides to set him a
challenge; she wants to meet his friends so she can find out from them
what he’s really like…


Abbey makes Clint work hard for her love, and in doing so they both
learn a lot about themselves and each other.


Will Clint turn out to be her one true love?




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                                  Lillie

You’ve gotta love Lillie. Although she’s not much bigger than a pint of
milk, Lillie is brave, funny, and utterly without vanity. She’s a totally
unromantic and uncompromising partner to Eddie, but she loves him
with a passion that would frighten a pride of lionesses.      Just don’t
expect her to say “I love you” out loud.


Lillie is a brilliant if somewhat combative mum. She’s 35, had her
children early, and went back to work immediately. Both she and Eddie
are shift workers, and it’s been hard but they managed with a little
child minding help from her mum. Being second generation Irish, she
is allergic to injustice and to say that Lillie has a short fuse is to
mistake her for someone who has any kind of fuse at all.


Lillie spent her twenties in dead-end jobs that let her pursue her
passion for getting arrested: “Nobody believes in anything any more
and even I don’t have time since the kids, but when I was young I
believed that things could be changed. I believed that you shouldn’t
stand by while bad things happened. I stood where you shouldn’t
stand. Chained myself to stuff you are not allowed to chain yourself
too. I made noise about all the usual suspects: Smoking Dogs, unfair
taxes, carelessly placed bombs. All the clichés…”


Lillie is, incidentally, the person who put the grass Mohican on
Churchill’s head during the Trafalgar Square Poll tax riot.


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A few years ago she stumbled into a job at a shelter for abused
women. At the shelter she fell in love for only the second time in her
life; the shelter is everything to her, a seemingly endless opportunity
to try and fix broken things.


Home life for Lillie and Eddie is a bit of a struggle. Although money is
tight and they have two eccentric and sometimes difficult kids, they
have a love so powerful nothing can touch them. Well, almost nothing.




                                Eddie

When you first meet Eddie what you see isn’t what you get. On paper,
Eddie is ordinary. He’s an ordinary height, ordinary build, and has an
ordinary face.


You might be surprised to find out that he’s going out with the
passionate, fiery Lillie. However, when you get to know him better
you’ll realise that it’s Lillie who is lucky because Eddie is, in fact,
extraordinary.




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Eddie is silly, warm, thoughtful and wise in a left-school-at-sixteen-
but-sees-the-world-with-utter-clarity kind of way. Eddie is as loyal
and fluffy as a Golden Retriever.


Eddie joined the Ambulance service because he wanted to be a union
activist. But, when the whole idea of unions evaporated in the greedy
nineties, he stayed on to fix people instead.


He pulls off a neat trick by being totally under Lillie’s thumb while
maintaining pride and quiet masculinity.        He does what Lillie wants
because he loves her absolutely and because he really does think she’s
always right.


If you’re a father you’ll find Eddie pretty hard to be around. He’s the
only man in the universe who would genuinely rather play with his
boys than read the paper or watch football.        As a result he finds it
slightly harder to keep male friends than female ones. His only real
male friends are Dickie and Clint. He hangs around with Dickie
because Dickie’s wife, Babs, is Lillie’s old school friend and Clint is an
extra bonus because he’s Dickie’s brother.


Eddie’s life is unglamorous, “My job is to let drunk people be sick on
my shoes”, but it is also pretty perfect. And that’s when the Gods pick
on you, right?




                  Amanda Abbington is Babs

Amanda was lucky enough to have had existing relationships with the
majority of the cast prior to filming, “I’ve known Dean for years; we
first met when we did a commercial together. I knew Lucy through my
partner Martin Freeman, I’d worked with Shaun before and I’ve worked

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with Miranda three times. It helped knowing Lucy as our characters are
best friends. The only person I didn’t know on this project was Ralf.”


Discussing the nature of her on-screen relationship with Dickie (Dean
Lennox Kelly), Amanda says: “Babs and Dickie are the ‘married’ couple.
When we meet Babs she’s at the end of her tether with Dickie and
she’s finding it very difficult to keep the marriage alive. Dickie loves
her, she’s his soul mate and she does love him, but their marriage
isn’t working. She can’t keep bailing him out, as there are bills
mounting up because he’s got a bit of a gambling problem and she
has her 16 year old daughter to think about. There’s a scene in
episode two when Babs and Dickie are at a dinner party in Clint’s
house and Dickie is gambling on his mobile phone. That’s the final
straw for her!


“Babs is a child psychologist, but she can’t get her career off the
ground because she’s put everything into Dickie’s work even though
he’s never helped her. That is another bone of contention; he’s waiting
for his big chance and keeps trying to set up websites but they all
keep failing and he’s terrible with money.


“They have such an up and down relationship, but the one thing that’s
brilliant between them is the sex.”


On the subject of Dickie and Babs’ animated sex life and how it was to
be captured on screen Amanda says: “I had a nudity clause in my
contract because no-one wants to see my naked body believe me, I’ve
had two children! It’s all shot from the waist up but still works to
convey the scene very well, as you can see it all but you don’t need to
see any bits!


“One of my first days filming was a sex scene up against a wall. Luckily
I knew Dean so it wasn’t as embarrassing as I thought it would be.”




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In the series, Babs has known best friend Lillie since school and ignites
a strong friendship with Clint’s on-off girlfriend, Abbey.


“Lillie is Babs’ rock. Lillie tells her she’s an idiot for staying with Dickie
and Abbey becomes a very good friend quite quickly after they first
meet. All the women are very independent and strong. Babs has been
brilliant to play.”




Although a mother herself to two young children, Amanda was
terrified to play a mum with a teenage daughter.


Amanda jokes: “Part of me thinks, surely I don’t look old enough to be
playing the mum of a 16 year old!! It’s nice though because I’m the
only woman in the cast who has children. I’ve adopted the mother hen
role!


“Babs has a bit of a love-hate relationship with her daughter, Gina. She
had Gina when she was very young. Gina doesn’t know who her real
father is because he left when Babs was six months pregnant. Dickie
stepped in and he’s been a fantastic father.”


Amanda has high hopes for Married Single Other. She says: “It’s
refreshing because I haven’t seen anything like this on television for a
while so I’m hoping people will like it. Peter writes really well in terms
of friendships and relationships. The series is beautiful; there are so
many peaks and troughs. One minute we’re laughing and the next
we’re in tears. I think watching relationships and human nature is very
interesting.”


                      Dean Lennox Kelly is Dickie

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Dean Lennox Kelly is instantly recognisable for his breakthrough role
as Kev Ball in Channel 4’s Shameless. Now Dean is embarking on a
new challenge, playing the loveable yet clueless Dickie in Married
Single Other.


“People still think I’m in Shameless! It was so brilliant to do and I had a
good working relationship with Maxine Peake.”


In Married Single Other, Amanda Abbington plays Dean’s on-screen
wife, Babs.


“Working with Amanda is a bit like working with Maxine. Our on-
screen relationship works, it looks right, it feels right, and we have a
similar approach to acting.


“On our first day we filmed a sex scene. It was a bit weird, but there’s
no naked bodies wriggling about, and it was quite harmless.


“It’s funny as actors on the whole are pretty gregarious. You have to be
pretty open. I find myself saying on most jobs it’s a great job, and a
fun cast. For it to be awkward is very rare.


“Also, I’ve known Amanda for years. We did an advert together playing
assistants in a shop and we got on great. Over the years we’ve
bumped into each other.”


Amanda wasn't the only cast member who Dean already knew: “I’ve
known Shaun       Dooley for years and I play football with Ralf
sometimes.”


In the series sparks are flying early for Dickie and Babs…


“He’s a nice fella but he’s like a big kid. He doesn’t mean to be bad or
lazy or dysfunctional, but he just doesn’t worry about problems. To
him, every day is a new day. Babs makes it very clear how unhappy she

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is, but they’ve been there before and the sex is great. That’s what
he’s good at and what it is that keeps her with him, but perhaps now
she’s had enough. It’s their last chance.


“Dickie is a loveable soul, but he just seems to get things wrong. He’s
quite romantic, but frustrates Babs by spending a lot of time on his
computer on an online poker game. He’s obsessed with making money
so he can set up the next big internet site.”


Unlike Dickie, Dean is not an avid fan of gambling.


“I’ve never gone that way, apart from maybe the Grand National and
the football pools years ago!”




                    Miranda Raison is Abbey

After being dramatically killed off in the last series of Spooks, Miranda
Raison declares she wanted to do something lighter when she took on
her role as Abbey in Married Single Other.


“There are elements of drama in Married Single Other but I wanted to
do something more upbeat with comedy involved. In Spooks I wore
the same jeans, jacket and boots every day and was usually made up
and covered in snot and blood. It’s quite nice doing Married Single
Other because there’s no snot and definitely no blood!


“If there are any similarities between the characters, it’s that they’re
both quite vulnerable amidst tougher people. Apart from that, they’re
completely different.”


In the first episode Abbey wakes up to find herself in Clint’s apartment
with little memory of how she got there. On first impressions she’s
not overly enamoured by Clint’s behaviour, because she’s met his type


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before, but as his genuine charm starts to shine through, she thinks
again and gives him a second chance.


Miranda says: “It’s quite romantic because I don’t think Clint has ever
chased after a girl before. He’s disarmed by her and by the fact that
she says no. He actually has to make an effort with her which I don’t
think he’s ever had to do with a woman. He’s never fallen for anybody
or treated anybody very well, so he’s a complete fish out of water,
which is lovely actually.


“Ralf plays Clint so well, the way he’s this cocky guy but he’s
completely flummoxed by the whole situation, and suddenly all his
smoothness is knocked out of him.”


Knowing that she could have been a one night stand means there are
trust issues between the two of them.


“There are trust issues between Abbey and Clint, but they naturally get
on. Clint had a tough upbringing and she’s had a few knocks. If both
of them had never had to put barriers up they’d be perfect, but there’s
a lot that they now have to strip away. Their relationship is quite ‘two
steps forward, three steps back’, but it’s very natural with them and
their chemistry is the main thing.     Abbey is a really lovely girl, but
she’s not got a stereotypical heart of gold; she’s had quite a tough
time with the wrong guys. She’s hoping that Clint is Mr Right, even
though he’s showing signs of being very wrong.


“Abbey has lots of barriers and she’s very frightened of being hurt, but
I think in a way what she really wants is love.”




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When it comes to the sexual side of their relationship Abbey bides her
time before committing to Clint…


“She’s very keen to make him work for it. She’s not someone who is
too willing to put out. I don’t think she thinks she is a tease but she’s
very happy to have a snog and walk away.”


Although Miranda’s character is a model she admits she’s never tried
her hand at strutting her stuff on a cat-walk.


“I’ve done lots of photo shoots but I’ve never done professional
modelling like Abbey. She’s actually quite a small time model. In her
early twenties she did a lot of catalogue campaigns, and now she’s 29
and the work is drying out. She still does lots of weddings and that’s
the kind of work she lives on.


“It’s been great fun as I’ve had a varied wardrobe whilst on set. I had
to wear lots of meringues, but some of the costumes were quite
special and I had to dress as a biker chick to model at a bike show.”


Miranda continues: “It’s actually quite liberating playing someone like
Abbey. She has plenty of insecurities in life, but she’s not insecure
about her looks at all, nor is she particularly vain. She’s just like ‘that’s
how it is’.




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                         Ralf Little is Clint

Ralf Little shot to fame in 1998 after landing the role of Anthony Royle
in the BBC1 comedy drama The Royle Family. Since then he’s become
a household name known for playing Jonny Keogh in the first six
series of sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and as
Danny in Massive.


Reflecting back at his career Ralf says: “I was 18 when The Royle
Family was broadcast, but it wasn’t until six months after the second
series went out that I started to get recognised. Then Two Pints came
along and consolidated that. For a few years it was, ‘Hey, Anthony,’
and then it was, ‘Hey, Tony,’ and now it’s, ‘Hey, Ralf,’ and that’s cool.”


Ralf is an avid supporter of Manchester United and a keen footballer.
He is thrilled that acting has given him the chance to play at the UK’s
best known stadium, Wembley.


“Not to sound boring, but being an actor means you get offered the
opportunity to do those things like play football at Wembley. My first
ever charity match was at Wembley in 2000 in front of 60,000 people.
Amazing!”


Ralf admits he's glad to be able to act older in Married Single Other.


“I took the part of Clint because it's a chance for me to play someone a
bit grown up. I'm nearly 30! I was a kid in The Royle Family and a
young lad when we started Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.
This feels like the next step.”


“Clint has no ties, no family, other than Dickie of course, and quite a
well-paid job in advertising. He spends all his money on himself and
buys flash clothes and cars. He has good friends, but other than that
his life revolves around looking after himself, trying to look good,
chatting up girls, taking them home and never calling them again.

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“I’m also pushing 30 and can manage a chat-up line, so there are
some similarities, but he dresses very differently from me, with all his
Prada suits. I’m less bothered with the way I dress. I don’t spend ages
doing my hair and putting on the fake tan.”


Known as a serial womaniser, Clint’s outlook on life is about to
undergo a massive change when he meets and falls for Abbey.


Ralf explains, “Clint meets Abbey at his usual hunting ground, a bar
called Honeyz.     They end up going home together but nothing
happens because Abbey’s feeling ill and ends up sleeping on the sofa.
In the morning Clint says, ‘I’ve got to leave for a meeting soon, if you
fancy hopping into bed quickly.’ That had worked for him in the past,
but he’s amazed to find that Abbey has come home with him because
she likes him, and not for the sex.


“Abbey doesn’t fall for any of Clint’s bravado and this suddenly makes
him realise that he’s pushing 30 and life can’t continue like this. It
completely throws him and he can’t get her out of his head. This girl
has woken him up. Needless to say ‘old habits die hard!’


“Clint’s about to turn 30 and he’s just met a girl who’s really turned
his head and made him rethink things. It’s not that drastic for me, but
I will be turning 30 soon and the fact is I’m grown up. I have to admit
it and start acting accordingly, and what’s particularly great for me is
that this role is a role for a grown-up.”


Speaking on the dynamic with Dickie, Clint’s brother, Ralf says: “It’s
quite a typical brotherly relationship, insofar as we rarely say anything
nice to each other, but underneath the tone is one of complete
brotherly love, which is very well written. Dickie and Clint do talk to
each other in a semi-aggressive, vaguely harsh way but they’d do
anything for each other.”



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The fact that Ralf and Dean knew each other helped solidify this
dynamic.


“I’ve known Dean for years and we’ve played football together. Before
filming I’d also known Lucy for years. In fact, I interviewed Lucy on my
TV chat show, The Ralf Little Show, in 2002.”




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                        Lucy Davis is Lillie

After starring alongside Ricky Gervais and Martin Freeman in the award
winning comedy drama The Office, Lucy Davis went on to appear in
the highly successful series’ Ugly Betty, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
and Californication. She has since made Los Angeles her home.


“When I first went to LA in 2003, just after The Office, I didn’t know
anyone and I didn’t know LA. I hired a flat and a car and the first
morning I woke up I was in tears.      ‘Why did I do this?’ I thought. I
didn’t know where to go, and despite the fact it’s English speaking
there are so many differences.”


Lucy continues: “I went to LA for the pilot season so I was hoping for
lots of auditions. You can get three or four a day, and I got one in two
months. I shortly came back to the UK and said, ‘I’m not going back
there unless I have to’. A year later, in 2004, I returned to LA because
The Office was nominated for Best Television Series: Musical or
Comedy at the Golden Globes and it then felt like a really exciting
place to be and many opportunities arose for me.”


Lucy wasn’t daunted by returning to work in the UK because she was
reunited with some old co-stars and friends on Married Single Other.


“I’ve known Amanda for a long time through Martin Freeman. I knew
Ralf, he’s very funny. It’s a really nice group. I was really happy when I
heard that we’d all be in the same apartment building in Leeds. It’s
nice to be able to say, ‘Hey, do you want a cup of tea?’ or do lines or
just hang out.”


In the series Lucy plays Lillie who is reluctant at first to marry her
long-term partner Eddie, played by Shaun Dooley.


Lucy explains: “Lillie doesn’t want to get married because she’s seen
so many horrendous examples through the shelter she works at for

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abused women. I think she thinks, ‘I love Eddie in the here and now
rather than what it says on a piece of paper or what we say to each
other in a church.’ For 16 years he’s been asking her to marry him on
her birthday and she’s like, ‘No, bugger off,’ and while each year he’s
disappointed, he knows what the answer’s going to be.”


In relation to her own experience of marriage Lucy says: “In the past I
understood why people got married and I supported it and thought it
was great.    However, when it came down to me and marriage, I
thought, ‘What’s the point? It’s just a bit of paper.’ It had nothing to
do with seeing bad examples of marriage or not having met the right
person, it was more that I just didn’t want to.”




But Lucy changed her mind.


“Suddenly it was just different. I don’t know why, but I suddenly saw
everything differently and I began to see marriage as something I
really wanted.”


Seeking advice from friends and family is something that everyone
does. Did it make a great deal of difference to Lucy having her father,
comedian and actor Jasper Carrot, in the business?


“I ask lots of people for advice. My dad has acted, but his main job is
as a stand up comic. I wanted to be an actor and they are different
strains of the same job. What is nice is that because my dad’s in the
business, I’ve got someone who understands that I’m going into a
potentially fragile career.”


Outside of her career Lucy is very dedicated to the dog charity Camp
Cocker, an LA based Cocker rescue group which specialises in

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rescuing dogs from shelters.


“The primary mission for Camp Cocker is to rescue dogs from high kill
shelters as there are more than twenty of them within a 125 mile
radius. The amount of dogs in shelters is overwhelming.


“The re-homing process at Camp Cocker is very selective as the aim is
not just to liberate the dogs as quickly as possible, but to adopt the
dogs to a home that is right for that specific dog. It’s important to
screen the adopters to be sure they are not re-homing a dog on
impulse.”


                      Shaun Dooley is Eddie

Shaun Dooley’s role as Eddie in Married Single Other is a stark contrast
to the characters he usually plays.     His role of Dick Alderman in
Channel 4’s Red Riding is one case in point.


Shaun explains: “Eddie is a character we’ve not seen on TV for a while.
He’s a really nice, decent bloke, and he loves his wife and kids and will
do anything for them and that’s all he’s concerned about.


“I’m always playing nasty and violent people. Eddie is the first nice
character I’ve played in years! My wife is over the moon as she says I
tend to bring elements of the characters home!


“I love this part because Eddie is a lovely, genuine guy. He’s really
good at his job as an ambulance driver and hands-on paramedic. He’s
also hands-on as a dad. He’s hyper-sensitive, and the most grown up
character in the whole series. Eddie’s almost an oracle and he tells the
absolute truth.


“The reason I wanted this job, apart from how brilliant the character
and scripts are, is because there’s a lot of drama. Sometimes in

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comedy drama one is sacrificed for the other, but that’s not the case in
this. There’s a lot of high drama which is why I thought it was
wonderful when I read the scripts.


“I really like to research my roles before filming begins but the
problem with Eddie is that he’s an ambulance guy and one of the
issues I’ve had is that you’re meant to wear gloves all the time,
constantly, and the weird thing is contact with another human being is
lost. The character we’ve gone for with Eddie is someone who goes
against stuff if he feels it’s better for the patient, like hand to hand
contact. He goes against the rules if it’s more important to him than
protocol.


“My personal highlight of episode one is the scene with Betty. She’s an
86 year old lady who he visits regularly. The scene between them is
beautiful and it sets him up as the kind of person he is.”


Eddie and Lillie represent the “other” in the story.


“Every year he asks Lillie to marry him on her birthday and it’s become
a thing now. It’s expected and accepted that it’s not going to happen.
He’s an old-fashioned guy and he wants her to share his name and
doesn’t like the fact that he and his two boys have different surnames
from Lillie.”




Surely that rejection must hurt Eddie?


“He’s used to it by now! I think it would shock him if Lillie said yes.”




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It seems as though Lillie is in total control of the relationship on many
levels, how does she do it?


“I guess in a brilliant way, our writer, Peter Souter, has flipped the coin
on the stereotypical male and female relationship. Eddie’s the one who
gives out all the emotion and she’s the one who says, ‘stop being so
soppy’. Therefore, that stereotype has been flipped on its head.


“The reason they’re so brilliant is that they are one person - they each
have the attributes that the other hasn’t got - so they’re very solid. It’s
a very happy family unit, except that his lady won’t marry him!”


Shaun sees himself as a traditionalist when it comes to marriage.


Shaun says, “I’m married and I really love it. My parents have been
married for years and I love the idea of it. It’s very old fashioned but
it’s nice to have the same name too, it makes you and your partner
into a unit. I have to admit there is a lot more of Shaun Dooley in this
role than there is in any of the other parts I’ve played.”




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                         EPISODE SYNOPSES

   The following synopses are published in the production notes for
forward planning purposes only. Please do not reproduce entirely and
           do not publish the end of the story. Many thanks.



                           Episode One - I Don't

Lillie and Eddie have been going out for 16 years. They live together and they
have two children, Harry and Joe. Their relationship is perfect, except that
Eddie wants to get married and Lillie doesn’t. Every year on Lillie’s birthday,
Eddie proposes, but every year she says no. Lillie argues that marriage
destroys love; she sees it happen everyday at the central women’s shelter
where she works.


It’s Lillie’s birthday and this year Eddie hopes she will change her mind and
accept his proposal, but when Lillie wakes to find post-it notes stuck on the
bedroom window spelling ‘will you marry me?’ she turns him down flat.


Being 16 years old, Harry couldn’t think of anything more embarrassing than
going to his parents wedding. However, 11 year old Joe is determined to see
his parents tie the knot. Joe wants Eddie to propose at Lillie’s birthday party
but when Lillie is attacked by Mr Connelly, an ex-husband breaking his
restraining order at the women’s shelter, Eddie realises she will never change
her mind and agree to marry him.


As Lillie’s birthday party approaches, Joe decides that if he wants to see his
parents marry, he’s got to help…


Lillie’s best friend, Babs has been married to Dickie for 10 years. Dickie has
ambitions of internet entrepreneurial success but these are constantly
thwarted by his love of online poker. Babs can’t cope with Dickie’s laidback
attitude to money and reaches breaking point.


Dickie tries to patch up their marriage by selling his beloved Harley Davidson
in exchange for a life-changing ‘surprise’ he hopes Babs will love.

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Meanwhile, Babs confides her troubles to Lillie. She decides it’s time for
Dickie to move out but is reluctant to throw him out on the streets. Just when
Babs is wondering where he is going to live, Dickie appears with his
‘surprise’ and solves the problem.


Dickie’s little brother Clint is a serial womaniser. He has just met gorgeous
model, Abbey. Expecting to charm her into bed and never call her again, he
is caught off guard when Abbey sees straight through him. Abbey leaves
Clint without giving him her phone number.


Clint is intrigued by this beautiful, smart and witty woman and is determined
to secure a date. Clint tracks Abbey down at work and she agrees to go to
Lillie’s birthday party with him – but only so she can vet him through his
friends. Clint prays his friends will give him a glowing report. Could this be
the woman who will change Clint’s playboy ways?




                       Episode Two - Dinner For Six

Everyone knows Babs and Dickie have great sex. Particularly Gina, Babs’ 16
year old daughter, who sleeps in a room one cardboard-wall away from
them. But great sex isn’t enough for Babs anymore, she needs financial
security and Dickie has stacked up £4000 in unpaid credit.


Dickie hopes his problems with Babs will blow over by winning his way back
into her heart and her bed, but for now he is forced to sleep in his newly
purchased motorised-skip-slash-classic Winnebago.


Clint hasn’t heard from Abbey since they kissed one week ago and it’s
driving him crazy. He decides to ask the others for advice on how “nice guys”
would take the fledgling relationship to the next level. Lillie suggests a
dinner party but Clint is unconvinced.


When Abbey finally calls, Clint finds himself agreeing to cook dinner for her
and his friends at his house that evening. Can Clint really learn to cook,


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change his image and lifelong habits, and convince Babs’ and Dickie to
attend together before the day is out?


Meanwhile, Lillie is shocked to discover she is suspended from work as her
attacker, Mr Connelly, is suing the shelter. Eddie, as always, looks on the
bright side and suggests she spends her time off planning for their wedding
and sends Joe on an errand to buy a bookcase full of wedding magazines.
Faced with planning the wedding or busying herself with something else,
Lillie chooses the latter. Once there are no more chores for her to do at home
she offers to help Clint get ready for his dinner party.


Joe is upset that Lillie doesn’t seem to want to work on the wedding
arrangements and tells Eddie of his concern. Sparked by Dickie and Babs’
break up, Eddie becomes paranoid that Lillie has changed her mind about
getting married.


With the evidence of Clint’s past skilfully removed by Lillie, and the food
ordered at a local curry house, Clint is finally ready for his dinner party. Lillie
and Eddie arrive first, followed closely by Dickie and Babs. Following a quick
briefing from Clint on what to say and how to behave (or not to behave) the
doorbell rings and a nervous Clint answers the door to Abbey.


The dinner party begins without a hitch and Abbey is impressed by the effort
Clint has put into the evening. But just as everything seems to be going so
well, events take a turn for the worse…




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                      Episode Three - Burning Rubber

Lillie has been suspended from work since Mr Connelly claimed she attacked
him outside the Women’s Shelter. It’s now the day of her tribunal and things
aren’t looking good. It appears the Women’s Shelter will have to fire her to
avoid an expensive legal battle.


To make matters worse, Connelly arrives at the tribunal and taunts Lillie
about losing her job. It’s clear Connelly is faking his injuries but Lillie needs
a way to prove it.


Babs tries to give Lillie some moral support. At the tribunal she acts as a
character witness but her ‘expert assessment’ on Lillie doesn’t go down well.
But just when Lillie thinks her career is over, Babs finds the evidence Lillie
needs to clear her name.


Lillie and Eddie’s genius son, Joe suffers from some mild bullying at school,
in the form of being cling-filmed to various static objects. Joe doesn’t mind
too much because he believes it allows him time to think. When he’s cling-
filmed to a lamp post in the school grounds yet again Gina decides she is
going to teach him how to be ‘ordinary’. Gina enlists the help of Joe’s older
brother, Harry and together they find a way to stop Joe being bullied.


Clint has been going out with Abbey for 29 days but she still won’t sleep with
him. Clint is desperate to have sex and can’t understand why Abbey won’t
put out. He comes to the conclusion that Abbey must be working a points
system that allows him to qualify as her boyfriend if he does enough good
deeds.


It’s Dickie and Bab’s wedding anniversary, and Dickie is not taking it well. He
is still living in the Winnebago and Babs won’t allow him back home or accept
his anniversary gift. Dickie becomes increasingly depressed as he realises
that this time his break up with Babs might be for real.


Still looking to score extra points with Abbey, Clint decides to take Dickie out
to a club to help take his mind off Babs. Dickie is not in the mood to be
cheered up and mopes at the bar all evening before going home early. A



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sexually frustrated Clint finds it hard to keep his self-control, and when he
meets a beautiful Brazillian cage dancer he is more than tempted.


Abbey invites the girls over for cocktails and admits she plans to sleep with
Clint at midnight, exactly 30 days after they first got together. Will Clint
realise in time?


Meanwhile, Eddie is working double shifts to make up for LiIlie’s suspension
from the Women’s Shelter. He and Flo have a frustrating day tending to a
series of trivial patients that hardly qualify for an ambulance. Finally, at the
end of the day, they pick up a young female patient who really is sick. And in
doing so, Eddie discovers something that will potentially change all of their
lives, forever.



The above synopses are published in the production notes for forward
 planning purposes only. Please do not reproduce entirely and do not
                   publish the end of the story. Many thanks.




   LEFT BANK PICTURES & SCREEN YORKSHIRE REUNITE FOR
                        'MARRIED, SINGLE, OTHER'

Viewers familiar to Leeds will recognise plenty of the locations
featured in ITV’s new romantic comedy Married, Single, Other. The
series marks the renewal of a partnership between Left Bank Pictures
and Screen Yorkshire following their collaboration on feature film The
Damned United. Screen Yorkshire invested             £250, 000 in the drama
through its Production Fund and provided locations and crewing
support.


The production team, largely recruited in the region, filmed on
location at numerous landmarks around the city, including The
Victoria Quarter, Clarence Dock, Kirkstall Abbey, Millennium Square,
Hanover Square and Roundhay Park. Interiors were shot at Studio 81

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on Kirkstall Road where Left Bank Pictures based their production
offices.


Executive Producer Andy Harries (The Damned United, Cold Feet, The
Queen, Prime Suspect), said: “Leeds is a brilliant place to film with
great local crew who are committed to really high, professional
standards and quality work. The city is also a vibrant and enjoyable
place to film in with great contrasts and local colour. We loved filming
Married, Single, Other’ there and we are all looking forward to
returning for the second series.”


Hugo Heppell, Head of Production at Screen Yorkshire says: “We’re
delighted to have been able to work with Andy and Left Bank Pictures
again. Married Single Other is an exceptional series, portraying
contemporary Leeds as brilliantly as The Damned United did in the
70’s. To have a vibrant, powerful drama such as this rooted in
Yorkshire is just as important as the massive economic benefits in
terms of jobs and inward investment that such series brings to the
region.”


Screen Yorkshire is the Regional Screen Agency responsible for
inspiring, promoting and supporting a successful and sustainable film,
television, games and interactive media sector for the region. We offer
a variety of funding and support initiatives to screen media companies
based in the region, supported by our two key partners, Yorkshire
Forward and the UK Film Council. Screen Yorkshire’s Production Fund
invests in film and television production in the region. Credits
include; The Damned United, Red Riding, Unforgiven, Wuthering
Heights, Lost in Austen, Brideshead Revisited, Bunny and The Bull and
the BAFTA award winning This Is England.


Screen Yorkshire media enquiries and image requests
Rachel McWatt, Marketing and Communications Officer
t. +44 (0) 113 236 8224



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e. rachel@screenyorkshire.co.uk
w. www.screenyorkshire.co.uk




                                        CAST

Babs ....................................................... Amanda Abbington

Lillie ..................................................................... Lucy Davis

Eddie ............................................................... Shaun Dooley

Dickie ....................................................... Dean Lennox Kelly

Clint ....................................................................... Ralf Little

Abbey ............................................................Miranda Raison

Joe..................................................................... Jack Scanlon

Harry ..................................................................... Tom Kane

Gina .............................................................. Leila Mimmack

Flo .................................................................... Gina Yashere

Fabiana............................................................ Oona Chaplin

Mr Connolley ............................................................ Neil Bell




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                        PRODUCTION CREDITS




Executive Producers .......................................... Andy Harries

................................................................ Francis Hopkinson

...................................................................... Hugo Heppell

Writer & Executive Producer ...............................Peter Souter

Producer ....................................................... Radford Neville

Directors ....................................................... Declan Lowney

...................................................................... Charles Martin

Line Producer .................................................. Hilary Benson

DoP’s................................................................... Ray Coates

.......................................................................... Steve Lawes

Casting Director ............................................... Rachel Freck

Composer........................................................... Ruth Barrett

Editors ............................................................ Lucien Clayton

...................................................................... James Hughes

Sound Mixer ..................................................... John Pearson

First AD’s ............................................................. Dan Winch

........................................................................ Simon Noone


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Location Manager ...............................................Luc Webster

Script Editor...........................................................Lucy Dyke

Production Designer ................................... Grenville Horner

Art Director ................................................... Fleur Whitlock

Costume Designer ........................................... Sue Thomson

Hair & Make up Designer .......................... Nic Norton Collins




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