Lovesick (TV series)

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Lovesick
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Genre Sitcom
Created byTom Edge [1] [2]
Written byTom Edge [3] [4] [5]
Ed Macdonald
Andy Baker
Mike Grimmer
Directed by Elliot Hegarty
Gordon Anderson
Aneil Karia
Starring Johnny Flynn
Antonia Thomas
Daniel Ings
Hannah Britland
Joshua McGuire
Opening theme"Lovesick Theme"
Composer Si Begg
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series3
No. of episodes22 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersMurray Ferguson
Andy Baker
Ed Macdonald
Tom Edge
ProducerCharlie Leech
Production locations Glasgow, Scotland
Running time21–27 minutes
Production company Clerkenwell Films
Release
Original network Channel 4 (season 1)
Netflix (season 2–season 3) [6]
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original release2 October 2014 (2014-10-02) 
1 January 2018 (2018-01-01)

Lovesick (formerly known as Scrotal Recall) [7] is a British sitcom created by Tom Edge which was first broadcast on Channel 4 in October 2014 and stars Johnny Flynn, Antonia Thomas, Daniel Ings, Hannah Britland and Joshua McGuire. [8] After the show was originally aired on Channel 4, it was made available by Netflix, who then commissioned a second season globally on 17 November 2016, where it was billed as a Netflix Original. [9] The show was renewed for a third season, which was released exclusively on Netflix on 1 January 2018. [10]

Contents

Plot

The show revolves around a group of university friends sharing a house in the West End of Glasgow and their romantic lives. After Dylan Witter (Flynn) is diagnosed with chlamydia, he attempts to contact all of his previous sexual partners to inform them of his diagnosis. [11] Dylan lives with best friends Luke Curran (Ings) and Evie Douglas (Thomas), the latter of whom previously harboured a secret crush on Dylan, but has since moved on, recently becoming engaged. The majority of each episode is told through flashback, showing Dylan's encounters with a number of women, as well as the changes his friends go through.

The third season, released in January 2018, focuses more on Dylan, Evie and Luke's relationships with each other, and Angus's (McGuire) own personal problems.

Cast

Main

Recurring

Dylan's list

Other appearances

Episodes

SeriesEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast releasedNetwork
1 62 October 2014 (2014-10-02)6 November 2014 (2014-11-06) Channel 4
2 817 November 2016 (2016-11-17) Netflix
3 81 January 2018 (2018-01-01)

Series 1 (2014)

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Abigail" Elliot Hegarty Tom Edge2 October 2014 (2014-10-02)
Dylan (Johnny Flynn) must contact all the girls he has ever had sex with to inform them that he has chlamydia. He casts his mind back three years ago to Abigail (Hannah Britland), the first girl on his alphabetical list of exes, whom he met at Angus's (Joshua McGuire) wedding. A flashback reveals a defining moment he had previously tried to forget. Dylan attended the wedding with Jane, who breaks up with him.
22"Anna"Elliot HegartyTom Edge9 October 2014 (2014-10-09)
In a flashback to 18 months ago, Luke (Daniel Ings) is enjoying the best sex of his life with psychology student Cleo (Riann Steele), but he is keen to avoid deep conversation in case she realises that he is actually quite shallow. When Dylan gets dragged along on their date he takes a shine to mature student Anna (Nikki Amuka-Bird). To Luke's dismay, Dylan invites the girls over for a proper dinner party where he hopes to impress.
33"Cressida"Elliot HegartyTom Edge16 October 2014 (2014-10-16)
In a flashback to 10 months earlier, Luke drags Dylan and Evie (Antonia Thomas) to a posh party in the country. Luke is desperate to have sex with childhood crush Ilona McLeod (Cara Theobold), who holds a prominent position on his 'things to do before I die' list. Meanwhile, a bored Dylan and Evie amuse themselves by attempting some of the unchecked items on Luke's bucket list, with disastrous and unexpected results, including a liaison between Dylan and Evie.
44"Jane" Gordon Anderson Tom Edge23 October 2014 (2014-10-23)
In a flashback to three years and one month ago, it is Evie's birthday and she plans to tell Dylan about her feelings for him over a quiet meal, but before she has a chance, all their friends jump out to surprise her, including Dylan's new girlfriend Jane (Jessica Ellerby) and Jonno (Stephen Wight), a horribly incompatible date that Luke has brought along for Evie.
55"Bethany"Gordon AndersonTom Edge30 October 2014 (2014-10-30)
In a flashback to four years ago, Dylan has been seeing Bethany (Rosalie Craig) for several months, but when she invites her protective big brother over to dinner a terrifying thought occurs to him that he has fallen into a serious relationship with her. Meanwhile, Luke drags Evie away from a photo assignment to a work bowling night in order to find out why his new boss Diana (Clare Wille) has turned all the women in the office against him.
66"Phoebe"Gordon AndersonTom Edge6 November 2014 (2014-11-06)
Dylan sets about tracking down Phoebe (Susannah Fielding) who has not returned any of his messages. This prompts a flashback to five years ago when the gang are at a pub quiz, when Evie was dating Angus, but is planning to break up with him. Dylan is dating Phoebe, but they break up. In the present, things take an unexpected turn for everyone.

Series 2 (2016)

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
71"Frankie" Elliot Hegarty Tom Edge17 November 2016 (2016-11-17)
After confessing his feelings to Evie, Dylan has a flashback to a disastrous weekend camping with Frankie (Antonia Clarke) six months ago.
82"Agata"Elliot HegartyTom Edge17 November 2016 (2016-11-17)
In the present, Dylan begins seeing Abigail. In a flashback to six and a half years ago, Dylan first meets Evie at a house party with his German girlfriend Agata (Katrine De Candole) who does not speak a word of English. Meanwhile, Luke's girlfriend Jo (Laura Aikman) breaks up with him shortly before he is about to propose to her.
93"Amy"Elliot HegartyTom Edge17 November 2016 (2016-11-17)
In a flashback to six years ago, Dylan sleeps with Amy (Jade Ogugua) before subsequently finding out that she is Evie's sister. In the present, Angus' friends encourage him to start dating, while Luke struggles with his feelings after learning of Phoebe's death.
104"Liv"Elliott HegartyTom Edge17 November 2016 (2016-11-17)
In a flashback to three and a half years, Angus and Helen are at each other's throats while checking out the potential hotel for the wedding with Dylan, Evie, and Luke. Meanwhile, Dylan struggles to communicate with his girlfriend Liv. In the present, Luke starts to discuss his problems with Cleo, who is now a therapist.
115"Isabel" Gordon Anderson Tom Edge17 November 2016 (2016-11-17)
In a flashback to two and a half years ago, Evie, Dylan and Luke attend a drunken awards ceremony, with Luke determined to beat Jonno to an award in order to impress his boss Alexander (David Westhead) and to keep his friends jobs. Meanwhile, Evie drunkenly kisses Dylan, who engages with workaholic Isabel (Jenny Bede).
126"Emma"Gordon AndersonTom Edge17 November 2016 (2016-11-17)
In a flashback to fifteen months ago, Dylan finds himself conflicted between his girlfriend Emma (Cassie Layton), and his co-worker Cara (Sara Vickers) on Valentine's Day. Meanwhile, Luke struggles with his feelings when he meets Jo, and Evie makes a mistake when cooking a birthday meal for Mal. In the present, Luke continues to discuss his feelings with Cleo, while Abigail moves into her new apartment, and keeps a drawer for Dylan's clothes
137"Jonesy?"Gordon AndersonTom Edge, Ed Macdonald & Andy Baker17 November 2016 (2016-11-17)
Dylan meets with Jonesy (Yasmine Akram) in the present, who claims to have not slept with him. In a flashback to three months before, Dylan meets Jonesy during a night out. After going to a strip club, Angus sleeps with a stripper named Holly (Klariza Clayton). Meanwhile, Evie struggles with her feelings after Mal's parents inform her that the wedding won't be in her preferred location.
148"Abigail (Again)"Gordon AndersonTom Edge17 November 2016 (2016-11-17)
The episode flashes back and forth between the present and the previous night where Angus is celebrating his divorce. During the celebration, Abigail learns that Dylan has slept with Evie. Holly locates Angus, and tells him she is pregnant with his baby. Angus announces their engagement to everyone. In the present, Dylan finds an upset Abigail, while Evie confesses her feelings for Dylan to Luke.

Series 3 (2018)

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
151"Andi and Olivia"Aneil KariaTom Edge1 January 2018 (2018-01-01)
The gang accompanies Abigail to a literary festival, where Luke tries to woo women with poetry and Angus and Holly discover their differences.
162"Bonnie"Aneil KariaAndy Baker1 January 2018 (2018-01-01)
Evie's cousin arrives for her hen party, which Dylan forgot to cancel. An afternoon of soap making and karaoke devolves into drunken mischief.
173"Abigail (Again, Again)"Aneil KariaTom Edge1 January 2018 (2018-01-01)
While out for his birthday, Luke pursues a soulful singer -- but he's got competition. Dylan, Evie and Abigail try to sort out their tangled history.
184"Evie" Gordon Anderson Tom Edge1 January 2018 (2018-01-01)
Dylan, Evie and Luke sift through the tricky aftermath of a big night at the club. Meanwhile, Angus invests in a posh new mattress.
195"Martha"Gordon AndersonMark Grimmer1 January 2018 (2018-01-01)
A surprise party for Dylan's parents takes an awkward turn. Luke and Jonesy try something new. Angus gets questionable advice from a fellow divorcé.
206"Queen of Cups"Gordon AndersonTom Edge1 January 2018 (2018-01-01)
At a charity carnival, Jonesy plays matchmaker for Luke, Dylan and Evie visit a fortuneteller, and Angus sets his sights on a giant stuffed bear.
217"Tasha"Aneil KariaEd Macdonald1 January 2018 (2018-01-01)
Dylan spots -- and hides from -- Tasha, the final name on his list of exes. Evie and Dylan's new relationship leaves Luke feeling adrift.
228"Evie (Again)"Gordon AndersonTom Edge1 January 2018 (2018-01-01)
At a college reunion, Luke finds new ways to avoid dealing with his feelings, Angus considers a business proposition, and Dylan meets Evie's ex.

Production

The external scenes of the group's flat were filmed at this building in Mount Florida.
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The first series was made available on Netflix in the United States in April 2015 and was billed as a "Netflix Original". [13] The show found enough success on the site that Netflix went on to commission a second series of 8 episodes, without Channel 4's involvement. The second series debuted globally on the streaming network in November 2016. [14]

Lovesick was filmed in numerous locations in and around Glasgow, Scotland. [15] Most outdoor scenes were filmed in the West End of the city, and the series has featured Kelvingrove Park, the University of Glasgow and Partick. [11] [16] Despite the Glasgow location of the show, actor Richard Thomson (Mal) is the only main Scottish actor in the series.

Name change

After its transfer from Channel 4 to Netflix, the show was renamed from Scrotal Recall to Lovesick. [9] Antonia Thomas noted that while the former name technically made sense, it completely mis-sold the tone of the show. [17] Thomas admitted to being pleased with the name change, and noted that the second series would continue to follow the same format as the first, but would go more in-depth. [17] [18] [19] [20]

Reception

Lovesick received critical acclaim for its storyline and acting performances. [21] The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the series an average score of 97%, based on 27 total reviews among the three seasons. [22] Paste magazine said "This honest approach is refreshing in a world of sitcoms focusing on wealthy lads and ladies moving from their college dorms straight into Manhattan lofts and prosperous careers. Lovesick is all about keeping it real." [23]

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