Threesome (British TV series)

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Threesome
Genre Comedy
Created by Tom MacRae
Written byTom MacRae
Tom Edge
Directed byIan FitzGibbon
Starring Emun Elliott
Amy Huberman
Stephen Wight
Opening theme"Work It Out" by Esser
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes14 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers Kenton Allen
Simon Curtis
ProducersJohn Rushton
Luke Alkin
Sam Ward
Editor Paul Machliss
Running time25 minutes approx
Production company Big Talk Productions
Distributor BBC Worldwide
Release
Original network Comedy Central
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original release17 October 2011 (2011-10-17) 
12 November 2012 (2012-11-12)
External links
Website

Threesome (stylised as threesome) is a British television sitcom written by Tom MacRae and starring Stephen Wight, Amy Huberman and Emun Elliott. [1] The series is focused around three friends—Alice, Mitch and Richie—who return home from a night out celebrating Alice's birthday and end up having a threesome, which results in Alice getting pregnant. Instead of getting an abortion, the three friends decide to raise the baby as a trio. [2] The series began airing on 17 October 2011 on Comedy Central and Comedy Central HD. It is the first original scripted comedy commissioned by Comedy Central and is produced by Big Talk Productions.

Contents

In February 2012, it was confirmed that Comedy Central had renewed the show for a second series. [3] Although this included the possibility of a 22-episode third series, [4] this did not happen. [5]

The show was remade in Finland in 2017, as Kolmistaan .

Premise

Threesome is a sitcom about three inseparable friends on the verge of turning 30. Alice (Amy Huberman) lives with her boyfriend Mitch (Stephen Wight) and their gay best friend Richie (Emun Elliott). Together they form three points of an unlikely triangle, living, laughing and larging it together. After a big birthday party for Alice, they end up having an unplanned threesome during which Alice becomes pregnant. After discovering that he is infertile, Mitch tells Richie that he is the baby's biological father. They then decide to ditch the party lifestyle, have the baby, and raise it together as a threesome.

Characters and cast

Main characters

Supporting roles

Episodes

Series 1 (2011)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pregnant"Catherine Morshead & Ian FitzGibbon Tom MacRae 17 October 2011 (2011-10-17)

Alice turns 30. The three have a drug-addled threesome. Alice gets pregnant. She and Mitch decide she should get an abortion. Mitch changes his mind and he and Richie race to stop Alice at the clinic.

Guest appearance: Lu Corfield
2"Flat-Pack"Ian FitzGibbonTom MacRae17 October 2011 (2011-10-17)

Following the opening episode, the threesome now have to figure out how to explain their unusually triangular relationship to the world. And most crucially – to Alice's domineering and not entirely nice mother Lorraine (who is not fond of Mitch but adores Richie). But how to explain the threeway daddy-mummy-daddy set up? Meanwhile, Mitch and Richie (having all jointly sworn off drink and drugs in solidarity with Alice) stumble across a stash of drink and drugs. Will they be strong enough to resist temptation whilst also assembling all the new nursery flat-pack? Or is it just an immutable fact of life that flat-pack is far more easily assembled on drugs?

Guest appearance: Pauline McLynn and Amanda Rawnsley
3"Builder"Ian FitzGibbonTom MacRae24 October 2011 (2011-10-24)

Alice, Mitch and Richie attend their first antenatal class. To everyone's surprise Alice and Richie are hopeless and Mitch is an amazing proto-father. Alice and Richie go into panic mode about their suitability as future parents, and so Mitch entrusts them with a robot baby from the antenatal class to practice on. All they have to do is feed it, rock it, change it – and not totally destroy it.

Richie also meets – or rather pulls – a genuinely amazing man, Dave The Builder. Richie likes him, but only to a point – he's not grown-up enough to have a grown-up relationship. Can Mitch persuade Richie that maybe it's time to give love a chance?

Guest appearance: Adam Garcia
4"No Funds"Ian FitzGibbonTom MacRae31 October 2011 (2011-10-31)

Mitch still hasn't got a job, and now his lack of funds is starting to become a problem. Alice needs reliable support more than anything right now – the full reality of what's about to pop out of her in six months time is starting to hit home, and with the impending 12 Week Scan they're actually going to get to see their baby for the first time. It's time for Mitch to step up to the plate. Unfortunately for Mitch, he spectacularly fails to do so.

Which is when Ben turns up. Ben is tall, handsome, rich, charming, successful and Alice's ex from four and a half years ago. Back in the day, Alice dumped Ben then started dating Mitch, and when Mitch actually meets the man who he replaced his insecurity starts going into overload. Ben is everything a woman could want in a man – but surely when it comes down to it, Alice will always chose her Mitch?

Guest appearance: Travis Oliver, James Puddephatt, Ian FitzGibbon and Santam Bhogal
5"Boyfriends"Ian FitzGibbonTom MacRae7 November 2011 (2011-11-07)

To Alice's amazement – Richie and Dave are now dating! Proper boyfriends and everything. With Richie's birthday approaching a day of fun, fun, fun is being planned. But when Dave reveals he has alternative plans for Richie, tensions arise between the friends as Alice and Mitch conspire to keep Richie to themselves.

When plans backfire, Richie ends up leaving Alice and Mitch to spend the day with Dave, who unveils his own special birthday surprise. But that means Richie leaving Alice and Mitch on the night they've planned so hard for so long to make special. Who is Richie going to choose?

Guest appearance:Adam Garcia and Emma Handy
6"It's Not Cheating"Ian FitzGibbonTom MacRae14 November 2011 (2011-11-14)

Alice, just a month from popping, has decided to throw a baby-shower, and so Lorraine (Alice's mum), Sue (Mitch's mum) and Jenny (Richie's mum) converge on the flat to deluge her with presents and attention. Alice in turn has taken to baking, not-swearing and dressing like a proper woman. Mitch and Richie are horrified. Mitch and Richie escape for the evening to a local bar, and run into Wendy; a ballsy, feisty, fabulous girl who reminds them very much of a pre-pregnancy Alice. Spending time with Wendy is wonderful, but it's like cheating on Alice. Mitch and Richie vow to call off the 'affair', but when Princess Lullaby Dreamtime – a nauseating baby shower gift – arrives in the flat, the combination of that, Alice and The Mothers are more than Mitch and Richie can bear. How long can they hold out before they're drawn back into Wendy's arms, and how will Alice react when the two women finally meet?

Guest appearance:Pauline McLynn, Joanna Roth, Paddy Navin and Gemma Whelan
7"Final Push Party"Ian FitzGibbonTom MacRae21 November 2011 (2011-11-21)

The threesome prepares for Alice's 'Final Push Party' with some questionable costume choices from the boys...

Guest appearance:Pauline McLynn, Joanna Roth, Paddy Navin, Linda John Pierre and Adam Levy

Series 2 (2012)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
8"Back to School"Ian FitzgibbonTom Edge1 October 2012 (2012-10-01)

Mitch decides it's time to get a career but first must re-sit his school exams. Can his "parents" Alice & Richie and his naively optimistic teacher keep him in-line?

Guest appearance: Joe Thomas
9"Vacuum"Ian FitzgibbonAmy Shindler, Beth Chalmers & Tom MacRae8 October 2012 (2012-10-08)
It's Richie's first day back at work after paternity leave and his new PA Billy is a little idiotic, but he could be Richie's only hope in a domestic spat.
10"Alice's Friend"Ian Fitzgibbon Tom Edge 15 October 2012 (2012-10-15)
Mitch returns home to discover the living room has been transformed into a fortified castle. Alice may have a little too much time on her hands these days, so she begins looking for another mother to be her friend.
11"Photograph"Ian FitzgibbonTom MacRae22 October 2012 (2012-10-22)
Alice, Mitch, and Richie include baby Lily in a game of charades... but not in the way you'd first imagine.
12"Future"Ian FitzgibbonTom MacRae29 October 2012 (2012-10-29)

In an attempt to dispose of an evil fridge, Alice, Richie, and Mitch get trapped in a storage unit.

Guest appearance: Pauline McLynn.
13"Dad"Ian FitzgibbonTom MacRae5 November 2012 (2012-11-05)
Richie's estranged father, who doesn't know that Richie is gay, shows up at the same time as Richie's ex-boyfriend.
14"I Don't"Ian FitzgibbonTom MacRae12 November 2012 (2012-11-12)

Alice and Mitch's wedding plans get complicated when they discover their joke Vegas wedding was real. In order to get married in their planned ceremony, they must first get a divorce.

Guest appearance: Pauline McLynn.

Reception

The series has received a mostly positive critical reaction. Actor Russell Tovey praised the series. Catriona Wightman, writing for Digital Spy , also praised the series, coming to the conclusion that "it's really rather good indeed." [8] The British Comedy Guide said "after the double-bill opener, Threesome has made a fantastic start. The potentially quite unlikeable situation and characters have proved to be anything but, and some great set-piece lines and scenes really made us laugh out loud. We found it thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, and can't wait for the rest of the series." [9] Writing for The Daily Telegraph , Catherine Gee said "Threesome throws up some funny moments and there's plenty of good chemistry between its stars." [8] In a slightly more negative-mixed-positive review, Lucy Mangan, writing for The Guardian , said "the jokes are weak but when it's not trying to be funny, Threesome is very funny." [8] Writing a negative review, again for The Guardian, Martin Skegg said "presumably it's meant to be funny, but you'll be searching high and low for the jokes." [8] David Crawford writing for the Radio Times gave a highly positive review, saying "starting from a preposterous premise, this rambunctious comedy manages to get hearty, and frequently filthy, laughs from its unlikely situation. The humour is suitably broad for the subject matter, but there are neat gags, and wonderful physical comedy." [8] Liam Murphy, writing for On the Box, gave a mixed review, saying "this is a sitcom with potential and as long as it avoids the trappings of most comedy pregnancies (see season 8 of Friends ) then I might just watch the rest of the series!" [8]

In January 2013, the British Comedy Guide gave the show the Comedy.co.uk Editors' Award saying: "We congratulate production company Big Talk and Comedy Central for giving this unique series the chance to grow. It seems to have boosted the channel's confidence in ordering more original comedy". [10] [11]

DVD and Blu-ray release

On 17 October 2011, BBC Worldwide, released the series to download on the iTunes Store. Then as of 12 November 2012, series 1 became available to purchase on DVD-Video through 2 Entertain.

On 1 October 2012, series 2 became available to download through iTunes. A release date of series 2 on DVD has yet to be confirmed by 2 Entertain.

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