On Disc

at Amazon

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 »







Learn more

More Like This 

Little Favour (2013)
Short | Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

LITTLE FAVOUR follows the story of WALLACE when he is contacted by a former colleague to help him out with a deal gone wrong. 'Its been 7 years since he left Her Majesty's service and 10 ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Viktor Monroe
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Salmon, Nick Moran
Hawking (TV Movie 2004)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A drama documenting the life and work of the theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking who, despite being diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21, has galvanized the ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Martin
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Brandon, Tom Hodgkins
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Britain has been transformed into a security state. A mathematical genius's search for the truth about his brother's death catapults him into a conspiracy and a love affair.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Anamaria Marinca, Max Beesley
Wreckers (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A married couple moves back to its childhood village to start a family, but a surprise visit from the husband's brother ignites sibling rivalry and exposes lies embedded in the couple's ... See full summary »

Director: Dictynna Hood
Stars: Claire Foy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shaun Evans
Third Star (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

James and his three closest lifelong friends go on an ill-advised trip to the stunning coastal area of Barafundle Bay in West Wales. What follows is a touching and comical adventure dealing with friendship, heroism and love.

Director: Hattie Dalton
Stars: Tom Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, JJ Feild
Parade's End (2012)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Revolves around a love triangle between a conservative English aristocrat, his mean socialite wife and a young suffragette.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Roger Allam
Small Island (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A gentle Jamaican woman reunited with her husband in post-World War II London encounters both racism and homesickness as she adjusts to her new life.

Stars: Naomie Harris, Hugh Quarshie, David Oyelowo
Frankenstein (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

Created by Victor Frankenstein, the one known only as the creature sets out to discover the world and the meaning of life.

Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andreea Paduraru
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In 1812, young British aristocrat Edmund Talbot travels by ship to Australia, and learns more about himself and about life than he had ever bargained for.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jared Harris, Jamie Sives
A Bit of Fry and Laurie (1987–1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Comedy sketches written and performed by renowned duo Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton
Painted with Words (TV Movie 2010)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of Vincent Van Gogh, with dialogue sourced from his own words.

Director: Andrew Hutton
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jamie Parker, Aidan McArdle
Hamlet (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his Uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans his revenge.

Director: Robin Lough
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Sian Brooke, Ciarán Hinds


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A middle-aged man losing his edge... and his grip!


Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

29 June 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Fortysomething See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Carlton Television See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:



See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Daniel Slippery: [looking at Rory] Who's the guy with him?
Edwin Slippery: Maybe he's for me! I need someone to love!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

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?

40 of 45 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed