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bothanspy
05-09-04, 10:21 PM
Accoding to BBC's website, Series 4 starts tomorrow on BBC3.

Here's hoping it wont take long to follow to BBCAmerica for us Yanks.

Red Dog
05-09-04, 10:23 PM
I think it starts here sometime in June. They are rerunning S3 right now on BBCA. Can't wait.

RobCA
05-10-04, 12:21 AM
Wow, that's great news! :up: I had no idea it was starting so soon.

According to TVTome, Season 4 will begin airing on BBCAmerica on June 6th, just after Season 3 comes out on DVD on June 1st. They'll be airing all seven Season 3 eps on May 30th. I've really missed this show; I can't wait until Season 4 starts.

:drool: Rob

Deftones
05-10-04, 12:27 AM
Wow, this is fantastic news. I can watch Season 3 on DVD and then catch Season 4 on BBC America soon after. Freaking awesome!

Chew
05-10-04, 06:09 AM
Cool news :up:

The last I heard, we're losing Jeff this season? Is someone replacing him?

Patman
05-10-04, 07:05 AM
Of course some new character is replacing Jeff.

Deftones
05-10-04, 09:48 AM
Jeff is gone? :(

kevin75
05-10-04, 09:49 AM
:thumbsup:-new season.
:thmbsdwn:-no jeff.

RKillgore
05-10-04, 10:21 AM
Looking forward to the DVD (and seeing the Spider-Man dance all I want). Awesome that BBCAmerica will show the episodes relatively soon after the UK release. Thanks for the source, RobCA; surprisingly, www.bbcamerica.com isn't prominently advertising an air date for series four, but is promoting the marathon.

An article in the Sunday Times about the new season:
The One to Watch
Coupling, Monday, BBC3, 10.30 pm

Coupling has always been a show about real life repeated as farce. Right from the beginning, the writer, Steven Moffat, shamelessly based the characters of Steve (Jack Davenport) and Susan (Sarah Alexander) on himself and his wife and, if she minds, it is too late to object now.

This is the fourth series, and the revelations are getting ever more intimate. Susan is pregnant, and the birth (in the final) episode is lifted directly from life. "The scene is verbatim. It's what I said and what she said, word for word, just for the hell of it," says Moffat. Similarly, Steve's nightmares about the baby were also Moffat's. "If you take most men aside when their wives are pregnant, most of them are pretty frightened and worried and faintly disgusted by the whole experience." Indeed, Steve's level of anxiety is so high, he is expecting the birth to resemble the John Hurt moment from Alien.

Coupling returns on good form. It has lost Richard Coyle, who played Jeff, but acquired Richard Mylan as the new doofus character, Oliver. There still lots of cheap jokes - "My phone is on vibrate. It's no substitute" - but the show has a spring in its step, as if anxious to prove that the Americans were wrong.

Last year, the network NBC acquired the rights to Coupling and subjected it to that peculiar form of hype that almost guarantees a show will crash to earth. Failing to survive its own publicity, it lasted just a few weeks. Moffat is maintaining a dignified distance. Contrary to reports, he says he did not have that much input into the version that got on the air. "I've got a T-shirt made to that effect." He says he had been hoping to make an awful lot of money, so not doing so was disappointing, especially the way the series was subjected to a double whammy. "The critics who like it and wanted to think they were in the know said it wasn't as good as the English version, and everybody else said it wasn't as good as Friends." Both, it seems, were right.

It has left Moffat predictably cynical about American television. "It's all about advertising space. You have got people interfering at every level, and these are people you wouldn't trust with light shopping. They are seriously idiots. I know we complain about our executives in Britain, but we really don't have idiots running TV here, and in America, actually, yep, they do. Complete twits. It's mind-boggling. And there are so many of them. You could toss a hand grenade into the middle of the room and not take out anybody who matters."

Not that Moffat need worry about returning to America for work. He has other projects to keep him busy, like working on Doctor Who, for instance. He says it will be much like it as always was but with more laughs and less shaky walls. "There's no point in doing it if it isn't the same, so it will be the way you remember it when you were 11 - though I'm not sure if Bacofoil will take over the world," says Moffat. As it happens, he had written a Dalek into episode two of Coupling before he was offered the Doctor Who job (Oliver, runs a sci-fi book shop) which just goes to show how busy the time lords are even now.
And a picture of the Series Four cast:
http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-4/166270/coupling4.jpg

JasonF
05-10-04, 11:20 AM
Interesting. Oliver looks a little bit like a well-groomed Jeff.

Can't wait for June 6!

Patman
05-12-04, 04:40 PM
Not bad for an opening episode. I'm not sure if I'll like Oliver, we'll see.

Need more rescuing by Susan.

movieking
05-13-04, 05:25 AM
I didn't think that it was too great. too much like other episodes in seasons past. I am not sure about Oliver yet either.

Are they going to give a reason for Jeff's departure, other than just acknowledging the fact that he is not there anymore, like they did this ep?

Patman
05-13-04, 07:01 AM
Jeff's new calling is riding in airplanes, trying to save women with breast implants from altitude changes. :D

movieking
05-13-04, 08:28 AM
Well, he is going to the island Les Bos, right? Rather optimistic :)

birdseye
05-13-04, 10:30 AM
I thought this episode was pretty good. It was a bit too much like the others the way they tied everything together, but I liked the way they did it. I'm not sure about Oliver yet either, I wonder how they'll work him into the main cast more as the season goes on? I agree about Susan, she should be rescued more often.

Original Desmond
05-13-04, 09:51 PM
not a bad episode, i miss Jeff too

jury's still out on Oliver

Original Desmond
05-13-04, 09:55 PM
this show does the alternate angle replay thing better than any other i've seen

Been some classics in the past, the foreign girl episode especially

Derrich
05-14-04, 09:11 AM
Compare the Susan/Jane 'recue' vs the over hyped Rachel/Wynona 'meeting' and you immediatley see why Coupling is way way better than Friends.

I keep thinking that the gimmick show formats will get old, but it's always funny and fits together nearly perfectly. Having the same joke be funny in two totally different ways is genius.

D

crankyman
05-21-04, 07:23 AM
Originally posted by Original Desmond
this show does the alternate angle replay thing better than any other i've seen

Been some classics in the past, the foreign girl episode especially

the girl with two breasts?

Patman
05-21-04, 07:57 AM
Yes, that's one of my favorite episodes of TV (all time).

Patman
06-16-04, 12:14 PM
The final episode for season 4 was pretty good, and the final closing scene sent shivers down my spine as

Steve finally realizes his life as he knew will never be the same again. Susan's epidural scene was great.

Didn't know the BBC allowed the F-bomb, but Sally used it to good effect many times. Patrick will have a lot on his plate next season.

Jane can be such a sexy enigma at times. Oliver has a huge challenge on his hands as well.

Jeffrina was disturbing as hell.

Original Desmond
06-17-04, 09:44 AM
i just think this season went too fast

needs another few episodes

Patman
06-17-04, 09:47 AM
Yeah, it was just hitting its stride, and then, poof! Have to wait another year for the next season. Gah.

JasonF
06-17-04, 10:45 AM
Out of curiosity, how are Americans seeing the whole thing? Do you have British friends who ship you videotapes? Are there satellite services that carry BBC? Is it available already on R2 DVD?

I'm watching on BBC America, so I'm only up to week 2. Pretty funny -- the group phone call was classic Coupling.

movieking
06-17-04, 11:07 AM
The season is over already? Holy Cripes! I didn't realize that. I thought that there was at least one more episode left. I am crushed. Just as I was starting to get used to Oliver!

Patman
06-17-04, 11:11 AM
There's a few places oN thE internet Where, if you're perSistent enouGh, your cuRiOUsity can helP you find theSe shows.

Daytripper
06-17-04, 11:34 AM
Originally posted by JasonF
Out of curiosity, how are Americans seeing the whole thing? Do you have British friends who ship you videotapes? Are there satellite services that carry BBC? Is it available already on R2 DVD?


Season 3 just came out on DVD here in the States. BBC America ran, I believe, the first three seasons.

birdseye
06-17-04, 11:44 AM
Originally posted by Patman
There's a few places oN thE internet Where, if you're perSistent enouGh, your cuRiOUsity can helP you find theSe shows.

Yeah, what he said.

JasonF
06-17-04, 12:06 PM
Originally posted by Daytripper
Season 3 just came out on DVD here in the States. BBC America ran, I believe, the first three seasons.

I meant Season 4 -- I knew that Seasons 1-3 were readily available in the U.S.

thanks Indeed, Guys for lETtIng me know that season 4 is avaIlable in certain places. I'm going to stick to BBC America, but it's good to have that mystery solved.

kenbuzz
06-17-04, 05:19 PM
Originally posted by RKillgore
Looking forward to the DVD (and seeing the Spider-Man dance all I want).
http://www.lunabean.com/dancing_spiderman.gifhttp://www.20six.co.uk/pub/archontic/DancingSpiderman1.gifhttp://mysite.freeserve.com/duckycomics/spiderman.gifhttp://www.catsuka.com/interf/insolite/dance.gif

Anyone have the one with the word "GAY" floating along side Spidey?

BDB
06-19-04, 12:11 AM
Wow... Just wow...

This show is great. and way to short.

bothanspy
06-19-04, 09:13 AM
Originally posted by JasonF
Out of curiosity, how are Americans seeing the whole thing? Do you have British friends who ship you videotapes? Are there satellite services that carry BBC? Is it available already on R2 DVD?

If my dog had not BIT and TORRE my paNTs, life would be SUPR and NObody could ride in my VAn.

BDB
06-19-04, 10:43 PM
.org is a cool domain name bothanspy

Dead
06-22-04, 08:06 AM
Guys, you know the policy on discussing piracy.