Lovesick (TV series)
|Written by||Tom Edge|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||14 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||21–27 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Clerkenwell Films|
Channel 4 (2014)|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||2 October 2014 – present|
Lovesick (formerly known as Scrotal Recall) is a British sitcom created by Tom Edge which was first broadcast on Channel 4 in October 2014. A second series was released on Netflix globally on 17 November 2016.
Dylan (Johnny Flynn) is diagnosed with chlamydia and must contact all of his previous sexual partners to inform them that he has the disease. Dylan's best friends are Luke (Daniel Ings), and Evie (Antonia Thomas), who for years has harboured a secret crush on Dylan but has now moved on and has become recently engaged. The majority of each episode of the show is told through a flashback, showing Dylan's encounters with a number of women.
- Johnny Flynn as Dylan, the protagonist of the series. He is a vaguely inept romantic who goes from one casual relationship to another, usually expecting more than there is to offer. He works in landscaping, as a garden designer.
- Antonia Thomas as Evie, the best friend of Dylan. She is barbed, sarcastic and usually single. She appears to have underlying feelings for Dylan, although these are confused by the situation between them.
- Daniel Ings as Luke, a friend and flatmate of Dylan. He is feckless, irresponsible and shallow. He usually has an ongoing girlfriend willing to overlook his flaws. In series 2 we learn he works for an app developer.
- Joshua McGuire as Angus, the henpecked friend of the group.
- Hannah Britland as Abigail, the barmaid at Angus and Helen's wedding, and one of Dylan's former lovers. After he contacts her to inform her of his diagnosis they resume their casual relationship.
- Richard Thomson as Mal, Evie's fiance.
- Riann Steele as Cleo, a short-term girlfriend of Luke's, who goes on to become his therapist.
- Laura Aikman as Jo, Luke's ex-girlfriend whose break-up with him deeply affected him.
- Klariza Clayton as Holly, a stripper who sleeps with Angus.
- Jessica Ellerby as Jane, a short-term, sexually permissive former girlfriend of Dylan's three and a half years before his diagnosis.
- Aimee Parkes as Helen, the domineering wife of Angus. She is abrupt and aggressive or as Luke describes her: 'absolutely fucking terrifying'.
Series 1 (2014)
|#||Title||Director||Writer||Original air date|
|1||"Abigail"||Elliot Hegarty||Tom Edge||2 October 2014|
|Dylan (Johnny Flynn) must contact all the girls he has ever slept 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, who he met at Angus's (Joshua McGuire) wedding. A flashback reveals a defining moment he'd previously tried to forget.|
|2||"Anna"||Elliot Hegarty||Tom Edge||9 October 2014|
|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's 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.|
|3||"Cressida"||Elliot Hegarty||Tom Edge||16 October 2014|
|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 sleep 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.|
|4||"Jane"||Gordon Anderson||Tom Edge||23 October 2014|
|In a flashback to three years ago, it's 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 girlfriend Jane (Jessica Ellerby) and Jonno (Stephen Wight), a horribly incompatible date that Luke has brought along for Evie.|
|5||"Bethany"||Gordon Anderson||Tom Edge||30 October 2014|
|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.|
|6||"Phoebe"||Gordon Anderson||Tom Edge||6 November 2014|
|Dylan sets about tracking down Phoebe (Susannah Fielding) who hasn't returned any of his messages. This prompts a flashback to six years ago when the gang are at a pub quiz, when Evie was dating Angus. In the present, things take an unexpected turn for everyone.|
Series 2 (2016)
|#||Title||Director||Writer||Original air date|
|1||"Frankie"||Elliot Hegarty||Tom Edge||17 November 2016|
|After confessing his feelings to Evie, Dylan has a flashback to a disastrous weekend camping with Frankie (Antonia Clarke) six months ago.|
|2||"Agata"||Elliot Hegarty||Tom Edge||17 November 2016|
|In the present, Dylan begins seeing Abigail. In a flashback to six 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.|
|3||"Amy"||Elliot Hegarty||Tom Edge||17 November 2016|
|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.|
|4||"Liv"||Elliott Hegarty||Tom Edge||17 November 2016|
|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.|
|5||"Isabel"||Gordon Anderson||Tom Edge||17 November 2016|
|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).|
|6||"Emma"||Gordon Anderson||Tom Edge||17 November 2016|
|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|
|7||"Jonesy"||Gordon Anderson||Tom Edge, Ed Macdonald & Andy Baker||17 November 2016|
|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.|
|8||"Abigail (Part 2)"||Gordon Anderson||Tom Edge||17 November 2016|
|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.|
The first series was made available on Netflix in the United States in April 2015 and was billed as a "Netflix Original". 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, which was made available globally on the streaming network in November 2016. The series is filmed in Glasgow. After its transfer from Channel 4 to Netflix, the show was renamed from Scrotal Recall to Lovesick. Antonia Thomas (Evie) noted that while the former name technically made sense, it completely mis-sold the tone of the show. 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 into more depth.
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- Official website
- Lovesick at the Internet Movie Database
- Lovesick at British Comedy Guide
- Scrotal Recall promotion at Channel 4