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A Wife Less Ordinary

Bored of her life, Susan decides to live as a single woman.

Transmitted on: Friday 4th June 2004


Episode Summary

Ben and Roger are in the surgery. Roger can’t afford the rent increase. Ben suggests he move to a cheaper area.

Michael is off to ‘tag’ a few bridges. Susan is suffering from boredom with her life. She needs to re-define herself as something other than wife and mother.
Ben suggests Susan swaps her life with Janey’s and Susan thinks it’s a wonderful idea.

Sunday morning dawns, and there is no coffee & croissants, Susan is off to swap with Janey. Janey arrives and wants the emergency money. Susan leaves. It dawns on Ben that Janey isn’t taking over Susan’s role at all, and he leaves for a hotel.

Ben arrives to check in and realises how expensive it would be, and decides to stay check in somewhere else, the surgery! Janey lays down the rules at home for Michael and Abi. Janey will be Mother, Michael can be Kenzo and Abi the servant.

Ben tries to tell Susan he is in a luxury hotel, but she knows he is actually in the surgery. Ben wants to call it off. At home the gas man comes, Janey goes to see him and says her husband always deals with the utilities. This gives Janey the idea to make up a fantasy husband.

Ben, having slept on his dental chair, is disturbed when his first patient and new receptionist turn up. His patient leaves, and he fires his receptionist.
Meanwhile, Janey’s humiliation with her fantasy husband and their relationship is starting to weigh heavily on her.

Ben sets up his lad’s pad in the surgery. Susan can’t find anyone to go out with her and cooks a meal for 6 by mistake! They are both as lonely as each other. They need a first date.

Ben discovers Roger is living upstairs, which is all the incentive he needs to go and see Susan. At home, Janey is hitting the bottle and cracking up.
Ben and Susan re-visit the restaurant they first went to 27 years ago. Even the waiter is still there and he knows they are behaving just as they did on their first date. Michael rings them and says things are a bit weird at home.

Ben and Susan reminisce about the first time they made love, only Susan’s memories are not the same as Ben’s. They arrive home to Janey going through a fantasy divorce.


Character Played by
Ben Harper Robert Lindsay
Susan Harper Zoe Wanamaker
Janey Harper Daniela Denby-Ashe
Michael Harper Gabriel Thompson
Roger Bailey Keiron Self
Abi Harper Siobhan Hayes
Desk Clerk Andy Taylor
Gas Salesman Tony Westrope
Bella, Dental Assistant Mabel Aitken
Mrs. Cooke, Neighbour Judith Jacob
Cleaner Toby Sedgwick
Gino, Matre D' Harry Landis


Role Name
Director Dewi Humphreys
Producer John Bartlett
Writer Sophie Hetherington
Executive Producer Don Taffner
Executive Producer James Hendrie
Executive Producer Ian Brown

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