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And Other Animals

Susan is feeling deserted, and a stray dog appears and tries to befriend Ben.

Transmitted on: Friday 21st April 2006

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Janey has a headache from lack of sex. Abi has a new job as a Victorian hussy at the London Dungeon but refuses to get out of character when she is home.

Ben tells Susan that their next door neighbour has sold their house and Ben has bought it as a surprise but Susan is not happy and thinks it is too big a job.

Susan is hogging the duvet and giving Ben the cold shoulder, he appeases her by saying he wanted her to redesign the house, she is now very enthusiastic.

Susan has found Michael a new girlfriend, Suzanne, but she is an exact replica of Susan. Ben is horrified but Michael doesn't seem to notice. Alfie is preoccupied by the anniversary of his dog's death. Ben tells Susan about the resemblance between her and Suzanne but Susan can't see it. Susan and Suzanne are planning colour schemes for the new house - they like all the same things.

Roger wants to buy the house from Ben but he refuses to sell it to Roger. Ben shows Michael the similarity between Susan and Suzanne and Michael freaks out.

Ben and Susan visit the new house only to discover is has been taken over by squatters, Terry and Kirsten. Later they call a policeman who can't do anything. Janey chases him.

Alfie sings about his dog to Michael and Suzanne. Michael wants him to stay to avoid spending time alone with Suzanne but Alfie leaves them. Suzanne edges closer and closer to Michael who runs out on her.

Ben visits the squatters but they have totally wrecked the house and refuse to leave. Ben then agrees to sell the house to Roger and talks him out of looking round the property. Ben, Roger and Alfie decide to break into the house to claim it back from the squatters. It is pitch black but when the lights go on, it has been transformed into a zen minimalism room. Terry and Kirsten appear and are really from a house makeover programme. Ben is pleased once he knows how much more the house is now worth but Roger reminds him that the money is actually his.
Ben worries about Roger living next door to him but Roger sells the house for a huge profit.

Cast

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
Alfie Butts Rhodri Meilir
Lady in Shop Linda Kerrscott
Sergeant Andrew Greenough
Hubert Alex Dawson

Team

Role Name
Director Dewi Humphreys
Producer John Bartlett
Writer Tom Leopold
Executive Producer Don Taffner

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