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The Age of Romance

Nick dates an older woman…who is married.

Transmitted on: Friday 19th October 2001


Episode Summary

The Family play a game of scrabble in the kitchen. It ends in the usual disaster.

Michael gets a new computer. (apple) because the school says she is gifted. Janey feels very left out and Nick is in love, again. Nick's older girlfriend comes to collect Nick, Susan and Ben are staggered, and both mistake her for Nick's girlfriends mum. Susan and Ben have a misunderstanding when Ben says Nick's girlfriend is not that old, not old enough to be his mother and he ends up on the landing. Ben suggests they don't interfere. Susan tries to have a heart to heart with Nick, with Janey earwigging and joining in. Susan tells Nick how worried she is about the age is difference. He mentions he may marry her, but changes his mind when he is reminded of his parents marriage. They all fight about who will have Nick's room when he leaves. Nick is going out with Amanda for the evening. Ben and Susan have another chat about Amanda's age and Ben ends up being rude to Susan. Ben is on the landing again. Susan thinks Ben should talk to Nick. He would rather not.

Nick tries to talk to Ben and ends up finding him hiding in the broom cupboard. He tells Ben, Susan wants to invite Amanda round for dinner and leaves Ben in the cupboard. Janey is jealous of Michael and suggests he go away to school. Even getting the brochures. Susan discovers Amanda is married and tells Janey she most definitely can not come to dinner. Susan and Ben await the arrival of Amanda and Nick. Nick arrives with champagne.

Susan tells Nick, Amandas married. Nick already know. Nick has told Amanda that Ben is a secret agent. Ben, Susan, Nick and Amanda talk about marriage and fidelity on the sofa, it ends up in a fight. Nick enjoys it all. The next day, Susan and Nick have a heart to heart and Amanda has finished with him because she didn't like his parents.

Nick is happy, Michael is pleased with his computer and Ben has bribed Janey with shoes. Ben gets punched by Amanda's husband who mistakes him for Nick. It is take you child to work day. Ben and Michael are in the surgery. Ben is trying to entertain Michael and persuade him that dentistry isn't boring- without success.


Character Played by
Ben Harper Robert Lindsay
Susan Harper Zoe Wanamaker
Nick Harper Kris Marshall
Janey Harper Daniela Denby-Ashe
Michael Harper Gabriel Thompson
Amanda Jan Francis
Duncan Nigel Harrison


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

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