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While You Weren't Sleeping

There are problems in the bedroom which threaten to drive Ben and Susan apart.

Transmitted on: Friday 21st May 2004


Episode Summary

Susan is in a villa in Spain, and Ben is dressed as a matador, when she hears the fog horn again. She awakes from her dream to realize it is Ben’s snoring.

Janey has started a personal shopping business, she has come to stay with Kenzo because her boiler has packed up and Susan is in a terrible mood because of Ben’s snoring. Abi is convinced they are on the road to divorce.

To prove to Ben that he really does snore, Susan has taped him snoring, but he refuses to watch it, she forces him. Susan comes home with some home remedies for the snoring problem. It is that or he has to give up drink.

We see Ben enter the bedroom in the snoring prevention kit but now Susan can’t sleep because of the noise of the oxygen mask, so Ben suggests she move and sleep on the sofa.

Michael arrives home with a girlfriend, Molly, she trots off to the loo while he opens a bottle of wine and moves towards the sofa. It is dark and he starts kissing her arm, it turns out to be his Mum, Michael is mortified and Molly leaves.

The next morning Ben awakes full of the joys of spring having had a wonderful night’s sleep. He has made breakfast for everyone! Because of her new shopping business, Janey has decided to give all Abi’s clothes away, and Michael has nothing to wear except an old, too small school uniform, because Janey has thrown all his clothes out too.

Ben and Susan are both behaving very oddly. Much too happy. Abi knows it is because they are getting divorced. In the surgery, Roger is un - nerved because Ben is being so nice to him, Ben asks Rogers’ advice on how to have another night apart, as he had so enjoyed the last one. He tells him to pick a fight.

Ben picks a fight and they both agree that they don’t want to sleep with each other anyway. Abi has now had to resort to wearing the cheese costume, she also manages to convince Michael and Janey that Ben and Susan are definitely heading for divorce, she also thinks it may be her fault. Michael is now wearing new clothes from Janey, and he decides to have a man to man talk with Ben. Ben starts to explain their problems and Michael thinks he is talking about their sex life.

Abi who is now dressed by Janey, offers to move out because as she explains to Ben, the troubles are obviously all her fault. He accepts her offer to leave immediately. He also wants to know when Janey is leaving to go back to her flat now that her shopping business has gone into liquidation. Ben and Susan finally decide they need to sleep together again and as Abi enters and sees them kissing she decides she doesn’t need to go after all.
Ben tries to re – enact Susan’s Spanish dream with not much effect.


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
Molly (Michael's Gilfriend) Verity-Jane Dearsley


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

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