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The Worst Week of My Life

All Episodes 2004

  • Ended
  • BBC One
  • 2004-03-11T21:00:00-08:00
  • 30 mins
  • 8 hours, 10 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Comedy
The Worst Week of My Life is a British comedy television series, first broadcast on BBC One between March and April 2004. A second series was aired between November and December 2005 and a three-part Christmas special, The Worst Christmas of My Life was shown during December 2006. It was written by Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni.

18 episodes

1x01 Monday

  • Series Premiere

    2004-03-11T16:00:00-08:00 — 29 mins

There are just seven days to go before Mel (Sarah Alexander) and Howard (Ben Miller) get married in the beautiful grounds of her parent's house. As the week begins, the happy couple are blissfully looking forward to their wedding until a panicky call from Mel's mother, Angela (Alison Steadman) disturbs their tranquil morning. Howard has one task to complete before they visit Mel's parents later that evening, but his office friends throw him a surprise drinks party and things don't quite go to plan. And just when Howard was about to put all that behind him, his colleague Cassie (Raquel Cassidy) drops a bombshell, which leaves his entire office disgusted with him. At Mel's parent's house, things go from bad to worse for Howard. Struggling as ever to impress the in-laws, Howard somehow manages to get caught in a compromising position in the toilet, lock the family pet in the grandfather clock, and climb into the wrong bed for a snuggle.

1x02 Tuesday

  • 2004-03-18T16:00:00-08:00 — 28 mins

There's an uncomfortable atmosphere during breakfast as Howard faces up to the night before and his accidental bedroom liaison with Angela, Mel's mom. Redemption is at hand for Howard however as the long awaited ring finally arrives. Relations seem to be going well until he receives a petrifying call from Cassie, an ex-flame, who decides to profess her wanton desire for Howard, all while Howard is standing less than two feet away from Mel and her parents. Luckily for Howard, the day is broken up by a visit to Ron (John Benfield), his widowed father, but upon arrival Howard and Mel are welcomed by cries for help. A panicked Howard breaks into his father's home only to receive an embarrassing introduction to Ron's latest girlfriend. Back at Mel's parents, Howard discovers the remnants of a familiar ring-bearing box adorning the gnarled teeth of Binky, the family dog. As Howard contemplates how to extricate himself from this latest situation, an encounter with Mel's Father, Dick (Geoffrey Whitehead), over a wall building project gives rise to an unfortunate mishap involving, Howard, a cement mixer, and poor old Binky.

1x03 Wednesday

  • 2004-03-25T16:00:00-08:00 — 29 mins

Mel and Howard return home to find Cassie in a compromising position in their bedroom. In desperation Howard agrees to meet with Cassie to try to put an end to her mad interfering but his plan goes horribly wrong, leaving a distraught Mel searching for her fiancé. Later Howard is determined to put things rights with his future in laws, and brings thoughtful gifts to soften the blow of Binky's demise. Unfortunately the presents get muddled up with a joke gift for the best man and once again Howard is regarded with horror by Dick and Angela. Things turn from bad to worse as Uncle Fraser (Ronald Pickup) arrives for the wedding and the family prepare for Binky's funeral. What more can possibly go wrong for Howard?

1x04 Thursday

  • 2004-04-01T15:00:00-08:00 — 28 mins

Cassie's father turns up at the Cook household and berates Howard for ""abandoning"" his daughter until Uncle Fraser takes charge of the situation and escorts him off the premises. Strained relations between Mel and Howard take a turn for the worse when the wedding program arrives with an embarrassing print error...if only Howard had proof read them correctly! Mel and Howard part for their respective bachelor and bachelorette parties. Mel decides to get drunk and begins reminiscing about past relationships, which leads her to get in touch with an old flame. Meanwhile Howard's evening is one long disaster beginning in the pub and ending in the river Thames.

1x05 Friday

  • 2004-04-08T16:00:00-07:00 — 28 mins

Howard wakes up in a prison cell to find out some terrible news about his best man Ben. It's a mad rush to the wedding rehearsal but sadly things don't go quite to plan and an ambulance is called to the church. Still they can look forward to a nice meal with the whole Cook family and Howard's father Ron and his lap dancer girlfriend Trish (Lizzie Roper). Howard and Mel are determined not to let their family differences get in the way of their happiness and finally sneak away to enjoy some time to themselves, unfortunately their flirting ends in disaster for Granny Cook (Hazel Douglas).

1x06 Saturday

  • 2004-04-15T16:00:00-07:00 — 26 mins

After the worst week of their lives the wedding day finally arrives, the big question is: are Mel and Howard actually going to make it down the aisle? Granny is in intensive care, Uncle Fraser has an urgent confession and there's a problem with Howard's suit. But the bride and groom remain undeterred. That is, until the father of the bride locks himself in the study and the bride goes missing. Can Howard and Mel make it to the church on time and will Angela's hors d'oeuvres survive until the reception?

1x07 Sunday

  • 2004-04-22T16:00:00-07:00 — 28 mins

Howard's and Mel's lives descend into further chaos. Are they destined to remain unmarried forever? Sunday morning in The Cook household: The father of the bride is nursing a bottle of scotch, the mother of the bride isn't talking to her husband, and their daughter Mel is missing. The police refuse to do anything until she has been missing for 24 hours so it's all up to Howard to try and find his bride. Will they be happily ever after?

2x01 Monday

  • Season Premiere

    2005-11-16T16:00:00-08:00 — 29 mins

Howard and mother-to-be Mel begin the week by moving into the cottage bequeathed to them in Granny's will, but their upheaval coincides with the funeral. When one of the pallbearers is taken ill, Dick finds it difficult to entrust the job to the new member of the family.

2x02 Tuesday

  • 2005-11-23T16:00:00-08:00 — 29 mins

Howard and Mel are staying with Mel's parents until the cottage is ready. Howard is also having a few problems at work and after giving Eve a lift home events spiral leaving Howard feeling the long arm of the law.

2x03 Wednesday

  • 2005-11-30T16:00:00-08:00 — 28 mins

After the adventures of the night Howard is excused from the day's special occasion - instead opting to prepare a celebratory meal. With extra company in the shape of Uncle Fraser and problems from work still tugging at Howard's heels can the evening for once be a pleasant one?

2x04 Thursday

  • 2005-12-07T16:00:00-08:00 — 34 mins

As the week drags on for Howard things seem to be going from bad to worse. Dick discovers the truth about the cottage and Howard's trouble at work is also revealed. Poor Howard, at least friends over for dinner will provide some much needed light relief.

2x05 Friday

  • 2005-12-14T16:00:00-08:00 — 27 mins

Howard is busy doing his best to put a few things right, but it's not easy. As progress is made on one thing, yet another seems to be waiting to catch Howard out. After a tense meeting at work it seems that Mel's big day has arrived early! Is it time to meet Baby Steel?

2x06 Saturday

  • 2005-12-22T16:00:00-08:00 — 29 mins

It's the weekend at last and the day for Dick's celebration. Friends and relatives are arriving and Howard helps to get things ready. With the party in full swing and Dick's special gift finally secured the evening seems set for success - but not before yet another interruption...

2x07 Sunday

  • 2005-12-28T16:00:00-08:00 — 28 mins

It's all hands on deck to get ready for the baby's arrival. Howard and Dick work together and just in time the midwife arrives. As the night wears on the anticipation builds. Will what has been the worst week of their lives turn into the best one yet for Howard and Mel?

3x01 December 22nd

  • Season Premiere

    2006-12-22T16:00:00-08:00 — 30 mins

In the first episode, Howard took his unconscious boss Nicola to her home, and, after showering, was forced outside naked by Nicola, after she mistook his nakedness for preparation to rape her. Howard turned up naked on his in-laws'doorstep, and proceeded to urinate on the Christmas goose, falsely claiming to his wife and mother-in-law that his father-in-law was dead. He bought a new car with money he thought he would get from his father-in-law's will, crashed into his father-in-law, caused his mother-in-law to faint, made his wife suspicious about his naked escapade the previous night and finally destroyed his wife's childhood dollhouse, which was to be a gift to their newborn daughter part 1 of 3

3x02 Christmas Eve

  • 2006-12-23T16:00:00-08:00 — 30 mins

In the first episode, Howard took his unconscious boss Nicola to her home, and, after showering, was forced outside naked by Nicola, after she mistook his nakedness for preparation to rape her. Howard turned up naked on his in-laws'doorstep, and proceeded to urinate on the Christmas goose, falsely claiming to his wife and mother-in-law that his father-in-law was dead. He bought a new car with money he thought he would get from his father-in-law's will, crashed into his father-in-law, caused his mother-in-law to faint, made his wife suspicious about his naked escapade the previous night and finally destroyed his wife's childhood dollhouse, which was to be a gift to their newborn daughter part 2 of 3

3x03 Christmas Day

  • 2006-12-24T16:00:00-08:00 — 30 mins

In the first episode, Howard took his unconscious boss Nicola to her home, and, after showering, was forced outside naked by Nicola, after she mistook his nakedness for preparation to rape her. Howard turned up naked on his in-laws'doorstep, and proceeded to urinate on the Christmas goose, falsely claiming to his wife and mother-in-law that his father-in-law was dead. He bought a new car with money he thought he would get from his father-in-law's will, crashed into his father-in-law, caused his mother-in-law to faint, made his wife suspicious about his naked escapade the previous night and finally destroyed his wife's childhood dollhouse, which was to be a gift to their newborn daughter part 3 of 3

3x04

  • no air date — 30 mins

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