Love Soup

BBC (ended 2008)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 12


    Aired 5/17/08

  • S 2 : Ep 11

    Human Error

    Aired 5/10/08

  • S 2 : Ep 10

    Whose God is it Anyway?

    Aired 5/3/08

  • S 2 : Ep 9

    Kiss of Death

    Aired 4/26/08

  • S 2 : Ep 8

    Lobotomy Bay

    Aired 4/19/08

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Landes

    Gil Raymond [series 1]

  • Tamsin Greig

    Alice Chenery

  • Sheridan Smith

    Cleo [series 1] / Cleo Martin [series 2]

  • Trudie Styler

    Irene [series 1]

  • Montserrat Lombard

    Milly [series 1] / Milly Russell [series 2]

  • show Description
  • Alice Chenery and her friends, Cleo and Milly, return still seeking love. Unfortunately, Alice has not reached her quota of frogs and various reptiles before fate gifts her with a soul mate. A combined production of BBC Drama and BBC Comedy from the pen of David Renwick (One Foot in the Grave, The Two Ronnies and Jonathan Creek), Love Soup is a bittersweet look at single life and its bizarre twists. Series One: Gil Raymond and Alice Chenery would appear to be perfect soul mates. Gil is a successful American comedy writer who has fled his home country in search of artistic integrity and a lasting relationship. Alice is an account manager for a perfume company in a London department store, who is struggling to maintain a flat in Brighton she cannot afford. Week by week, Love Soup explores the separate lives of Gil and Alice: lives which, unhappily, never intersect, but parallel each other in many subtle ways. The series observes their hopes and fears as they try to remain sane in a world in which they feel increasingly excluded. Telling and poignant, each week brings their continuing doomed attempts to find the definitive partner who will bring them the happiness they deserve. Title Music: "Alley Boogie" performed by Georgia White. Broadcast History:Series One: Tuesdays at 21.00 on BBC One (Six 60-minute episodes)Series Two: Saturdays between 21.00-23.00 on BBC One (12 30-minute episodes)moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Nurse: And you never can tell, believe me, where your heart's going to take you. Gil: With my luck, the cardiology ward.

    • Alice: Sorry, I don't understand, when you say he'd got rid of half your shoes, I thought that was what you'd agreed. You were going to leave him to choose which ones, because you couldn't bear to... Cleo: Yes, I left him to choose, Ali, and he got rid of half my shoes. (Alice and Milly look at her) Cleo: One from each pair!

    • (Gil, pressed into reading Sally's script, has just given his opinion) Sally: I think I see what you're saying here. If Alan Bennett had written it, basically it would be from a cozy, middleclass male perspective, whereas this is too dangerous, and challenging, and feminist for you. Gil: No, I'm saying if Alan Bennett had written it, it would be funny.

    • Irene: All you ever do is question yourself, and punish yourself, and draw attention to your own short-comings. Gil: Think of the money I'm saving on therapy.

    • (After seeing her collector, whom she's been dating, use the same line to pick up her neighbour.) Irene: I'm not sure I appreciate the irony of being picked up by a rubbish collector.

    • Irene: What is it they say? "This is our life, it's not a rehearsal." And I mean, who can ever tell... what fate has in store for us.

    • (After learning Irene has been dating during their separation) Irene: Do you want all the sordid details? It's obviously an area you specialise in. Bob: Thank you very much, no! The erotic appeal of the refuse collection industry, I'm afraid, is sadly lost on me.

    • Gil: I don't even have a brother! Irene: Well you have now, his name's Hiram.

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    Notes (23)

    • Title Music: "Alley Boogie" performed by Georgia White.

    • USA Airdate: 1 August 2006, on BBC America.

    • USA Air Date: 8 August 2006, on BBC America.

    • USA Air Date: 15 August 2006, on BBC America.

    • USA Air Date: 22 August 2006, on BBC America.

    • The Take 5 Jazz Quartet performed in this episode: Simon Wallace - Piano & MD Dave O'Higgins - Saxophone Alec Dankworth - Double Bass Paul Robinson - Drums

    • USA Air Date: 29 August 2006, on BBC America.

    • USA Air Date: 5 September 2006, on BBC America.

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    Trivia (1)

    • Series creator and writer David Renwick appeared as one of the writers for the programme, "Lovers' Tiff".

    Allusions (5)

    • Cleo: ... but don't expect me to pick which ones. That's like Sophie's Choice. This is a reference to the 1982 Alan J. Pakula film, based on the 1976 novel by William Styron, in which a mother has to choose which of her two children will live.

    • (discussing Cleo's shoe collection) Cleo: This weekend, half of them are going to the Oxfam shop. The Oxford Committee for Famine Relief, or Oxfam, is a charity founded in Oxford to address famine caused by a blockade in World War II. Over the years it has become one of the world's leading relief charities providing assistance for both civilian and military disasters.

    • Play: Waiting for Godot This episode's title is the last stage direction accompanying the final lines in Samuel Beckett's 1952 play, after two acts of waiting for the title character who never arrives: ESTRAGON: Well, shall we go? VLADIMIR: Yes, let's go. They do not move.

    • Alice: ...I can't believe you were discussing Dave Brubeck. Dave Brubeck is an American jazz pianist and founder of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. One of the quartet's best known works, "Take Five" is featured throughout this episode.

    • Lloyd: ...last night we could barely keep up with Erik Satie. Erik Satie was a French composer of the 19th and 20th Centuries. His work, now considered ahead of its time, was known for being simple, restrained, and somewhat abstract.

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • I feel that the second series really is nowhere near as good as the first - by a very long shot.

    By rozzietheaussie, May 13, 2008

  • Refreshing

    By aggie2002, Oct 10, 2006

  • Patience has its own rewards.

    By layle1, Aug 19, 2006

  • A show that is VERY, VERY smart, well thought-out, well-written, superbly acted, delicately balanced - and probably that is why it would never become TOO popular.

    By heyvalera, Nov 06, 2005

  • Why does no one watch this great show?

    By becky_halliwell, Nov 02, 2005

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