Nathan Barley

Season 1 Episode 5

Episode Five

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 11, 2005 on Channel 4



  • Trivia

    • The mechanical clock on the wall in Nathan's office is broken throughout the entire series. It displays the same time in every shot that it appears.

  • Quotes

    • Nathan: (as Claire walks away) Still jealous. It's a shame. Try to nip it in the butt really Claire. Makes you lose your looks. Your face has gone sour.

    • Claire: Nathan. What is this saying about London's underclass?
      Nathan: They're... not all ugly?

    • Mandy: (singing) Bad to have a bad uncle. Bad to have a bad uncle. Pain, pain is a monkey. Pain, pain is a monkey.

    • Claire: So you're not thirteen?
      Mandy: No.
      Nathan: (relieved) She isn't thirteen!
      Mandy: I'm, I'm eighteen.
      Claire: That completely blows my story!
      Nathan: Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!
      Claire: Oh, yeah. Really brilliant, lets pretend she's thirteen!
      Nathan: Yeah, let's pretend!
      Claire: Is this a big joke, isn't it?
      Nathan: Yeah it's great!
      Claire: Why?
      Nathan: When she gave me a bl*w job... I thought she was thirteen!
      (face becomes serious)

    • Reporter: Printing pictures of girls who are thirteen is illegal isn't it.
      Jonatton: Would be if they were thirteen.
      Reporter: Well how old are they?
      Jonatton: Over eighteen, etc.
      Reporter: And can you prove that?
      Jonatton: Have you read it?
      Reporter: Of course.
      Jonatton: Even the bit here, that says "our models are six years older than their stated age"?

    • Nathan: Alright fire! Abandon shoot! That's an electric shock! That's fire! That could be fire!

    • Claire: Can you plug it in?
      Nathan: I'm watching the weather. There might be storms, and umm, this building's got a loose roof and umm, it's only held on by one screw...
      Claire: Nathan!

    • (over phone)
      Claire: Don't let her leave, she's perfect for my film.
      Nathan: OK.
      Claire: She's a child on coke...
      Nathan: Hmm?
      Claire: She's 13 years old.

    • Man at Bar: What's your name?
      Dan: No.
      Man at Bar: Oh, please
      (phone rings, answers phone)
      Dan: Dan Ashcroft! Oh, shit.

  • Notes

    • Although Mandy (Ophelia Lovibond) is mistaken for a thirteen-year old girl, Ophelia was actually nineteen when this episode first aired

  • Allusions