Married Single Other

UKTV – Thursdays from 9 August, 8.30pm

Finding love is easy. Keeping it is the hard bit. Six friends discover the difficulties of living with and without the one you love. When does compromise become sacrifice, and when do they both become divorce? Through love, passion, heartbreak and tragedy the six friends contemplate the meaning of ‘happily ever after and ponder the conundrum of always wanting what you just can’t have.

8:35pm Friday, October 1 on TV One

Finding love is easy. Keeping it is the hard bit. Six friends discover the difficulties of living with, and without the one you love tonight in TV ONE’s new drama series, Married Single Other at 8.35pm on TV ONE.

Ralf Little (The Royle Family) plays Clint and tells TV Choice magazine about his character, “he’s a guy who spends all his money on himself. He spent his twenties going out drinking with his buddies, being charming, wearing sharp suits and being able to get girls pretty easily because he’s perfected this spiel. Then he meets Abby (Miranda Raison) and she doesn’t fall for it. This prompts a realisation that he’s pushing 30 now and he’s not really interested in that any more. He’s met this girl and all he wants to do is hang out with her. But old habits die hard.”

Does Little think he’s like Clint in any way, “in as far as he’s got a twinkle in his eye and he’s confident in the way he chats, then yeah. He dresses very differently to me. I’ve been wearing these two beautiful Prada suits as Clint and I’ll definitely be trying to get them at the end of the show. But I don’t spend ages doing my hair, fake tanning all the sort of stuff that Clint does, I’m not that bothered.”

Asked if he enjoyed a lot of female attention in his twenties, especially during the success of The Royle Family, Little responds, “being on the television helps, I’ll be honest. I’ve done alright. Clint has to rely on his complete bolshie qualities – the wit, the banter, the sharp suit. I hopefully have the witty banter but generally just hope I get recognised. Usually it’s not going to happen.”

Having just turned 30 himself, Little talks about what it meant to him, “you go ‘okay, it’s a new phase of my life’. Much as I hate to admit it, I have grown up. What’s great for me is that this is a man’s role. I’m not the kid from The Royle Family, not the lad from Two Pints Of Lager, I’m a man in [Married Single Other].

In tonight’s episode, meet Lillie (Lucy Davis, The Office) and Eddie (Shaun Dooley, Law And Order UK). Unmarried but blissfully happy for 16 years, they have two lovely boys and while Lillie wouldn’t change a thing, Eddie would like nothing better than their signatures on a marriage licence.

Affectionately termed ‘The King of Sleaze’ by his friends, Clint (Little, The Royle Family) has no problem getting exactly what he wants with women, and that is certainly not a second date. However, when he meets the beautiful and kind Abbey (Miranda Raison Spooks) and she refuses to submit to his usual ways, he appears to have met his match.

Then there is Babs (Amanda Abbington, After You’ve Gone) and Clint’s brother, Dickie (Dean Lennox Kelly, Shameless). The connection between them is electric, powerful and lasting. Well, only lasting in the bedroom really. In all other parts of their lives they appear to be reading from very different pages.

Through love, passion, heartbreak and tragedy the six friends contemplate the meaning of ‘happily ever after’ and ponder the conundrum of always wanting what you just can’t have.