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* UnexplainedAccent: Richard Coyle (Jeff) doesn't have a Welsh accent, and he was never asked to do one for the show. Jeff's mother has a very RP English accent, though we never meet his father. According to Steve Moffat in one of the commentaries, Coyle simply showed up on set doing the accent, and since he wasn't a well known actor no-one noticed for ages until they got to know him better, by which point the first episode had been filmed and there was nothing they could do. Most likely RuleOfFunny - while it's pretty authentic and so isn't really a 'comedy accent', there is no denying it gives a certain something to Jeff's bizarre sexual metaphors.
** Conversely, Jeff's [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replacement]], Oliver, was played by a Welsh actor (Richard Mylan) who had to do an ''English'' accent in order to avoid the character being ''too'' similar to Jeff.

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* UnexplainedAccent: Richard Coyle (Jeff) doesn't have a Welsh accent, and he was never asked to do one for the show. Jeff's mother has a very RP English accent, though we never meet his father. According to Steve Moffat in one of the commentaries, Coyle simply showed up on set doing the accent, and since he wasn't a well known actor no-one noticed for ages until they got to know him better, by which point the first episode had been filmed and there was nothing they could do. Most likely RuleOfFunny - while it's pretty authentic and so isn't really a 'comedy accent', there is no denying that it gives a certain something to Jeff's bizarre sexual metaphors.
** Conversely, Jeff's [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replacement]], Oliver, was played by a Welsh actor (Richard Mylan) who had to do an ''English'' accent in order to avoid the character being ''too'' too similar to Jeff.

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** Conversely, Jeff's [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replacement]], Oliver, was played by a Welsh actor (Richard Mylan) who had to do an ''English'' accent in order to avoid the character being ''too'' similar to Jeff.

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* LoveEpiphany: After Sally and Patrick unsuccessfully try to sleep together for the first time, Sally visits again and the two get worked-up to try it again. As the two privately think about it, the two have imaginary conversations where they both realize that they fancy each other. The revelation also "fixes" Patrick who suddenly has his "partner" ready.


* DepthDeception: Jeff being dragged up to the [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments miniature]] [[GroinAttack guillotine]].

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* DepthDeception: Jeff being dragged up to the [[invoked]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments miniature]] [[GroinAttack guillotine]].



* MostWritersAreWriters: No reference is made to Steve's job during the series, but in a DVDCommentary, Moffat mentions that Steve is, like him, a writer.

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* MostWritersAreWriters: No reference is made to Steve's job during the series, but in a [[invoked]] DVDCommentary, Moffat mentions that Steve is, like him, a writer.



* RealSongThemeTune: ''Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps''.



* ThrowTheDogABone: Jeff finally getting a girlfriend in Julia (averting MinorFlawMajorBreakup after their first date is a disaster), which even manages to avert ShippingBedDeath by mining the comedy of this poor woman having to manage a relationship with ''Jeff''.

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* ThrowTheDogABone: Jeff finally getting a girlfriend in Julia (averting MinorFlawMajorBreakup after their first date is a disaster), which even manages to avert [[invoked]] ShippingBedDeath by mining the comedy of this poor woman having to manage a relationship with ''Jeff''.


* TwiceShy: Jeff and Julia in "Naked". We even see their respective {{Imagine Spot}}s of the terrible things they thought would happen [[AlmostKiss if they kissed]] in the stationary cupboard.

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* TwiceShy: Jeff and Julia in "Naked". We even see their respective {{Imagine Spot}}s of the terrible things they thought would happen [[AlmostKiss if they kissed]] in the stationary stationery cupboard.


** From "The Cupboard of Patrick's Love", when Sally complains about being the only woman who hasn't slept with Patrick yet:

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** From "The Cupboard of Patrick's Love", when Sally complains about being that if Jane sleeps with Patrick, she (Sally) will be the only woman one who hasn't slept with Patrick yet:him:


* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Jane, at first.
* FullNameUltimatum: Jeff's mother's reaction to the (very many) times she [[CaughtWithYourPantsDown caught him doing something embarrassing]] was always "Oh, ''Geoffrey''..."

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* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Jane, at first.
* FullNameUltimatum: Jeff's mother's reaction to the (very many) times she [[CaughtWithYourPantsDown caught him doing something embarrassing]] was always "Oh, ''Geoffrey''...''Jeffrey''..."


* TheFriendsWhoNeverHang: The CastCalculus generally splits the gang into guys and girls, apart from the various, well, ''couplings'' that arise, plus Steve/Jane and Susan/Patrick occasionally interacting as exes. Jane also has sex with Patrick at one point, leaving Jeff and Sally as the only pair who never really interact together, and she seems to fairly openly dislike him.

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* TheFriendsWhoNeverHang: The CastCalculus generally splits the gang into guys and girls, apart from the various, well, ''couplings'' that arise, plus Steve/Jane and Susan/Patrick occasionally interacting as exes. Jane also has attempts to have sex with Patrick at one point, point (they never actually have sex, though some people mistakenly seem to think they did), leaving Jeff and Sally as the only pair who never really interact together, and she seems to fairly openly dislike him.


** In his personal opinion, he's also "got technique". His ex [[spoiler:Jane]] disagrees, advising him that, when kissing, he should stop considering the epiglottis at the back of the throat a target and that he should stop trying to make nipples revolve like the knobs on an etch-a-sketch.

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** In his personal opinion, he's also "got technique". His ex [[spoiler:Jane]] disagrees, advising him Woman don't always agree - he's been advised that, when kissing, he should stop considering the epiglottis at the back of the throat a target and that he should stop trying to make nipples revolve like the knobs on an etch-a-sketch.


* BadLiar: Patrick has this problem, leaving him unable to keep secret the fact that he slept with [[spoiler:Jane]].

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* BadLiar: Patrick has this problem, leaving him unable to keep secret the fact that he slept recorded another woman over his sex tape with [[spoiler:Jane]].Susan.


* SixStudentClique:
** The main character: Steve
** The Muscle: Patrick
** The Quirk: Jeff/Oliver
** The Pretty One: Sally
** The Smart One: Susan
** The Wild One: Jane

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* MostWritersAreWriters: No reference is made to Steve's job during the series, but in a DVDCommentary, Moffat mentions that Steve is, like him, a writer.


* '''Steve Taylor''': A nice, if somewhat neurotic everyman, who starts dating Susan after breaking up with Jane.
* '''Susan Walker''': A snarky and practical blonde with the occasional mean streak, who starts dating Steve after breaking up with Patrick.
* '''Jeff Murdock''': Steve's best friend. A paranoid ManChild obsessed with women's bits who provides the show's most awkward moments.
* '''Sally Harper''': Susan's beauty-obsessed best friend. Although originally written as a one-note character, she gets plenty of serious character development after the first series.
* '''Patrick Maitland''': Susan's ex, a laid-back casanova who ''does'' have his heart in the right place on occasion. He is also very well-endowed (a "tripod", apparently). Although he's not too bright, he has his serious moments.
* '''Jane Christie''': Steve's ex. A walking mess of crazy with many hidden layers of even more crazy, although hidden underneath all of ''that'' crazy, she seems to be a very sweet, very scared woman.
* '''Oliver Morris''': The final series' replacement of Jeff. Owns a fantasy/sci-fi store and is worse with the opposite gender than the rest of the cast combined. Notably, even Jane thinks he's crazy.

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* '''Steve Taylor''': Taylor''' (Jack Davenport): A nice, if somewhat neurotic everyman, who starts dating Susan after breaking up with Jane.
* '''Susan Walker''': Walker''' (Sarah Alexander): A snarky and practical blonde with the occasional mean streak, who starts dating Steve after breaking up with Patrick.
* '''Jeff Murdock''': Murdock''' (Richard Coyle): Steve's best friend. A paranoid ManChild obsessed with women's bits who provides the show's most awkward moments.
* '''Sally Harper''': Harper''' (Kate Isitt): Susan's beauty-obsessed best friend. Although originally written as a one-note character, she gets plenty of serious character development after the first series.
* '''Patrick Maitland''': Maitland''' (Ben Miles): Susan's ex, a laid-back casanova who ''does'' have his heart in the right place on occasion. He is also very well-endowed (a "tripod", apparently). Although he's not too bright, he has his serious moments.
* '''Jane Christie''': Christie''' (Gina Bellman): Steve's ex. A walking mess of crazy with many hidden layers of even more crazy, although hidden underneath all of ''that'' crazy, she seems to be a very sweet, very scared woman.
* '''Oliver Morris''': Morris''' (Richard Mylan): The final series' replacement of Jeff. Owns a fantasy/sci-fi store and is worse with the opposite gender than the rest of the cast combined. Notably, even Jane thinks he's crazy.


** Happens in "The Girl with One Heart" to Sally with Patrick's GirlOfTheWeek Jennifer - Sally thinks Jennifer was fooling around with Jeff, but that she's aware that Sally is in love with Patrick. Jennifer thinks Sally is a lesbian and is coming on to her. [[BiTheWay Which is something she's totally okay with.]]

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** Happens in "The Girl with One Heart" to Sally with Patrick's GirlOfTheWeek Jennifer - Sally thinks Jennifer was fooling around with Jeff, but that she's aware that Sally is in love with Patrick. Jennifer thinks Sally is a lesbian and is coming on to her. [[BiTheWay Which is something she's totally okay with.]]


* BiTheWay:
** Jane mentions early in the show that she's bisexual, and mentions it often, but Susan thinks [[BaitAndSwitchLesbians she isn't bisexual at all]]. At one point in "Size Matters" she claims that being bi means she can go out with gay men, and simply won't believe the gay man in question when he tries to [[IncrediblyLamePun put her straight]]. However, in the episode "Nine and a Half Minutes", when Susan snogs her in order to turn on Steve, Jane is very obviously affected by it. Later in the series though, in the episode "The Naked Living Room", Oliver points out to Jane how these claims are all part of her tendency to [[AttentionWhore do anything to get attention]]. When she denies it, [[SubvertedTrope he shows her a foldout from a lads mag and she squeals and turns away in horror]].
** Played straight in the U.S. version, in one episode it's strongly implied that Jane slept with weather girl Connie.

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