According to Bex

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According to Bex
Genre Sitcom
Created by Fred Barron
Starring Jessica Hynes
Greg Wise
Raquel Cassidy
Clive Russell
Zita Sattar
Oliver Chris
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 8
Executive producer(s) Fred Barron
Sophie Clarke-Jervoise
Producer(s) Alex Walsh-Taylor
Kenton Allen
Running time 30 minutes
Original network BBC One
Original release 7 January – 25 February 2005

According to Bex (originally titled Everything I Know About Men[1]) is a British sitcom that aired on BBC One in 2005. Starring Jessica Stevenson (now known as Jessica Hynes), it was written by Katie Douglas, Julia Barron and Fred Barron, who also created My Family and After You've Gone. The American sitcom Courting Alex, starring Jenna Elfman, was originally based on According to Bex.[2]



According to Bex concerns the life of Bex Atwell, a twenty-something single woman who works as a secretary and who lives in London. She is looking for the perfect man and the perfect job, but in both she ends with second best.


Critical response to the show was negative, with The Stage calling it "the biggest sitcom disaster of the year".[3] and the British Comedy Guide describing it as "dull and predictable".[4] Despite reports that a second series had been planned,[5] the show was cancelled after the first series due to low ratings.[6] Hynes considered the series so bad that she left her agent for persuading her to do it.[7]


  1. "Stuck in the Middle With You" (7 January 2005)
  2. "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" (14 January 2005)
  3. "The Time Warp" (21 January 2005)
  4. "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" (28 January 2005)
  5. "Gimme Shelter" (4 February 2005)
  6. "Private Dancer" (11 February 2005)
  7. "Hanging on the Telephone" (18 February 2005)
  8. "Nothing But Flowers" (25 February 2005)


  1. ^ "My Family creator Fred Barron gets new BBC ONE series". BBC press office. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Doctor in the house – TV Highlights 2005". The Stage website. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "According to Bex". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "GOSH AND BEX". The Mirror website. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  6. ^ Plunkett, John (31 January 2005). "BBC1 comedy slips to ratings low". The Guardian website. London. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  7. ^ McLean, Gareth (25 May 2007). "'I went mainstream. It really wasn't me'". The Guardian website. London. Retrieved 14 Feb 2016. 

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