List of How Not to Live Your Life episodes

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The following is a list of episodes of How Not to Live Your Life, a British sitcom, written by and starring Dan Clark, about a neurotic twenty-nine-year-old man who is trying to navigate his way through life but is not helped by his bad instincts.

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Premiere Finale DVD release date
1 6 12 August 2008 16 September 2008 20 July 2009
2 6 15 September 2009 20 October 2009 19 October 2009
3 7 8 November 2010[1] 13 December 2010 18 July 2011
Special 1 22 December 2011 1 Oct 2012

Episode list[edit]

Series 1: 2008[edit]

# Title Director Writer(s) Original Airdate
0 "Pilot" Dan Clark Dan Clark 27 September 2007 (2007-09-27)
Sitcom pilot about Don, a neurotic single twentysomething British male trying and failing to navigate his way through the very basics of life, and whose biggest enemy is his overactive mind which plays out countless scenes of things he shouldn't do or say.
1 "Home Sweet Home" Dan Clark & Gary Reich Dan Clark 12 August 2008 (2008-08-12)
A remake of the pilot, with a different supporting cast and set.[2] Don discovers he's been left a house from his recently deceased grandmother, only to find out it has huge back payments and a strange man who won't leave. He decides to get a lodger to help with the rent - the girl he was in love with as a teenager.
2 "The Field Trip" Dan Clark & Gary Reich Dan Clark 19 August 2008 (2008-08-19)
Don goes on a field trip with Abby and the kids from her school. This attempt to show her he's a good, decent man goes horribly wrong when he gets the 10-year-olds drunk in a country pub.
3 "Fake Wake" Dan Clark & Gary Reich Dan Clark 26 August 2008 (2008-08-26)
Don finds out he's legally obliged to put on a wake for his deceased nan, with an open coffin for her body. The only problem is that he cremated her a few days before, so he and Eddie audition old people at an elderly centre for the role of Don's nan.
4 "The Young Ones" Dan Clark Dan Clark 2 September 2008 (2008-09-02)
Don meets a girl who is nine years younger than him whilst working as a charity street collector. He hangs out with her and her friends, but soon realises he's not the hip young dude he once thought he was.
5 "Like Father Like Don" Dan Clark Dan Clark 9 September 2008 (2008-09-09)
Don gets a new job working at CockFace's dad's company. The competition between the two becomes rife, and Don finds the father he never had in Glen.
6 "The Break Up" Dan Clark & Gary Reich Dan Clark 16 September 2008 (2008-09-16)
A night out on the pull with Eddie ends in all sorts of drama for Don. Coming back to the house, Don finds out that his true love Abby has just split up with CockFace, and Don ends up upsetting the girl he met in the bar (Olivia Lee).

Series 2: 2009[edit]

# Title Director Writer(s) Original Airdate
7 (1) "Don's New Flatmate" Martin Dennis Dan Clark 15 September 2009 (2009-09-15)

With Abby gone for six months, Don wants a stripper to move into the spare room who has a Latex fetish, but Eddie insists on a mature student he met. So they take the two girls out to an 80s-themed restaurant called the Nineteen Eaties to test which one would be most suitable.

Guest Star: Limahl as Himself
8 (2) "Don Dates a Cougar" Martin Dennis Dan Clark 22 September 2009 (2009-09-22)
Don starts dating an older woman he met in the Art Gallery where he works who described herself as a MILF. But he can't handle the grown up world she lives in and uses Mrs Treatcher as a pretend girlfriend in order to dump her. Sam has befriended a male friend from university who Don catches in her bedroom masturbating while sniffing her knickers. Don tells the friend to disappear or he'll tell Sam what he was doing.
9 (3) "Don the Singer" Martin Dennis Dan Clark 29 September 2009 (2009-09-29)

Don becomes jealous of Samantha's new boyfriend Jackson (Julian Barratt) who outdoes Don in musical talent. After listening to Samantha's advice he decides to write a song about Abby, which goes disastrously wrong. Sam eventually dumps Jackson after finding out Jackson slept with Don's current girlfriend.

Guest Star: Julian Barratt as Sam's new singer-songwriter boyfriend Jackson
10 (4) "Don Goes Gay" Martin Dennis Dan Clark 6 October 2009 (2009-10-06)
Don is forced to question his sexual preferences when he wakes after a night of heavy drinking to find himself sharing a bed with Samantha's brother Jamie. Unaware he is actually the victim of one of Samantha's pranks, he decides to open his mind to homosexuality, and asks his apparent bedfellow out on a date. Eventually Don realises he is not gay after Sam's brother performs oral sex on him and he ends up thinking about Sam.
11 (5) "Don Gets Healthy" Martin Dennis Dan Clark 13 October 2009 (2009-10-13)
Don joins a gym to prove to Sam and Eddie that he is fit and healthy, but fails to get beyond the running machine without passing out. Sam persuades him to go for a colonic irrigation, where he ends up agreeing to go on a date with the therapist, while Sam ends up dating the Gym instructor. Don and the therapist end up in the same restaurant as Sam and the Gym instructor. Don insults the Therapist while Sam tells the Gym instructor to clear off for being homophobic. Sam and Don end up sharing a table.
12 (6) "Don and the Wedding" Martin Dennis Dan Clark 20 October 2009 (2009-10-20)
Don is asked to be best man at the wedding of an old school friend, and persuades Sam to pass herself off as his wife in a bid to impress the groom. However, it quickly becomes clear that Don does not know his pal as well as he thought. The series ends as Sam and Don leave the reception early up to their hotel room, but before Don enters the room he receives a text message from Abby who says she has arrived back in the UK, and it remains uncertain as to what happens when Don enters the room and it cuts to the credits.

Series 3: 2010[edit]

Series 3 of How Not to Live Your Life began on 8 November 2010 at 22:00 on BBC Three with a double-bill of both Episodes 1 and 2. .[3]

There was also be a Christmas Special episode aired on 13 December 2010 on BBC Three.

# Title Director Writer(s) Original Airdate
13 (1) "Don's New Job"[5] Sam Leifer Dan Clark 8 November 2010 (2010-11-08)
Don copes with having blown his potential relationship with Sam, who has a charming new boyfriend. Later, Don lands a promotion while pretending to be a temp. Noel Fielding guest stars.[4]
14 (2) "Don's Angry Girlfriend" Sam Leifer Dan Clark 8 November 2010 (2010-11-08)
Things are looking up for Don as he has begun to date a sweet girl called Jenny. However, her behaviour starts to ring alarm bells as her moods swing from adorable to violent in an instant, turning Don into a battered and bruised mess. To make matters worse nobody believes him. The tension comes to a head during the local pub quiz.[6]
15 (3) "Don's Posh Weekend" Sam Leifer Dan Clark 15 November 2010 (2010-11-15)
Don and his boss Jason socialise together for the first time in the form of a double date with two posh girls they met at work. Don learns never to judge a book by its cover, as his date Felicity is far from prudish. Everything seems to be going well until Felicity invites them to her parents' country house for the weekend. It's a world away from Don's life and he struggles to fit in.[7]
16 (4) "Don Meets His Maker" Sam Leifer Dan Clark 22 November 2010 (2010-11-22)
The gang mistakenly believe Don might be seriously ill. However, when Don discovers this, he continues the lie about having Petersons disease rather than owning up. For the first time in his life he gets the kind of love and affection he has always craved. As the lie becomes more and more elaborate even Don starts to feel guilty and eventually he is forced to confess.
17 (5) "Don Dates a Homeless" Sam Leifer Dan Clark 29 November 2010 (2010-11-29)
Don meets a homeless girl in the street begging for money and strikes up a rapport. Whilst out with Sam the next day he confesses to finding her attractive. Sam jokingly dares him to ask her out, so he does. Sam is continuing to put pressure on Don to make more of an effort with her boyfriend Brian, culminating in a boy's night out with Don, Eddie and Brian.
18 (6) "Don Does Therapy" Sam Leifer Dan Clark 6 December 2010 (2010-12-06)
The news that Brian intends to propose to Sam at his birthday party makes Don realise he still has feelings for her. It dawns on him that maybe he has some women issues, so he decides to try out therapy. At work, Jason sees Don's sadness and suggests he goes to the party to confess his feelings for Sam before Brian proposes. Don agrees but drags Jason with him.
19 (7) "Don the Musical" Sam Leifer Dan Clark 13 December 2010 (2010-12-13)
Impatiently waiting to find out Sam's answer, Don attempts to distract himself by participating in an amateur dramatics group with Eddie. When the leading lady is injured, Don suggests Sam take the part, using the opportunity as a last chance to impress her.

Christmas Special: 2011[edit]

# Title Director Writer(s) Original Airdate
20 (1) "It's A Don-Derful Life" Sam Leifer Dan Clark 22 December 2011 (2011-12-22)

It's December in the Danbury household but there's nothing festive about Don's state of mind: the house is freezing because the boiler keeps breaking down; the toilet doesn't work; Mrs Treacher's losing the plot (and control of her bowels); Don's got a dead end job in a shoe shop and his friendship with Sam is no closer to becoming the romance he yearns for. Things suddenly take a turn for the better when he receives news he has finally paid off his gran's debts and is free to sell the house. However, rather than winning Sam's heart it only drives them further apart as he impulsively sells to a property developer who plans to knock it down and Eddie has to put Treacher into an old people's home.

Just when Don thinks things couldn't get worse, his friend Jason back-stabs him by securing an invite to spend Christmas with Sam and her mum. Contemplating another lonely festive season by himself, without the woman he loves, Don manages to persuade Eddie and Treacher to help him film a music video for a song he has specially written for Sam and drop it off at her Mum's. Along the way he encounters a lusty dwarf; a violent Santa and an OAP orgy all rounded off with an epic musical finale.


To coincide with the first broadcast of series two on UK television, a number of exclusive web videos were published on the BBC website. The specially shot scenes featured Don, Eddie and Mrs Treacher. A series of songs featuring Don and new character Jackson were also published.[8]

# Title Original publishing date
1 "Misery" 22 July 2009 (2009-07-22)
Don attempts to write a book while under pressure from the demanding Eddie.
2 "Russian Roulette" 27 July 2009 (2009-07-27)
Don challenges Eddie to a game of Russian Roulette with chilli sauce in cups of tea.
3 "Muffin Challenge" 3 August 2009 (2009-08-03)
Don helps Eddie in his attempt to break the world muffin eating record.
4 "William Tell" 3 September 2009 (2009-09-03)
Don tries to replicate the famous William Tell scene by placing a grape on the head of an unwilling Eddie, and taking aim.


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  8. ^ "How Not to Live Your Life Web Exclusives". Retrieved 13 October 2009. 

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