Rescue Me (UK TV series)

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Rescue Me
Genre Romantic comedy
Written by David Nicholls
Starring Sally Phillips
Theme music composer Raynard Miner and Carl Smith
Opening theme "Rescue Me" by Oliver Darley
Ending theme Reprise
Composer(s) Matt Dunkley
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Greg Brenman
Gareth Neame
Producer(s) Christine Langan
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Tiger Aspect Productions
Distributor Endemol UK
Original network BBC One
Original release 3 March – 7 April 2002
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Rescue Me is a British romantic comedy television series produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and broadcast on BBC One in 2002. It was created, and principally written, by David Nicholls and stars Sally Phillips as Katie Nash, a woman who is recovering from a divorce while at the same time writing relationship features for Eden, the women's magazine she works on. The series was filmed from November to December 2001.[1] It ran for six episodes, averaging 3.4 million viewers and a 15% audience share in its Sunday night timeslot. The low ratings meant it was not recommissioned for a second series, leaving an unresolved cliffhanger.[2] Nicholls had written four episodes of the unmade second series before discovering Rescue Me had been cancelled. As a result, he took a break from screenwriting to concentrate on his debut novel Starter for Ten.[3] A cover version of "Rescue Me", performed by Oliver Darley, is the series theme tune.[4]



Title Writer Director Original airdate
"Episode 1" David Nicholls Kate Dennis 3 March 2002 (2002-03-03)
"Episode 2" David Nicholls Kate Dennis 10 March 2002 (2002-03-10)
"Episode 3" David Nicholls Kate Dennis 17 March 2002 (2002-03-17)
"Episode 4" David Nicholls Julian Holmes 24 March 2002 (2002-03-24)
"Episode 5" Oliver Brown Julian Holmes 31 March 2002 (2002-03-31)
"Episode 6" David Nicholls Christine Langan 7 April 2002 (2002-04-07)


  1. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (2001-11-01). "Heggessey asks Cold Feet producer for new rom-com". Broadcast. EMAP Business. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  2. ^ Deans, Jason (2002-05-14). "BBC axes Rescue Me". Media Guardian. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 
  3. ^ Martin, Will (2008-02-29). "Sally Phillips interview". Last Broadcast. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  4. ^ Staff writer (2002-04-05). "Robbie's rival is back". Lancashire Evening Telegraph. Newsquest Media Group. Gordon will be touring with rising star Oliver Darley, best known for his rendition of Rescue Me, for the hit BBC series of the same name. 

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