Rescue Me (British TV series)

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Rescue Me
GenreRomantic comedy
Written byDavid Nicholls
StarringSally Phillips
Theme music composerRaynard Miner and Carl Smith
Opening theme"Rescue Me" by Oliver Darley
Ending themeReprise
Composer(s)Matt Dunkley
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Greg Brenman
Gareth Neame
Producer(s)Christine Langan
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Tiger Aspect Productions
DistributorEndemol UK
Original networkBBC One
Original release3 March –
7 April 2002 (2002-04-07)
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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 NichollsKate Dennis3 March 2002 (2002-03-03)
"Episode 2"David NichollsKate Dennis10 March 2002 (2002-03-10)
"Episode 3"David NichollsKate Dennis17 March 2002 (2002-03-17)
"Episode 4"David NichollsJulian Holmes24 March 2002 (2002-03-24)
"Episode 5"Oliver BrownJulian Holmes31 March 2002 (2002-03-31)
"Episode 6"David NichollsChristine Langan7 April 2002 (2002-04-07)


  1. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (1 November 2001). "Heggessey asks Cold Feet producer for new rom-com". Broadcast. EMAP Business. Retrieved 19 July 2008.
  2. ^ Deans, Jason (14 May 2002). "BBC axes Rescue Me". Media Guardian. Retrieved 12 November 2007.
  3. ^ Martin, Will (29 February 2008). "Sally Phillips interview". Last Broadcast. Retrieved 16 July 2008.
  4. ^ Staff writer (5 April 2002). "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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