Rescue Me (British TV series)
|Written by||David Nicholls|
|Theme music composer||Raynard Miner and Carl Smith|
|Opening theme||"Rescue Me" by Oliver Darley|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Greg Brenman|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Tiger Aspect Productions|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Original release||3 March –|
7 April 2002
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. 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. 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. A cover version of "Rescue Me", performed by Oliver Darley, is the series theme tune.
- Sally Phillips as Katie Nash, a feature writer on a magazine.
- Stewart Wright as Eddie Chisholm, the sub-editor who is Katie's shoulder to cry on.
- Oliver Chris as Luke Chatwin, the humorous photographer.
- James Lance as Guy, the magazine art director.
- Eliza Bennett as Natasha Bell, the deputy editor.
- Vincent Regan as Matthew Nash, Katie's husband.
- Sasha Behar as Emma Peters, the editor.
- Andrea Lowe as Melanie Woods, Emma's PA.
|"Episode 1"||David Nicholls||Kate Dennis||3 March 2002|
|"Episode 2"||David Nicholls||Kate Dennis||10 March 2002|
|"Episode 3"||David Nicholls||Kate Dennis||17 March 2002|
|"Episode 4"||David Nicholls||Julian Holmes||24 March 2002|
|"Episode 5"||Oliver Brown||Julian Holmes||31 March 2002|
|"Episode 6"||David Nicholls||Christine Langan||7 April 2002|
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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.