Hardware (TV series)

Hardware is a British sitcom that aired on ITV from 2003 to 2004. Starring Martin Freeman, it was written and created by Simon Nye, the creator of Men Behaving Badly and directed by Ben Kellett.

Created bySimon Nye
StarringMartin Freeman
Peter Serafinowicz
Ken Morley
Ryan Cartwright
Susan Earl
Ella Kenion
Opening themeA Taste of Honey by Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series2
No. of episodes12
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Thames Television
Original networkITV
Original release23 March 2003 (2003-03-23) 
11 April 2004 (2004-04-11)

The show's opening theme was "A Taste of Honey" by Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass.



Hardware is set in "Hamway's Hardware Store" in London, where main character Mike (Martin Freeman) works with Steve (Ryan Cartwright) and Kenny (Peter Serafinowicz) for shop owner Rex (Ken Morley). They relax at the next-door-but-one cafe, "Nice Day Cafe", where Mike's girlfriend Anne (Susan Earl) works with Julie (Ella Kenion). The series revolves around the store staff as they engage in a daily wisecrack battle with packs of DIY obsessed clients.


Series One (2003)

  1. "Nice" (23 March 2003)
  2. "Naked" (30 March 2003)
  3. "Bondage" (6 April 2003)
  4. "Finger" (13 April 2003)
  5. "Women" (20 April 2003)
  6. "Hutch" (27 April 2003)

Series Two (2004)

  1. "Bastard" (7 March 2004)
  2. "Big Foot" (14 March 2004)
  3. "Nude" (21 March 2004)
  4. "Loser" (28 March 2004)
  5. "Tony Two-Ways" (4 April 2004)
  6. "Celebrity" (11 April 2004)

DVD releases

The first series of Hardware is available on DVD in Region 4 (Australia).[1] The complete series of Hardware was released in February 2009 in the UK on Region 2 from Network DVD.[2]


  1. "Hardware - Series 1". ezydvd.com.au. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.
  2. "Hardware - The Complete Series (1&2)". networkdvd.net.


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