Respectable (TV series)

Respectable is a British sitcom, first shown in six episodes from 30 August to 4 October 2006 on Five; it was later repeated on Paramount Comedy 1 and Paramount Comedy 2.

Written byShaun Pye
Harry Thompson
Alan Connor
Directed byDominic Brigstocke
StarringJustin Edwards
Jodi Albert
Beatrice Kelly
Cordelia Bugeja
Barunka O'Shaughnessy
Nick Holder
Helen Grace
Helen Modern
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Executive producer(s)Graham Smith
Daisy Goodwin
Producer(s)Shaun Pye (1 episode)
Camera setupSingle-camera setup
Original networkFive
Paramount Comedy 1
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original release30 August (2006-08-30) 
4 October 2006 (2006-10-04)

It follows Michael Price, a man acutely aware of his own dullness, trapped in a loveless marriage. In the first episode, he hesitantly visits a suburban brothel. Terrified of sex, he strikes up a platonic relationship with a young prostitute, Hayley. The series follows the development of this relationship, and Michael's attempts to conceal his visits to the brothel from his wife. This is complicated by the discovery that his builder, Barry, is a frequent and uninhibited visitor to the brothel.

The show was written by Shaun Pye, Alan Connor and Harry Thompson. Former Hollyoaks actress Jodi Albert plays Hayley, a dumb hooker with a heart of gold; Kate is a university student, owner Maureen is a more mature lady who claims to be 27, while Yelena is a dominant Eastern European. Of the characters who don't work there, Michael is going through a mid-life crisis, while his friendly builder Barry is a typical "Jack the lad".


Character Actor
MichaelJustin Edwards
HayleyJodi Albert
MaureenBeatrice Kelly
KateCordelia Bugeja
YelenaBarunka O'Shaughnessy
BarryNick Holder
PippaHelen Grace
NaomiHelen Modern


Eaves, a London-based feminist charity, has set up an online petition against the show, which it labels as "a gross misrepresentation of the lives of women involved in prostitution". Producers argued that it is not the role of the sitcom to present realistic depictions of life.

International broadcasters

DVD release

Respectable was released on region 2 in the UK on DVD on 9 October 2006 via 2entertain distribution.[1]


  1. "Respectable [DVD] [2006]". Retrieved 20 January 2015.

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