Respectable (TV series)
|Written by||Shaun Pye |
|Directed by||Dominic Brigstocke|
|Starring||Justin Edwards |
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Executive producer(s)||Graham Smith |
|Producer(s)||Shaun Pye (1 episode)|
|Camera setup||Single-camera setup|
|Original network||Five |
Paramount Comedy 1
|Picture format||576i (16:9 SDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||30 August –|
4 October 2006
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".
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.