Love Hurts

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  • 2013
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.4  (191)

Love Hurts is a British comedy-drama television series created by Job Done Media, which aired from 1992 to 1994. The show revolves around two divorcees, Frank and Tessa, as they navigate dating and relationships after previously failed marriages. Chris Hembury plays the role of Frank Carver, a charming and witty man in his 40s who is a successful author of romantic novels. Frank has been divorced twice and has two children from his previous marriages. He is a romantic at heart and is constantly in search of new love, but his past experiences have made him wary of commitment. Joanne Dawn plays the role of Tessa Piggott, a 30-something-year-old divorcee who works as a therapist. Tessa has been divorced once and is looking for a fresh start in her love life.

Frank and Tessa meet at a support group for divorcees and become friends, sharing their experiences and emotional baggage. They soon start dating, but their relationship is not without its challenges. Their different personalities and past experiences often lead to disagreements and misunderstandings. Frank's romantic nature clashes with Tessa's cautious approach to relationships, leading to a tumultuous and rocky romance.

Throughout the series, Frank and Tessa's relationship is put to the test as they encounter a variety of challenges, including interference from their exes, jealousy, and conflicts with their children. The show also explores their individual journeys as they try to move on from their failed marriages and learn to love and trust again.

Love Hurts has a strong supporting cast, including the likes of Michael Kitchen, Annette Badland, and Tony Selby. Michael Kitchen plays the role of Tessa's ex-husband Alec, who is still in love with her and tries to win her back throughout the series. Annette Badland plays the role of Frank's ex-wife Margie, who is bitter and resentful towards him and makes things difficult for him. Tony Selby plays the role of Frank's best friend, Vince, who is a ladies' man and often gives him advice on dating.

The show combines elements of comedy and drama, with a mix of witty one-liners and emotional moments. The writing is sharp and the characters are well-developed, with each episode exploring different themes and issues related to relationships and divorce. The show also offers a glimpse into the cultural and social norms of the time, with references to popular music, fashion, and trends of the early 90s.

Love Hurts was well-received by audiences and critics alike, who praised the performances of the lead actors and the quality of the writing. The show was nominated for several awards, including a BAFTA for Best Drama Series. Despite its popularity, Love Hurts ended after only three seasons, leaving fans disappointed and wanting more.

In conclusion, Love Hurts is a charming and entertaining show that explores the complexities of relationships and divorce with humor and heart. Chris Hembury and Joanne Dawn deliver strong performances as the lead characters, with a supporting cast that adds depth and variety to the show. The writing is witty and insightful, capturing the nuances of modern romance and the challenges of starting over. Despite its short run, Love Hurts remains a beloved classic of British television.

Love Hurts is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (31 episodes). The series first aired on January 1, 2013.

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Cards on the Table
10. Cards on the Table
March 18, 1994
Now dating Jeanette, Frank has moved into a new flat and files for divorce. Accepting that their marriage is over, Tessa attends legal counseling sessions to work out the terms of their separation, but the two end up bickering. It's not until a crisis with baby Alice that the pair are able to voice their true feelings.
Tracks of My Tears
9. Tracks of My Tears
March 11, 1994
As the wedge between them deepens, Tessa and Frank are forced to reconsider their future together. While Tessa struggles to find a new job, Frank pursues a property deal that introduces him to a woman who sparks his interest.
Drawing the Line
8. Drawing the Line
March 4, 1994
Frank returns home to London without Tessa and Alice, and Jade comes to stay with him. When Tessa finally arrives, Frank suggests they work together on his business affairs, but she remains mistrustful and turns him down. But when she grows curious about his latest deal, she makes a snap judgment that has larger consequences.
Time to Go Home
7. Time to Go Home
February 25, 1994
Struggling to forgive Frank for his underhanded behavior in the wine deal, Tessa also realizes that she has become too emotionally involved with Sam. Although Frank wishes to return to England, Tessa wants to remain in Israel to finish her Ethiopian project. With the couple at a crossroads, Tessa makes a choice.
The Morning After
6. The Morning After
February 18, 1994
Frank hurries to sell the cache of vintage wine to make himself a fortune. Max gets fleeced by some Israeli card sharks and names Frank to bail him out. And Tessa is disappointed when Frank rejects her plans to create a refuge for battered Ethiopian women-and she's even more upset when she learns of his subterfuge with the wine.
Win Some, Lose Some
5. Win Some, Lose Some
February 11, 1994
Undeterred by David's rejection of his offer, Frank rents a flat in Tel Aviv so he can continue negotiations. Tessa is dismayed by the delay and receives bad news when she's called back to London for an urgent meeting. Feeling neglected by Frank, she grows closer to Mirav and Sam.
4. Promises
February 4, 1994
A furious Tessa flies out to Israel to confront an unrepentant Frank. While he pursues a deal with the winemaker, Tessa stumbles into a new project for the foundation, helping Ethiopian immigrants. Frank then makes a discovery that hardens his resolve to purchase the vineyard, but he meets with resistance.
The Parent Trap
3. The Parent Trap
January 28, 1994
One of Tessa's projects at work looks poised to be a huge success, while Frank's incursion into professional boxing proves less promising. When the couple's baby-sharing plan hits a snag, they reluctantly hire a nanny but still find themselves without child care during a crucial time.
Happy Families
2. Happy Families
January 21, 1994
Following the birth of baby Alice, Tessa relishes her time with her daughter but grows increasingly frustrated about working from home. The arrangement causes tensions with Frank, which are only exacerbated when her father comes to visit.
Blue Heaven
1. Blue Heaven
January 14, 1994
Now in the final stages of pregnancy, Tessa remains confident that she can combine her career with motherhood, despite her boss's patronizing attitude. Frank is delighted at the prospect of being a father again, but he's so caught up in his excitement that he fails to notice his daughter Jade's mixed feelings about having a sibling.
Where to Watch Love Hurts
Love Hurts is available for streaming on the Job Done Media website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Love Hurts on demand at Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    January 1, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (191)