The Circuit

Synopsis: Newly arrived in town Nat and Gabe accept a dinner invitation from the volatile Hungarian Helene and her boorish husband Sasha. Whilst the other guests, ex-Bananarama member Marty, Angie, who 'makes bullets' and the supposedly suicidal Danny are affable enough, Nat and Gabe are shocked by their hosts' very public rows and Gabe's attempt at peace-making is awkwardly received. Nat is taken aback when virtual stranger Helene confides in her about Sasha's suspected infidelity and Gabe is rudely rebuffed when he tries to have a heart to heart with Sasha. After Helene physically attacks her husband the newcomers are desperate to leave but when Danny drops a bombshell Gabe is torn between responsibility and the easy way out.
Genre: Comedy
50 min

63. 65. Is this our area?

I mean, would you still call

this where we live?

Gabe, are you all right?

Yeah, I'm all right.

Look, are we doing this? What?

I don't even know these people.

They've asked us to dinner.

We're new, we don't know anyone.

It's nice.

Yeah, but are they our kind of

people? I don't know.

We're going to find that out, aren't

we? Yeah, but then we're trapped

over dinner, coffees, cocktails,

then we have to ask them back.

And then what?

And then we're friends, friends with

people who aren't our friends.


Is this about the Chinese lady?

I watched them take her away, Nat.

Yeah, kind of awkward.

They dragged her off the train just

because she had the wrong ticket.

I mean, she doesn't know.

She doesn't speak English.

She's obviously here illegally.

I think this is the house.

I mean, she's halfway back

to God knows what.

Interrogation, waterboarding?

Do they even do that in China? No!

I don't know, maybe. Don't let it

spoil your evening though.

Are you going to bring that in?

What? The coffee. Yeah, of course.

I mean, are you going to do

the thing where you tell them

it came out of something's arse?

It did.

It did come out of something's

arse. That's the point.

OK, well, if they're not interested,

don't start sulking.

Are you going to drink tonight?

What? No, nothing.

It's just you said you might not

want to drink, that's all.

All right. I'll...

say I'm on antibiotics. Yeah...

Tell you what, let's have a safe

word so if one of us wants to go,

we say it and

we can get the f*ck out.

Oh, shit, that's a great idea.

WOMAN SHOUTS ..try and make them feel

comfortable in this fucking house.

Welcome. Come in, come in.

Wow, such a beautiful...

Yes, yes, this is the hallway.

We're going to knock this

all through. Come through.

It's all going to be

one big living space. Come through.

We brought you some...

Sasha! Give me your coats.

I'll hang them.

Come through.

Come through. Sasha!

So glad you made it.

Such a beautiful area,

so many people moving in like you.

Sasha, for f*ck's sake!

Coffee, we brought you some coffee.

Something smells nice.

Yes, yes, it's goulash.

It's Hungarian dish.

Traditional. It's pronounced

goulash. Oh, goulash.


It's called civet coffee.

Yes, yes. This is Marty.

This is Angie.

Sasha, please, for f*ck's sake!

Civet's a type of weed. Yes, yes.

Sasha will be here in a minute.

He's my fucking husband.

What do you want me

to do with the...?

What is wrong?

They're just having a little barney.

There's a bit of tension.

There was some shouting and

then I think Helene was crying.

I don't think she was crying.

Well, maybe we should...

No, I don't think it's a big deal.

I'm Marty. Nat. This is Gabe.


Hi, I'm Angie. Hi.

So, a bit of tension, then.


I understand you have some coffee...

or something.

Yeah, well, it's just...

It's no big deal.

It's just that this is civet coffee.

It's actually a delicacy.

The civet is a kind of weasel.

So the civet eats the fruit.

What fruit?

The coffee fruit. So the civet

eats the coffee fruit,

leaving the bean which doesn't get

digested in its stomach acid

which it then excretes and... Shits?

Yeah, it's all clean.

It's traditional.

They've been harvesting it

for years in Indonesia.

So this is a bag of weasel

shit beans?

I'm not explaining

what this is properly.

Because we drink Illy here.

It's a delicacy. Yeah, I get it.

It cost 27.50 a lb.

So you just moved to the area?

Yes, yeah.

We used to live in Strood.

We moved here about a month ago.

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Sharon Horgan

Sharon Lorencia Horgan (born 13 July 1970) is an Irish actress, writer, and producer. She is best known for the comedy series Pulling (2006–09) and Catastrophe (2015–present), both of which she starred in and co-wrote. She also created the HBO comedy series Divorce (2016–present). Horgan won the 2008 British Comedy Award for Best TV Actress for Pulling, while the shows 2009 hour-long final episode won the British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Drama. A seven-time BAFTA TV Award nominee, she won the 2016 BAFTA TV Award for Best Comedy Writer for Catastrophe (with Rob Delaney), and was nominated for the 2016 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Horgan has appeared in the films Valiant (2005), Imagine Me & You (2005), Man Up (2015), and Game Night (2018). more…

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