A Thing Called Love
Paul Nicholls stars as hopeless romantic Gary Scant, a painter decorator from Nottingham, on a quest to find real love.
Gary Scant is completely devoted to his childhood sweetheart, Mel. That is, until he ends up sleeping with someone else, after a boozy night out on the town. Gary's best mate Kelvin insists an infidelity needn't change things. Kelvin is happily married but never misses the chance to play away.
Appalled by what he's done, Gary decides that the incident is a wake up call. It was a reminder that he's been taking Mel for granted. With a little help from his friends, he sets about preparing the perfect Valentine's date for her. However, Mel doesn't share his fairytale notions about love. She is a realist and doesn't believe in the perfect relationship. For Mel, it's all about learning to give and take and accepting compromise at times. She doesn't seek constant fireworks and surprises in their relationship, and is content with the simple things in life - a cosy night in front of the television.
As the Valentine evening spirals out of control, Gary has to confront the painful truth about his feelings for Mel and they split up. Shellshocked by the Valentine's Day from hell, he makes a pact with recently dumped friend Paula never to compromise on love. He then embarks on a quest to find his soul mate.
Despite his friends' best attempts, Gary isn't swayed by the body beautiful. He prefers to hold out for the real thing. He believed that 'the one' really exists. His mission is to to prove it.