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Freezing is a BBC comedy series starring Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern about an otherwise successful couple in their forties who find themselves out of work. Matt (Bonneville) is a publisher who has recently lost his job and Elizabeth (McGovern) is an Oscar-nominated American actress who is having a hard time getting work since moving to live with Matt in London.

Freezing was originally a one-off comedy as part of BBC Four's Tight Spot season in February 2007,[1] which then became the first episode of the series when it aired on BBC Two in February 2008.[2]

Freezing is written by James Wood and directed by Simon Curtis.[3]


  • Elizabeth McGovern is herself an Oscar-nominated actress who moved to London to live with her husband, Simon Curtis.
  • From 2010 to 2015, McGovern and Bonneville worked together again, co-starring in the successful period drama series Downton Abbey as Robert and Cora Crawley, the Earl and Countess of Grantham.


  1. ^ BBC (16 February 2007). "Tight Spot".
  2. ^ BBC (18 February 2008). "Freezing".
  3. ^ BBC (2007). "BBC Four Winter/Spring Highlights 2007" (PDF).

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