Friends and Crocodiles

Friends and Crocodiles is a one-off British television drama production, written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff and first broadcast on BBC One on 15 January 2006.

Friends and Crocodiles
Written byStephen Poliakoff
Directed byStephen Poliakoff
StarringDamian Lewis
Jodhi May
Robert Lindsay
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes1
EditorClare Douglas
Running time109 mins
Original networkBBC One
Original release15 January 2006 (2006-01-15)
Related showsGideon's Daughter


The film charts the shifting power between a boss and his secretary as their careers rise and fall in the rapidly changing workplace of 1980s and 1990s Britain. Friends and Crocodiles stars Damian Lewis, Jodhi May and Robert Lindsay with an ensemble cast that includes Patrick Malahide and Eddie Marsan.

Damian Lewis plays Paul, a Gatsby-like figure and inspirational entrepreneur. He is a host of fabulous parties, a "collector" of interesting people, a visionary with dreams of new urban landscapes, and keeper of a pet crocodile. Jodhi May plays Lizzie, who is persuaded by Paul to become his secretary and bring some order to his creative chaos. Once at Paul's magnificent house, Lizzie's world expands as she meets artists, historians and politicians.

The drama was loosely linked to a second Poliakoff piece, Gideon's Daughter, broadcast the following month. Although the links were more thematic than narrative, the character of Sneath (Lindsay) reappeared in Gideon's Daughter, acting as the narrator.


Role Cast
Paul Damian Lewis
Lizzie Jodhi May
Christine Sophie Hunter[1]
Angela Isabel Brook
Simone Ruth Millar
Carol Olivia Poulet
William Sneath Robert Lindsay
Marcus Eddie Marsan
Anders Patrick Malahide
Delivery Boy David John Daniels


The location of the final scene around the fire is Weavers Fields in Bethnal Green.


  1. ^ "Sophie Hunter as Christine in Friends and Crocodiles (2005)".

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