The BEST Episodes of Early Doors

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 20, 2022

Network: BBC Two

Early Doors is set in a small pub in Manchester where daily life is bound up in the issues of love, loneliness, and blocked urinals. Regular drinkers Joe and Duffy pass the time with landlord Ken and his police officer cronies.

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Practice

#1 - Practice

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 11, 2004

In the penultimate episode of life at The Grapes Ken the landlord smartens himself up to play the romantic lead. There is growing concern amongst the regulars that their favourite boozer may be turned into a fun pub and Duffy plays down his recent good fortune.

star 8.09
46 votes
Drugs Bust

#2 - Drugs Bust

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 2, 2003

The excitement never stops in The Grapes, with the drawing of the football card. The Police are keeping busy, with drug raids, helicopter rides and free electric on the agenda. Jean prays for good health and a Peak Practice video, while tales of Joan's Mum put Tommy off his beer. Duffy and Joe give Liam love advice, will he take it or will he take the honest approach?

star 8.05
57 votes
Do You Like the Circus?

#3 - Do You Like the Circus?

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 4, 2004

The future of The Grapes is uncertain as Ken the landlord is ready to throw the towel in. Tanya however has different plans for him and romance is high on her agenda. A police informant spurs Phil and Nige into some drastic action.

star 7.98
47 votes
Feeling Poorly

#4 - Feeling Poorly

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 20, 2004

Ken the landlord is laid up with the flu. The cops arrive to celebrate their successful drugs bust. Duffy is in no mood for celebrating and faces up to the prospect of single life, seeking solace in the bottom of his beer glass.

star 7.96
46 votes
Part Time

#5 - Part Time

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 18, 2004

It's Melanie's 21st birthday party and 'Jumping Joe's Krazy Roadshow' is in full swing. Phil and Nige take the opportunity to try out their new business venture and Tommy eagerly eyes up the buffet.

star 7.91
11 votes
Missing Maltesers

#6 - Missing Maltesers

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 9, 2003

Good news for Melanie hurts Ken. Meanwhile, Phil and Nige own up to an error, Eddie and Joan are all dressed up for their anniversary and Jean's Maltesers are missing. Joe keeps a secret, is Duffy in for a taste of his own medicine?

star 7.89
54 votes
Marital Problems

#7 - Marital Problems

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired May 19, 2003

Women throw themselves at Ken in The Grapes. Liam's cooking Melanie a meal for her birthday, although Joe and Duffy suspect she's got a bigger treat in store, Phil and Nige find a bonus in Comet and Duffy's playing away from home. Meanwhile, Joe's sleeping in the spare room after a "wardrobe incident".

star 7.71
31 votes
Opening Time

#8 - Opening Time

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired May 12, 2003

Discarded fag ends in the urinals and the arrival of temporary traffic lights in the vicinity causes chaos in The Grapes.

star 7.57
69 votes
On The Mobile

#9 - On The Mobile

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired May 26, 2003

Ken is forced to downsize the transport for the Big Boy's Beano, they'll be going in a taxi soon. Phil and Nige stare death in the face, Melanie finds her real father and Liam gets a lesson in music and romance from Joe and Duffy. It won't stop him getting on the wrong side of Melanie. Has Jean managed to talk herself out of a holiday?

star 7.25
32 votes
Breakfast

#10 - Breakfast

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 16, 2003

It's the big day in The Grapes. The boys prepare for the Big Boys Beano with a hearty breakfast, while Melanie meets her real Dad. Back at The Grapes, Ken discovers who's been blocking the urinals!

star 6.87
53 votes
Sad News at the Grapes

#11 - Sad News at the Grapes

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 13, 2004

Forged bank notes are being past over The Grapes counter but who is the culprit? Luckily Phil and Nige the policemen are on the case.

star 6.83
52 votes
Quiz Night

#12 - Quiz Night

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 27, 2004

It's Quiz Night down at The Grapes and Eddie reveals his specialist subject. Tanya lays on her charms for Ken and he lays on some sandwiches for the regulars. The Quizmasters word is final.

star 6.65
46 votes