The Worst Week of My Life

The BEST episodes of The Worst Week of My Life

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Only one week to go before the marriage of Howard and Mel which quickly escalates into the week from Hell. The series follows the bumbling Howard as he lurches from one appallingly embarrassing disaster to the next in the week leading up to his wedding.

Last Updated: 5/19/2022Network: BBC One
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Sunday
star
9.57
37 votes

#1 - Sunday

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/29/2005

It's all hands on deck to get ready for the baby's arrival. Howard and Dick work together and just in time the midwife arrives. As the night wears on the anticipation builds. Will what has been the worst week of their lives turn into the best one yet for Howard and Mel?

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Friday
star
9.21
43 votes

#2 - Friday

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/15/2005

Howard is busy doing his best to put a few things right, but it's not easy. As progress is made on one thing, yet another seems to be waiting to catch Howard out. After a tense meeting at work it seems that Mel's big day has arrived early! Is it time to meet Baby Steel?

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Friday
star
8.57
46 votes

#3 - Friday

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/9/2004

Howard wakes up in a prison cell to find out some terrible news about his best man Ben. It's a mad rush to the wedding rehearsal but sadly things don't go quite to plan and an ambulance is called to the church. Still they can look forward to a nice meal with the whole Cook family and Howard's father Ron and his lap dancer girlfriend Trish (Lizzie Roper). Howard and Mel are determined not to let their family differences get in the way of their happiness and finally sneak away to enjoy some time to themselves, unfortunately their flirting ends in disaster for Granny Cook (Hazel Douglas).

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Thursday
star
8.55
42 votes

#4 - Thursday

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/8/2005

As the week drags on for Howard things seem to be going from bad to worse. Dick discovers the truth about the cottage and Howard's trouble at work is also revealed. Poor Howard, at least friends over for dinner will provide some much needed light relief.

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Thursday
star
8.55
44 votes

#5 - Thursday

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/2/2004

Cassie's father turns up at the Cook household and berates Howard for ""abandoning"" his daughter until Uncle Fraser takes charge of the situation and escorts him off the premises. Strained relations between Mel and Howard take a turn for the worse when the wedding program arrives with an embarrassing print error...if only Howard had proof read them correctly! Mel and Howard part for their respective bachelor and bachelorette parties. Mel decides to get drunk and begins reminiscing about past relationships, which leads her to get in touch with an old flame. Meanwhile Howard's evening is one long disaster beginning in the pub and ending in the river Thames.

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Sunday
star
8.46
46 votes

#6 - Sunday

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/23/2004

Howard's and Mel's lives descend into further chaos. Are they destined to remain unmarried forever? Sunday morning in The Cook household: The father of the bride is nursing a bottle of scotch, the mother of the bride isn't talking to her husband, and their daughter Mel is missing. The police refuse to do anything until she has been missing for 24 hours so it's all up to Howard to try and find his bride. Will they be happily ever after?

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Saturday
star
8.32
47 votes

#7 - Saturday

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/16/2004

After the worst week of their lives the wedding day finally arrives, the big question is: are Mel and Howard actually going to make it down the aisle? Granny is in intensive care, Uncle Fraser has an urgent confession and there's a problem with Howard's suit. But the bride and groom remain undeterred. That is, until the father of the bride locks himself in the study and the bride goes missing. Can Howard and Mel make it to the church on time and will Angela's hors d'oeuvres survive until the reception?

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Tuesday
star
8.09
53 votes

#8 - Tuesday

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/19/2004

There's an uncomfortable atmosphere during breakfast as Howard faces up to the night before and his accidental bedroom liaison with Angela, Mel's mom. Redemption is at hand for Howard however as the long awaited ring finally arrives. Relations seem to be going well until he receives a petrifying call from Cassie, an ex-flame, who decides to profess her wanton desire for Howard, all while Howard is standing less than two feet away from Mel and her parents. Luckily for Howard, the day is broken up by a visit to Ron (John Benfield), his widowed father, but upon arrival Howard and Mel are welcomed by cries for help. A panicked Howard breaks into his father's home only to receive an embarrassing introduction to Ron's latest girlfriend. Back at Mel's parents, Howard discovers the remnants of a familiar ring-bearing box adorning the gnarled teeth of Binky, the family dog. As Howard contemplates how to extricate himself from this latest situation, an encounter with Mel's Father, Dick (Geoffrey Whitehead), over a wall building project gives rise to an unfortunate mishap involving, Howard, a cement mixer, and poor old Binky.

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Wednesday
star
8.04
51 votes

#9 - Wednesday

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/26/2004

Mel and Howard return home to find Cassie in a compromising position in their bedroom. In desperation Howard agrees to meet with Cassie to try to put an end to her mad interfering but his plan goes horribly wrong, leaving a distraught Mel searching for her fiancé. Later Howard is determined to put things rights with his future in laws, and brings thoughtful gifts to soften the blow of Binky's demise. Unfortunately the presents get muddled up with a joke gift for the best man and once again Howard is regarded with horror by Dick and Angela. Things turn from bad to worse as Uncle Fraser (Ronald Pickup) arrives for the wedding and the family prepare for Binky's funeral. What more can possibly go wrong for Howard?

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Wednesday
star
8.00
45 votes

#10 - Wednesday

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/1/2005

After the adventures of the night Howard is excused from the day's special occasion - instead opting to prepare a celebratory meal. With extra company in the shape of Uncle Fraser and problems from work still tugging at Howard's heels can the evening for once be a pleasant one?

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Tuesday
star
7.88
41 votes

#11 - Tuesday

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/24/2005

Howard and Mel are staying with Mel's parents until the cottage is ready. Howard is also having a few problems at work and after giving Eve a lift home events spiral leaving Howard feeling the long arm of the law.

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Monday
star
7.79
61 votes

#12 - Monday

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/12/2004

There are just seven days to go before Mel (Sarah Alexander) and Howard (Ben Miller) get married in the beautiful grounds of her parent's house. As the week begins, the happy couple are blissfully looking forward to their wedding until a panicky call from Mel's mother, Angela (Alison Steadman) disturbs their tranquil morning. Howard has one task to complete before they visit Mel's parents later that evening, but his office friends throw him a surprise drinks party and things don't quite go to plan. And just when Howard was about to put all that behind him, his colleague Cassie (Raquel Cassidy) drops a bombshell, which leaves his entire office disgusted with him. At Mel's parent's house, things go from bad to worse for Howard. Struggling as ever to impress the in-laws, Howard somehow manages to get caught in a compromising position in the toilet, lock the family pet in the grandfather clock, and climb into the wrong bed for a snuggle.

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Saturday
star
7.70
10 votes

#13 - Saturday

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/23/2005

It's the weekend at last and the day for Dick's celebration. Friends and relatives are arriving and Howard helps to get things ready. With the party in full swing and Dick's special gift finally secured the evening seems set for success - but not before yet another interruption...

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Christmas Eve
star
7.67
12 votes

#14 - Christmas Eve

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 12/24/2006

In the first episode, Howard took his unconscious boss Nicola to her home, and, after showering, was forced outside naked by Nicola, after she mistook his nakedness for preparation to rape her. Howard turned up naked on his in-laws'doorstep, and proceeded to urinate on the Christmas goose, falsely claiming to his wife and mother-in-law that his father-in-law was dead. He bought a new car with money he thought he would get from his father-in-law's will, crashed into his father-in-law, caused his mother-in-law to faint, made his wife suspicious about his naked escapade the previous night and finally destroyed his wife's childhood dollhouse, which was to be a gift to their newborn daughter part 2 of 3

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December 22nd
star
7.36
11 votes

#15 - December 22nd

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 12/23/2006

In the first episode, Howard took his unconscious boss Nicola to her home, and, after showering, was forced outside naked by Nicola, after she mistook his nakedness for preparation to rape her. Howard turned up naked on his in-laws'doorstep, and proceeded to urinate on the Christmas goose, falsely claiming to his wife and mother-in-law that his father-in-law was dead. He bought a new car with money he thought he would get from his father-in-law's will, crashed into his father-in-law, caused his mother-in-law to faint, made his wife suspicious about his naked escapade the previous night and finally destroyed his wife's childhood dollhouse, which was to be a gift to their newborn daughter part 1 of 3

Christmas Day
star
7.27
11 votes

#16 - Christmas Day

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/25/2006

In the first episode, Howard took his unconscious boss Nicola to her home, and, after showering, was forced outside naked by Nicola, after she mistook his nakedness for preparation to rape her. Howard turned up naked on his in-laws'doorstep, and proceeded to urinate on the Christmas goose, falsely claiming to his wife and mother-in-law that his father-in-law was dead. He bought a new car with money he thought he would get from his father-in-law's will, crashed into his father-in-law, caused his mother-in-law to faint, made his wife suspicious about his naked escapade the previous night and finally destroyed his wife's childhood dollhouse, which was to be a gift to their newborn daughter part 3 of 3

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Monday
star
7.16
43 votes

#17 - Monday

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/17/2005

Howard and mother-to-be Mel begin the week by moving into the cottage bequeathed to them in Granny's will, but their upheaval coincides with the funeral. When one of the pallbearers is taken ill, Dick finds it difficult to entrust the job to the new member of the family.

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