"Love Hurts" charts the everyday life, loves and pains of an "odd couple". As the mismatched pair try to figure out how to have a relationship that doesn't hurt, they discover that love isn't always quite that simple.
1. Crawjing from the Wrecage Tessa Piggott (Zoe Wanamaker) walks out on her high flying City job after a break-up with her lover and boss Hugh Karainer (Stephen Moore). Having renounced men, she then meets Frank Carver (Adam Faith), a plumber, entrepreneur and admirer of women - particularly Tessa.
2. Take it to ter Limit Tessa, Director of Third World development agency, S.E.E.D. is forced to rely on plumber-turned-entrepreneur, Frank to solve her work problems out in the Gambia, while she unwittingly helps him in one of his business enterprises - but she still rejects his amorous advances. Tessa returns home to a crisis at work.
3. Walk right Back Tessa is too busy working to pay any attention to her despondent suitor Frank, but he sees a chance to help her when she has an opportunity to get even with smooth talking MP Charles Tremain (James Warwick) in a radio debate.
4. Relative Values The death of a colleague causes Tessa to reassess her relationship with Frank
5. Cured! Frank is finding it difficult to cope with the open relationship which Tessa has proposed, especially when he sees her surrounded by potential rivals at the development agency's fun run in Battersea Park.
6. Stormy Weather While Tessa is away in Chad, Frank is busy buying a riverside wharf for development, though he does find time for a one night stand, whereas Tessa for her part resists one.
A Day in the Life Frank and Tessa become closer as they try to help Diane (Jane Lapotaire) with her marriage and Jade (Robin Weaver) with her love life.
8. Charity Begins at Home Frank, Tessa and Jade have become a close family unit, but a visit from Frank's ex wife and Jade's mother, Helen (Charlotte Cornwell), puts the cat amongst the pigeons.
9. Who's Sorry Now? A wedding in Frank's family and a crisis in Tessa's makes her reconsider her commitment to Frank.
10. Let's Do It It's crisis point for Frank's business, for Tessa out in Africa, and for their relationship.