Checking Him Out

The Making Of Us

Jesse Thomas is embarking on the final year of his Bachelor's degree in English Literature, and he's fairly confident he'll get top marks, but it's the only thing he is confident about. In a few weeks' time, he's heading to Cornwall with his best friends, Noah and Matty, and their new housemate Leigh, for a week of 'fun and relaxation'.

As the holiday nears, Jesse's body anxiety escalates. He'll be sharing a campervan with three other people, which will mean getting dressed and undressed in front of them or else squeezing into the tiny bathroom. Then there's the surfing and swimming, and a whole host of other activities that involve showing a good deal more of himself than he'd choose to.

However, it's not Noah and Matty seeing his body that bothers him; it's beautiful, funny Leigh, and Jesse's not the only one having a hard time.

Checking In

Freelance engineer Sol Brooks is in hot demand. He's landed a couple of big contracts and is all set for a business trip back to the other side of the pond. The last thing he needs is an unexpected visitor to complicate his departure.

Especially when that visitor puts his relationship with husband Adam on rocky ground.

Determined to fulfil his contractual obligations, Sol goes ahead with the trip. It's a great opportunity and a chance to catch up with old friends. And he's going to check in regularly.

What could possibly go wrong?

Taking Him On

It's almost a year since Noah told Matty they needed to cool it, believing it was the sensible thing to do. After all, they were too intense, and they were both failing uni.

Now, with Matty just weeks away from taking up his place at a prestigious London dance academy, Noah is desperate to make the most of the little time they have left. It's only temporary separation, and they are forever. Or so he'd thought.

Hiding Out

If any adult was going to get the chicken pox, it would be Sean Tierney. That alone would be bad enough, but his illness means friend and colleague, Josh Sandison-Morley, has to step in and face his fears: guest-speaking at a university in Norwich. As Josh gathers his husband and his foster daughter for the trip, he is unaware that their world is about to collide with that of another makeshift family: Noah and Matty's.

Matty is agonising over his impending dance show. Sure, talent scouts will be in the audience, but there's an even bigger problem. Noah - Matty's on-again, off-again boyfriend - has promised to be there too. And Matty's dance? It has a secret meaning he's not sure he's ready to reveal to Noah.

Can Josh and Matty face their fears and perform for their respective crowds? More importantly, will the Sandison-Morleys' influence be enough to get the young men to express their feelings to each other before it's too late?



Checking Him Out For the Holidays

Freelance engineer Sol Brooks doesn't do the festive season. He thinks it's boring and overly sentimental. With the rest of the household laid up with 'the flu', Sol's planned on using the time to crack on with some work.

His mother, however, has other ideas.

And so does Sol's husband, Adam.

A stand-alone holiday special featuring Sol and Adam from Checking Him Out.

Checking Him Out

Engineer Sol Brooks is a happily married man, so people keep telling him. He and Elise have been in Boston for eight years, he loves her, and she loves him. They've got a great apartment that's kept its value, they're both up for promotion, and he can hook up with any guy he likes—all the sex he wants, so long as it's of the "no strings" variety. And that's all fine and dandy…until a chance meeting at the checkout.

His accent. He was British—English, in fact, with a hint of something else, and the words poured off his tongue like maple syrup trickling off hot pancakes. They slid over my skin, pooled around me, stuck my feet to the floor. I was still staring at him. Damn.

I turned back to Elise to find her slamming the last of the groceries onto the belt. She had on her thunderstorm face, the one where her eyes flash with danger and darkness falls, thick and heavy. Maybe not today, and maybe not tomorrow either, but at some point the thunderclap would come, and then the torrential downpour.

Oh boy, was I in trouble.