The Green Green Grass (2005–2009)

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Shifty car salesman Boycie and his wife Marlene leave their council estate in Peckham, London to start a new life in a rambling farmhouse in Shropshire.

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Series cast summary:
John Challis ...
 Boycie (32 episodes, 2005-2009)
Sue Holderness ...
 Marlene (32 episodes, 2005-2009)
David Ross ...
 Elgin (32 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Tyler (31 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Bryan (31 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Mrs. Cakeworthy / ... (31 episodes, 2005-2009)
Peter Heppelthwaite ...
 Jed (31 episodes, 2005-2009)
Alan David ...
 Llewellyn (16 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Beth (15 episodes, 2005-2007)
Nigel Harrison ...
 Ray (13 episodes, 2006-2009)
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Impending threat from the infamous Driscoll Brothers results in Boycie, Marlene and their son Tyler leaving their expensive lifestyle in Peckham in favor of a secluded country farmhouse in Shropshire. Much to Boycie's chagrin, the farmhouse comes with three staff - manager Elgin, ploughman Jed, and herdsman Bryan. Written by thomaswake16

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The outdoor scenes of the farm house and surrounding fields are filmed at the real-life home of John Challis. See more »

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Referenced in The New Paul O'Grady Show: Episode #3.53 (2005) See more »

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The Green Green Grass
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Composed by John Sullivan
Lyrics by John Sullivan
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The Only Fools And Horses Cash Cow Has Been Well Milked
9 September 2005 | by (Norwich, Uk) – See all my reviews

For those who have BBC Three , they will be surprised to see Simon Day's "Grass" being well and truly ripped off by John Sullivan in this Only Fools and Horses spin off . In "Grass" Simon Day's character Billy Bleach "grassed" on a local London gangster and through the witness protection act was relocated to the sticks of Norfolk. The underrated six part comedy tackled the ideas of country meets city and a fish being out of a water. Replace Billy Bleach with Boycie and add Marlene and son Tyler and you have the plot for the "Green Green Grass" staring you in the face . The basic idea of the show is taking Sullivan's well loved east end (of London) humour from Only Fools And Horses and setting it in a completely different background , the opportunities for humour being how will a cockney con man interact with manure kicking yokels instead of the likes of his own ? Coming on BBC 1 on a Friday at 830 vastly limits and waters down the potential for border line humour and leaves the audience with the sort of harmless weak humour that has done "My Family" and "My Hero" no favours and also being an Only Fools And Horses spin off within the early moments the jokes feel very tired because we've had twenty years of it in Sullivan's first sit-com , for instance there is a scene at the beginning where Boycie finds that his satellite navigation system is not up to scratch and guess who sold it to him ?? This joke sets the tone for tired Only...jokes to be repeated again and again , I can imagine Boycie meeting country high society types in the next few episodes and making "hilarious" faux pas , which could be funny if Del Boy hadn't of done it for two decades of Only... . This show will ultimately fail because of the writer and because it is on 8.30 on BBC 1 , devoid and humour and ideas , the strings in your heart it will try to tug are better served by watching old episodes of Only on DVD.


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