Billy Bleach is a Londoner and pub know-it-all who is relocated to Norfolk in rural England under a witness protection programme after he witnesses a gangland killing in this spinoff of the fast show






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Series cast summary:
Simon Day Simon Day ...  Billy 8 episodes, 2003
Philip Jackson ...  DCI Maddox 8 episodes, 2003
Robert Wilfort ...  PC Harriet 8 episodes, 2003
Tristan Gemmill ...  DI Veal / ... 8 episodes, 2003
Matthew Ashforde Matthew Ashforde ...  Darren 7 episodes, 2003
Josephine Butler ...  Jemima 7 episodes, 2003
David Webber ...  Youssou 7 episodes, 2003
Mark Williams ...  Ben 6 episodes, 2003
William Thomas ...  Eric 6 episodes, 2003
Vilma Hollingbery Vilma Hollingbery ...  Rose 5 episodes, 2003
Liam Hess ...  Crispin 5 episodes, 2003
Alex Lowe Alex Lowe ...  Roland 4 episodes, 2003
Andrew Clover Andrew Clover ...  David the Poacher 4 episodes, 2003
Jon Joyce Jon Joyce ...  Arthur 3 episodes, 2003
Eddie Marsan ...  Sunshine 3 episodes, 2003
Ian Burfield ...  Harry Taylor 3 episodes, 2003
Vicki Pepperdine Vicki Pepperdine ...  Lucy 3 episodes, 2003
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Billy Bleach is a Londoner and pub know-it-all who is relocated to Norfolk in rural England under a witness protection programme after he witnesses a gangland killing in this spinoff of the fast show

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8 September 2003 (UK) See more »

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Spun-off from The Fast Show (1994) See more »

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Criminally under-rated.
4 March 2006 | by music-67See all my reviews

A lovely series, brilliantly acted, written and conceived. Beautiful country locations in Norfolk.

It doesn't really fit into a box - there are laughs now and again but it's not a gag-based show despite the Fast Show connection. Presumably this didn't help it succeed in Britain, where it was totally overshadowed by the unpleasant and unfunny Nighty Night. Typical.

You could almost shed a tear as Billy laments his failings in his discussions with Heartbeat, his "minder". Then again you could cackle loudly as he tries to explain his other minders, the gay coppers, to his would-be girlfriend Jemima. ("Drink fires his muse" - sublime).

I read tonight that a) this is coming out on DVD soon. Odd decision but excellent news, and b) there was an attempt to get the beeb to commission a second series but they wouldn't play ball.

My cunning plan is to agitate a huge wave of "Grass" DVD purchases, persuading to BBC to think again and do the right thing - re-commission Grass, or it's natural successor and stop producing tiresome tosh like Man Strokes Woman or the utterly predictable "seen one episode, seen them all" Little Britain. (Well, I suppose that's had it's day but you know what I mean).

Do yourself a favour - if you haven't seen it - buy this DVD. If you have then you're unlikely to need any prompting from me.

"A Sausage Sandwich for the Soul" - available from all good bookshops.

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