The Cockfields

The Cockfields. Image shows from L to R: Lynn (Maggie Steed), Melissa (Sarah Parish), Larry (Nigel Havers), Donna (Diane Morgan), Simon (Joe Wilkinson), Sue (Sue Johnston), David (Ben Rufus Green), Ray (Bobby Ball).

The Cockfields

Sitcom about an oddball family living on the Isle of Wight

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Feeoree

  • Monday 11th November 2019, 8:08pm
  • Basildon, England
  • 603 posts

New 3-part Sitcom starting on Gold tomorrow, and continuing to Thursday. Stars Joe Wilkinson, Diane Morgan, Bobby Ball, Sue Johnston, Nigel Havers, and Sarah Parish.

I hadn't even heard of it until this evening when I saw the trailer. Seems to be getting good press though! Radio Times and the Guardian at least. I'm looking forward to checking it out tomorrow.

Apologies if there's a thread already - there's an section for it on the TV pages here but couldn't find a thread.

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jsg

  • Tuesday 12th November 2019, 10:42pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 425 posts

It's pretty good, but I couldn't help but feel something written by Wilkinson and Morgan would be more interesting.

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Sitcomfan64

  • Thursday 14th November 2019, 7:45pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 741 posts

I didn't like this at all. It just sort of.... unfolded. I didn't laugh once, and the plot, such as it was, wasn't nearly interesting enough to keep me on board. The scene with the cricket pitch for example. Some comic potential there, nothing happened.

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Lost Boys

  • Thursday 14th November 2019, 7:48pm
  • England
  • 124 posts

I've watched the first one, not my cup of tea to be honest. I'll plug on on through but I'm not expecting much more.

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Feeoree

  • Saturday 16th November 2019, 2:14pm
  • Basildon, England
  • 603 posts

Watched all 3 now. Enjoyed it though not sure we'll see more? Don't even know if they'd plan for it - seems like a 1 miniseries and done?

Very much a slow burner but did have its amusing moments.

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Rood Eye

  • Saturday 16th November 2019, 2:56pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 4,103 posts

Certain people, like Joe Wilkinson and Diane Morgan, have such a strange and captivating screen presence that action and dialogue seem somehow like bonuses! Laughing out loud

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Feeoree

  • Saturday 16th November 2019, 3:53pm [Edited]
  • Basildon, England
  • 603 posts

He's still so embedded in my mind as Dan from Him & Her, and she's so in my mind as Philomena Cunk, despite other roles, it was so strange at first to watch them as the 'straight' characters among other eccentric/weird characters! :D But yes they still had a great presence even as the 'normies' of the show.

And felt Bobby Ball was perfectly case as the domineering Stepdad, even if he is very similar to Frank from NGO, heh.

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Rood Eye

  • Wednesday 20th November 2019, 2:06pm
  • England
  • 4,103 posts

I've just watched Episode 1 and it's absolutely superb!

As British sitcoms go (and some of them go very well indeed), this is one of the best ever.

It's leagues ahead of every British sitcom broadcast in recent times.

In fact, you'd have to go back a long way to find something better than this.

Top-notch! Laughing out loud

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Rood Eye

  • Wednesday 20th November 2019, 4:19pm
  • England
  • 4,103 posts

I've just watched Episodes 2 and 3 and I have to say this series is nothing short of magnificent.

To me, it's much more of a comedy-drama than a sitcom: in a sitcom, characters tend to be somewhat larger-than-life whereas in The Cockfields they appear wonderfully if a little frighteningly real.

Anyone unfamiliar with Joe Wilkinson beyond his appearances on 8 out of 10 Cats might be forgiven for thinking him no more than a bit of a weirdo.

However, in co-writing The Cockfields, he's revealed himself as one of the most talented comedy writers of the modern age.

The BAFTAs await!