Camping. Image shows from L to R: Tom (Rufus Jones), Fay (Julia Davis). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions

Camping (2016)

  • TV sitcom
  • Sky Atlantic
  • 2016
  • 6 episodes (1 series)

Sitcom about three couples on a camping trip together. Created by Julia Davis. Stars Julia Davis, Rufus Jones, Vicki Pepperdine, Steve Pemberton, Jonathan Cake and more.

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 1

Camping. Image shows from L to R: Adam (Jonathan Cake), Fay (Julia Davis), Tom (Rufus Jones), Robin (Steve Pemberton), Kerry (Elizabeth Berrington), Fiona (Vicki Pepperdine). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions
Robin's wife Fiona decides to celebrate his 50th birthday by organising a camping weekend with friends Kerry and Adam. But her intricately itinerised weekend is thrown drastically off course by the arrival of the recently separated Tom and his uninhibited new partner Fay.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 12th April 2016
Sky Atlantic
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 15th April 2016 12:45am Sky Atlantic
Monday 25th April 2016 10:35pm Sky Atlantic
Friday 26th August 2016 9:00pm Sky Atlantic
Tuesday 6th December 2016 11:20pm Sky Atlantic
Monday 20th November 2017 10:40pm Sky Atlantic
Wednesday 5th January 2022 10:00pm Sky Comedy
Friday 15th July 2022 11:45pm Sky Comedy
Saturday 4th February 2023 2:30am Sky Comedy
Tuesday 7th February 2023 2:30am Sky Comedy

Cast & crew

Julia Davis Fay
Rufus Jones Tom
Vicki Pepperdine Fiona
Steve Pemberton Robin
Jonathan Cake Adam
Elizabeth Berrington Kerry
David Bamber Noel
Oaklee Pendergast Archie
Shaun Aylward Davey
Writing team
Julia Davis Writer
Barunka O'Shaughnessy Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Julia Davis Director
Ted Dowd Producer
Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer
Ben Boyer Executive Producer
Julia Davis Executive Producer
Lindsay Hughes Executive Producer
Henry Normal Executive Producer
Lucien Clayton Editor
David Ferris Production Designer


Camping review: a gloriously bleak comedy masterpiece

I'm not yet sure that it's quite up there with Nighty Night or Hunderby, but there's no better comedy around at the moment. The only pity is it's on Sky.

Sam Wollaston, The Guardian, 13th April 2016

TV review: Camping, Sky Atlantic

I have a bit of a confession to make. I was never a big fan of Hunderby. I liked it but was not devoted to it is many were. For some reason - Blackadder excepted - I like my comedy to be wearing modern clothes. So it is feels me with joy that Julia Davis is back in the modern world for Camping.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 13th April 2016

Camping review

All kinds of awkward. The definition of last night's premiere of Camping on Sky Atlantic. Brought to us by the creator of Nighty Night Julia Davis, her latest offering is squirm-in-your-seat funny.

Rose Cory, On The Box, 13th April 2016

The latest offering from Julia Davis (Nighty Night) focuses on a holiday under canvas. It's a trip to celebrate the 50th birthday of Robin (Steve Pemberton), who's married to Fiona (Vicki Pepperdine), a woman so assertive she puts the campsite kettle "out of bounds" to maintain tent-life authenticity. But can Fiona's itinerary-making authoritarianism survive the arrival of Tom (Rufus Jones) and his new partner (Davis)? A comedy that's best when it's close to the knuckle, which is most of the time.

Jonathan Wright, The Guardian, 12th April 2016

This new comedy from Julia Davis is brilliantly slow and agonising. You might cringe as you watch the sour and snappy Fi (Vicki Pepperdine), as with comedies like The Office where you wince at David Brent's lack of social awareness.

Fi is a brittle, neurotic woman, dressed permanently in beige, who refers to her kind and timid husband, Robin (Steve Pemberton), as "stupid idiot." She has organised a camping weekend for Robin's birthday and has planned everything with terrifying precision, so when things start to unravel so does Fi's temper. "This isn't really going to work for me" she seethes on viewing the sleeping arrangements and on hearing new visitors arrive unannounced. Even the use of the campsite kettle infuriates her: "It's for an emergency situation only which we would have to define in the moment!"

So when Tom turns up with his frisky new girlfriend who's clad in leopard-skin, the tension is nearly unbearable. With such rough guests, how can Fi possibly police her son's mealtimes and make sure he doesn't eat anything "vaguely homosexual", like sun-dried tomatoes or baguettes?

Julie McDowall, The National (Scotland), 12th April 2016

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