Cuckoo. Image shows from L to R: Ivy (Andie MacDowell), Ken (Greg Davies). Copyright: Roughcut Television.


BBC Three and BBC Three (Online) sitcom about a family. 33 episodes (5 series), 2012 - 2019. Stars Greg Davies, Helen Baxendale, Esther Smith, Tyger Drew-Honey and others.

Catch-up on Episode 7 on BBC iPlayer   Series 5, Episode 4 is repeated on BBC1 on Friday at 11:25pm.

Cuckoo. Image shows from L to R: Dylan (Tyger Drew-Honey), Rachel (Esther Smith), Ivy (Andie MacDowell), Ken (Greg Davies), Unknown, Lorna (Helen Baxendale), Steve (Kenneth Collard). Copyright: Roughcut Television.


BBC Three comedy starring Greg Davies as the over-protective father of a girl who impulsively married an American hippie on her gap year

2012 - 2019
BBC Three, BBC Three (Online)
33   (5 series)
Robin French and Kieron Quirke
Greg Davies, Helen Baxendale, Esther Smith, Tyger Drew-Honey, Kenneth Collard, Juliet Cowan, Andie MacDowell, Andy Samberg and others
Robin French, Kieron Quirke, Ben Edwards, Jon Foster and James Lamont
Ben Taylor, Paul Murphy and Ben Gregor
Dan Hine, Emma Lawson, Izzy Mant, Ash Atalla and Chris Sussman

Cuckoo is set in the Midlands town of Lichfield, home to the Thompson family.

When Ken and Lorna collect their daughter Rachel from the airport, they're horrified to learn that she's returned from her gap year with more than just a henna tattoo and braids in her hair: at the arrival gate, she promptly introduces them to her new husband, Cuckoo - the squared-jawed, self-appointed spiritual ninja who is now their son-in-law.

Cuckoo is every parent's worst nightmare - a slacker full of outlandish, New Age ideas, and he quickly begins to turn the Thomas family's world upside-down. Ken is particularly enraged and perplexed by everything Cuckoo says, does and thinks.

However, Series 2 sees a further change to the family's make-up. Whilst travelling alone, Cuckoo disappears, presumed dead. Rachel is heartbroken - but soon a mysterious figure arrives to mess up their lives that little bit more. Dale, a young man who appears to have spent his entire life until that point unwittingly living as part of a cult commune, arrives in the town in search of his father.

After much toing and froing, Dale and his "mom", Rachel, embark upon a new and exciting relationship together. But the path of true love never did run smoothly!

Series 5 sees the arrival of Ivy, the sister Ken never knew he had...

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 25th September 2012 on BBC Three at 10pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 4th January 2019 on BBC Three (Online) at 10am
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 5 Episode 4: Friday at 11:25pm on BBC1
  2. Series 5 Episode 4: Friday at 11:40pm on BBC1 Scot
  3. Series 5 Episode 5: Friday 1st February at 11:35pm on BBC1
  4. Series 5 Episode 6: Friday 8th February at 11:35pm on BBC1
  5. Series 5 Episode 7: Friday 15th February at 11:35pm on BBC1

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