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


  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Three / BBC Three (Online)
  • 2012 - 2019
  • 33 episodes (5 series)

BBC Three comedy starring Greg Davies as the constantly infuriated husband and father of a peculiar family. Also features Helen Baxendale, Esther Smith, Tyger Drew-Honey, Kenneth Collard, Juliet Cowan and more.

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

Key details

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 more
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, Chris Sussman, Robin French, Kieron Quirke and Carleen Beadle

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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Additional details

Camera set-up
Single camera

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 25th September 2012 at 10pm on BBC Three
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • Pinewood Studios - Series 1.
  • Wimbledon Studios - Series 2.
  • Amersham, Lichfield and Farnham (Surrey) - Locations (most around Amersham)

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