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.

Series 1, Episode 1 - The Homecoming

Ken struggles to find something to like about his new son-in-law before being pushed into a somewhat radical course of action.

Further details

Cuckoo. Image shows from L to R: Rachel (Tamla Kari), Cuckoo (Andy Samberg). Copyright: Roughcut Television.

At an airport in the Midlands, Suburban parents Ken and Lorna eagerly await the return of their only daughter, Rachel from her gap year. Rachel however, has brought back an unexpected souvenir and surprises her doting parents by introducing her new husband, Cuckoo.

A travelling hippie and every parent's worst nightmare, Cuckoo considers himself a spiritual teacher and visionary who, much to Ken's indignation, vows he would never take payment for his services and therefore has no income to support his new wife.

Ken and Lorna are horrified by their daughter's news but, not wanting to ruin their daughter's happiness, have no choice but to welcome Cuckoo into their family home.

Cuckoo wastes no time making himself at home and it's not long before he is sharing his new age ideas at the dinner table, and pushing Ken's patience to the limit.

In a last attempt to bond with his new son-in-law, Ken takes Cuckoo out for a drive for some man-to-man time but the day doesn't go quite to plan and Ken, exasperated by the idea of his perfect daughter jeopardising her future for this vapid freeloader, is pushed into a somewhat radical course of action.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 25th September 2012
BBC Three
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Greg Davies Ken
Helen Baxendale Lorna
Tyger Drew-Honey Dylan
Andy Samberg Cuckoo
Tamla Kari Rachel
Guest cast
Gabrielle Green Kerry (Rachel's Friend)
Writing team
Robin French Writer
Kieron Quirke Writer
Production team
Ben Taylor Director
Dan Hine Producer
Ash Atalla Executive Producer
Chris Sussman Executive Producer


Rachel by Cuckoo

Cuckoo recites his wedding speech about Rachel to her whole family. Ken, Lorna, Dylan and Rachel all listen on as Cuckoo describes how he feels about Rachel, much to her Dad's discomfort.

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Featuring: Greg Davies (Ken), Helen Baxendale (Lorna), Tyger Drew-Honey (Dylan), Andy Samberg (Cuckoo), Tamla Kari (Rachel).

Ken Gets Slapped

Ken is planning a day out bonding with Cuckoo.

Featuring: Greg Davies (Ken), Andy Samberg (Cuckoo).


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