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King Gary. Image shows from L to R: Winkle (Neil Maskell), Gary King (Tom Davis), Big Gary King (Simon Day), Terri King (Laura Checkley), Denise King (Camille Coduri)
Gary King's world is thrown into utter turmoil when he discovers that a neighbour is having a rival barbecue on the same day as his first barbecue of the year.

Broadcast details

Sunday 23rd December 2018
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 23rd December 2019 10:35pm BBC1
Monday 23rd December 2019 11:05pm BBC1 Scot
Tuesday 24th December 2019 12:05am BBC1 Wales

Cast & crew

Tom Davis Gary King
Laura Checkley Terri King
Simon Day Big Gary King
Camille Coduri Denise King
Riley Burgin Teddy King
Romesh Ranganathan Stuart Williams
Neil Maskell Winkle
Guest cast
Miranda Hennessy Chloe Ferdinando
Osi Okerafor Darren Ferdinando
Jay Simpson John the Butcher
Donovan Blackwood (as Donovan F. Blackwood) Mr Bounce
Ninette Finch Mrs Watson
Paul Pariser Portaloo Man
Daniel Copeland Waltzers Guy
Shaq B Grant Police Officer
Writing team
Tom Davis Writer
James De Frond Writer
Geoff Norcott Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
James De Frond Director
Rupert Majendie Producer
Andy Brereton Executive Producer
Tom Davis Executive Producer
James De Frond Executive Producer
Alex Moody Executive Producer
Pete Coogan Line Producer
Carolynne Philpott Post Producer
Robin Hill Editor
Antony Cartlidge Production Designer
Catherine Willis Casting Director
Lucy Williams Costume Designer
Roy Estabrook Director of Photography
Nicola Schuller Make-up Designer
Adam Jenkins 1st Assistant Director


King Gary, BBC1, review

In a weekend dominated by talking bunnies on BBC1, King Gary was a (slightly) more realistic sitcom pilot from Tom Davis and James De Frond, two of the team behind BBC3's addictively silly Murder In Successville.

Jeff Robson, i Newspaper, 23rd December 2018

King Gary, review: a soufflé-light suburban sitcom

Here we are smack bang in the most wonderful time of year. Your family and dearest friends all together in one room, huddled round to pick through the delights of Christmas TV. One of the first offerings from the festive schedule was the entirely unfestive comedy pilot King Gary (BBC One), a soufflé-light sitcom following married couple Gary and Terri King (Tom Davis and Laura Checkley) as they try to fit in with their middle-class neighbours.

Helen Chandler-Wilde, The Telegraph, 23rd December 2018

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