King Gary. Image shows from L to R: Teddy King (Riley Burgin), Terri King (Laura Checkley), Gary King (Tom Davis), Denise King (Camille Coduri), Big Gary King (Simon Day). Copyright: Shiny Button Productions
King Gary

King Gary

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 2018 - 2021
  • 14 episodes (2 series)

Sitcom about a working-class family man attempting to keep up with family, friends and neighbours. Stars Tom Davis, Laura Checkley, Simon Day, Camille Coduri, Riley Burgin and more.

  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 6,269

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Series 2, Episode 1 - Greedy Boards

King Gary. Image shows from L to R: Gary King (Tom Davis), Terri King (Laura Checkley). Copyright: Shiny Button Productions
The Kings are back and it's a momentous day in Butterchurn Crescent. It's the funeral of Gary's next door neighbour, Mrs Watson. But more importantly, Gary has hired a skip.

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The Kings are back and it's a momentous day in Butterchurn Crescent. It's the funeral of Gary's next door neighbour, Mrs Watson. But more importantly, Gary has hired a skip.

Gary's skip is everybody's skip - he's more than happy for his neighbours to dump their junk in there too. Though of course there are limits - and those limits are more than exceeded when someone overloads the skip in the middle of the night. It can't be taken away in that state - not with greedy boards holding in a full set of old windows, so Gary is soon on the warpath trying to track the culprits down.

Along the crescent, Big Gary is dealing with a different type of intrusion - a cat who is fouling his front and back gardens every day and making a right mess of his new gravel. He sets Winkle the task of finding and eliminating the guilty feline, a task Winkle throws himself into with real gusto.

Terri meanwhile is beavering away at her new business - Bad Memory Candles - and she's quick to sign up Stuart as a customer. Stuart's wife has left him and taken everything, so maybe burning a candle with a picture of her face on it will help exorcise his ghosts. Or maybe not.

Gary thinks he's found the offenders in nearby Charlton Avenue, and he takes Crabbie and Teddy there with him in the dead of night to dump the old windows back on their driveway. Charlton Avenue is not for the faint hearted and the gang have to make a swift getaway when they're caught red handed by the residents of number 17.

When Terri's candles turn out not to work quite as well as she'd hoped, Gary puts the whole lot in his skip. As he's doing so, he encounters his new next door neighbour Aaron, who's moved into Mrs Watson's house and who doesn't seem very friendly at all. Though at least we now know whose cat has been wrecking Big Gary's garden. What we also know is it was Aaron who put those windows in the skip - which explains the van coming down Butterchurn Crescent carrying two very angry looking residents of 17 Charlton Avenue...

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 30th July 2021
Time
9:30pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Cast
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
Lisa McGrillis Mad Kay
Mark Monero Crabbie
Lily Brazier Alison
Morgan Watkins Aaron
Guest cast
Charlotte Awbery Wedding Singer
Harrie Hayes Bride
Jamie Treacher Brian Watson
Delroy Atkinson Lenny
Writing team
Tom Davis Writer
James De Frond Writer
Geoff Norcott Writer (Additional Material)
Lily Brazier Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
James De Frond Director
Richard Webb Producer
Andy Brereton Executive Producer
Tom Davis Executive Producer
James De Frond Executive Producer
Ben Caudell Executive Producer
Lesley Cruickshank Line Producer
Robin Hill Editor
Anna Sheldrake Production Designer
Catherine Willis Casting Director
Roy Estabrook Director of Photography
Leonie Hartard Costume Designer
Nicola Schuller Make-up Designer
Pete Wareham Composer
Graeme Peacock Graphics
Laurie Mahon 1st Assistant Director

Press

King Gary review

Tom Davis is still a treat as the Essex builder with small problems and a big heart. If only he would dial down the zaniness.

Ed Power, The Telegraph, 30th July 2021

King Gary review

Tom Davis's sitcom fails to do anything with its observations of suburbia.

Rachael Sigee, i Newspaper, 30th July 2021

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