Saxondale. Image shows from L to R: Tommy (Steve Coogan), Magz (Ruth Jones)
Saxondale

Saxondale

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 2006 - 2007
  • 13 episodes (2 series)

Steve Coogan stars as Tommy Saxondale, an ex-roadie now running a pest control business in suburbia. Also features Ruth Jones, Rasmus Hardiker, Morwenna Banks, James Bachman, Rosie Cavaliero and Darren Boyd

Saxondale. Tommy (Steve Coogan). Copyright: Baby Cow Productions

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2006 - 2007
Channels
BBC Two
Episodes
13 (2 series)
Stars
Steve Coogan, Ruth Jones, Rasmus Hardiker, Morwenna Banks, James Bachman, Rosie Cavaliero and Darren Boyd
Writers
Steve Coogan, Neil Maclennan and Ben Miller
Directors
Matt Lipsey, John Henderson and Sam Dawking
Producers
Ted Dowd, Steve Coogan, Henry Normal and Kerry Waddell
Companies

Saxondale is a sitcom by Steve Coogan and Neil Maclennan which focuses on the life of Tommy Saxondale (Coogan). Tommy is a world-travelled ex-roadie with anger-management issues who owns a pest control business in Stevenage.

Saxondale regards himself as a maverick and a free-thinker and takes every opportunity to impart his wisdom to his young assistant Raymond. As well as Pharaoh ants, mice and occasionally moths, during the sitcom Tommy has to battle with snowboarders, pigeon-loving activists... and people who talk about property prices.

While Tommy enjoys talking about himself, training Raymond in the mysterious and deadly art of pest control, and sharing a few life lessons, Raymond has little choice but to listen. He lives in Tommy's spare room and gets an uncomfortably close view of Tommy and Magz's sparky relationship.

Tommy knows his own mind and isn't afraid to speak it. Unfortunately, those around him don't give him quite the level of respect he feels he deserves!

Vicky, the receptionist who hands out the jobs for Tommy's Stealth Pest Control operation, takes 'banter' to the next level, knowing exactly how to provoke instant frustration... which inevitably results in a few more visits to the anger management course for Tommy.

Series 2 introduced a number of new secondary characters - these included his neighbour Jonathan, Keanu the squatter (Coogan in a second role) and Martin the manic depressive.

Additional details

Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
The theme tune is House Of The King by Focus. Incidental music by Matt Berry.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 19th June 2006 at 10pm on BBC Two
Most recent repeats
  • Monday 6th June 2016 at 3:30am on Gold
  • Monday 6th June 2016 at 12:20am on Gold
  • Sunday 5th June 2016 at 11:40pm on Gold

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