The Cockfields. Image shows from L to R: Simon (Joe Wilkinson), Donna (Diane Morgan).

The Cockfields

Gold sitcom about an oddball family. 3 episodes (1 series) in 2019. Stars Joe Wilkinson, Diane Morgan, Sue Johnston, Bobby Ball and others.

Episode 1 is repeated on Thursday 26th December at 9pm.

The Cockfields. Image shows from L to R: Simon (Joe Wilkinson), Donna (Diane Morgan).

Series 1, Episode 1

It's Friday and Simon and his new girlfriend Donna arrive on the Isle of Wight to stay with Simon's well-meaning but overbearing family for his 40th birthday weekend celebrations.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 12th November 2019
40 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Joe Wilkinson Simon
    Diane Morgan Donna
    Sue Johnston Sue
    Bobby Ball Ray
    Ben Rufus Green David
    Jeff Mirza Andre
    Nigel Havers Larry
    Sarah Parish Melissa
    Writing team
    David Earl Writer
    Joe Wilkinson Writer
    Production team
    Steve Bendelack Director
    Mark Fenn 1st Assistant Director
    John Rushton Producer
    Lucy Lumsden Executive Producer
    Lucy Ansbro Executive Producer
    Pete Thornton Executive Producer
    David Earl Associate Producer
    Joe Wilkinson Associate Producer
    Robyn Forsythe Line Producer
    Jo Walker Editor
    Kyz Kistell Production Designer
    Rosalie Clayton Casting Director
    Natalie Willis Costume Designer
    Duncan Telford Director of Photography
    Lisa Kennedy Make-up Designer


    Joe Wilkinson: 'I could never have written Fleabag'

    The 8 Out of 10 Cats comedian on his love for old sitcoms, working with Motherland's Diane Morgan and his 'mundane' life at home.

    Emily Baker, i Newspaper, 11th November 2019

    The latest addition to the Meet the Parents subgenre, this new Mike Leigh-flavoured three-parter sees Joe Wilkinson ferry new girlfriend Diane Morgan over to the Isle of Wight for what will prove an interminably long weekend at his folks', the ever-reliable Sue Johnston and Bobby Ball. Cue the casual bigotry.

    Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 12th November 2019

    The Cockfields review

    Joe Wilkinson has become known as the weird one on panel shows such as 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown. But in this all-too-relatable three-part comedy, he actually turns out to be the normal one at the centre of other people's oddness.

    Steve Bennett, Chortle, 12th November 2019

    The Cockfields, episode 1 review

    A well-observed, gently addictive gem.

    Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 12th November 2019

    The Cockfields: the Royles with a middle class makeover

    Thank gawd it's not just my family, then. The Cockfields (Gold), a three-part sitcom about a bloke taking his girlfriend home to meet his parents, is crammed with lines so true to life, it sometimes felt like a documentary.

    Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 13th November 2019

    TV review: The Cockfields, series 1, episode 1

    I can't wait to see what happens to them next, even if it isn't very much at all.

    Alex Finch, Comedy To Watch, 13th November 2019

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