The Great Outdoors. Image shows from L to R: Bob (Mark Heap), Christine (Ruth Jones). Copyright: BBC / Tidy Productions.

The Great Outdoors

BBC Four sitcom. 3 episodes (1 series) in 2010. Stars Mark Heap, Ruth Jones, Steve Edge, Katherine Parkinson, Stephen Wight, Joe Tracini and Gwyneth Keyworth.

Series 1, Episode 1

Bob begins a titanic battle of wills with the newest member, Christine, for the heart and soul of his treasured walking group.

Further details

The Great Outdoors. Image shows from L to R: Tom (Steve Edge), Bob (Mark Heap), Hazel (Gwyneth Keyworth). Copyright: BBC / Tidy Productions.

Bob begins a titanic battle of wills with the newest member, Christine, for the heart and soul of his treasured walking group. She is freshly arrived from Barnstaple, exiled for a rambling crime she won't speak about. Christine's got a GPS and a lot of state-of-the-art hiking socks; technophobic Bob quickly marks her out as a nemesis in breathable fabrics.

Meanwhile, Bob's teenage daughter Hazel is mortified at the arrival of geeky Victor from her school. Then there is married couple Joe and Sophie. She comes on these walks to relax, but they do tend to get a bit stressful, and now Sophie's looking for another release in her life - which might be Victor.

As the lives of the walkers intertwine, they must face perhaps the greatest horror lurking in the British countryside - the previously cosy village pub which has "gone gastro". How will the group be able to afford lunch at £20 for a main meal, and will the tensions blow Bob's precious group apart for ever?

Broadcast details

Date
Wednesday 28th July 2010
Time
9pm
Channel
BBC Four
Length
30 minutes

Repeats

    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Mark Heap Bob
    Ruth Jones Christine
    Steve Edge Tom
    Katherine Parkinson Sophie
    Stephen Wight Joe
    Joe Tracini Victor
    Gwyneth Keyworth Hazel
    Guest cast
    Phillip Browne Ticket Inspector
    Mike Walling Shop Keeper
    Dan Mersh Barman
    Scott Hazell (as Scott Hazel) Rhino
    Writing team
    Kevin Cecil Writer
    Andy Riley Writer
    Production team
    Catherine Morshead Director
    Alex Walsh-Taylor Producer
    David Peet Executive Producer
    Paul Schlesinger Executive Producer
    Lucien Clayton Editor
    Patrick Bill Production Designer
    Mark Thomas Composer

    Video

    Kick Up The Backside!

    The rambling group are slowed down by a couple of members. Bob and Christine discuss the must-have essentials for a ramble.

    Featuring: Mark Heap (Bob), Ruth Jones (Christine), Steve Edge (Tom).

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