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

The Great Outdoors

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Four
  • 2010
  • 3 episodes (1 series)

Three-part comedy series following the hikes, heartaches, friendships and rivalries of a group of ramblers. Stars Mark Heap and Ruth Jones. Stars Mark Heap, Ruth Jones, Steve Edge, Katherine Parkinson, Stephen Wight and more.

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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.

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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

Wednesday 28th July 2010
BBC Four
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 29th July 2010 12:45am BBC4
Monday 2nd August 2010 11:00pm BBC4
Thursday 13th January 2011 10:00pm BBC2
Saturday 30th July 2011 10:30pm BBC4
Sunday 31st July 2011 1:40am BBC4
Wednesday 11th April 2012 10:30pm BBC4
Thursday 12th April 2012 2:45am BBC4
Monday 8th October 2012 10:20pm Gold
Tuesday 9th October 2012 1:30am Gold
Sunday 21st April 2013 12:20am Gold
Sunday 21st April 2013 2:30am Gold
Friday 3rd May 2013 1:00am Gold
Wednesday 11th September 2013 11:55pm Gold
Thursday 19th December 2013 1:05am Gold
Sunday 25th May 2014 12:40am Gold

Cast & crew

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


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

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