The Green Green Grass. Image shows from L to R: Boycie (John Challis), Marlene Boyce (Sue Holderness). Copyright: Shazam Productions.

The Green Green Grass

BBC One sitcom about a London family moving to the country. 32 episodes (4 series), 2005 - 2009. Stars John Challis, Sue Holderness, Jack Doolan, David Ross and others.

Series 1, is repeated on Gold tomorrow at 11:05am.

Series 4, Episode 1 - The Path Of True Love

Marlene has become fed up with her husband's inattention, and fears that their relationship is nearing its end. She seeks the help of a local marriage guidance counsellor, which proves so successful that she ends up throwing Boycie out, but the parting gives them both time to consider their lives.

Further details

The Green Green Grass. Image shows from L to R: Elgin Sparrowhawk (David Ross), Imelda Cakeworthy (Ella Kenion), Jed (Peter Heppelthwaite), Boycie (John Challis), Marlene Boyce (Sue Holderness), Bryan (Ivan Kaye), Tyler Boyce (Jack Doolan). Copyright: Shazam Productions.

All is not well at Winterdown Farm. Marlene is thoroughly fed up with her husband's lack of attention. She feels unloved, under-valued and lonely. Worrying that their relationship is nearing its end, she seeks the help of a local marriage guidance counsellor, Chantelle, who is also a part time hairdresser. When Boycie finds out she's been discussing their problems with a stranger he is appalled, but this just ignites Marlene's fury and she throws him out.

With the pub being redecorated following a fire, a farmers' convention taking all the space in the local hotel and his car currently parked in a pond, Boycie finds himself homeless. Strangely, his staff don't seem over keen to accommodate him, except Bryan, who generously offers Boycie a place to sleep in his caravan. Not in the bedroom, obviously, as that is occupied by a sick sheep, but he has sleeping bags for them to bunk down on the floor. Meanwhile, Marlene seeks solace in a bottle of wine and a girlie chat with Mrs Cakeworthy.

Broadcast details

Thursday 8th January 2009
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    John Challis Boycie
    Sue Holderness Marlene Boyce
    Jack Doolan Tyler Boyce
    David Ross Elgin Sparrowhawk
    Ivan Kaye Bryan
    Ella Kenion Imelda Cakeworthy
    Peter Heppelthwaite Jed
    Writing team
    Jim Sullivan Writer
    Jamie Rix Script Editor
    Production team
    Dewi Humphreys Director
    Gareth Gwenlan Producer
    John Sullivan Executive Producer
    Chris Wadsworth Editor
    David Hitchcock Production Designer
    Graham Jarvis Composer

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