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 3, Episode 7 is repeated on Gold today at 11am.

Series 4, Episode 4 - Animal Instincts

Tyler wants to borrow money to buy new equipment for his band, Puddle of Agony. But Boycie, who was brought up in the school of hard knocks, refuses to cough up. Meanwhile the local vicinity is gripped by fear of Animal Freedom protestors.

Further details

Oakam village is under attack from animal rights activists. Llewellyn is one of their first targets when he is hit with a paint bomb, the village butcher is fly-postered with leaflets and even the local pub is under threat. All the local farming community is living in fear, so Boycie organises his staff into patrol groups to search Winderdown farm and protect it from attack.

Meanwhile, Tyler wants to borrow some money to buy new equipment for his band, Puddle Of Agony, but Boycie, brought up in the school of hard knocks, refuses to help. Instead, he challenges his son to stand on his own two feet and prove he is a businessman by raising the money himself. If Tyler can convert £10 from Boycie into £100 by the end of the week, then Boycie promises to cough up the full amount of £5,000.

This is no small task, however, when the local vicinity is being gripped by fear of animal freedom protestors. But Tyler sees an opportunity that will satisfy the animal activists, the band, the local inhabitants and himself - in fact, everyone but his dad.

Broadcast details

Thursday 29th January 2009
30 minutes


  1. Wednesday 3rd February 2021 at 11:00am on Gold
  2. Wednesday 3rd February 2021 at 3:00pm on Gold

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
Alan David Llewellyn
Nigel Harrison Ray
Guest cast
Danny Morgan Ollie (Activist)
Tony Bignell Alistair (Activist)
Hugh Clay-Jones Butcher
Writing team
Jim Sullivan Writer
Jamie Rix Script Editor
Production team
Dewi Humphreys Director
Gareth Gwenlan Producer
John Sullivan Executive Producer

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