Following Bad Move’s hugely popular first outing last year, comic Jack Dee returns this week with a second series of this sitcom.
As the six-part comedy begins, it seems the grass still isn’t any greener for husband and wife country-dwellers Steve (Jack) and Nicky (played by Derek’s Kerry Godliman), who continue to face an uphill struggle in their quest to create their dream home.
Desperate to find someone to fix their broken roof, it seems Steve and Nicky have had their prayers answered when they come across a builder called Honest John.But as the couple discover, honesty isn’t always the best policy…
Jack Dee, 56, tells TV Times what’s in store in series two.
‘Writing the second series was easier. When I was working on the first series, it hadn’t been cast, so everything very much existed in my head. But with the second series, I knew how Kerry or Miles would do things. I also knew what the set and the house was like, so it was good to be able to write with that knowledge in place. All the cast get on well, so coming back was a nice reunion,’ he says.
‘I do love a big village event… Certain villages in the UK have these slightly strange events that are unique to that village, and we discovered there’s something called ‘Burning Bartle’ in Yorkshire,’ he explains.
‘It’s basically a big excuse for getting drunk and wandering around the village with flaming torches and a scarecrow, which ends up being set on fire. But it’s mostly about the drinking. So, for one of our episodes, we imagined a tradition that no one fully understood the origins of, which Steve gets roped into against his will.’
TV Times rating: ****