The Green Green Grass (series 1)
|The Green Green Grass Series 1|
The Green Green Grass Series 1 DVD Cover
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Original run||9 September 2005 – 25 December 2005|
|Home video release|
|DVD release date||23 October 2006|
The series introduced the seven main characters that would appear in further series. These were:
Lisa Diveney's character, Beth, who was Tyler's girlfriend, became a regular from the episode Pillow Talk.
|Episode Number||Broadcast Date||Duration||Title||Written by|
|1 – 1.1||9 September 2005||30 minutes||"Keep On Running"||John Sullivan|
|2 – 1.2||16 September 2005||30 minutes||"A Rocky Start"||John Sullivan|
|3 – 1.3||23 September 2005||30 minutes||"The Country Wife"||John Sullivan|
|4 – 1.4||30 September 2005||30 minutes||"Hay Fever"||John Sullivan|
|5 – 1.5||7 October 2005||30 minutes||"Pillow Talk"||John Sullivan|
|6 – 1.6||14 October 2005||30 minutes||"Sex and the Country"||John Sullivan|
|7 – 1.7||25 December 2005||50 minutes||"One Flew Over the Cuckoo Clock"||John Sullivan|
The series was produced by Shazam Production, a company that produces comedies by John Sullivan. The series was filmed at Teddington Studios, with a live audience. All episodes in the first series were directed by Tony Dow, director of Only Fools and Horses.
The series began airing on Friday evenings, at 8:30pm. The series was an immediate hit with viewers, with the first episode, Keep On Running gaining 9.13 million viewers, which was in the top five of the highest rating for the week ending 11 September 2005. Ratings then fell for the next two episodes before steadily rising again. The second half of the series performed much better than most other sitcoms, with episode four going back up above 6 million viewers. The following two episodes remained at the six million mark. The ratings were high enough for a new series, of seven episodes, to be commissioned. A 2005 Christmas special was also commissioned.
|1||Keep On Running||9.13 million||41.7%|
|2||Pillow Talk||6.63 million|
|3||Sex and the Country||6.40 million|
|4||A Rocky Start||6.34 million||28.0%|
|5||Hay Fever||6.33 million||30.1%|
|6||The Country Wife||5.86 million||24.5%|
|7||One Flew Over the Cuckoo Clock||4.59 million||19.7%|
Note: Viewership value taken from Barb.
Note: Audience Percentage value taken from Digitalspy.
The comedy has been criticised due to its spin-off roots. As a spin-off of the nation’s favourite sitcom, The Green Green Grass was always going to have a difficult start. The series received has always received negative reviews from critics and some fans of Only Fools and Horses alike. The series has continued to run due to the bigger than usual audiences it attracts and the general thoughts towards it. Many have said that The Green Green Grass without Only Fools and Horses behind it is fantastic but the minute you put Only Fools and Horses back in the picture, The Green Green Grass loses its good points.
- The Green Green Grass at BBC Comedy
- The Green Green Grass Official website
- The Green Green Grass at British TV Comedy
- British Sitcom Guide for The Green Green Grass
- The Green Green Grass at Only Fools and Horses website
- The Green Green Grass at the Internet Movie Database