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Dear Green Place is a Scottish comedy programme set in a park in central Glasgow. It first aired on 19 October 2007 on BBC One Scotland. The second series finished airing on 5 December 2008.

Dear Green Place
GenreSitcom
Created byPaul Riley
Written byPaul Riley
Ford Kiernan
Mark Cox
Rab Christie
Directed byPaul Riley
StarringFord Kiernan
Paul Riley
Jenny Ryan
Carmen Pieraccini
Michael McKenzie
Country of originScotland
Original language(s)English, Scots
No. of series2
No. of episodes12
Production
Producer(s)Effingee Productions for BBC Scotland
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 mins
Release
Original networkBBC One Scotland
Audio formatstereo
Original release19 October 2007 –
5 December 2008

The show was created by comedy actor Paul Riley, and features Ford Kiernan, both of whom featured in the sketch show Chewin' the Fat, and its successful sitcom spin-off Still Game.

It was announced in April 2009 that BBC Scotland would not be commissioning a third series due to poor viewing figures and also having commissioned a new series of Rab C. Nesbitt and Ford Kiernan's new sitcom Happy Hollidays.

Contents

CastEdit

  • Archie Henderson - played by Ford Kiernan
  • Riordan - played by Paul Riley
  • Peter McAllister - played by Paul Blair
  • Woody - played by Johnny Austin
  • Wallace - played by Martin Docherty
  • Michelle - played by Jenny Ryan
  • Tina - played by Carmen Pieraccini
  • Toner - played by Michael MacKenzie
  • Gavin - played by Gavin Jon Wright

EpisodesEdit

Series 1Edit

  1. "Rocksalt": Some of the dopier lads get a crash course in rock salt, while boss Henderson takes a horse for an eventful walk.
  2. 'Sorry': McAllister accidentally reveals his secret relationship with Michelle and must find a way of making it up to her. Meanwhile, Henderson suffers an allergic reaction.
  3. "Pish": Woody and Wallace are set to fail a mandatory drugs test until Wallace's granny provides the solution. McAllister invents a bogus girlfriend to make Michelle jealous.
  4. "There's Been A Murder: Henderson and Toner are on the trail of a swan murderer. Riordan queues against his will for concert tickets.
  5. "Gimme Shelter": Riordan and Michelle find some air raid shelters in the park while Woody and Wallace are on night shift at the museum.
  6. "Bandstand": An eco-warrior chains himself to a bandstand threatened with demolition.

Series 2Edit

  1. "Beetlemania": A beetle infestation threatens the park, while pheromones mean that love is in the air.
  2. "Uppers and Downers": Woody and Wallace uncover a time capsule, and an insomniac Nazi tries to get some sleep.
  3. "Goats": Woody and Wallace have to look after cashmere goats and they attempt to sell the cashmere whilst Archie's wife Alice is locked out of the house and needs his help.
  4. "Waiting for Smeato": As Tina's cafe approaches its grand re-opening, everyone is wondering who the mystery guest is.
  5. Industrial Daftness": The parkies imitate deafness in order to get a payout from the doctors and Archie has a conflict with the bowling club over a 20 mph zone sign which causes one of the members to get run over.
  6. "Puppy Love": Tina installs a new tanning booth in the cafe and Peter & Michelle are on the hunt for a new pet dog.

ReceptionEdit

The series was received negatively. John Smeaton, writing for The Sun, called the series "lame".[1] A review in The Scotsman criticised the show's humour for being unoriginal.[2]

DVD releaseEdit

  • Series 1 DVD was released in December 2007.
  • Series 2 DVD was released in December 2008.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Don't mess with my Miss Marple STV". The Sun. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Both Wee G and Ali G are getting a little stale". The Scotsman. Retrieved 18 December 2016.

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