Sandylands is a British television sitcom created and written by Martin Collins and Alex Finch that began airing on Gold on 4 March 2020.[1][2]

  • Sitcom
Created by
  • Martin Collins
  • Alex Finch
Written by
  • Martin Collins
  • Alex Finch
Directed byMichael Cumming
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes6
Executive producers
  • Jo Sargent
  • Pete Thornton
ProducerRosemary McGowan
Camera setupSingle camera
Running time40 mins
Production companyKing Bert Productions
Original release
Release4 March 2020 (2020-03-04) –
27 October 2021 (2021-10-27)

The series stars Natalie Dew as Emily Verma, who returns to her seaside hometown to attend her father's funeral.[3] The series also stars Sanjeev Bhaskar, Harriet Webb, David Walliams, Sophie Thompson, Simon Bird, Bronwyn James, Hamza Jeetooa, Hugh Bonneville, Craig Parkinson, Radha Sthanakiya and Tracy-Ann Oberman.[1][4] It is directed by Michael Cumming and produced by King Bert Productions.[1]



Series 1


Emily Verma, who fled Sandylands for a more exciting life in London, reluctantly returns for the funeral of her estranged father Limesh Verma (Bhaskar). He is an amusement arcade owner who calls himself Les Vegas and disappeared at sea in a pedalo. She reunites with childhood friends Tina Taylor (Webb), a tour guide, and Kenny (Jeetooa), her father's employee, as well as childhood crush Nathan Wild (Bird), a police officer. She is forced to lodge with overbearing bed and breakfast owners Derek (Walliams) and Jeannie Swallows (Thompson) after being unable to gain entry to her father's house. Emily soon discovers that her father is alive and had faked his death because he was in debt and hoped to claim on his life insurance. Emily unwittingly becomes his partner in crime as she attempts to conceal the truth from Nathan and his colleague Trudy Wright (James), the other residents, and from a sinister insurance investigator (Bonneville), who is investigating her father's claim.

Series 2


Emily's estranged mother Donna Vegas (Oberman), a cruise ship singer, returns and begins to reconnect with her daughter and husband. Emily also begins to grow closer to Nathan and struggles to balance their relationship with her attempts to keep her father's insurance scam secret. Derek and Jeannie Swallows are left reeling after a poor online review from the insurance investigator who had stayed with them in the previous series, and plan a flashy relaunch of their bed and breakfast.

Cast and characters

  • Natalie Dew as Emily Verma – a 27-year-old who fled Sandylands for a more exciting life
    • Radha Sthanakiya portrays Emily in childhood flashbacks
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar as Limesh "Les Vegas" Verma – Emily's estranged father, an amusement arcade owner
  • Harriet Webb as Tina Taylor – Emily's childhood friend, a hedonistic tour guide
  • David Walliams as Derek Swallows – an overbearing bed and breakfast owner
  • Sophie Thompson as Jeannie Swallows – Derek's wife
  • Simon Bird as Nathan Wild – Emily's old crush, a police officer
  • Bronwyn James as Trudy Wright – Nathan's militant colleague (series 1)
  • Hamza Jeetooa as Kenny – Emily's old friend, who works in Les' arcade (series 1)
  • Hugh Bonneville as the one-eyed man – a sinister insurance investigator (series 1)
  • Craig Parkinson as Terry Chino – a nightclub owner
  • Tracy Ann Oberman as Donna Vegas – Emily's estranged mother and Les' estranged wife (series 2)[4]


Weston-super-Mare, filming location for the series

The series is principally filmed in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. The first series was filmed in the town in autumn 2019.[5] The second series was filmed in spring 2021.[4]



Rupert Hawksley of the i called the series "camp and gaudy with plenty of oo-er humour" and remarked, "Emily’s confusion between grief and anger over her father’s disappearance was cleverly handled by [the writers], who managed to wring out just the right amount of emotion, never dampening the jaunty, end-of-the-pier feel".[6] Alex Fletcher of BT praised the cast and described the series as "a deliciously bonkers escape to seaside nostalgia".[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Sandylands cast and crew credits". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  2. ^ Pickstock, Heather (3 March 2020). "New comedy Sandylands starring David Walliams to air this week – what you need to know". Bristol Post. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Sandylands". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Pickstock, Heather (28 April 2021). "David Walliams back in Weston-super-Mare filming comedy Sandylands". Bristol Post. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  5. ^ Malloy, Tomas (26 February 2020). "David Walliams stars in Sandylands – a new TV sitcom filmed in Somerset". Somerset Live. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  6. ^ Hawksley, Rupert (4 March 2020). "Sandylands, Gold, review: David Walliams and Simon Bird's show is camp and gaudy with plenty of 'oo-er' humour". i. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  7. ^ Fletcher, Alex (4 March 2020). "7 Questions With… Sandylands star Natalie Dew: It's a deliciously bonkers escape to seaside nostalgia". BT. Retrieved 23 March 2020.