Bad Move

JACK DEE finds the good life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in a new ITV sit­com

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COM­EDY ITV HD, 8PM/ITV+1, 9pm Jack Dee and Kerry Godli­man star as a cou­ple who leave the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city for a new life in the coun­try only to dis­cover it is not a ru­ral idyll af­ter all.

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Bad move

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FOR ANY­ONE LIV­ING in a cramped city flat, the dream of up­ping sticks and up­siz­ing to a spa­cious coun­try abode sur­rounded by leap­ing lambs and lung­fuls of fresh air, might be all too fa­mil­iar.

But in ITV’S new six-part com­edy se­ries Bad Move, mar­ried cou­ple Steve (Jack Dee) and Nicky

(Kerry Godli­man) find the grass is most cer­tainly not greener when they de­cide to es­cape the rat race in Leeds and re­lo­cate to ru­ral York­shire.

Stuck in a run­down house with no in­ter­net con­nec­tion and smug neigh­bours who have home­made jam com­ing out of their ears, the cou­ple quickly find them­selves ques­tion­ing their de­ci­sion.

Here, co-writer and star Dee re­veals more about his char­ac­ter’s coun­try­side catas­tro­phe and how he’s be­come ob­sessed with TV re­lo­ca­tion shows…

TELL US MORE ABOUT STEVE AND

NICKY… Steve is a web de­signer and Nicky is a land­scape gar­dener, and they were liv­ing quite a met­ro­pol­i­tan lifestyle in Leeds. But this is their sec­ond mar­riage, so they wanted to clear the cob­webs and make a fresh start.

WHY DOES IT TURN OUT TO BE A

‘BAD MOVE’? They quickly run out of money and find they can’t af­ford to ren­o­vate their new house the way they wanted, so they’re trapped in this place that they can’t af­ford to sell or do up. They’ve also got grown-up kids who don’t want to visit be­cause there’s no in­ter­net. WHAT ARE THEIR FIRST IM­PRES­SIONS OF COUN­TRY LIFE? Steve and Nicky are like square pegs in a round hole. They thought the grass would be greener on the other side of the fence – un­til they jumped over the fence and re­alised it’s an al­gae-cov­ered, stag­nant pond of sludge.

WHAT KIND OF CHAR­AC­TERS DO THEY EN­COUNTER? Nicky’s dad Ken [Philip Jack­son] lives nearby, but he’s bril­liantly dis­ap­prov­ing of Steve and prefers Nicky’s first hus­band. They’ve also got an­noy­ingly per­fect neigh­bours Matt [Miles Jupp] and Meena [Man­jin­der Virk], who have made a sim­i­lar move but they’re liv­ing the good life, mak­ing bread, jams, honey and god knows what. They’re the worst peo­ple to be con­stantly con­fronted with.

WHAT’S THE IN­SPI­RA­TION BE­HIND THE SHOW? I wrote it with Pete Sin­clair, who I’ve worked with for years, but the idea came from end­lessly watch­ing episodes of Es­cape to the Coun­try. I be­came a bit ob­sessed with it. They never show any­thing other than a happy end­ing, though, and I don’t be­lieve that. I also no­ticed that the movers are of­ten on their sec­ond mar­riage and I thought it was in­ter­est­ing how peo­ple think they can change them­selves by chang­ing where they are.

DID YOU EN­JOY FILM­ING IN RU­RAL YORK­SHIRE? We stayed in Guis­bor­ough and Har­ro­gate, which are lovely places to be, and my wife Su­san came to visit and we drove around ex­plor­ing. The lo­ca­tions were stun­ning and pro­vided great dra­matic back­drops for the show.

WOULD YOU CON­SIDER ES­CAP­ING TO THE COUN­TRY YOUR­SELF? My wife and I talk about it, and our kids are at univer­sity now. How­ever, the house we were film­ing at was so re­mote, and we had real trou­ble get­ting trucks and equip­ment up there. The own­ers said they don’t even go up there in the win­ter be­cause the weather is hor­i­zon­tal. It sounds hope­less.

NEW

KERRY GODLI­MAN AND JACK DEE AS NEW AR­RIVALS NICKY AND STEVE

MAN­JIN­DER VIRK AND MILES JUPP AS NEIGH­BOURS MEENA AND MATT

JACK DEE’S STEVE GETS A HAN­DLE ON RU­RAL LIV­ING

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