Escape to the country!
Jack Dee finds the rural good life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in his new sitcom…
Married couple Steve and Nicky discover the grass is most certainly not greener on the other side when they decide to escape the rat race in Leeds and move to rural Yorkshire in ITV’s new six-part sitcom.
Stuck in a rundown house with no internet connection, with unbearably smug neighbours, who have homemade jam coming out of their ears, the couple quickly find themselves questioning their decision to uproot their lives.
‘Steve and Nicky are on their second marriages and wanted to make a fresh start,’ says co-writer and star Jack Dee.
‘But after moving to the village, they quickly run out of money and find themselves trapped in a house that they can’t afford to do up or sell.’
In the first episode this week, web designer Steve tries to get online, while landscape gardener Nicky finds her only booking might be mowing lawns for an elderly lady who’ll only pay with cake.
At least they get a warm welcome from Nicky’s dad, Ken (Philip Jackson), and next-door neighbour Matt (Miles Jupp).
‘Ken is brilliantly disapproving of Steve,’ laughs Jack. ‘While Matt made a similar move with his family, but annoyingly they’re living the good life, making bread, jams, honey and who knows what else!’
Jack says TV relocation shows gave him the inspiration for the sitcom.
‘The idea came from endlessly watching episodes of property series Escape to the Country. I became obsessed with it! But they never show anything other than a happy ending and I don’t believe that…’
Field of nightmares… Steve regrets chasing
his rural dream Neighbourly gifts… Matt (left) pops round