Es­cape to the coun­try!

Jack Dee finds the ru­ral good life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in his new sit­com…

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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.

Home vis­its

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

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