JACK DEE AND KERRY GODLIMAN face more countryside calamities in the second series of Bad Move
COMEDY ITV HD, 8pm Jack Dee and Kerry Godliman return as married couple Steve and Nicky, who are still trying to come to terms with the realisation that life in the countryside isn’t a bed of roses.
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FOLLOWING A WELL-RECEIVED first outing last year, comic Jack Dee returns this week with a second series of his ITV sitcom Bad Move.
As the six-part comedy begins, the grass doesn’t seem to be any greener for country-dwellers Steve (Dee) and his wife Nicky (Kerry Godliman), who continue to face an uphill struggle in their quest to create their dream home.
Returning to give them further headaches are nuisance neighbours Matt (Miles Jupp) and Meena (Manjinder Virk) and local rock star Grizzo, played by comic Seann Walsh, who’s among the line-up for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Here, Dee, 56, considers the highs and lows of country living…
LIFE’S STILL NO BETTER FOR STEVE… It’s slightly worse really. At the start of this series, Steve and Nicky are trying to get a builder in to fix a roof that was smashed up at the end of the last series. They can’t find a decent builder anywhere but, when they do, he’s almost too decent. He’s even nicknamed Honest John!
Bad Move IS WHAT SITCOMS ARE ALWAYS ABOUT… It’s that idea of making a bad choice in life and being stuck in a situation you don’t want to be in. There always has to be a dilemma in this series and it’s one that’s usually badly managed, especially by Steve. I like that the show is also about personalities from around the village – useless neighbours, pretentious kids, busybody old women – encroaching on Steve and Nicky and how they all affect their lives in some way.
WRITING SERIES TWO WAS EASIER… When I was writing the first series, it hadn’t been cast, so everything very much existed soley in my head. But with the second series, I knew how Kerry or Miles would do things. I also knew what the set and the house was like, so it was good to be able to write with that knowledge in place. All the cast get on really well, so series two was a nice reunion.
I DO LOVE A BIG VILLAGE EVENT… Certain villages in the UK have these slightly strange events that are unique to that village, and we discovered there’s something called ‘Burning Bartle’ up in Yorkshire. It’s basically a big excuse for getting drunk and wandering around the village with flaming torches and a scarecrow, which ends up being set on fire.
But it’s mostly about the drinking. So, for one episode, we imagined a tradition that went on, that no one fully understood the origins of, that Steve gets roped into against his will.
I’VE MADE MY OWN BAD MOVE… My wife and I attempted to move to the country once. We bought a house and did it up but by the time we’d done that we realised we didn’t actually want to live there. We had the place for two or three years, did everything we wanted to do to it, spent a couple of summers there but I found it made my work life incredibly difficult, and we couldn’t quite get to grips with the silence outside – or the darkness. I grew up in the country so I should be used to it but I prefer knowing there’s a bit of action going on outside the house for some reason. Even if it’s just police sirens. I find that weirdly comforting.
I DON’T LIKE WATCHING MYSELF… I find that pretty difficult. Watching myself in the editing suite, I sit there saying: ‘Is there a take where he looks less miserable.’ I really am a happy person, I just don’t have a very happy face.
STEVE AND NICKY CONTEMPLATETHEIR LOT OUTSIDE THEIR ‘DREAM HOME’
STEVE WITH HONEST JOHN