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JACK DEE AND KERRY GODLIMAN face more coun­try­side calami­ties in the sec­ond se­ries of Bad Move

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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.

Bad move

wed­nes­day, ITV Hd, 8pm

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.

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