There’s no better destination for the Anglophile than VisionTV. Canada’s multi-faith network offers the best of British comedy every weeknight at 8 p.m. ET, along with an outstanding selection of prime time UK drama series.
The Green Green Grass
Airs Mondays, starting April 13, 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Goodbye, city life! When Boycie (John Challis), Peckham’s shiftiest used car salesman, runs afoul of those notorious south London gangsters the Driscoll brothers, his only option is to go into hiding, or “they’ll be wearing my kneecaps as earmuffs.” Much to the displeasure of his vain, brassy wife Marlene (Sue Holderness) and his oafish teenage son Tyler (Jack Doolan), Boycie’s chosen refuge is a rambling farmhouse in Shropshire – or, as Marlene acidly describes it, “the little house on the prairie.” But is a slick London wheeler-dealer like Boycie really suited to the life of a country gentleman?
Writer/creator John Sullivan is the driving force behind this BBC comedy hit, a spin-off of his long-running and massively successful series Only Fools and Horses.
Country living isn’t all clean air and freshly cut hay. A quintessential fish out of water, Boycie finds himself saddled with a household staff secretly bent on relieving him of his used-car fortune: cunning farm manager Elgin (David Ross), herdsman and self-styled ladies’ man Bryan (Ivan Kaye), dim-witted ploughman Jed (Peter Heppelthwaite) and bashful housekeeper Mrs. Cakeworthy (Ella Kenion). Boycie also wastes no time earning the enmity of his aggressively Welsh neighbour, Llewellyn (Alan David). Throw in an encounter with a gay bull, an ill-advised run for mayor and the constant threat of the Driscoll brothers turning up on his doorstep, and a man could start to long for the peace and quiet of the big city.
Check out The Green Green Grass official Web site: www.thegreengreengrass.co.uk
All About George
Airs Wednesdays, starting April 15, 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
George Kinsey is a husband and father. Also an ex-husband, a stepfather and a grandfather. Oh, a brother and a father-in-law, too. And a son, grandson and great-grandson. Got all that? Good, because there’s a quiz later.
All About George, the newest comedy-drama series from Mike Bullen, writer and creator of such Brit TV hits as Cold Feet and Life Begins, is about the extraordinary complexity of an ordinary life. Rik Mayall, one of England’s biggest comedy stars (The Young Ones, The Comic Strip) plays George, a simple suburban small businessman trying to lead a simple life. The trouble is, when you’ve got a new wife and an ex-wife, two sets of kids, quarreling parents and a trouble-making great grandmother, there’s no such thing as simple. Somehow, everybody’s problem becomes George’s problem – whether it’s his brother’s secret affair, his eldest daughter’s shaky marriage or his stepson’s sexual confusion.
The stellar ensemble cast includes Peggie Downie (New Street Law), Julia Ford (Midsomer Murders) Jack Shepherd (Wycliffe), Gemma Jones (MI-5) and Edna Doré (Eyes Down, Eastenders)