14 May 2021
Praise for series one:
- Daily Mail Weekend - "One of the most well-observed comedies of 2019"
- The Times - "Meet The Parents' on the Isle of Wight"
- Radio Times - "painfully well observed"
- Guardian Guide - "sitcom splendour"
- Daily Telegraph - "gently addictive"
- The Sun TV Mag - "warm and affectionate fun"
- TV & Satellite Week - "charming"
- Inside Soap - "brilliantly funny"
The nation's favourite comedy channel Gold today announces that Gregor Fisher will return to the world of sitcom to join the cast of The Cockfields as it is commissioned for a second series (6x30'). Fisher takes on the role of Ray, originated by the late Bobby Ball.
Writers Joe Wilkinson and David Earl said,
Thank you Gold loads for giving us a second series and supporting the show. We're so chuffed to finally be making more episodes of The Cockfields - although our mate Simon isn't, whose surname we nicked for the show. He's actually quite annoyed, as it goes. We also want to mention how sad it was to lose Bobby last year, and what an honour it was to work with him. A brilliantly funny man.
The Cockfields stars Wilkinson as Simon, visiting his ever-doting mother (Sue Johnston), his controlling yet well-meaning stepfather (Fisher) and his celebrity-obsessed stepbrother ( Ben Rufus Green) at their home on the Isle of Wight. Also joining the cast for the second series are -Susannah Fielding, playing Simon's new girlfriend Esther, Greg McHugh as his old schoolfriend Tony and Michele Dotrice who adopts the role of Lyn, originally played by Maggie Steed.
The Cockfields is written by David Earl & Joe Wilkinson. It is commissioned by Pete Thornton, UKTV head of scripted, and ordered by Gerald Casey, Gold channel director. Richard Watsham is UKTV director of commissioning and Steve North is genre general manager, comedy and entertainment. The Cockfields is directed by Simon Hynd, produced by John Rushton for Yellow Door Productions, and exec produced by Lucy Lumsden.
Pete Thornton said,
It feels like a long time since we last dropped in on The Cockfields so I'm delighted to be back in business with the team behind the first three smash hit episodes, and to be bringing this very special show back for a second series. At last we're going to be allowed the opportunity to properly get to know this extraordinary family - and I know from the early drafts of Joe Wilkinson and David Earl's remarkable scripts that fans of series one are in for an absolute treat.
Gerald Casey said,
Gold viewers were unanimous in their love for the first series of The Cockfields and we can't wait to see what this wonderful cast and crew have in store for us this time around.
Lucy Lumsden, Yellow Door Productions, said,
Huge thanks to Gold for letting us make more episodes of The Cockfields. We were so sad to lose Bobby who was such a special part of our show. With the blessing of Bobby's family, we'll be seeing more of the characters we fell in love with and the joyous relationship between stepdad and stepson that Joe and David write so well. We so look forward to getting back on to the Island.
The Cockfields is the latest high-profile UKTV Original commission for Gold in 2021. Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders reunite on screen for French & Saunders: Funny Women, while French has also contributed to The Vicar of Dibley: Inside Out alongside Richard Curtis and other cast and crew. Johnny Vegas and Sian Gibson are currently reprising their roles as Dial M For Middlesbrough and Murder on the Blackpool Express amateur mystery solvers Terry and Gemma for Jason Cook's brand new three-part series, Murder, They Hope.
Series two of The Cockfields will air on Gold later this year.
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