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Paines Plough at 40

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Paines Plough theatre company, a special event held at the BBC Radio Theatre with new plays by Nick Payne, Robin French and Katie Douglas. Show more

Contributors

Writer:
Nick Payne
Marla/Ursula/Rita:
Susan Brown
Voice/Professor/Lou:
Karl Johnson
Karen/Louise/Rose:
Clare Corbett
Richard/George/Gary:
Bryan Dick
Graham/Nathan:
Monty d'Inverno
Director:
James Grieve
Director:
George Perrin

Genres

Cuckoo

Series 2

Episode 3: Tribunal

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Three HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Available for years

Comedy series about a cuckoo in the family nest. Ken defends Steve for medical malpractice. Ben wants to set Dale up with one of Rachel's friends. Show more

Contributors

Dale Ashbrick:
Taylor Lautner
Ken Thompson:
Greg Davies
Lorna Thompson:
Helen Baxendale
Rachel Thompson:
Esther Smith
Dylan Thompson:
Tyger Drew-Honey
Charles:
David Calder
Policeman:
Brett Goldstein
Director:
Ben Taylor
Producer:
Dan Hine

Cuckoo

Series 3

Episode 1: Birth

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Available for years

Comedy series about a cuckoo in the family nest. A week past her due date, Lorna springs some new ideas on Ken about baby care. Rachel is delighted when an old friend returns. Show more

Contributors

Dale Ashbrick:
Taylor Lautner
Ken Thompson:
Greg Davies
Lorna Thompson:
Helen Baxendale
Rachel Thompson:
Esther Smith
Dylan Thompson:
Tyger Drew-Honey
Dreadlock Guy:
David Cheung
Beardy Henchman:
Leon Sua
Neck Tattooed Guy:
Jean-Paul Ly
Dr Stokes:
Ciaran Dowd
Midwife:
Lorna Gayle
Director:
Paul Murphy
Producer:
Emma Lawson
Producer:
Ian Hogan
Production Company:
Roughcut TV

Cuckoo

Series 3

Episode 2: The Application

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Available for years

Comedy series about a cuckoo in the family nest. Rachel has a chance to get the job of her dreams - and Ken and Dale are on hand to help out. Show more

Cuckoo

Series 1

Episode 5: Connie Sings

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC ThreeLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland HD

Available for years

Comedy series. Self-appointed guru Cuckoo manages to motivate Lorna's best friend Connie to leave Steve and pursue her childhood dream of becoming a singer. Show more

Contributors

Cuckoo

Series 3

Episode 7: The Holiday

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Available for years

The family head off to Cumbria on a relaxing holiday - but Ken has a secret purpose, and Dale's past comes back to haunt him.

Cuckoo

Series 4

Episode 1: Lawyer of the Year

Duration: 25 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Available for years

Comedy series. Dale is planning to propose to Rachel - he just has to ask Ken first. Meanwhile, Ken has been nominated for an award, but Jane has too. Show more

Contributors

Choreographer:
Vicki Jackson
Producer:
Ash Atalla
Producer:
Dan Hine
Producer:
Emma Lawson
Production Company:
Roughcut TV

Cuckoo

Series 5

Episode 6: Two Engagements and a Funeral

Duration: 22 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Available for years

Comedy series. A terrible misunderstanding occurs. Meanwhile, a run-in with an ex-boyfriend of Lorna's might be just what Ken needs. Show more

Contributors

Lorna Thompson:
Helen Baxendale
Steve Chance:
Kenneth Collard
Ken Thompson:
Greg Davies
Dylan Thompson:
Tyger Drew-Honey
Marcus Costello:
Gerald Kyd
Ivy Mittelfart:
Andie MacDowell
Rachel Thompson:
Esther Smith
Composer:
Nick Foster
Composer:
Oli Julian
Director:
Ben Gregor
Executive Producer:
Ash Atalla
Executive Producer:
Dan Hine
Executive Producer:
Emma Lawson
Producer:
Izzy Mant
Production Company:
Roughcut TV

Cuckoo

Series 2

Episode 2: Potato Party

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Three HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland HD

Available for years

Comedy series. Dylan plans a party as an elaborate way to seduce Zoe, while Dale is looking for a path in life - and alights on Cuckoo's potato van. Show more

Contributors

Dale Ashbrick:
Taylor Lautner
Ken Thompson:
Greg Davies
Lorna Thompson:
Helen Baxendale
Rachel Thompson:
Esther Smith
Dylan Thompson:
Tyger Drew-Honey
Potato Girl:
Laya Lewis
Director:
Ben Taylor
Producer:
Dan Hine

Cuckoo

Series 3

Episode 3: Mums Group

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

Available for years

Comedy series. Ken starts enjoying his paternity leave when he joins a mums' group, but Lorna's worried that a yummy mummy has her eye on him. Show more

Contributors

Yoga Teacher:
Jessica Johnson
Red Prius Driver:
Adrian Mackinder
Director:
Paul Murphy
Producer:
Emma Lawson
Production Company:
Roughcut TV

Cuckoo

Series 5

Episode 2: Ivy Nanny

Duration: 26 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Available for years

Comedy series. Ken is keen for Sid to go to private school, but Lorna is dead against it. Can Ken change her mind with the help of new family member Ivy? Show more

Contributors

Lorna Thompson:
Helen Baxendale
Steve Chance:
Kenneth Collard
Ken Thompson:
Greg Davies
Ivy Mittelfart:
Andie MacDowell
Rachel Thompson:
Esther Smith
Sid Thompson:
Adriano Broccu
Composer:
Nick Foster
Composer:
Oli Julian
Director:
Ben Gregor
Executive Producer:
Ash Atalla
Executive Producer:
Dan Hine
Executive Producer:
Emma Lawson
Producer:
Izzy Mant
Stunt coordinator:
Crispin Layfield
Production Company:
Roughcut TV

Cuckoo

Series 2

Episode 7: Christmas Special

Duration: 35 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Three HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Available for years

Lorna is full of the yuletide spirit, in more ways than one. Ben and Dale both want to make Rachel's holiday special, and Ken gets stuck in the middle. Show more

Contributors

Dale Ashbrick:
Taylor Lautner
Ken Thompson:
Greg Davies
Lorna Thompson:
Helen Baxendale
Rachel Thompson:
Esther Smith
Dylan Thompson:
Tyger Drew-Honey
Midwife:
Robin French
John the Waiter:
Asim Chaudhry
Ticket Inspector:
Nathan Clough
Ticket Seller:
Rosalind Adler
Director:
Ben Taylor
Producer:
Dan Hine
Production Company:
Roughcut TV

Cuckoo

Series 5

Episode 7: Election

Duration: 22 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Available for years

Lichfield is having its by-election, and Ken looks like a shoo-in to become MP. Victory seems inevitable - until an unwelcome visitor threatens everything. Show more

Contributors

DJ Johnny:
Jack Barry
Lorna Thompson:
Helen Baxendale
Old Dear:
Apple Brook
Steve Chance:
Kenneth Collard
Ken Thompson:
Greg Davies
Dylan Thompson:
Tyger Drew-Honey
Arif Khattak:
Andrew Joshi
Ivy Mittelfart:
Andie MacDowell
Rufus's Parent:
Peter Moreton
Rachel Thompson:
Esther Smith
Tjaart (Pilot):
Gregory Sutton
Ken Stunt Double:
Tom Hatt
Composer:
Nick Foster
Composer:
Oli Julian
Director:
Ben Gregor
Executive Producer:
Ash Atalla
Executive Producer:
Dan Hine
Executive Producer:
Emma Lawson
Producer:
Izzy Mant
Stunt coordinator:
Crispin Layfield
Production Company:
Roughcut TV

Cuckoo

Series 2

Episode 5: Ken at Work

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC ThreeLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Available for years

Comedy series about a cuckoo in the family nest. A partner at Ken's firm is retiring and Ken is in line for succession. Rachel and Ben try to spice up their sex lives. Show more

Contributors

Dale Ashbrick:
Taylor Lautner
Ken Thompson:
Greg Davies
Lorna Thompson:
Helen Baxendale
Rachel Thompson:
Esther Smith
Dylan Thompson:
Tyger Drew-Honey
Charles:
David Calder
Danielle:
Kate Miles
Director:
Ben Taylor
Producer:
Dan Hine
Writer:
Jon Foster

Cuckoo

Series 4

Episode 3: Ken's New Friend

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

Available for years

Comedy series. Ken complains about loud neighbour Lloyd to the police, only to make friends with him later. Dale discovers that Ken has been suspended at work. Show more

Contributors

Cuckoo

Series 5

Episode 4: Macbeth

Duration: 26 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

Available for years

Comedy series. A strange old lady in a pub gives Ken a prediction - he will one day become a Lib Dem candidate. Could Ken's dream become a reality? Show more

Contributors

Lorna Thompson:
Helen Baxendale
Old woman in pub:
Lieve Carchon
Steve Chance:
Kenneth Collard
Ken Thompson:
Greg Davies
Dylan Thompson:
Tyger Drew-Honey
Passionate man:
Matt Green
Gordon Andrews:
James Greene
Ivy Mittelfart:
Andie MacDowell
Yusra Duncan:
Chetna Pandya
Rachel Thompson:
Esther Smith
Composer:
Nick Foster
Composer:
Oli Julian
Director:
Ben Gregor
Executive Producer:
Ash Atalla
Executive Producer:
Dan Hine
Executive Producer:
Emma Lawson
Producer:
Izzy Mant
Production Company:
Roughcut TV

Cuckoo

Series 5

Episode 1: Ivy Arrives

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One Yorks & Lincs

Available for years

Comedy series. Ken is really excited about his long-lost sister arriving, but it turns out that billionaire Ivy doesn't really want to get to know her brother at all. Show more

Contributors

Lorna Thompson:
Helen Baxendale
Ken Thompson:
Greg Davies
American Man:
George Arvidson
Banker 1:
Matthew Bates
Steve Chance:
Kenneth Collard
Dylan Thompson:
Tyger Drew-Honey
Private Investigator:
Richard Ede
Ivy Mittelfart:
Andie MacDowell
Bank Security Guard:
Habib Nasib Nader
Rachel Thompson:
Esther Smith
Sid Thompson:
Adriano Broccu
Director:
Ben Gregor
Producer:
Izzy Mant
Composer:
Nick Foster
Composer:
Oli Julian
Executive Producer:
Ash Atalla
Executive Producer:
Dan Hine
Executive Producer:
Emma Lawson
Production Company:
Roughcut TV

Cuckoo

Series 5

Episode 5: Divorce Party

Duration: 22 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Available for years

Comedy series. Ivy gets the news that her divorce has come through. Steve takes it upon himself to cheer her up by throwing her a divorce party. Show more

Contributors

Suit Shop Attendant:
El Anthony
Lucy Merriweather:
Sam Battersea
Lorna Thompson:
Helen Baxendale
Steve Chance:
Kenneth Collard
Ken Thompson:
Greg Davies
Dylan Thompson:
Tyger Drew-Honey
Ivy Mittelfart:
Andie MacDowell
Rachel Thompson:
Esther Smith
Ken Stunt Double:
Tom Hatt
Composer:
Nick Foster
Composer:
Oli Julian
Director:
Ben Gregor
Executive Producer:
Ash Atalla
Executive Producer:
Dan Hine
Executive Producer:
Emma Lawson
Producer:
Izzy Mant
Writer:
Jon Foster
Writer:
Izzy Mant
Production Company:
Roughcut TV

Cuckoo

Series 1

Episode 4: Grandfather's Cat

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC ThreeLatest broadcast: on BBC Three

Available for years

Comedy series. The family are off to see Lorna's dad Tony to celebrate his birthday, and Ken is afraid that Cuckoo will send his father-in-law to an early grave. Show more

Cuckoo

Series 1

Episode 1: The Homecoming

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC ThreeLatest broadcast: on BBC Three HD

Available for years

Comedy series. Ken and Lorna are looking forward to seeing daughter Rachel when she returns from her gap year but are surprised to meet her new husband, Cuckoo. Show more

Contributors