Cuckoo (TV series)

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Format Sitcom
Created by Robin French
Kieron Quirke
Written by Robin French
Kieron Quirke
Directed by Ben Taylor
Starring Andy Samberg
Greg Davies
Helen Baxendale
Tamla Kari
Tyger Drew-Honey
Taylor Lautner
Esther Smith
Composer(s) Oli Julian
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12
Producer(s) Dan Hine
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Roughcut Television
Original channel BBC Three
Original run 25 September 2012 (2012-09-25) – present
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Cuckoo is a British sitcom which began airing on BBC Three on 25 September 2012. Written by Robin French and Kieron Quirke, the first series starred Greg Davies, Andy Samberg, Helen Baxendale, Tamla Kari and Tyger Drew-Honey. Samberg and Kari did not return for the second series and were replaced by Taylor Lautner and Esther Smith.

The series launch became BBC Three's most-watched comedy launch, beating the record set by Bad Education which debuted the previous month.[1] Tyger Drew-Honey stated that there would be a second series [2] which was later confirmed by BBC Three. This later looked uncertain due to Andy Samberg's busy schedule, but in August 2013 the BBC told Digital Spy that they were still looking to go ahead with a second series, with them looking at a 2014 transmission. On 11 February 2014, it was announced that Andy Samberg would not return for the second series with Taylor Lautner replacing him as a new character described as "a handsome and mysterious young stranger". The second series began on 7 August 2014.

On 10 October 2013, it was announced that an American remake of Cuckoo would be made.


Series 1

Cuckoo is set in Lichfield, Staffordshire[3] (external scenes are mostly filmed in Slough, Berkshire), home to the Thompson family. When Ken (Davies) and Lorna (Baxendale) collect their daughter Rachel (Kari) from the airport, they learn that she has returned from her gap year having married Cuckoo (Andy Samberg) - an eccentric American "hippy" with an all-loving attitude, who does not have a job and loves to take drugs.

Series 2


Main cast

Former cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast


Official ratings from BARB.[4]

Series 1[edit]

Episode no. Title Airdate Viewers BBC Three weekly ranking Cable rank
1 The Homecoming 25 September 2012 1,278,000 1 2
2 Family Meeting 2 October 2012 853,000 2 16
3 Ken on E 9 October 2012 723,000 6 24
4 Grandfather's Cat 16 October 2012 883,000 3 15
5 Connie Sings 23 October 2012 866,000 2 16
6 The Wedding 30 October 2012 803,000 5 14

Series 2[edit]

Episode No. Episode Title Airdate
1 New Beginning 7th August 2014
2 Potato Party 14th August 2014
3 Tribunal 21st August 2014

DVD release[edit]

The first series of Cuckoo is due for release on 1 September 2014.[5]


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