Cuckoo (TV series)
|Created by||Robin French
|Written by||Robin French
|Directed by||Ben Taylor|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Roughcut Television|
|Original channel||BBC Three|
|Original run||25 September 2012– present|
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. Tyger Drew-Honey stated that there would be a second series  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.
Cuckoo is set in Lichfield, Staffordshire, (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 (Samberg) - an eccentric American "hippy" with an all-loving attitude, who does not have a job and loves to take drugs.
Two years have passed and we learn that Cuckoo (Samberg) died in a climbing accident in the Himalayas, Dylan (Drew-Honey) is heading off to university and Rachel (Smith) is moving in with new boyfriend Ben (Lacey). Dale (Lautner), a young hirsute American arrives - claiming to be Cuckoo's son, searching for his father whom he has never met. Taking pity, Ken and Lorna ask him to stay.
- Greg Davies as Ken Thompson
- Helen Baxendale as Lorna Thompson
- Esther Smith as Rachel Thompson (Series 2)
- Tyger Drew-Honey as Dylan Thompson
- Taylor Lautner as Dale Jr.
- Kenneth Collard as Steve Chance
- Selina Griffiths as Connie Chance
- Holly Earl as Zoe Chance
- Philip Jackson as Tony
- Matt Lacey as Ben
- Gabrielle Green as Kerry (Episode 1)
- Louise Breckon-Richards as Kelly (Episode 2)
- Rick Bacon as Sam (Episode 2)
- Sophie Colquhoun as Hannah (Episode 2)
- David Mumeni as Toby (Episode 2)
- Dean-Charles Chapman as Charlie (Episode 2)
- Juliet Cowan as Nina Morgan (Episode 3)
- Chris Kendall as Neil Morgan (Episode 3)
- Tania Rodrigues as Receptionist (Episode 3)
- James Puddephatt as Headmaster (Episode 3)
- Harry Kershaw as Zeb Chance (Episode 3)
- Oriane Messina as Gemma (Episode 4)
- Stephen Bent as Lenny (Episode 4)
- Ella Kenion as Anne Dixon (Episode 4)
- Leo Wallace as Anne Dixon's Son (Episode 4)
- Joseph Long as Alexandro (Episode 5)
- Tony Jayawardena as Hassan (Episode 6)
- Jamie Zubairi as John (Episode 6)
- Tony Teulan as Boxer (Episode 6)
- John May as Bouncer (Episode 6)
- Tara Wells as Chantelle (Episode 6)
- Peter Ling as Fufan (Episode 6)
- Jit Loi Chong as Buddhist Monk (Episode 6)
- Laya Lewis as Potato Girl (Series 2, Episode 2)
- Clive Swift as Dr. Rafferty (Series 2, Episode 4)
- Elizabeth Berrington as Sandra (Series 2, Episode 4)
|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|
|1||New Beginning||7 August 2014|
|2||Potato Party||14 August 2014|
|3||Tribunal||21 August 2014|
|4||Funeral||28 August 2014|
|5||Ken at Work||4 September 2014|
|6||Neighbourhood Watch||11 September 2014|
|7||Christmas Special||December 2014|
The first series of Cuckoo was released onto DVD on 1 September 2014.
In the episode Family Meeting, family and friends are dancing to Second Hand News by Fleetwood Mac. This scene is before Steve takes a photo of the Thompson family.
Another soundtrack is from the episode Ken On E in which Cuckoo sits reading a book whilst listening to Shake, Break, Bounce by The Chemical Brothers. After this scene Ken is made aware by Cuckoo that he is high.
In the same episode, there are various songs by Dexy's Midnight Runners.
In series two episode 'Potato Party', Everybody Nose (all the girls standing in a line for the bathroom) N.E.R.D is featured during the party.