Calendar Boys

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"Calendar Boys"
The Green Green Grass episode
4.3 - Calendar Boys.jpg
Bryan and Jed get naked for Marlene.
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 3
Directed by Dewi Humphreys
Written by David Cantor
Produced by Gareth Gwenlan
Production code 4:3 (26)
Original air date 22 January 2009
Running time 30 Minutes
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"Calendar Boys" is an episode of the BBC sitcom, The Green Green Grass. It was screened on 22 January 2009, as the third episode of the fourth series.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

Marlene is bored with life on the farm, so she throws herself into charity work. As a result of her efforts, Boycie realises that a big enough charity donation could get him a knighthood. To raise money Marlene's new found photography skills appear as she creates a calendar called Calendar Boys, based on the popular film Calendar Girls, featuring all the men on the farm including Elgin, Bryan and Jed almost naked, a photoshopped Boycie, and some characters from Only Fools and Horses such as Denzil and Trigger. Tyler and his friends watch the internet release of the calendar, only to find the December picture is him, photoshopped.

Boycie meets an upper class man, Tristram. Boycie overhears him talking, and, after coming to false conclusions, believes that he can use this new acquaintance to gain himself a knighthood. However, this is not the case. Unbeknown to Boycie, Tristram is bisexual, and is only interested in heterosexual Boycie in a homosexual way, encouraged by a series of misunderstandings.

Episode cast[edit]

Actor Role
John Challis Boycie
Sue Holderness Marlene
Jack Doolan Tyler
David Ross Elgin
Ivan Kaye Bryan
Ella Kenion Mrs Cakeworthy
Peter Heppelthwaite Jed
Alan David Llewellyn
Nigel Harrison Ray
Jeremy Clyde Tristram
Victoria Carling Veronica
Samantha Sutherland Sara
Oliver Wood Zac
Edward Hancock Blade
Edward Browning Leon

Production, broadcast and reception[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

This episode was broadcast on 22 January 2009 at 8:30, on BBC1.

DVD release[edit]

The UK DVD has not been released yet. When released, it is expected to include all nine episodes from the fourth series

Writer and cast[edit]

This episode was written by David Cantor, his first episode of the fourth series. This episode also has the largest cast since From Here to Paternity.

Continuity[edit]

  • References to Denzil and Trigger are made after they posed nude for Marlene’s calendar.
  • Colin Cakeworthy is made reference to again, posing for Marlene’s calendar.
  • Tyler’s band, Puddle of Agony, appears again.

Viewership[edit]

3.86 million

Notes[edit]

  • Sir Tristram's wife is referred to as Lady Veronica — this is probably an error (see forms of address in the United Kingdom). Similarly, if Boycie were knighted, Marlene would become "Lady Boyce", not "Lady Marlene".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 2015-12-01.