Cuckoo (TV series)

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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 (3rd announced)
No. of episodes 13
Producer(s) Dan Hine
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Roughcut Television
Original channel BBC Three
Original release 25 September 2012 (2012-09-25) – Present (Present)
External links

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 15 May 2015 it was confirmed that Cuckoo would be returning for a third season with Taylor Lautner reprising his role as Dale Jr. [3]

On 10 October 2013, it was announced that an American remake of Cuckoo would be made.[citation needed]. A special episode was aired at Christmas 2014 and a third series was announced in May 2015 to be aired later in the year. It is due to pick up where the Christmas Special left off.[4]


Series 1

Cuckoo is set in Lichfield, Staffordshire, (external scenes are mostly filmed in Slough, Berkshire and Amersham, Buckinghamshire), 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.

Series 2

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.

Series 3

Six months after Dale's dramatic departure at the end of the Christmas special of Series 2, Rachel is still heartbroken and missing Dale, but she has managed to salvage a certain friendship with her jilted former fiancé Ben (Lacey). Just as life looks like it's about to return to normal in the Thompson household a transformed Dale returns to shake things up all over again. Meanwhile, Ken and Lorna are preparing for the birth of their unexpected new baby, and their son Dylan (Tyger Drew Honey) is getting ready to leave for university.[5]


Main cast

Former cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast

  • 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)


Official ratings from BARB.[6]

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. Title Airdate Viewers BBC Three weekly ranking Cable rank
1 New Beginning 7 August 2014 746,000 10 28
2 Potato Party 14 August 2014
3 Tribunal 21 August 2014 712,000 7 26
4 Funeral 28 August 2014
5 Ken at Work 4 September 2014
6 Neighbourhood Watch 11 September 2014 573,000 6
7 Christmas Special 24 December 2014

DVD release[edit]

The first series of Cuckoo was released on DVD on 1 September 2014.[7]

The second series of Cuckoo will be released on DVD on 2 November 2015.[8]


In the episode "Family Meeting", family and friends are dancing to "Second Hand News" by Fleetwood Mac.

In the episode "Ken on E" in which Cuckoo sits reading a book whilst listening to "Shake Break Bounce" by The Chemical Brothers. In the same episode, various songs by Dexys Midnight Runners are featured.

In the episode "Potato Party", "Everyone Nose (All the Girls Standing in the Line for the Bathroom)" by N.E.R.D and "Mishto" by Gogol Bordello are featured during the party.

The song playing over the last scene and credits of the episode "The Wedding", is "Hey Ho" by The Lumineers.


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