The Country Wife (The Green Green Grass)

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"The Country Wife"
The Green Green Grass episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 3
Directed byTony Dow
Written byJohn Sullivan
Production code1:3 (3)
Original air date23 September 2005
Running time30 Minutes
Episode chronology
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"A Rocky Start"
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"Hay Fever"
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List of The Green Green Grass episodes

"The Country Wife" is an episode of the BBC sitcom, The Green Green Grass. It was first screened on 23 September 2005, as the third episode of series one.[1]


Marlene tries her hand at country cooking, despite the warnings from her husband and her son. She demands Boycie goes and picks some berries of the many bushes in their fields even though he is reluctant to do so Boycie takes the basket and leaves. Whilst Boycie is picking berries he meets their next door neighbor – the mad Welsh man, Llewellyn who holds a shotgun to his head whilst giving a lecture about Wales.

Llewellyn latter holds Rocky for ransom when he wanders onto his land. Boycie then seeks legal advice and is told that he has to pay the mad Welsh man.

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

Production, broadcast and reception[edit]


This episode was written by John Sullivan, writer of Only Fools and Horses. The whole of the first series was written entirely by John Sullivan.


During its original airing, the episode had a viewing audience of 5.86 million, in the 9pm timeslot it was shown. This is the same audiences that sitcoms such as My Family attract.

This episode has since been re-run on BBC1, BBC HD and GOLD. The show received one of the highest ratings of the week making it into the top thirty.

DVD release[edit]

The UK DVD release was released on 23 October 2006.[2] The release includes the 2005 Christmas Special, a short special entitled 'Grass Roots' and a short documentary on 'Rocky'.[3]


  • Brief references are made by both Boycie and Marlene regarding their lives in Peckham.

References to Only Fools and Horses[edit]

This episode is the first episode of the spin-off comedy series to follow an individual storyline. The episode sees the introduction of series regular, Llewellyn as played by Alan David. The plot of this episode is later referred to in the fourth series episode, 'Please Miss, I Don't Want Anymore'. The last episode in the series to make reference to Only Fools and Horses.

Series developments[edit]

  • This episode sees the first appearance of Llewellyn as played by Alan David.
  • Boycie considers adding to his livestock by purchasing some cows.


  • This episode marks the second episode in a story arc spanning several series in the form of the gay bull joke.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. ^ "The Green Green Grass: Series One". Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  3. ^