The Green Green Grass (series 3)

The Green Green Grass (series 3)

The Green Green Grass Series 3 DVD Cover
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 8
Original network BBC
Original release 2 November – 30 December 2007
Series chronology

The Green Green Grass's third series originally aired between 2 November 2007 and 21 December 2007, beginning with the episode "But is it Art?". A Christmas special aired on 30 December 2007.


The series continued to feature the seven main characters that appeared in series one. These were:

Actor Role
John Challis Boycie
Sue Holderness Marlene
Jack Doolan Tyler
David Ross Elgin
Ivan Kaye Bryan
Peter Heppelthwaite Jed
Ella Kenion Imelda

Lisa Diveney's character, Beth, who was Tyler's girlfriend, was regular throughout the series before leaving the series after the special. Llewellyn (Alan David) and Ray (Nigel Harrison) were also regulars throughout the series.

Episode Information

Episode Number Broadcast Date Duration Title Written by
16 – 3.1 2 November 2007 30 minutes "But is it Art?" Jim Sullivan
17 – 3.2 9 November 2007 30 minutes "The Lonely Herdsman" Jim Sullivan
18 – 3.3 23 November 2007 30 minutes "If You Go Down to the Woods" Jim Sullivan
19 – 3.4 30 November 2007 30 minutes "Sweet Sorrow" John Sullivan & Keith Lindsay
20 – 3.5 7 December 2007 30 minutes "Fifteen Minutes" David Cantor
21 – 3.6 14 December 2007 30 minutes "The Final Curtain" John Sullivan
22 – 3.7 21 December 2007 30 minutes "Lust in Translation" David Cantor
23 – 3.8 30 December 2007 40 minutes "The Special Relationship" John Sullivan & Keith Lindsay


The series was produced by Shazam Production,[1] a company that produces comedies by John Sullivan.[2] The series was filmed at Teddington Studios, with a live audience. All episodes in the first series were directed by Dewi Humphreys. This particular series was written by Jim Sullivan, John Sullivan, Keith Lindsay and David Cantor.



The series began airing on Friday evenings, at 8:30pm. The series continued to be hit with viewers, with the first episode, "But is it Art?" gaining 5.34 million viewers, which was in the top thirty highest ratings for the week ending 4 November 2007.[3] Ratings then fell for the next two episodes before rising for the fifth then dropping again for the next episode, rising again for the sixth and ending on a series low. The ratings were high enough for a last series, of nine episodes, which got commissioned and aired.

Rank Episode Viewership Audience Percentage
1 "Sweet Sorrow" 6.05 million
2 "The Final Curtain" 5.46 million
3 "The Special Relationship" 5.40 million
4 "But is it Art?" 5.34 million
5 "If You Go Down to the Woods" 5.20 million
6 "Fifteen Minutes" 5.08 million
7 "The Lonely Herdsman" 4.62 million
8 "Lust in Translation" 4.32 million


The series, as a spin-off of the nation's favourite sitcom was always going to have a difficult start.[4] The series continued receive negative reviews from critics and some fans of Only Fools and Horses as well but a few positive reviews began to make their way to the surface.[5] The series achieved the first episode to gain a six million plus viewing figure since the first series.


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