The Green Green Grass (series 4)

The Green Green Grass (series 4)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 9
Original network BBC
Original release 8 January – 9 March 2009
Series chronology

The Green Green Grass's fourth series originally aired between 8 January 2009 and 5 March 2009, beginning with the episode "The Path of True Love".


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

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

Samantha Sutherland's character, Sara, who was Tyler's girlfriend, was a regular throughout the series before as was Llewellyn (Alan David) and Ray (Nigel Harrison).

Episode information

Episode number Broadcast date Duration Title Written by
24 – 4.1 8 January 2009 30 minutes "The Path of True Love" Jim Sullivan
25 – 4.2 15 January 2009 30 minutes "Home Brew" John Sullivan
26 – 4.3 22 January 2009 30 minutes "Calendar Boys" David Cantor
27 – 4.4 29 January 2009 30 minutes "Animal Instincts" Jim Sullivan
28 – 4.5 5 February 2009 30 minutes "Your Cheating Art" John Sullivan
29 – 4.6 12 February 2009 30 minutes "The Departed" Keith Lindsay
30 – 4.7 19 February 2009 30 minutes "I Done It My Way" John Sullivan
31 – 4.8 26 February 2009 30 minutes "One Man's Junk" Robert Evans
32 – 4.9 5 March 2009 30 minutes "For Richer For Poorer" Gary Lawson and John Phelps


The series was produced by Shazam Production,[1] a company that produces comedies by John Sullivan.[1] 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, David Cantor, Robert Evans, Gary Lawson and John Phelps.



The series began airing on Thursday evenings, at 20:30. The series slumped slightly with viewers, with the first episode, "The Path of True Love" gaining 4.07 million viewers, which was not in the top thirty highest ratings. Ratings then fell for the next two episodes before rising for the fourth episode then dropping again for the next two episodes and then rising again for the last two episodes of the series.

Rank Episode Viewership Audience share
1 "For Richer For Poorer" 4.38 million 18.8%
2 "The Path of True Love" 4.07 million 16.5%
3 "Home Brew" 4.02 million 16.9%
4 "Your Cheating Art" 3.93 million 15.4%
5 "Animal Instincts" 3.87 million 16.2%
6 "Calendar Boys" 3.86 million 15.8%
7 "The Departed" 3.73 million 15.1%
8 "One Man's Junk" 3.70 million 15.0%
9 "I Done It My Way" 3.46 million 14.4%


The series, as a spin-off of the nation's favourite sitcom was always going to have a difficult start.[1] The series continued receive negative reviews from critics and some fans of Only Fools and Horses as well but a few positive reviews beginning to make their way to the surface.[1] The series did not manage to reach the five million mark but did manage to beat fellow comedies, Not Going Out and The Old Guys.


  1. 1 2 3 4 "The Green Green Grass". British Comedy Guide. Digital Mark Ltd.
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