The Path of True Love

"The Path of True Love"
The Green Green Grass episode

Boycie moves in with Bryan.
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 1
Directed by Dewi Humphreys
Written by Jim Sullivan
Produced by Gareth Gwenlan
Production code 4:1 (24)
Original air date 8 January 2009
Running time 30 Minutes
Episode chronology

"The Path of True Love" is an episode of the BBC sitcom, The Green Green Grass. It was screened on 8 January 2009, as the first episode of the fourth series.[1]


The staff easily notice that all is not well at Winterdown Farm. Boycie’s lack of attention giving is upsetting Marlene so much that she feels unloved, under-valued and extremely lonely. With worries floating through her head that their marriage may be coming to a close she seeks the help of the local marriage guidance counsellor. When Boycie finds out that their private problems are being spread about the village by no other than his own wife! However, he soon finds out not to confront her as her depression transforms into fury and she throws him out.

Meanwhile, the pub is being repaired after a huge fireball, a farmers’ convention is taking up all the space at the local hotel and Boycie’s car has found its own way into a pond – so Boycie remains homeless. Until Bryan offers him a bed that is, although he will have to sleep on the floor as a sick sheep is in the bed. Priorities! Also, Marlene has a girlie chat with Mrs Cakeworthy.

Episode cast

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

Production, broadcast and reception



The title for this episode is taken from an episode of John Sullivan’s hit comedy series, Citizen Smith. The episode though bares no resemblance to the Citizen Smith episode. See: List of Citizen Smith episodes.

The episode seems to have been based on the idea that both Boycie and Marlene are always at each other's throats so this episode was written to explore what would have if they actually did break up after a row.

Filming and cast

This episode was filmed in late 2008 at Teddington Studios. The episode features only the main characters displayed above in the cast list. Regulars do not feature. Other characters such as Colin Cakeworthy are made reference to but not do feature.



  1. "The Green Green Grass - Series 4 Episode 1 (The Path Of True Love)". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2016-06-07.
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