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The Green Green Grass - Series 3 - Disc 1 of 2
For Boycie, Marlene and son Tyler, life at the Shropshire Grange is so enjoyable – it’s a wonder they ever thought they’d miss the city!
When Boycie and Marlene visit a local mansion, Boycie is particularly inspired by the portraits adorning the walls. What else could secure Boycie’s position as a traditional English squire more than a dignified portrait?
However with Bryan and Elgin tasked to commission an artist, things don’t quite go to plan. If that isn’t enough, the city spiv turned farm owner faces an unwelcome trip to see his mother-in-law, as well as desperately trying to a find his missing dog before he has to give someone else the reward.
Meanwhile, Elgin, Bryan, Jed and Mrs Cakeworthy are just about managing to keep the farm going, despite sometimes seeming a few bales short of a haystack. Bryan looks for a date at farmersfanciers.com and comes up against Steamy Stella; the reality TV show Farm Idol causes a stir at Winterdown Farm and when Bryan’s mail-order bride brings more than he bargained for, Llewellyn is only too pleased to step in.
And the whole farm is excited when they welcome a rich American businessman revisiting the haunts of his military posting in the 1970s. He is clearly still a real ladies man but rumour has it he might also be closely related to someone in the village…
Bonus Feature: The Christmas Special 2007
Episode 1 - 2nd November 2007
Boycie and Marlene take a trip to a local country mansion, where Boycie admires the portraits that adorn the walls. Later, he recounts his admiration of this long established tradition of respect for the gentry. Meanwhile, thrown out by his wife, Elgin has moved into Bryan’s caravan, which later burns down, and Boycie is horrified to find that Marlene has offered them a place to stay. A month later, it looks like they’re never going to go, but they have a surprise – they’ve commissioned a local cow-painting artist to paint his portrait.
Episode 2 - 9th November 2007
When Marlene drags Boycie and Tyler to visit her mother Dora, the battle lines are drawn. Spending the day away from the farm gives the staff freedom – well, more than they do usually, so they use this to their advantage. However, Bryan is trying his hand at poetry to stop him feeling lonely, as it is the fourth anniversary of his engagement to Myrtle. Meanwhile, Mrs Cakeworthy is surfing the net to help him find a girlfriend but unfortunately finds him one called Steamy Stella. Meanwhile, Dora is cooking up a plan to get rid of Boycie.
Episdoe 3 - 23rd November 2007
Marlene is distraught when Earl goes missing so Boycie offers a reward for his return. Tyler, thinking of the money, sets off to find Earl but soon gets distracted by Beth. Meanwhile, Boycie forms a search party consisting of himself, Bryan and Jed in an attempt to find Earl and save him some money. Elgin and Mrs Cakeworthy attempt to comfort a hysterical Marlene but Mrs Cakeworthy’s traditional biscuit mountain doesn’t make a big impression. However, a returning Tyler and Earl bring a smile to her face but where is Boycie?
Episode 4 - 30th November 2007
Boycie and Marlene are flushed with pride as they dream of their son's golden future, but when Tyler's A-Level results let him down, it is the staff who provide the key to getting him motivated. However, after Marlene’s visions of Oxford and Cambridge battling it out over Tyler, Boycie decides that he’d better call in some favours and get his son into a university. Meanwhile, Beth has university offers flooding in and a slightly jealous Tyler begins his first taste of ambition. Has the small fortune that Boycie has paid out in private education been a waste?
Episode 5 - 7th December 2007
On the way home from a shopping trip, Boycie and Marlene notice a marquee pitched on the village green. Upon a closer inspection they see that it is for a new reality television series called ‘Farm Idol’. Boycie’s disgust at such as show turns to amusement as he notices Elgin, Bryan and Jed emerging from the marquee. As the show precedes it is revealed that the challenges go from silly to ridiculous but that won’t put the boys off. But are they sure that they can handle speed milking, synchronised ploughing and blindfolded sheep shearing?
Episode 6 - 14th December 2007
Bryan’s turkey, Paxo, is on his last legs, so the others rally round and organise a memorial service for the turkey. Meanwhile, Marlene is hoping for a holiday however Boycie refuses claiming that he doesn’t have enough money and Tyler has been suspended from university after his scandalous partying antics. However, he is still required to study so therefore the drawing room table is cluttered with John Lennon revision. Also, Boycie takes a look at the website but finds out some information that he’d rather have remained ignorant to.
Episode 7 - 21st December 2007
When Bryan arranges to meet his on-line lover, the staff’s loyalties are severely tested, especially after the events that follow. Meanwhile, Llewellyn seizes the opportunity of securing extra labour when Bryan’s lustful date arrives with a rather large unexpected family in toe. Meanwhile, another of Bryan’s dates goes horribly wrong when he grabs hold of a woman that he thinks is the person he’s meeting only to find out he’s mixed up the information regarding a red coat and a green hat or vice versa.
Episode 8 - 30th December 2007
Whilst out in the fields, Boycie and Marlene are horrified when Earl digs up an unexploded hand grenade. However, Boycie takes charge of the situation by diving behind the nearest tractor. But this is just the beginning. It is soon discovered that The Grange was once used as a US Army Base in the 1970s. After some more World War Two relics are found, Boycie decides to transform one of his barns into a military museum. Word of Boyce’s heroic involvement in the hand grenade incident attracts much media attention, even from the Peckham Times. Meanwhile, Cliff Cooper (George Wendt) arrives in Oakham intent on visiting the old haunts of his military posting. It turns out that he was billeted at The Grange so Boycie and Marlene are quick to invite him to their home as a guest. Boycie is especially pleased when he discovers than Cliff is a president and CEO of a large corporation in LA. An evening in the pub that evening brings up a conversation about the ‘Cloud Day’ incident and the fact that Cliff was a bit of a ladies’ man but rumour has it he left behind a child.
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