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Hay Fever
Series 1, Episode 4
Air Date 30 September 2005
Written by John Sullivan
Director Tony Dow
Length 30 Minutes
Previous episode The Country Wife
Next episode Pillow Talk
List of episode

Hay Fever is an episode of the BBC sitcom, The Green Green Grass. It was first screened on 30 September 2005, as the fourth episode of series one.


As Boycie and Marlene are only just dealing with the fact they have a gay bull and a miserable Welsh next door neighbour, they can't be doing with Tyler around the house all day and all night either. So they think it's time he started at his new school, to his total disgust. Meanwhile, Elgin orders a herd of cows as 'Farmer Boyce' instructed. But Marlene insists they buy only six cows and she is extremely annoyed when she arrives home and finds three hundred cows on the farm.

Production, broadcast and reception

[edit] Writing

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.

[edit] Broadcast

During its original airing, the episode had a viewing audience of 6.33 million, in the 8:30pm timeslot it was shown. This is the same audiences that sitcoms such as My Family attract.

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

[edit] DVD release

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]

[edit] Continuity

  • Tyler starts at his new school to retake his GCSEs, a reference back to his rushed original taking of the exams is made.
  • Boycie purchases three hundred cows to Marlene’s disgust, making reference to the events of the previous episode.
  • The Boyce family are still trying to deal with the fact that they have a gay bull, making reference to the previous episode.

[edit] Cast notes

  • This episode marks the second and final appearance of the Publican as played by Robert Putt.
  • This episode marks the second appearance of Llewellyn as played by Alan David.

[edit] Notes

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

[edit] Errors

  • There are no spotted errors within this episode.