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One Flew Over The Cuckoo Clock
Series -, Episode -
Air Date 25 December 2005
Written by John Sullivan
Director Tony Dow
Length 60 Minutes
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo Clock is an episode of the BBC sitcom, The Green Green Grass. It was first screened on 25 December 2005, as the 2005 Christmas Special.

Synopsis

After receiving an invitation to the Agricultural Ball in Somerset Boycie and Marlene decide to attend and take Bryan as their driver. Boycie begins to worry that the Driscoll Brothers might be at the ball. Upon arriving they soon begin to settle in until they meet two men who run a polo club who tell Boycie he could become a partner for a few million pounds and could even be knighted ‘Sir Aubrey’.

The snob in Boycie comes rushing to the top and he agrees to meet them in Switzerland for a Christmas holiday but unfortunately on Christmas Eve, Boycie and Marlene are snowed in. So, they are forced to spend Christmas with Mrs Cakeworthy, Bryan, Jed and Llewellyn. The snow doesn’t lift quickly so the realisation that they’ve missed their flight annoys Boycie.

Meanwhile, Elgin has gone into hospital to have his appendix removed therefore, Llewellyn is filling in as farm manager for him. Also, Boycie and Marlene sit down to watch a festive edition of Watchdog only to find that the two men who had invited Boycie abroad were con men and that the Driscoll Brothers had followed them to Switzerland. They had recognised Boycie’s picture in a country magazine that just happened to mention where they would be this Christmas. So, Boycie insists that God looked after him and made it snow on purpose. Therefore, the Boyces are safe and sound, for now, and can continue to celebrate a Christmas Driscoll-free.

Story Notes/Trivia

  • The Driscoll Brothers make two small appearances in this episode, once in Boycie’s dream and once on Crimewatch.
  • Sid, an Only Fools and Horses regular make a cameo appearance.
  • Fiona Bruce makes her first appearance as herself. Her second appearance is in the episode, ‘Antique No Show’ which aired in 2009.
  • Another reference to Trigger is made in this episode.
  • This episode is the first Christmas Special
  • This is the longest Green Green Grass episode
  • This was one of four episodes that feature a character from Only Fools and Horses
  • This was the first of three appearances from the Driscoll Brothers. (2005/2006/2009)
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