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Testing Times
Series 2, Episode 1
Air Date 15 September 2006
Written by Jim Sullivan
Director Dewi Humphreys
Length 30 Minutes
Previous episode One Flew Over The Cuckoo Clock
Next episode Here's To You, Mrs Boyce
List of episode

Testing Times is an episode of the BBC sitcom, The Green Green Grass. It was first screened on 15 September 2006, as the first episode of series two.


Boycie uses artificial fertiliser to increase the amount of crops he produces a year, but unfortunately for him his mad next door neighbour Llewellyn spots him hiding the artificial fertiliser and calls the European Union who come to inspect Boycie's farm. Boycie panics and believes he will be sent to prison, and Elgin, Bryan and Jed add to his worries when they give him a sleeping potion that results in an abnormal amount of hair loss. Can the farm staff save Boycie in time?

Production, broadcast and reception

[edit] Writing

This episode was written by Jim Sullivan, son of John Sullivan. The second series was written by a range of writers including John Sullivan himself.

[edit] Broadcast

During its original airing, the episode had a viewing audience of 5.04 million, in the 8:30pm timeslot it was shown. The episode made it into the top thirty of that week.

[edit] DVD release

The UK DVD release was released on 7 April 2008. The release includes the 2006 Christmas special, commentary on the first episode and a special ‘The Making of...’ documentary.