Bad Move is a new single camera scripted comedy for ITV written by Jack Dee and Pete Sinclair.
Starring Jack Dee as Steve and Kerry Godliman as his wife Nicky, they play a married couple who are both on their second marriages and have decided that moving to the countryside from the city is the answer to all their dreams.
They’ve watched all the TV relocation shows and read the glossy lifestyle magazines and fell in love with the idea of ‘getting away from the rat race’.
Unfortunately living a simple existence in beautiful surroundings is not all it’s cracked up to be and Steve and Nicky soon find living in the countryside might not be for them after all. Especially when they discover that the house they’ve bought is situated in what locals refer to as ‘The Dip’ – a place where internet signals cannot reach, but floodwater most definitely can.
Bad Move cast
Alongside Jack as Steve and Kerry as Nicky, a host of familiar faces make up the residents of the couple's new home.
Their nearest neighbours Matt (Miles Jupp) and Meena (Manjinder Virk) annoyingly make a happy life in the country all look so easy.
Other villagers include Grizzo (Seann Walsh) - a rock star that needs village life to keep him grounded , Ken (Philip Jackson) - Steve’s no-nonsense disapproving father in-law, and Shannon (Sue Vincent) - the local shopkeeper.
Thanks to unscrupulous estate agents, architects and builders squeezing more money out of the couple, Steve and Nicky find themselves in a financial situation that means there is no going back.
The couple must put on a brave face as the last thing they want is for all their friends back in the city to be proven right after they all said it was a ‘bad move’.
Jack Dee said: “This is a comedy about the grass always being greener on the other side of the fence – until you jump over the fence and realise it’s an algae covered stagnant pond of sludge.”
Bad Move spoilers
In tonight's fourth episode, Nicky and Steve’s dreams of peaceful country nights are shattered by Grizzo and his band rehearsing his latest album outdoors.
But Steve isn’t getting much sleep anyway - his web design business is losing customers hand over fist to a rival firm. And just to rub it in, Matt and Meena’s latest business venture is going from strength to strength.
When they ask Steve for some free advice on designing a website he is not impressed. But that’s nothing to his reaction when Nicky manages to land him with a work experience boy from the local village – the dreaded Bronson.
Series 1 of Bad Move airs on ITV for six episodes, continuing Wednesday night at 8PM.