Bad Move

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Bad Move
Bad Move title card.png
Genre Sitcom
Created by Jack Dee
Pete Sinclair
Written by
  • Jack Dee
  • Pete Sinclair
Opening theme "In the Country" by Cliff Richard and The Shadows
Composer(s) Damian Coldwell
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 4
Executive producer(s)
  • Andrew Beint
Producer(s) Debbie Pisani
Camera setup Single-camera[1]
Running time 28 minutes (including adverts)
Production company(s) Open Mike Productions
Original network ITV
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original release 20 September 2017 (2017-09-20) – present

Bad Move is a British sitcom written by Jack Dee and Pete Sinclair, that premiered on ITV on 20 September 2017.[1] The series stars Dee and Kerry Godliman as Steve and Nicky, a couple who decide to escape city life by relocating to the countryside, only to regret it.[2]


Steve and Nicky 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 can.



Location filming took place within the North York Moors National Park in the spring of 2017. Although seemingly part of the same village, scenes were shot at different places that are in fact several miles apart.

The Rawlings' new home is near Low Mill in Farndale. Abbey Stores in Rosedale Abbey was temporarily converted to the Garthdale Minimarket and much of episode two was filmed in Fadmoor. Episode four featured the White Horse Farm Inn in Rosedale Abbey.


Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 6 20 September 2017 (2017-09-20) 25 October 2017 (2017-10-25)

Series 1 (2017)[edit]

No. in
No. in
Title Director Writer(s) Original air date
1 1 "Dead Zone" Martin Dennis Jack Dee, Pete Sinclair 20 September 2017 (2017-09-20)
Nicky and Steve have left behind their old life in Leeds and moved to their dream house in the country. But the dream is rapidly turning into a nightmare, especially for Steve, whose business as a website designer faces a slight problem - they can't get their internet connected.
2 2 "Deep End" Martin Dennis Jack Dee, Pete Sinclair 27 September 2017 (2017-09-27)
When Nicky and Steve discover that their kitchen has flooded, they have to call on Nicky's Dad for help. Meanwhile, Jack tries to catch Grizzo's pet panther that has gone missing.
3 3 "Shut Up" Martin Dennis Jack Dee, Pete Sinclair 4 October 2017 (2017-10-04)
Nicky and Steve's dreams of peaceful country nights are shattered by Grizzo and his band rehearsing his latest album outdoors. But Steve is not getting much sleep anyway - his web design business is losing customers to a rival firm. 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 is nothing to his reaction when Nicky manages to land him with a work experience boy from the local village - the dreaded Bronson.
4 4 "Get Lost" Martin Dennis Jack Dee, Pete Sinclair 11 October 2017 (2017-10-11)
Nicky and Steve are alarmed to discover that an ancient public right of way runs straight through their garden. When Steve makes an enemy of the ramblers who insist on using it a tense stand-off ensues. Their only hope is to persuade the villagers to sign their petition. Meanwhile, Matt and Meena have organised their children into taking part in a sponsored recorderthon for the local hospital. They are adamant that Nicky and Steve should come along to support it. Grizzo is preoccupied with a new craze – E.F.T. or ‘tapping therapy’. Could it be the answer to Nicky and Steve’s problems?
5 5 "Day Trip" Martin Dennis Jack Dee, Pete Sinclair 18 October 2017 (2017-10-18)
6 6 "Party Time" Martin Dennis Jack Dee, Pete Sinclair 25 October 2017 (2017-10-25)


  1. ^ a b "Jack Dee makes a Bad Move in new ITV comedy about escaping to the countryside". Irish Independent. 7 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Dowell, Ben (7 March 2017). "ITV commissions new Jack Dee comedy Bad Move". Radio Times. 

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