Back in 2017 the BBC premiered the new show mockumentary show ‘This Country’, akin previous comedy’s such as The Office this followed two degenerates around rural England. The two stars, who are real life brother and sister but play cousins Lee ‘Kurtan’ Mucklowe (Charlie Cooper) and Kerry Mucklowe (Daisy May Cooper) are followed by a camera crew to document their day to day lives. Each episode follows certain hi-jinx from attending the local village fete and entering the Scarecrow competition to simpler episodes where they wait inside their kitchen waiting for their Uncle ‘Nugget’ to arrive. Their mentor and friend is also the local vicar, Francis (Paul Chahidi) who is one of my favourite character’s of the series. His subtle reactions to events and outbursts are comedy gold.
Minor things really resonated with me as well, for instance they reference Goosebumps books, Theme Hospital, Crash Bandicoot and even have a random animated skull toy in the back of his room.
My favourite scene is when Kurtan is learning to drive and the Vicar leaves return a garden hose bit and Kurtan turns the car around with Kerry and the Vicar returns and doesn’t even notice. The natural flowing dialogue between the siblings is so well written and funny, it just encapsulates the entire series and their relationship. Later on in the episode the Francis (Vicar) has a personal and heartwarming moment with them both.
Another scene which is particularly funny is when they watch footage from a millenium party and comment on how ‘old everything looks’ whilst panning (subtly) around the room they’re still in, which hasn’t changed at all.
I wouldn’t like to spoil any of the episodes but do urge you to check it out if you’re a fan of The Office, Kurtan does have an uncanny resemblance to Gareth Keenan (Mckenzie Crooke) which is joked about in series two.
Subtle and heartwarming and one of my new all-time favourites. ★★★★★
All episodes are available on iPlayer now.