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Jack Dee to star in new ITV comedy Bad Move

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Comedian Jack Dee will star in a new series he's written about a couple who move to the countryside only to discover the grass isn't always greener!

Comedian and actor, Jack Dee, is to star in a new comedy he's written for ITV, playing a man called Steve who relocates to the countryside with his wife only to realise he's made a terrible mistake.

Jack, who co-wrote the comedy with Pete Sinclair (co-creator of Jack's hit BBC series Lead Balloon), will star alongside comedian and actress, Kerry Godliman who plays his wife, Nicky.

Nicky and Steve 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, read the glossy lifestyle magazines and fallen in love with the idea of ‘getting away from the rat race'", said ITV.

Kerry Godliman performs at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Kerry Godliman performs at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. (Image credit: PA Archive/PA Images)

However the pair quickly find that living a simple existence in beautiful surroundings is not all it's cracked up to be when they discover they've bought a house in what the locals refer to as 'The Dip'  - a place where there's no internet connection and which is prone to terrible flooding.

Jack 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.”

Thanks to unscrupulous estate agents, architects and money-grabbing builders, Nicky and Steve,  are soon low on funds but attempt to brazen it out and put a brave face on their situation.  ITV said, "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’."

ITV's Comedy Commissioner, Saskia Schuster added,  "Jack Dee and Pete Sinclair's brilliantly funny scripts pit these two misguided characters against their new environment, two characters who could also learn from the adage, 'pride comes before a fall.”

Bad Move will air on ITV later in the year.