Daisy May Cooper (right) recalls ‘horrendous’ journey behind This Country’s success (Credits: BBC)
This Country steadily became one of the best-loved comedies in recent memory before it ended in 2020, but reaching the unthinkable success of its current stature wasn’t easy – at all.
Daisy May Cooper and her brother Charlie wrote, starred in and roped in several family members for the BBC mockumentary, following Kerry and Kurtan Mucklowe – cousins stuck in the mindset of teenagers (we never learn their age) aimlessly hanging around England’s suburbia.
Despite ending in February of this year, its popularity only continues to reach new heights, becoming a lockdown favourite for millions, making waves across the world – even reaching the living room of superfan Rebel Wilson.
Baftas were won, an anonymous A-lister made a disguised cameo in series three, so surely Daisy and Charlie loved their journey to the top?
‘It was absolutely horrendous,’ Daisy bluntly tells Garham Norton on tonight’s episode of his chat show.
‘I laugh about it now, but it was awful, and we had to make it work – our backs were against the wall and we had no plan B, so we just had to do it.
Daisy and Charlie Cooper wrote and starred in This Country (Picture: BBC)
‘We never thought about it not working because that would have been so depressing.’
To say it worked is an understatement. This Country can rightly stand alongside British innovations such as The Office, and is about to get its own US remake helmed by Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, who came all the way to Cirencester – where Daisy still resides with her partner and two children – with an offer.
‘I’m getting some money for it, but I’ve nothing to do with it,’ said Daisy.
Bridesmaid director Paul Feig is remaking This Country for the US (Picture: PA)
‘It was amazing that we had Paul Feig come over to Cirencester and we sat in a pub and he said he would really like to direct it. It was so bizarre.
‘It’s got Stiffler (Sean William Scott) playing the vicar, which is a bit mad!’
This Country is available to stream on BBC iPlayer now. The Graham Norton Show airs tonight at 10.45pm on BBC One.
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