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All hail King Gary

All hail King Gary

As the brand new sitcom arrives on BBC One, we sit down with stars Tom Davis and Lauren Checkley and director James De Frond

If it’s laughs your family is craving, then this suburban “King” has ʼem in spades…

King Gary, 9.30pm, Friday 10 January, BBC One HD (CH 101). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer

At 6' 7", it’s pretty hard to miss actor Tom Davis. Especially if you know him best from his mad (but amazing) portrayal of legendary detective DI Sleet in the equally mad (and amazing) BBC Three cult sitcom Murder In Successville.

And now, having solved countless murders alongside a litany of celebrity guest stars, he’s back. This time, though, alongside lifelong friend and director James De Frond, he’s taken his comedic chops well and truly back to his South London roots.

Looking to emulate the family sitcoms he and De Frond grew up worshipping, Davis now stars as Gary, a family man/geezer who, alongside childhood sweetheart and wife Terri (Detectorists’  Laura Checkley), struggles for acceptance in their ruthlessly competitive suburb.


A cast of other well-known comic actors joins Gary on his misadventures, with The Fast Show’s Simon Day at his bald, bloke-ey best as Big Gary (Gary’s dad, if you were wondering). Romesh Ranganathan plays Gary’s neighbour Stuart, and Dustin Demri-Burns (Stath Lets Flats) and Utopia’s Neil Maskell also star.


Luckily for us, we were able to sit down with co-creator/star/his highness himself, Tom Davis. Laura Checkley and director James De Frond also joined us to chat all things comedy ahead of the show’s premiere this week...

When is King Gary on TV?

Catch King Gary, 9.30pm, Friday 10 January, BBC One HD (CH 101/108). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer

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