Cuckoo is a BAFTA-nominated sitcom for BBC3, created by Kieron Quirke and Robin French. Now in its third series, the show broke ratings records when it launched in 2012. Starring a mix of British and American actors, including SNL alumnus Andy Samberg, beloved stand up Greg Davies and Hollywood heartthrob Taylor Lautner, the show has been nominated for multiple awards, remade in America, and acquired by Netflix for streaming in 2016.
When Ken and Lorna collect their daughter from the airport, they’re horrified to learn that she’s returned from her gap year with more than just a henna tattoo and braids in her hair. At the arrival gate, she introduces them to her new husband, Cuckoo – the squared-jawed, self-appointed spiritual ninja who is now their son-in-law. Cuckoo is every parent’s worst nightmare, a slacker full of outlandish, New Age ideas. Ken and Lorna have no choice but to welcome him into their family home.
Two years have passed and we learn that Cuckoo is missing, presumed dead after a climbing accident in the Himalayas. Things are just getting back to normal in the Thompson household. Dylan is applying for university and Rachel is trying to rebuild her life with a new boyfriend, nice but dull Ben. But a mysterious stranger soon arrives at the door claiming to be Cuckoo’s son, searching for his father who he’s never met. Taking pity, Ken and Lorna ask him to stay.
Six months after Dale’s dramatic departure at the end of Series 2, Rachel is still heartbroken and missing Dale but she has managed to salvage a certain friendship with her jilted former lover, Ben. It isn’t long before a transformed Dale returns to shake things up all over again. Meanwhile, Ken and Lorna are preparing for the birth of their unexpected new baby, and Dylan is getting ready for a short-lived stint at university.