When BBC 3 disappeared from our screens last year many, including myself, have had very little to do with it online. This was until I saw an advert set in Northleach with an unruly looking woman in a Swindon Town football shirt saying "I've got enemies everywhere. I've got enemies in South Cerney, I've got enemies in North Cerney, I've got enemies in Cerney Wick. I've got enemies in Bourton on the Water". What the hell is this?
I did some digging and found that This Country is a mockumentary created by Charlie and Daisy May Cooper playing characters Kurtan and Kerry Mucklowe respectively. They are pretty much everything you want to avoid in the countryside and something The Cotswolds sweeps under the proverbial carpet. They swear a lot. They are self-confessed bullies and they are both emotionally unstable. It is actually bloody brilliant. Both the acting and script are incredible and the chalk and cheesiness of stunning countryside and the depths of society is bizarre, yet wonderful at the same time.
This is up there with anything that Ricky Gervais has done. If The Office and Benefit Street collided in the Cotswolds, This Country is what you would get. It is a work of art.
Watch it now on BBC. You have only missed the first two episodes!
Episode 1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p04qvrhb/this-country-1-scarecrow
Episode 2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p04rkg5r/this-country-2-mandy