Series 2 of the popular UKTV comedy ‘The Cockfields’ is filming on the Isle of Wight this week.

Crews arrived on the Island on Sunday and will spend the week travelling around to a number of different locations, including Sandown, Ryde and Ventnor. Today (Tuesday) the production is filming beside the seaside at Puckpool Park.

The first series of The Cockfields, which was not only set on the Isle of Wight but filmed here too, proved to be such a hit with the British public that a second series has been commissioned to be featured on Gold.

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Sadly, the late Bobby Ball won’t be in this next instalment but Gregor Fisher joins the cast to take on the role of Ray. He joins Joe Wilkinson, Sue Johnston, Ben Rufus Green and newcomers Susannah Fielding, Greg McHugh and Michele Dotrice.

Michelle is best known for her role as Betty in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, which also had an Isle of Wight connection. The writer, Ray Allen, still lives in Ryde and a number of local street names feature in the 70s sitcom.

Writers Joe Wilkinson and David Earl have said:

“Thank you Gold loads for giving us a second series and supporting the show. We’re so chuffed to finally be making more episodes of The Cockfields – although our mate Simon isn’t, whose surname we nicked for the show. He’s actually quite annoyed, as it goes.

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“We also want to mention how sad it was to lose Bobby last year, and what an honour it was to work with him. A brilliantly funny man.”

Pete Thornton, UKTV head of scripted, said:

“It feels like a long time since we last dropped in on The Cockfields so I’m delighted to be back in business with the team behind the first three smash hit episodes, and to be bringing this very special show back for a second series.

“At last we’re going to be allowed the opportunity to properly get to know this extraordinary family – and I know from the early drafts of Joe Wilkinson and David Earl’s remarkable scripts that fans of series one are in for an absolute treat.”

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Series 2 of The Cockfields will air on Gold later this year.

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