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Down to Earth 

This series follows Faith and Brian Addis as they work to keep open their holiday home "Phyllishayes" - a roomy farmhouse in Devon offering memorable holidays for children who may never have experienced the countryside in their lives.


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Series cast summary:
Ricky Tomlinson ...  Tony Murphy 18 episodes, 2004-2005
Denise Welch ...  Jackie Murphy 18 episodes, 2004-2005
Zara Dawson Zara Dawson ...  Emma Murphy / ... 18 episodes, 2004-2005
Pauline Quirke ...  Faith 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Toby Ross-Bryant Toby Ross-Bryant ...  Marcus 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Alexandra Stone Alexandra Stone ...  Molly 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Ellie Beaven Ellie Beaven ...  Sarah 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Warren Clarke ...  Brian 18 episodes, 2000-2003
Angela Griffin ...  Frankie Brewer 16 episodes, 2003-2004
Ian Kelsey Ian Kelsey ...  Matt Brewer / ... 14 episodes, 2003-2004
Katy Reeves Katy Reeves ...  Celeste 14 episodes, 2000-2003
Inga Brooksby Inga Brooksby ...  Becky Brewer / ... 13 episodes, 2003-2004
Charlotte Redpath Charlotte Redpath ...  Lucy Brewer / ... 13 episodes, 2003-2004
Cherith Mellor Cherith Mellor ...  Vi Hughes / ... 12 episodes, 2004-2005
Matthew Devitt Matthew Devitt ...  PC Jim Tully 12 episodes, 2004-2005
Rowena Cooper Rowena Cooper ...  Mac 12 episodes, 2000-2003
Elizabeth Bennett Elizabeth Bennett ...  Daphne Brewer / ... 11 episodes, 2003-2004
Rupert Ward-Lewis Rupert Ward-Lewis ...  Alex 11 episodes, 2000-2003
David Sterne ...  Bill Thompson 11 episodes, 2000-2003
Robert James-Collier ...  Nick Christy 10 episodes, 2005
Marc Ryan-Jordan Marc Ryan-Jordan ...  Ryan Cooper 10 episodes, 2005
Finn Atkins ...  Kate Cooper 10 episodes, 2005
Shelley Conn ...  Kerry Jamill 9 episodes, 2005
Ram John Holder Ram John Holder ...  Wilson 9 episodes, 2003-2004
Dominic Cooper ...  Danny Wood 8 episodes, 2004
Thomas Byrne ...  Sam Brewer 8 episodes, 2004


This series follows Faith and Brian Addis as they work to keep open their holiday home "Phyllishayes" - a roomy farmhouse in Devon offering memorable holidays for children who may never have experienced the countryside in their lives.

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28 August 2000 (UK) See more »

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Incontinuity has ruined a good family drama.
10 January 2005 | by brdlybaumSee all my reviews

In what was a wonderful rural drama set in a the countryside near a town/village in Devon things were moving along at a steady pace with great acting from all concerned right up until the start of this series. It's the sudden disappearance of the Brewer family that is the problem. Maybe Angela was giving birth when this latest series was filmed and maybe Ian had another commitment he couldn't get out of and the same for the actors that played their children and the gardener and their oldest child's best friend. That is large number of cast members to just vanish from the current series. Couldn't filming have been held back until EVERYONE was available to make this new set of episodes? If the worst came to the very worst couldn't Denise Welch's character or Ricky Tomlinson's have said a good sensible reason as to why the Brewer family went away. As it is, bad writing and bad directing has meant that the characters Tony Murphy and Jackie Murphy have gone from only just managing to run the pub (due to Tony's 'hair-brained' schemes for a quick pound all series long) to having enough money to buy the small-holding from where the Brewers disappeared without selling the pub to fund the purchase. So where did that sudden windfall come from? And there is no village feel as the same faces are not seen again and again. Who runs the shop(s) and the post office? Where is the friendly policeman/woman? In fact where are the people? The show has deteriorated to the point where it is now complete rubbish. All feel for the countryside has gone.

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