This Country star Michael Sleggs wanted to be in series 3

Metro Entertainment 2 months ago
Michael Sleggs
Michael Sleggs passed away before series three began filming (Picture: BBC)

The late This Country actor Michael Sleggs wanted to be in the upcoming third series of the BBC show but passed away before filming got underway.

The star, who played Michael ‘Slugs’ Slugette in the comedy, died in July aged 33 shortly after announcing that he was terminally ill and didn’t have long to live.

Creators Charlie and Daisy May Cooper revealed that Michael had hoped to feature in the upcoming new chapter and explained they’ve honoured his wishes.

Speaking exclusively to, the siblings opened up on how difficult it was to continue the comedy without Michael.

‘It was tough having to do it without him because he’s such a huge part of the show both on-screen and behind-the-scenes,’ Charlie told us.

‘He embodied the spirit of the whole thing, so his absence was really hard. He had such a great sense of humour.’

Michael Sleggs in This Country
Daisy and Charlie have paid tribute to Michael in the upcoming third series (Picture: BBC)

Daisy added: ‘He definitely wanted to be in it. He wanted it to be funny.

‘His family really wanted that and [said] that we should mention it [his death] in a funny way. I hope that we’ve made him proud.’

She also confirmed that they’ve paid tribute to Michael in the best way and enthused: ‘We’ve honoured him in the ultimate Slugs fashion.’

Charlie and Daisy have recently published This Is This Country, a book that is based on the Bafta-winning series.

Daisy May and Charlie Cooper
There’s now a This Country book (Picture: BBC)

Speaking about the book’s inception, Daisy revealed: ‘It came about because there was so much great stuff from writing the last three series that we never used.

‘A  lot of this is our favourite favourite stuff.’

Charlie added: ‘We started writing the show in 2011 and in that time there has been so much stuff that we haven’t been able to use so it was really nice to find a home for it.

‘And also lots of new stuff could be written in.’

One of their combined favourite parts of the publication is Kerry Mucklowe’s mum’s autobiography. Yep, we desperately need to get our hands on it too!

‘It goes into the details of when she met Martin and when Kerry was born,’ Charlie teased.

‘We were in your living room killing ourselves laughing at our jokes,’ Daisy recalled.

This Is This Country is available now. 

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