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My Family

Opening titles featuring the characters (left to right) Abi, Michael, Susan, Ben, Janey and Roger.
Genre Sitcom
Created by Fred Barron
Starring Robert Lindsay
Zoë Wanamaker
Daniela Denby-Ashe
Gabriel Thomson
Siobhan Hayes
Keiron Self
Rosemary Leach
Rhodri Meilir
Country of origin Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
No. of series 7
No. of episodes 82 + 1 short
(as of 8 June 2007) (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 79x30 minutes
3x50 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original run 19 September 2000 – present
External links
Official website
IMDb profile

My Family is a British sitcom starring Robert Lindsay and Zoë Wanamaker that first aired in 2000. Seven series have so far been aired and an eighth series is being recorded from September to November 2007.[1] In 2004, My Family came 24th in Britain's Best Sitcom. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 458 pixelsFull resolution (998 × 571 pixel, file size: 307 KB, MIME type: image/png) Opening titles for the BBC TV Series My Family Author and copyright holder: BBC Screen captured and uploaded as a logo in complience with Wikipedias... This article is about a genre of comedy. ... Fred Barron is a television producer who has created shows such as the popular BBC sitcom My Family. ... Robert Lindsay Stevenson (born December 13, 1949)) is an English actor known as Robert Lindsay. ... Zoë Wanamaker CBE (born 13 May 1949) is an American-born English actress. ... Daniela Denby-Ashe (born 9 August 1978) is an English actress best known for her roles as Sarah Hills in EastEnders and as Janey Harper in My Family. ... Gabriel Thomson (born October 27, 1986) is an English actor from in London. ... Siobhan Hayes is an actress best known for the character of Abi Harper, a dumbwitted and clumsy student in the British sitcom My Family. ... Keiron Self is a Welsh actor and writer most famous for playing Roger Bailey Jnr in the BBC sitcom My Family. ... Rosemary Leach (born December 18, 1935) is a British stage and film actress. ... Rhodri Meilir (born 1978) is a Welsh actor best known for playing Alfie Butts in the BBC sitcom My Family. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... is the 159th day of the year (160th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... The following is a list of episodes for the British sitcom My Family, that first aired in 2000. ... BBC One is the primary television channel of the BBC, and the first in the United Kingdom. ... is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about a genre of comedy. ... Robert Lindsay Stevenson (born December 13, 1949)) is an English actor known as Robert Lindsay. ... Zoë Wanamaker CBE (born 13 May 1949) is an American-born English actress. ... Britains Best Sitcom was a poll conducted in 2003 and 2004 by the BBC to identify the United Kingdoms best situation comedy. ...

Contents

Cast

Robert Lindsay Stevenson (born December 13, 1949)) is an English actor known as Robert Lindsay. ... Ben Harper is a fictional character in the long running British sitcom My Family. ... Zoë Wanamaker CBE (born 13 May 1949) is an American-born English actress. ... Susan Beryl Harper (née Riggs) is a fictional character in the long-running British sitcom My Family. ... Kris Marshall (born April 1973) is an English actor. ... For the English singer-songwriter and guitarist, see Nick Harper Nick Harper is a fictional character in the BBC sitcom My Family and is portrayed by Kris Marshall, who received the best British Newcomer Award in 2002 for his role as Nick. ... Daniela Denby-Ashe (born 9 August 1978) is an English actress best known for her roles as Sarah Hills in EastEnders and as Janey Harper in My Family. ... Janey Harper is a fictional character in the British sitcom My Family. ... Gabriel Thomson (born October 27, 1986) is an English actor from in London. ... Michael Harper is a fictional character in the long-running British sitcom My Family. ... Daisy Donovan is a British presenter and actress. ... Bishop in Muppet Treasure Island Kevin Bishop (born June 18, 1980) is an English actor. ... Siobhan Hayes is an actress best known for the character of Abi Harper, a dumbwitted and clumsy student in the British sitcom My Family. ... Abi Harper is a fictional character on the BBC sitcom My Family. ... Keiron Self is a Welsh actor and writer most famous for playing Roger Bailey Jnr in the BBC sitcom My Family. ... Roger Bailey Jnr. ... Rosemary Leach (born December 18, 1935) is a British stage and film actress. ... Rhodri Meilir (born 1978) is a Welsh actor best known for playing Alfie Butts in the BBC sitcom My Family. ...

Plot

My Family is about the life of the Harpers, a fictional English family, who live in Chiswick, London. Ben, a dentist, and Susan, a tour guide who later works for an art gallery, have three children, Nick, Janey and Michael, all of whom cause problems in their own way. While Susan is a control freak, Ben prefers to leave the children to it and tries not to get involved. Janey later goes to University, but drops out and moves back in later, while Nick finally gets his own place. In the third series, Abi Harper, the daughter of Ben's cousin, comes to live with them, and she eventually falls for Roger, Ben's neighbouring dentist. The humour, like most domestic sitcoms, derives from the relationships of the family members and the situations they end up in. FicTioNaL is a Gaming Legend. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Chiswick (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Ben Harper is a fictional character in the long running British sitcom My Family. ... X-rays can reveal if a person has cavities Dentistry is the practical application of knowledge of dental science (the science of placement, arrangement, function of teeth) to human beings. ... Susan Beryl Harper (née Riggs) is a fictional character in the long-running British sitcom My Family. ... A Tour Guide is an occupation or vocation of someone who conducts tours usually within the tourism industry. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the English singer-songwriter and guitarist, see Nick Harper Nick Harper is a fictional character in the BBC sitcom My Family and is portrayed by Kris Marshall, who received the best British Newcomer Award in 2002 for his role as Nick. ... Janey Harper is a fictional character in the British sitcom My Family. ... Michael Harper is a fictional character in the long-running British sitcom My Family. ... Abi Harper is a fictional character on the BBC sitcom My Family. ...


Writers

The series is scripted by a team of writers, following the American model. Historically, British sitcoms were more generally written by one or two writers. By employing a wider number of writers to brainstorm jokes for each episode, the BBC has been able to maintain a consistent and relatively long-lived product without having to wait for a single writer to produce more material.


Those who have written for My Family include brothers Jim & Steve Armogida, Penny Croft, James Hendrie, Ian Brown, Darin Henry, Brian Leveson, Paul Minett, Sophie Hetherington, Tess Morris, Shawn Schepps and Andrea Solomons. The creator, Fred Barron, has also written a few episodes. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into My Family (TV series). ... Steve Armogida writes episodes for My Family. ... Darin Henry is an American television writer. ... Lord Justice (Sir Brian) Leveson was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1970. ... Fred Barron is a television producer who has created shows such as the popular BBC sitcom My Family. ...


Characters

  • Ben Harper - Ben is a misanthropic dentist who shows little compassion for his family who, in return, show little for him. A grumpy, and, in a way, self-centred man, he is around the age of 50. Deep down, he does love and care about his wife and children. Ben has a habit of trying to get Nick to leave and is always making sarcastic comments about him. He is also frequently dismayed about Janey's spending habits (on his credit card) and Michael's geeky friends and keenness for learning.
  • Susan Beryl Harper (née Riggs) - Ben's wife, Susan works as a tour guide and is a control freak who wants to run the lives of her children. She is known for being a bad cook. Her age is unclear as she often lies about it; she has turned 40 more than once.
  • Nick Harper - The eldest son of Ben and Susan, he is an eccentric 20-year-old living with his parents in the early series, before moving out in the final episode of series 3. He is unable to hold a job for very long and is often called a "pillock" by his father and an "idiot" by his sister, but is much more clever and cunning than he appears. For example, in "One Flew Out Of The Cuckoo's Nest," the final episode of series 3, he owns a damp, horrid little flat and cunningly makes his father pay for his rent by making a neighbour impersonate a furious landlord demanding payment. In the series 5 Christmas special "Glad Tidings We Bring," he is seen in a video-postcard, apparently trapped in a jungle, threatened by terrorists demanding a £3000 ransom. At the end of the episode, however, this is discovered to be a scam cooked up by him and his younger brother Michael, who are actually in the attic. Michael once revealed his theory that Nick has consciously decided to abandon adulthood and all accompanying responsibilities, suggesting he wishes to remain a child forever despite the impracticability of such a scheme. Despite his pathetic and idiotic antics throughout the series, he is still the most upbeat, sarcastic, and scheming character in the Harper household. Ben once described Nick as being so jolly that he's unbearable: "Like putting sugar on sugarpuffs".
  • Janey Harper - Janey, the only daughter, is known as a shopaholic. She becomes pregnant with baby Kenzo at the age of 19 (in the 2002 Christmas special). She temporarily leaves the cast in series 4, after going away to university in series 3, when she had a limited part in the series. In series 5, she drops out and returns to live in an apartment near the rest of the family. She is referred to by Ben as "that airheaded shopping machine from hell." Her boyfriend in series 2 was "Stupid Brian", who appeared in three episodes.
  • Michael Harper - The youngest member of the Harper family, he was at secondary school until series 6. Now in the sixth form, he is known for his short-term relationships and is the black sheep of the family, being an extremely intelligent and witty supporter of the Conservative Party (as opposed to his Labour Party father). From series 4 to present his posh, geeky friend Hubert makes occasional appearances.
  • Abi Harper - Abi, the daughter of Ben's cousin, is a very clumsy and slow-witted woman around the age of 25. She moves in with the family during the third series; she takes to fads easily and has hippie aspects to her character. She later marries Roger Bailey, another dentist who works in the surgery above Ben.
  • Roger Bailey, Jr - Roger, Ben's eternally optimistic and good-natured (much to Ben's chagrin) colleague, works in the surgery above Ben's, starting from series four. He is forever unintentionally intruding upon and annoying Ben. He really likes Abi (who obviously likes him back) but can never seem to gain the courage to ask her out in the early series. This changes in series 6 when they begin to date, and later marry.
  • Alfie Butts - Alfie is a friend of Nick who turns up at the house in the 2005 Christmas Special and moves in with the family. He is always slow when he moves or speaks. A Welsh starting musician, he is not very successful in the industry. In series 7, he was 26 years old.
  • Brigitte - Brigitte worked as Ben's dental assistant in series 1. Out of Ben's many dental assistants, she was the only one who lasted more than one episode. This changed in Series 6, when Muriel lasted a whole series as Ben's dental assistant.
  • Grace Riggs (née Ryman) - Susan's mother who is 70 years old and lives alone. She is a snobbish control freak like Susan, "but with 20 years more experience". She likes her drink and makes an occasional appearance in the series. She is generally disliked by the rest of the family and is the centre of many arguments.

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Episodes

Opening titles used during the 3rd series
Opening titles used during the 3rd series

The first episode aired on 19 September 2000, and seven series have so far been aired with six specials, including four Christmas Specials. The seventh series ended on 8 June 2007 and an eighth series is being recorded from September to November 2007. Image File history File links My_Family. ... Image File history File links My_Family. ... The following is a list of episodes for the British sitcom My Family, that first aired in 2000. ... is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 159th day of the year (160th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ...


The BBC and UKTV refuse to re-broadcast the series four episode "Blind Justice" due to an upheld Ofcom complaint. Although no reason was given, it is likely that was considered offensive to blind people. This episode is banned from British TV, but it is still on the Series Four UK DVD release and has been screened on BBC America. Ofcom is a regulator for communication industries in the United Kingdom. ... BBC America is an American television network, owned and operated by BBC Worldwide, which was launched on March 29, 1998, available on both cable and satellite. ...


The episodes are recorded in front of a live audience in Pinewood Studios, Iver, Buckinghamshire, except where the set used is too large, this is then filmed, and played out to an invited audience 'as-live'. Also, the show, unlike most British sitcoms but in common with most American television comedies, has no location footage. The gatehouse at Pinewood Studios Pinewood Studios is a major British film studio situated in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire. ... Iver is located in the south-east corner of the county of Buckinghamshire and it forms one of the largest parishes in the South Bucks district. ... Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is one of the home counties in South East England. ...


Reception

When My Family started, few critics liked it, thinking that it was middle-of-the-road and too old fashioned.[4] However, the programme received above average audience ratings, and further series were commissioned. Star Zoë Wanamaker said in 2007 that she was no longer happy with the quality of the writing and that she and co-star Robert Lindsay even refused to film one episode because it was so poor.[5]


Worldwide broadcast

The following is a list of other broadcasters that have shown My Family to countries outside the United Kingdom.

Country Broadcaster Name
Flag of Australia Australia UK.TV, ABC
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Bulgarian National Television
Flag of Belgium Belgium Canvas
Flag of Canada Canada YTV
Flag of Estonia Estonia ETV Minu pere!
Flag of the Faroe Islands Faroe Islands BBC Prime
Flag of France France Comédie! and Canal+ Family Ma Tribu
Flag of Germany Germany Comedy Central
Flag of Iceland Iceland RÚV Fjölskyldan mín
Flag of Italy Italy Paramount Comedy and BBC Prime
Flag of India India BBC Entertainment
Flag of Israel Israel BBC Prime
Flag of Latvia Latvia Latvijas Televīzija
Flag of Malaysia Malaysia BBC Entertainment
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand UK.TV
Flag of Norway Norway NRK Hvilket Liv!
Flag of Poland Poland Comedy Central and BBC Prime Moja rodzinka
Flag of Portugal Portugal BBC Prime
Flag of Romania Romania BBC Prime
Flag of Serbia Serbia B92, BBC Prime Moja porodica
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Kanal A, BBC Prime Moja družina
Flag of South Africa South Africa BBC Prime
Flag of Sweden Sweden BBC Prime
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland BBC Prime
Flag of the United States USA BBC America, PBS.
Flag of Turkey Turkey BBC Prime

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Eesti Televisioon or ETV is the national public television station of Estonia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Faroe_Islands. ... The old BBC Prime logo used until 1997 BBC Prime is the BBCs general entertainment TV channel in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Comédie! is a French cable network showing humoristic programs since 1996. ... Canal+ (Canal Plus, meaning Channel Plus/More in French) is a French premium pay television channel launched in 1984. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Comedy Central is an American cable television and satellite television channel in the United States. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Iceland. ... Ríkisútvarpið (IPA: ) or RÚV (English: The National Icelandic Broadcasting Service) is Icelands main public-service broadcaster. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Paramount Comedy is a television channel shown in the UK. As the name suggests, it is owned by Paramount Pictures (aka Viacom) and concentrates on comedy. ... The old BBC Prime logo used until 1997 BBC Prime is the BBCs general entertainment TV channel in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_India. ... BBC Entertainment is the name of a BBC-branded general entertainment channel operated by the Corporations commercial arm, BBC Worldwide. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Israel. ... The old BBC Prime logo used until 1997 BBC Prime is the BBCs general entertainment TV channel in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Latvia. ... Latvijas Televīzija logo. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Malaysia. ... BBC Entertainment is the name of a BBC-branded general entertainment channel operated by the Corporations commercial arm, BBC Worldwide. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... UKTV is a subscription television channel in Australia and New Zealand, screening UK entertainment programming, sourced mainly from the archives of the BBC, TALKBACKThames and ITV Plc. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Norway. ... Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK) - the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation - is the Norwegian government-owned radio and television public broadcasting company. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Poland. ... Comedy Central is an American cable television and satellite television channel in the United States. ... The old BBC Prime logo used until 1997 BBC Prime is the BBCs general entertainment TV channel in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Portugal. ... The old BBC Prime logo used until 1997 BBC Prime is the BBCs general entertainment TV channel in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Romania. ... The old BBC Prime logo used until 1997 BBC Prime is the BBCs general entertainment TV channel in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Serbia. ... Not to be confused with Republika Srpska. ... B92 (Б92) is a radio and television station in Belgrade, Serbia. ... The old BBC Prime logo used until 1997 BBC Prime is the BBCs general entertainment TV channel in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Slovenia. ... Kanal A is Slovenias first private television network, commencing broadcasts in November 1990, shortly after the dissolution of Communist-ruled Yugoslavia. ... The old BBC Prime logo used until 1997 BBC Prime is the BBCs general entertainment TV channel in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Africa. ... The old BBC Prime logo used until 1997 BBC Prime is the BBCs general entertainment TV channel in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Sweden. ... The old BBC Prime logo used until 1997 BBC Prime is the BBCs general entertainment TV channel in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Switzerland. ... The old BBC Prime logo used until 1997 BBC Prime is the BBCs general entertainment TV channel in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... BBC America is an American television network, owned and operated by BBC Worldwide, which was launched on March 29, 1998, available on both cable and satellite. ... “PBS” redirects here. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Turkey. ... The old BBC Prime logo used until 1997 BBC Prime is the BBCs general entertainment TV channel in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. ...

DVD releases

The first seven series have been released on DVD in the UK, minus the Christmas specials that accompanied series 3 and 4, and the specials that accompanied series 5. A Christmas Specials DVD was released on 20 November 2006, and this contained the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 Christmas specials. The first two series are available in Canada and the United States on Region 1 DVD, and in Australia on Region 4 DVD. is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

DVD Release date
The Complete First Series (1 disc) 22 March 2004
The Complete Second Series (2 discs) 7 June 2004
The Complete Third Series (2 discs) 12 September 2005
The Complete Fourth Series (2 discs) 20 March 2006
The Complete Fifth Series (2 discs) 18 September 2006
The Christmas Specials (1 disc) 20 November 2006
The Complete Sixth Series (1 disc) 25 June 2007
The Complete Seventh Series (2 discs) 24 September 2007

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Notes

  1. ^ "BBC Tickets", BBC. 
  2. ^ Grace Riggs was played by Avril Elgar in one episode of Series Two, and listed in the credits as "Rebecca", but was not called this in the episode.
  3. ^ Sometimes credited as Taylor Marshall.
  4. ^ "BBC Comedy Guide", BBC. 
  5. ^ "Wanamaker criticises 'My Family'", Digitalspy. 

For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Digital Spy is a media and entertainment website in the United Kingdom, noted for its extensive Big Brother coverage, and its forums with over 100,000 members. ...

References

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External links

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