< Back to TV menu

My Family (2000)

My Family

A sitcom created and partly written by Fred Barron; scriptwriters also include Jim Armogida, Steve Armogida, Ian Brown, James Hendrie, Andrea Solomons, and others.

Between 2000 and 2011, eleven series were produced by BBC Television, DLT Entertainment, and Rude Boy Productions.

The first episode was broadcast on 19 September 2000 (BBC1).

Running time: 30 minutes per episode/60 minutes per feature-length episode


Photos


My Family image #1My Family image #2My Family image #3My Family image #4My Family image #5My Family image #6My Family image #7My Family image #8My Family image #9

Overview

Ben Harper is a dentist who wishes he was anything but, especially as his dental assistants seem to come from the local lunatic asylum.  At work, and while contending with the likes of embittered divorcees and Hitler impersonators, he struggles to remain calm in the face of constant badgering from fellow dentist Roger Bailey. 

Ben's working life is simple in comparison to the chaos waiting for him when he arrives home, though.  Despite being married to the ultra optimistic Susan, he seems incapable of looking on the bright side, especially because the couple's children are a constant source of stress and worry.  Having taken what appears to be a permanent gap year, eldest son Nick thinks his dad works so he doesn't have to.  If Janey demands any more money, Ben will need to re-mortgage the house.  Youngest son Michael may well be hacking his way into the international stock market.  And grandson Kenzo, the newest addition to the Harper household, is quickly learning how to outwit them all!

Cast

Susan Harper ... Zo Wanamaker
Ben Harper ... Robert Lindsay
Nick Harper ... Kris Marshall
Janey Harper ... Daniela Denby-Ashe
Michael Harper ... Gabriel Thomson
Kenzo Harper ... Tayler Marshall
Abi Harper ... Siobhan Hayes
Roger Bailey ... Keiron Self

Crew

Directors: Dewi Humphreys, Jay Sandrich, and Baz Taylor
Producer: John Bartlett
Production Designers: Roger Andrews, Merle Downie, and Ian Fisher
Costume Designers: Jacqueline Parry, Jo Rainforth, Philip Rainforth, and Sarah Sheehan
Stage Manager: Bob Crossley
Original Music: Graham Jarvis

Notes

Creator Fred Barron has enjoyed great success with TV shows in the USA, but felt My Family was better-suited to a UK audience.  The series is unusual among British comedies as it uses the 'round-table' method of scriptwriting, which was developed in the US.  Lines are agreed upon by a group of writers, ensuring that only the best jokes make it into the final draft of each script. 

Thanks to a strong team of scriptwriters and talented cast, lead by Zoe and Robert Lindsay, My Family's first series became the BBC's biggest sitcom success in five years.  Although the show has not always found favour with television critics, it was an instant success with audiences: each episode is watched by up to 11 million viewers in the UK alone, making it one of the country's most popular programmes.  It is also one of the longest running sitcoms, with over 100 episodes to its name. 

According to a Radio Times readers' survey, the Harpers are our seventh favourite TV family.

Merchandise

My Family - The Complete Series 1 Region 2 DVD

My Family - The Complete Series 2 Region 2 DVD

My Family - The Complete Series 3 Region 2 DVD

My Family - The Complete Series 4 Region 2 DVD

My Family - The Complete Series 5 Region 2 DVD

My Family - The Complete Series 6 Region 2 DVD

My Family - The Complete Series 7 Region 2 DVD

My Family - The Complete Series 1-7 Region 2 DVD

My Family - The Complete Series 8 Region 2 DVD

My Family - The Complete Series 9 Region 2 DVD

My Family - The Complete Series 10 Region 2 DVD

My Family - Christmas Specials Region 2 DVD (includes some, but not all, of the special episodes)

Related links

My Family website - DLT Entertainment

My Family website - BBC

My Family Online - fansite for the sitcom


Site design and original text © 2002 - 2017 www.zoewanamaker.com, unless specified otherwise.
Most images used on this site are the copyright of their photographer, Ms. Wanamaker, and/or the production company of the show. Use of these images is covered under the fair use limitation in the USA, and the fair dealing limitaton in the UK.
This site is a non-commercial endeavour.