For other uses, see. Tom Leopold wrote two episodes for the sixth series only. During the tenth series' run, the actors all achieved household-name celebrity status. In the 2005 Christmas special Alfie Butts, a friend of Nick's, moves into the Harper household. It reveals that Nick, Janey and Michael are next to Abi and Ben and Susan are with each other at the top left of the screen. Initially, the show received a poor critical response, and many dismissed its humour as mundane and dated. Nick is almost completely absent from the opening titles in series five except in episode six of series five titled "My Will Be Done"; he was missing in some episodes from series four and a few from series three. Paul Minett and Brian Leveson are the sitcom's current main writers. The series is scripted by a team of writers, following the American model. The humour is basic, insipid and puerile and far too often relies on uninspiring slapstick to get by. [15] Series 9 was released 3 November 2011 in Australia. They have three children, Nick, Janey and Michael. [2] In April 2020, BBC One began airing the series from the first episode in an 8pm slot on Friday nights, along with this all 11 series were made available on BBC iPlayer.[3]. The logo fades on the top right of the screen. She has tried a variety of different jobs such as a salesperson, a car mechanic and a Victorian Hussy at the London Dungeon, which led her to dismantling Ben's car and leaving it in pieces on the kitchen table. The show saw considerable development and change in its characters' lives, seeing Janey turn from teenage rebel to loving mother, Nick turn from slacker to a mature adult, Abi marry Roger, and Michael go through and beyond his school days. Want up-to-the-minute entertainment and tech news? Tayler and Kris Marshall are not related. He has only had a couple of roles since My Family, and in 2015 he announced on his Facebook page that he was leaving acting to return to university.

The couple were the first to be eliminated.On 1 February 2008, it was announced that Hayes would be playing new character Melinda in EastEnders. Table correct as of episode 120. Her mother, Shelley, has been married and divorced many times, too. After the departure of Nick then more prominence was given to Abi and Roger's love life, Michael's misadventures, Janey's endless list of boyfriends, and Alfie's dream of musical stardom. Marshall’s comic delivery in the series was brilliant. Daniela left the show after one series as daughter Janey, but she returned on a recurring basis for series two and three, before returning full time from series five onwards. My Family has used several actors from various past hit sitcoms, most notably David Haig from The Thin Blue Line, Belinda Lang of 2point4 Children, Diana Weston (Robert Lindsay's former long-term partner) from The Upper Hand who portrayed a trans woman named Charlie, Pauline Quirke of Birds of a Feather played a bank robber (whilst her husband in Birds of a Feather was a bank robber), and Sam Kelly from On the Up. The character of Abi, played by Siobhan Hayes, was introduced in 2002 and left in 2008. In 2004, the show came 24th in Britain's Best Sitcom. Outside of My Family, she had roles in Torchwood and Midsomer Murders and had the regular part of Lorraine Donnegan in Waterloo Road from 2012.

By employing a wider number of writers to brainstorm jokes for each episode, DLT Entertainment UK Ltd, the production company, has been able to maintain a consistent and relatively long-lived product without having to wait for a single writer to produce more material. Rhodri appeared in series six to nine as the hilariously-named Alfie Butts, an old mate of Nick's, who for whatever reason moved in to the Harper household. Meanwhile, Ben remained the same grumpy dentist, Susan remained the same control freak, and Alfie remained the same slow-witted lodger. In 2005, she featured in the third series of Strictly Come Dancing, and was the first star to be eliminated that year. Robert Lindsay and Zoë Wanamaker star in My Family, Non-elite teams granted permission to train in groups before FA Cup second round. Siobhan Hayes (Abi) Rex Shutterstock UKTV Siobhan joined the cast in series two as clumsy Abi, the daughter of Ben's cousin Richard, and later left the show after series 8.

She is also known for playing Sandy the office trainee in the BBC Radio series Absolute Power, opposite Stephen Fry. Digital Spy participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. The characters of Roger and Alfie were introduced in 2003 and 2005, played by Keiron Self and Rhodri Meilir. [14] Series eight was released on 6 October 2011 in Australia. If a moment makes you laugh it’s almost entirely down to the actors’ delivery. He has also continued to perform on stage, including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, among others. [5] Series three also sees the first appearance of Roger Bailey, Jnr. The series six opening titles have cut-outs of each character, as they fade into the white screen and zoom in and out and eventually stop moving. Scenes taking place outdoors were actually sets.

She is a Catholic, and, in the final episode of series eight, "The Abi Habit", she leaves Roger to become a nun. 120 episodes, including ten specials, were broadcast as well as one Comic Relief short. My Family is a British sitcom created and initially co-written by Fred Barron, which was produced by DLT Entertainment and Rude Boy Productions, and broadcast by BBC One for eleven series between 2000 and 2011, with Christmas specials broadcast from 2002 onwards. A box set containing Series one to five was released on 7 April 2011 in Australia. All he needed to do was flash a grin and the audience would collapse with laughter. While My Family was still on, he featured in the movie Wimbledon and the TV series Jericho, and he had a brilliant cameo in Extras. The main characters in My Family are parents Ben and Susan Harper. She competed on the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing in its third season in 2005 and was the first contestant to be eliminated. It focused on the trials and tribulations of the middle class Harper family in Chiswick, and followed the American formula of having a large group of writers as opposed to the traditional one or two for a UK sitcom. [4] Series four features Michael's girlfriend Fiona. The series featured eight main cast members throughout its run, with numerous characters recurring throughout the 10 series. Actress who played the role of Abi Harper on the British television series My Family from 2002 to 2008. On TV, she has appeared in six Poirot episodes as Ariadne Oliver, played Cassandra in two Doctor Who episodes, and had a regular role as Princess Marie in Mr Selfridge. It was the dialogue and the storylines that let the series down. Viewers have watched young Michael Harper, played by Gabriel Thomson, grow up before their eyes. [4] Janey is a regular until the 2002 Christmas special and does not appear in series four (2003), while the character is at university.

Abi came into the Harper household in the third episode of the third series to stay with them while she was at college. Like actress Madeline Duggan, she has appeared on the soap opera EastEnders. The first box stands alone with Ben and Susan in it.

He played the lead role of Trefor the taxi driver in Gwlad yr Astra Gwyn, for which he received a BAFTA Cymru nomination in 2013. Writers such as Sophie Hetherington, Georgia Pritchett, James Cary and Tess Morris have all written at least one episode for the sitcom at one point. Her father, Richard Harper, is Ben's cousin and she has been married and divorced five times. [11] In May 2009, the two stars revealed they were still unhappy with the writing quality, with Lindsay stating "There's some real dross (in the scripts) and we're aware of it". After 11 years My Family has finally been cancelled by the BBC. My Family is a British sitcom created and initially co-written by Fred Barron, which was produced by DLT Entertainment and Rude Boy Productions, and broadcast by BBC One for eleven series between 2000 and 2011, with Christmas specials broadcast from 2002 onwards. The year after My Family began, Zoe played Madam Hooch in the first Harry Potter movie, and she has also had roles in the movies Five Children and It and My Week with Marilyn. As a young actor, he played the title character in the 1999 movie The New Adventures of Pinocchio, and followed this up with a role in the 2001 Jude Law film Enemy at the Gates. My Family was consciously designed to have wide appeal, with characters viewers could build a relationship with in the same way as previous BBC sitcom 2point4 Children which focuses around a similar family unit. Acting from a young age, Daniela had previously starred in EastEnders as Sarah Hills for just under 300 episodes from 1995 to 1999. Abigail Bailey (née Harper; born 1982) is Ben's first cousin once removed. Possibly the team of writers had run out of other personality types to use. Robert was already a household name by the year 2000 thanks to Citizen Smith, Hornblower and other TV roles. But he isn't. It wasn't until 2014 that Kris found his next true hit, as he replaced Ben Miller as the lead in the BBC's popular crime drama Death in Paradise. But today the BBC announced that the upcoming 11th series will be the last. Where are EastEnders' Branning family now? My Family is a sitcom loved by millions of viewers. Abigail Bailey (née Harper; born 1982) is Ben's first cousin once removed.

Series one features Daisy Donovan as Ben's dental assistant, Brigitte. [10], Zoë Wanamaker said in 2007 that she was no longer happy with the quality of the writing, claiming she and co-star Robert Lindsay even refused to film one episode because it was so poor. The character of Janey left in 2002, then returned in 2004 and remained until the end. When it began in October 2000, 8million viewers tuned in to meet the Harper family, lead by Ben and Susan (Robert Lindsay and Zoë Wanamaker), as they tried to control their three children (Kris Marshall, Daniela Denby-Ashe and Thomson). The other three are lapped over each other with a photo of Michael, Janey and Nick from left to right in them. [4], My Family features several recurring characters. The BBC and UKTV refuse to re-broadcast the series four episode "Blind Justice", due to the receipt of 4 complaints (from a viewing public of 12m). It was after finding out that Susan was pregnant with him, that his parents got married. In spite of this, the programme received above average audience ratings, and further series were commissioned, with critical approval gradually improving as the series progressed.

In 2017, Kris left the show after three years, and was later tipped by many to be the next Doctor Who lead. DIGITAL SPY, PART OF THE HEARST UK ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK. He later admitted that the eleventh series might be the last stating "As far as Zoë (Wanamaker) and I are concerned, we will do a tenth series of 16 episodes, which the BBC will probably split into a tenth and eleventh, then that will be it."[12]. Since the show ended, he has had a regular role in Sky series Spy, played Aristotle Onassis in the somewhat derided Grace of Monaco, and had major roles in Atlantis and US musical comedy Galavant. Bert-Tyler Moore and George Jeffrie both have written a few episodes for the sitcom in its sixth and seventh series and returned for series ten.

It is described as a "dysfunctional family"-style sitcom; however, many of the episodes feature the family working together to get one another out of trouble. My Family should have been axed years ago. The main cast members were familiar to television viewers before their roles on My Family, but not all were considered stars. 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. At the start of the third series, four rectangle blocks fall onto a completely white screen to create Ben's face.

He left the show after four series, and led the cast of ITV's crime series Murder City for two years. Those blocks are then replaced with blocks that create Susan's face; each block then shows different parts of the other characters to finally reveal Nick's face.