The funniest BBC sitcom
in years, My Family focuses on the lives of a typical London
family. Typical obviously meaning "completely barmy
", as it always does in this context.
Ben Harper (Robert Lindsay
) is an early to mid 40s dentist
with a strong pessimistic
attitude and no tolerance of idiocy
in all its forms
. He is proud of his families haberdasher
heritage, yet not quite so proud of his contribution to said family.
Susan (Zoe Wanamaker
), on the other hand, is a deeply devious, neurotic
cow, with a desire to know everything about (and control) her families doings and an acid tongue
that would make Ann Robinson
slightly worried. She can also be incredibly uptight, and she pisses Ben off greatly with her attempts to be oh-so-liberal
and yet keep her family on the right track (despite that fact that, far from ever being on the right track, the family derailed
with the birth of Nick).
are no better-demanding money all the time while at the same time treating their parents with unending contempt-so much so that Ben wishes they would just bugger off
for the rest of his life. Michael (Gabriel Thomson
) is a know-it-all, big-C Conservative smartarse
who, through some act of God
, is more popular than the rest of the bunch by quite some way. Despite the difference in political beliefs
, he's the most popular with Ben by far.
Janie (Daniela Denby-Ashe
) is an airheaded slut
who, again through some miracle, managed to get into college, and got knocked up
at age 19 (and doesn't want Susan to have anything to do with the baby, understandably). The real star of the show, however, is Nick.
Nick Harper (Kris Marshall
) is a deeply, deeply mad person, who moved out of the Harper house yet still keeps coming back (to steal food, cutlery
). His job is ever changing, as due to his general dumbness
he can't hold one down. He comes up with some of the best lines in the series, and adds some slight surreality
to what is usually a very normal, albeit
The show succeeds on many levels, mainly because of its attitude towards Conservatives
(on being informed that Michael doesn't disappear round a girlfriends house for illicit drugs, only illicit sex
, Ben remarks that on that count he's a true Conservative-a cheap shot
, but a funny one) and because of its excellent writing. The show didn't pick up much acclaim
from the critics-quite the opposite-but the show has an extremely strong following
nonetheless, and was BAFTA
The show is made by DLT Entertainment
and Rude Boy Productions
for the BBC
, and has a website (like every sodding BBC programme
, no matter how pointless) at www.bbc.co.uk/myfamily.