Outnumbered

Series 4 - Episode 1

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

Weird, isn’t it, that on the same night that My Family, BBC1’s old-style sitcom about the comic domestic trials of the middle-class Harper family, quietly shuffles off TV’s mortal coil the new series of Outnumbered, BBC1’s semi-improvisational and much more realistic domestic comedy about the middle-class Brockman family, starts a new series.

Over the previous three series the show’s young stars have honed their adult-baiting antics to perfection, while the weary, defeated or bemused expressions on the faces of Claire Skinner and Hugh Dennis ring ever more true. The family are attending Uncle Bob’s funeral in this episode. “The important thing to remember is that it’s not a sad day,” Sue tries to tell Karen, who very reasonably retorts, “Well, it is for Uncle Bob.” Ben, meanwhile, insists he’s been to a cremation before – except Pete points out that it was actually a hog roast. Not surprisingly, the vicar (John Sessions) wishes they’d never come.

About this programme

1/6. The Brockmans have to make some tough decisions about work and video games, as well as who to take to a family funeral - an event that has the vicar wishing none of them had ever come. Comedy, starring Hugh Dennis, Claire Skinner and Tyger Drew-Honey.

Cast and crew

Cast

Sue
Claire Skinner
Pete
Hugh Dennis
Jake
Tyger Drew-Honey
Ben
Daniel Roche
Karen
Ramona Marquez
Gran
Rosalind Ayres
Vicar
John Sessions
Bernard
Nigel Pegram

Crew

Director
Andy Hamilton
Director
Guy Jenkin
Producer
Andy Hamilton
Producer
Guy Jenkin
Writer
Andy Hamilton
Writer
Guy Jenkin
Categories
Sitcom