Prepare to be Outnumbered again – Christmas special and series five confirmed

The hit BBC family comedy will return for a 40-minute festive special, followed by a new series in 2013

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Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner are in for more family-induced headaches later this year as Outnumbered is set to return to BBC1 for a Christmas special, which will precede a fifth series of the show.

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The smash-hit comedy, which also stars Tyger Drew-Honey, Daniel Roche and Ramona Marquez as the Brockman family’s rambunctious brood, will see out the end of 2012 with a 40-minute festive episode before the show’s new season goes into production later next year.

Written by Drop the Dead Donkey scribes Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, Outnumbered has become a firm favourite with viewers since making its debut on BBC1 back in 2007.

Distinct from traditional family sitcoms, the show’s semi-improvised dialogue and realistic plots have been acclaimed for holding up a mirror to the latent humour in everyday family life.

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During its time on air the show has won a number of accolades, including Most Popular Sitcom at the 2012 National Television Awards.