Huge BBC hit sitcom from the 90’s, that in it’s early days regularly drew audiences of 14 million.  It ran for eight series, five Christmas Specials, a total of fifty six episodes.

The final episode on 30th December 1999 entitled “The Millennium Experience” would be the last, after the death in September 2000 from cancer of one of the lead actors, Gary Olsen, who played the father, ended the possibility of any subsequent specials or indeed any further series.

Today like many BBC sitcoms it can be found regularly repeated on GOLD and DRAMA.

Summary

The series follows the lives of the Porter family, who at first seem normal enough. Bill is the sensible level-headed mother who does the cooking and housework, whilst running a catering business with sex-crazed friend Rona. Ben is the father, who is often equally as immature as the children. He runs a heating repair business with his slightly sarcastic assistant Christine.

Jenny is the typical teenage daughter, keen on boys, music and vegetarianism, and David is the mischievous younger brother, who enjoys horror films, aliens and annoying his older sister.

However the Porter’s world is frequently turned upside down due to bizarre occurrences and bad luck. Whether its dealing with flatulent dogs, having frozen men in freezers in the front room, or even stumbling across Shirley Bassey’s warehouse, it seems like anything is possible in the Porters’ world.

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Cast

Belinda Lang
Gary Olsen
Julia Hills
Clare Woodgate (series 1 & 2)
Clare Buckfield (series 3–8)
John Pickard

Details

Channel: BBC1
Created and Written By: Andrew Marshall
Original Transmission Dates: 3rd September 1991 – 30th December 1999