Happy Families, 1985

An all star cast line up for this BBC comedy drama from the 1980’s.

The series was not an enormous ratings success.  Filmed entirely on location and without a laughter track critics were not sure what to make of it,

Despite it’s lack of success it made writer Ben Elton the youngest sole BBC script writer on a mainstream programme at the age of 26, having made his name few years earlier as head writer on The Young Ones.  He has since said he considers Happy Families to be amongst his best work.

The show has never had an official  DVD or video release.



Happy Families told the tale of the dysfunctional Fuddle family.  The story revolves around grandson Guy Fuddle’s attempts to track down his four sisters for a family reunion.








Jennifer Saunders – Granny, Cassie, Madeleine, Joyce and Roxanne Fuddle (6 episodes)
Adrian Edmundson – Guy Fuddle
Dawn French – Cook
Stephen Fry – Dr. De Quincy


Channel: BBC1
Written By: Ben Elton
Original Transmission Dates: 17th October – 21st November 1985




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