2point4 Children

The Porters seem to be a perfectly average bunch - mum, dad, son and daughter. This family, however, are anything but ordinary

AKA:
2point4 Christmas
Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
1991 - 1999  (BBC One)
Episodes:
56 (8 series)
Starring:
Belinda Lang, Gary Olsen, Julia Hills, Clare Woodgate, Clare Buckfield, John Pickard, Kim Benson
Writers:
Andrew Marshall
Production:
British Broadcasting Corporation

Welcome to deepest darkest Chiswick, and the very average terraced home of the Porter family.

Ben, a plumber, lives with his wife, Bill, and their two children, Jenny and David. Whilst struggling to keep on top of the rest of the family's woes, Bill runs a small catering business with her man-hungry best friend and neighbour, Rona.

On the surface, they're a very average family unit, complete with 2.4 children - the .4 in the guise of fun-loving Ben - but behind the unexceptional facade, the Porters and their friends find themselves caught in a never-ending string of bizarre situations and peculiar dilemmas. It seems that bad luck, strange occurrences and poor judgement all conspire to turn the Porters' world topsy-turvy!

Our Review: Often dark and subversive, 2point4 Children is regularly mistaken for a regular, run-of-the-mill, uninventive family sitcom - it's really anything but. Packed with the dark, surreal, strange - and more often than not really quite subversive - this was no ordinary domestic comedy series, proving a winning formula with audiences over a hugely successful 8 series run.