2point4 Children. Image shows from L to R: David (John Pickard), Bill (Belinda Lang), Jenny (Clare Buckfield), Ben (Gary Olsen), Rona (Julia Hills). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

2point4 Children

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

2point4 Christmas
1991 - 1999  (BBC One)
56 (8 series)
Belinda Lang, Gary Olsen, Julia Hills, Clare Woodgate, Clare Buckfield, John Pickard, Kim Benson
Andrew Marshall
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.