Family-based comedy focussing on Birkenhead's Lewis family, particularly recently widowed grandmother Eileen
Sue Johnston plays Eileen Lewis, the mother - and grandmother - of a large family from Birkenhead.
Our Review: We never quite found suitable words to express just how unfunny and, yes, even depressing the original Lapland special was. The cast were as good as their names and pedigrees suggest, but Christmas spirit? Not likely. Twitter feedback at the time was even less kind - so to say we were flabbergasted that BBC One bosses ordered a full series, now titled Being Eileen, would be an understatement.