Father Figure. Copyright: BBC / Idil Sukan.

Father Figure

BBC One sitcom. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2013. Stars Jason Byrne, Karen Taylor, Pauline McLynn, Dermot Crowley, Matthew Fenton, Alexander Aze, Michael Smiley and Tim Downie.

Series 1, Episode 5 - I Do Believe

Tom attempts to go back to basics and force some good old-fashioned fun on the family.

Further details

Father Figure. Image shows from L to R: Tom Whyte (Jason Byrne), Roddy (Michael Smiley). Copyright: BBC / Idil Sukan.

Tom hates his family's dependence on gadgets, and decides to hide any technological equipment so that the family are forced to start using their imaginations more. However, his family fail to see the point and are without exception all furious at the decision.

In the face of this opposition, Tom and Roddy try to show the children what it was like to play with sticks before the invention of computer games - and aim to show them how to unleash their imaginations.

While his sons struggle to adapt, Tom's parents, Pat and Mary, soon discover alternative ways to pass the time.

It looks as though Tom might be winning through until he discovers what's happened to his gadgets and Drew is in trouble with his headmaster.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 16th October 2013
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Jason Byrne Tom Whyte
Karen Taylor Elaine Whyte
Pauline McLynn Mary Whyte
Dermot Crowley Pat Whyte
Matthew Fenton Dylan Whyte
Alexander Aze Drew Whyte
Michael Smiley Roddy
Tim Downie Tim Curtain
Guest cast
Thom Collett Quiet Joe
Tayler Marshall Fran Curtain
Sidney Johnston Darren
John Burke Drunk Man
Tim Hudson Headmaster
Writing team
Jason Byrne Writer
Laurence Howarth Writer (Additional Material)
James Kettle Writer (Additional Material)
Simon Littlefield Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Nick Wood Director
Julia McKenzie Producer
Stephen McCrum Executive Producer


Waging War

Tom declares war against his neighbour Tim and gets slightly carried away.

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I think I like your face

Pat suggests to Mary that they should maybe put the telly away for a while.

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