Life Of Riley. Image shows from L to R: Danny Riley (Taylor Fawcett), Maddy Riley (Caroline Quentin), Ted Jackson (Patrick Nolan), Jim Riley (Neil Dudgeon), Katy Riley (Lucinda Dryzek). Copyright: Catherine Bailey Productions Limited
Life Of Riley

Life Of Riley

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 2009 - 2011
  • 20 episodes (3 series)

Family sitcom starring Caroline Quentin and Neil Dudgeon. It follows second time newly-weds Maddy and Jim, and their dysfunctional family. Stars Caroline Quentin, Neil Dudgeon, Lucinda Dryzek, Taylor Fawcett, Patrick Nolan and more.

Life Of Riley. Image shows from L to R: Danny Riley (Taylor Fawcett), Maddy Riley (Caroline Quentin), Ted Jackson (Patrick Nolan), Jim Riley (Neil Dudgeon), Katy Riley (Lucinda Dryzek). Copyright: Catherine Bailey Productions Limited

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2009 - 2011
Channels
BBC One
Episodes
20 (3 series)
Stars
Caroline Quentin, Neil Dudgeon, Lucinda Dryzek, Taylor Fawcett, Patrick Nolan, Heather Craney, Richard Lumsden, Jordan Clarke and more
Writers
Georgia Pritchett, Dan Gaster, Will Ing, Paul Powell, Phil Whelans, Kay Stonham, Connal Orton and Andrew Ellard
Directors
Martin Dennis and Richard Boden
Producers
Catherine Bailey, Richard Boden, Alan Tyler, Rosemary McGowan, Rebecca Papworth, Jon Rolph and Kristian Smith
Companies

Life Of Riley centres around second time newly-weds Maddy and Jim, and the joining of their two families into a new dysfunctional whole...

The ever-optimistic Maddy suddenly finds herself at the head of a modern-day extended family made up of a complication of children, stepchildren, step siblings and half siblings - with a few ex-partners and in-laws thrown in. Maddy discovers that parenting has never been so complicated and she is outwitted at every turn by people a quarter of her age.

The Weaver family next door are unfortunate enough to cross paths with the Riley family fairly frequently.

Series 2 sees Maddy still trying to be all things to all people within her complicated, extended family circle of children, step-children, step-siblings and half-siblings - with a few ex-partners and in-laws thrown in for good measure.

Struggling to be a nurturing mother, caring wife and competent human being, she throws herself with gusto into the daily maelstrom that is modern-day family life, finding that parenting has never been more difficult or complicated - and that she's as valiantly ill-equipped as ever to deal with it.

For Series 3, some time has passed since we last visited the chaotic and colourful Riley household. Baby Rosie is now two and about to begin playgroup, and the teen triumvirate of Katy, Danny and Ted are embarking on their own new relationships.

Refusing to be fazed by her increasingly complicated brood of children, step-children, step-siblings and half-siblings, Maddy now finds herself coping with a work-at-home husband, the re-emergence of both their exes, neighbours at war (with each other)... and the challenge of meeting a new boyfriend - her mother's new boyfriend to be precise!

Additional details

Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Multi-camera
Picture
Colour

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 8th January 2009 at 8pm on BBC One
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 1st June 2011 at 8:30pm on BBC One
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • BBC Pacific Quay

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