My Family. Image shows from L to R: Michael Harper (Gabriel Thomson), Susan Harper (Zoë Wanamaker), Ben Harper (Robert Lindsay), Janey Harper (Daniela Denby-Ashe).

My Family

BBC One sitcom about a family. 120 episodes (11 series), 2000 - 2011. Stars Robert Lindsay, Zoë Wanamaker, Daniela Denby-Ashe, Gabriel Thomson and others.

Series 9, Episode 1 - Bully For Ben

Ben joins the young Harpers for a pub quiz, which leads to some awkward questions being asked.

Further details

My Family. Image shows from L to R: Janey Harper (Daniela Denby-Ashe), Susan Harper (Zoë Wanamaker), Michael Harper (Gabriel Thomson), Ben Harper (Robert Lindsay). Copyright: DLT Entertainment Ltd. / Rude Boy Productions.

It's Ben and Susan's wedding anniversary. Ben is trying to write a loving message in a card but is having serious difficulties, despite fierce prompting from daughter Janey.

Janey sets off for the local pub quiz with her brother, Michael, lodger Alfie and Ben's annoying work colleague, Roger. Ben is insulted that he wasn't invited but decides to tag along anyway.

As their team falls behind in the quiz, Alfie points out that a player on another team has been cheating by texting all night. Ben decides to confront the phone cheat, Barry, who invites him outside to settle their disagreement. Ben backs out of the fight but is determined to get into shape so he can return to confront Barry.

Michael and Alfie later find Ben in a heap surrounded by gym equipment and figure out what he's up to. They force Ben to confess that the real reason for wanting to fight Barry is that he was bullied at school.

With the encouragement of his family, Ben heads back to the pub to confront Barry and his school demons. But, when Ben arrives, he's not so sure he can go through with it - especially as humiliating facts come to light about the identity of his school bully. But, if he backs out now, will the rest of the family ever look at him in the same way?

Broadcast details

Thursday 2nd April 2009
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Robert Lindsay Ben Harper
    Daniela Denby-Ashe Janey Harper
    Gabriel Thomson Michael Harper
    Keiron Self Roger Bailey Jr.
    Rhodri Meilir Alfie Butts
    Tayler Marshall Kenzo Harper
    Guest cast
    Richard Graham Barry
    Tony Bluto Quizmaster
    Allison Ryan Danni Jarvis
    Writing team
    Brian Leveson Writer
    Paul Minett Writer
    Ed Dyson Writer (Additional Material)
    Amy Shindler Writer (Additional Material)
    Robin Taylor Writer (Additional Material)
    Production team
    Nic Phillips Director
    John Bartlett Producer
    Donald Taffner Jr. Executive Producer
    Micheál Jacob Executive Producer
    Tom Anderson Executive Producer
    Chris Wadsworth Editor
    Ian Fisher Production Designer
    Sandie Shepherd Production Designer
    Graham Jarvis Composer

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