Series 9, Episode 1 - Bully For Ben
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?
- Thursday 2nd April 2009
- BBC One
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|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|
|Allison Ryan||Danni Jarvis|
|Ed Dyson||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Amy Shindler||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Robin Taylor||Writer (Additional Material)|
|Donald Taffner Jr.||Executive Producer|
|Micheál Jacob||Executive Producer|
|Tom Anderson||Executive Producer|
|Ian Fisher||Production Designer|
|Sandie Shepherd||Production Designer|