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

My Family

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 2000 - 2011
  • 120 episodes (11 series)

A long-running, high rating BBC One sitcom about an average middle class family. Stars Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker. Stars Robert Lindsay, Zoë Wanamaker, Gabriel Thomson, Daniela Denby-Ashe, Siobhan Hayes and more.

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Series 9, Episode 3 - A Very Brief Encounter

Susan asks Ben to help an old girlfriend of hers through a divorce, but nearly precipitates her own.

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

Susan's old university friend, Margot, visits for some support during her divorce. Ben is surprised when Margot reveals how good Susan was at picking men up in her youth and is horrified to find out their sons, Nick and Michael, were named after two of her many ex-boyfriends.

Meanwhile, Janey attempts to lift Roger's spirits by assuring him women find him attractive - especially her fictitious Swedish friend, Elke. When Roger learns Swedish and decides he wants to meet Elke, Janey is forced to let him down by faking a phone call from Elke saying she's moved back to Sweden. All she has to do is persuade someone to be Elke.

Elsewhere, Margot finds out her husband has a date and decides she needs a man to make him jealous. Susan and Ben volunteer to help her, but end up distracted by a wager they have between themselves. Susan is confident she can pick up more phone numbers than Ben and, in no time, she's surrounded by men - whilst Ben struggles to get women to take any notice of him.

Margot has no more luck than Ben, so Susan very kindly loans him to her for the evening as a substitute date. When the date goes to plan and Margot's husband leaves the restaurant looking miserable, the pair celebrate with another bottle of wine. But, the following morning, it seems it may have been one bottle too many as Ben wakes up in a very sticky situation.

Broadcast details

Thursday 16th April 2009
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 5th April 2010 3:40pm BBC1
Thursday 28th July 2011 1:40pm W
Thursday 28th July 2011 7:40pm W
Thursday 1st December 2011 4:40pm W
Thursday 1st December 2011 11:30pm W
Wednesday 11th January 2012 12:40pm W
Wednesday 11th January 2012 5:40pm W
Monday 28th May 2012 11:40am W
Monday 25th June 2012 11:40am W
Friday 28th September 2012 12:20pm W
Tuesday 27th November 2012 7:00pm Gold
Wednesday 28th November 2012 1:00pm Gold
Wednesday 5th December 2012 12:20pm W
Saturday 6th July 2013 3:00pm W
Sunday 7th July 2013 2:00pm W
Wednesday 28th August 2013 8:10am Gold
Wednesday 28th August 2013 2:00pm Gold
Monday 30th March 2015 7:00pm Gold
Tuesday 31st March 2015 12:00pm Gold
Friday 14th August 2015 5:40pm Gold
Saturday 15th August 2015 7:30am Gold
Thursday 29th October 2015 12:40pm Gold
Thursday 29th October 2015 6:40pm Gold
Wednesday 2nd March 2016 12:00pm Gold
Wednesday 2nd March 2016 6:40pm Gold
Tuesday 23rd August 2016 1:25pm Gold
Tuesday 23rd August 2016 6:00pm Gold
Saturday 28th January 2017 6:00pm W
Friday 26th May 2017 12:40pm Gold
Friday 26th May 2017 6:00pm Gold
Tuesday 1st August 2017 5:20pm W
Saturday 19th August 2017 5:20pm W
Sunday 20th August 2017 4:40pm W
Thursday 13th December 2018 3:40pm W
Wednesday 16th January 2019 12:40pm Gold
Thursday 17th January 2019 11:20am Gold
Saturday 23rd April 2022 4:40pm W
Sunday 24th April 2022 3:40pm W
Saturday 27th August 2022 6:20pm W
Sunday 28th August 2022 4:20pm W
Saturday 24th December 2022 11:30am W
Sunday 25th December 2022 9:00am W
Saturday 7th January 2023 7:00pm W
Sunday 8th January 2023 5:00pm W
Saturday 20th May 2023 8:20pm W
Sunday 21st May 2023 6:20pm W
Saturday 11th November 2023 5:00pm W
Sunday 12th November 2023 3:00pm W
Saturday 6th April 2024 7:35pm Dave
Saturday 13th April 2024 4:20pm W
Sunday 14th April 2024 2:20pm W

Cast & crew

Robert Lindsay Ben Harper
Zoë Wanamaker Susan Harper
Gabriel Thomson Michael Harper
Daniela Denby-Ashe Janey Harper
Keiron Self Roger Bailey Jr.
Rhodri Meilir Alfie Butts
Guest cast
Belinda Lang Margot (Susan's Friend)
Ian Ashpitel Kenny
Mike Sherman Man at Bar
Nicola Bryant Anne
Jasper Holmes Barman
Kali Peacock Woman in Bar
Margo Virginia Cargill Sally
Michael Fenner Phil (Margot's Husband)
Writing team
Ed Dyson Writer (Additional Material)
Amy Shindler Writer (Additional Material)
Jim Armogida Writer
Steve Armogida Writer
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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