The BBC axed the long-running sitcom My Family because it had run out of ideas, not because it was too middle class, a senior corporation executive has said.Andrew Hough, The Telegraph, 22nd May 2012
Funnyman Russell Brand has signed on to headline a comedy show to raise funds for moviemaker David Lynch's meditation foundation.The Daily Express, 11th November 2011
Actor Kris Marshall was banned from driving for six months yesterday after he admitted dodging a breath test.Allister Hagger, The Daily Express, 11th November 2011
The end of an error as BBC1's cutting-edge sitcom My Family closed its net curtains for the last time after a turbulent decade.
Farewell then the cosy world of loveable eccentric Ben, his long-suffering wife Susan... and their charmingly cheeky children.
Frantic neighbours bursting through the door to howls of canned laughter, wisecracking cute kids, crying women, bozo blokes...and constant crises about everything apart from money.
No one's life was ever like this. But millions of fans tuned in year after year. And - presumably - found it funny. So this much-maligned telly success story doesn't deserve to be mocked.
Friday's final episode fizzled out with the sad saga of cousin Kirsty being dumped by text on her hen night. And Ben's lovelorn chum Roger trying to find his blind date in a crowded restaurant by shouting: "Is anyone looking for a Roger?" No laughing matter.
RIP My Family. Gone but already forgotten.Kevin O'Sullivan, The Mirror, 4th September 2011
After 114 episodes, My Family takes its final bow tonight. The popular BBC One sitcom stars Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker as parents Ben and Susan Harper alongside a brood of children, cousins and uninvited house guests, played over the years by Kris Marshall, Daniela Denby-Ashe, Gabriel Thompson, Siobhan Hayes, Keiron Self, Rhodri Meilir and Tayler Marshall.Jon Aird, BBC Comedy, 2nd September 2011
It's lasted 11 long years, 120 episodes and withstood widespread sneering. Now the Harper family bid farewell with the last ever episode of the sitcom that viewers loved but critics loathed. Susan (Zoë Wanamaker) and Janey (Daniela Denby-Ashe) attend an eventful hen party, while disgruntled dentist Ben (Robert Lindsay) is babysitting at home - as ever, with supposedly hilarious consequences. It's time for the curtain to fall: the show's always been impeccably performed, but the writing deteriorated in recent years and ratings have fallen from a peak of 11m to around 4m.Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 1st September 2011