My Hero. Image shows from L to R: Janet Dawkins (Emily Joyce), George Sunday (Ardal O'Hanlon). Copyright: Big Bear Films.

My Hero

BBC One sitcom about a super hero. 52 episodes (6 series), 2000 - 2006. Stars Ardal O'Hanlon, James Dreyfus, Emily Joyce, Geraldine McNulty and others.

My Hero. Image shows from L to R: Janet Dawkins (Emily Joyce), George Sunday (Ardal O'Hanlon). Copyright: Big Bear Films.

About My Hero

Hit family comedy My Hero first appeared on BBC One in 2000 and went on to run for six series, totalling 51 episodes. The comedy looks at Earth through the eyes of an alien abroad, and with the help of a group of suburban characters it shows the anomalies, hypocrisies and downright madness of our modern world.

The sitcom centres on health food shop owner George Sunday and his family who live in a north-west London suburb - all pretty normal if it weren't for the fact that George also happens to be the world's most famous superhero, Thermoman from the planet Ultron!

Marrying a down-to-earth local nurse, Janet, the couple eventually have two children, Ollie and Cassie. Part-human, part-alien, the young ones exhibit some quite interesting tendencies: at the tender age of 18 months, Ollie has the intelligence of a Cambridge postgraduate, and the ability to fly; Cassie can't, but she can see into the future - although some of her interpretations do fall rather wide of the mark!

The beginning of series six sees George gamble away all his body parts during a poker game on Ultron. As a result, a new body is found for him, and thus James Dreyfus dons Thermoman's tights to save the world from more disasters, as well as deal with the domestic chaos in George Sunday's family life. Understandably, a complete new appearance for her beloved husband shocks Janet and brings a whole new ream of challenges itself!