The Kennedys. Image shows from L to R: Jenny (Emma Pierson), Tim (Harry Peacock), Emma Kennedy (Lucy Hutchinson), Tony Kennedy (Dan Skinner), Brenda Kennedy (Katherine Parkinson), David Palmer (Clive Rowe), Dee Palmer (Shola Adewusi). Copyright: BBC

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2015
Channels
BBC One
Episodes
6 (1 series)
Stars
Katherine Parkinson, Dan Skinner, Lucy Hutchinson, Harry Peacock, Emma Pierson, Shola Adewusi and Clive Rowe
Writers
Emma Kennedy, Lucy Guy, Richard Lumsden and Paul Kerensa
Director
Christine Gernon
Producers
Emma Strain, Myfanwy Moore and Richard Webb
Companies

The Kennedys is a multi-generation aspirational family comedy, set in the 1970s. It is created and written by actress, writer and TV presenter Emma Kennedy. The six-part series is loosely based on her memoirs, The Tent, The Bucket and Me.

Each episode is introduced by Emma (played by Lucy Hutchison), a 10-year-old Star Wars obsessed tom-boy who is happy to tag along with her much-loved parents, Brenda and Tony.

The Kennedy family have just moved into a new estate in Stevenage, New Town and arrive to a concrete maze of identical houses. Delighted and enthused at the fact they are now on the cusp of being considered middle class, they quickly embrace community spirit and organise activities for the whole neighbourhood to get involved in.

In each episode, the Kennedys pursue every opportunity they can to climb the social ladder from organising an Opportunity Knocks style talent show to hosting the estate's first ever dinner party.

The Kennedys' best friends are an unmarried couple, Tim the 70s alpha-male, and the young yet traditional Jenny. Also featured in the series are the unassuming and often confused neighbours, Dee and David.

The Kennedys. Image shows from L to R: Jenny (Emma Pierson), Tim (Harry Peacock), Dee Palmer (Shola Adewusi), David Palmer (Clive Rowe), Tony Kennedy (Dan Skinner), Brenda Kennedy (Katherine Parkinson), Emma Kennedy (Lucy Hutchinson). Copyright: BBC

Additional details

Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 2nd October 2015 at 9:30pm on BBC One

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