2point4 Children

BBC (ended 1999)


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  • Ben Porter (Gary Olsen) and his wife Bill (Belinda Lang) are, on the surface at least, a very average married couple with two children, Jenny (Claire Woodgate / Claire Buckfield) and David (John Pickard).

    2.4 or 2point4 Children was a fabulous British comedy broadcast on BBC 1 between 1991 and 1999.

    The main focus was on Bill, the mother of the 2.4 children who was a bit chaotic to say the least. Initially she worked in a bakery with her best friend Rona, then she worked for an airline catering firm but ultimately they set up her own catering business, with all the humoristic scenes this entailed. She and Rona often reminded me of an updated version of Lucy and Viv (from I Love Lucy) and I mean that in a good way. The kind yet funny interaction between Bill and her husband and kids was part of the charm of this show.
    As the kids grew up, some of the show's focus moved to them as well as to Ben and his plumbing business (including the assistant from hell Christine.
    It was very much a situational comedy but they had several Christmas episodes that were completely surreal and much less based on the situational comedy. Some of these X-mas episodes were real treats and highlighted the comedic talents of all the actors involved.