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Mic Wright’s Remotely Festively Furious: Doctor Who Raised By Moffat, Caitlin Moran Raised By Wolves

by | 27th, December 2013

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WRITING a convincing family unit for television is a tricky one. There are only a few series that manage it over a significant time period. Sgt Wilson, Private Pike and his mother in Dad’s Army are perfectly dysfunctional, the Gallagher family in Shameless was brilliant for at least three series and the Trotters are the gold-standard for sitcom families. Go back further and you get the delicious cocktail of hate and love embodied by the Steptoes and the constructed screwed-up family of the Hancock’s Half Hour .

Caitlin and Caz Moran have done a pretty decent job of translating their unusual family dynamic lots of kids, home schooled, pseudo-bohemian outlook to the screen in Raised By Wolves , their new comedy for Channel 4. But there are problems. Just as Shameless over-romanticised the gutter-rat ethics of the Chatsworth estate, the Morans reimagine lower-middle class/upper-working class life as just a bit bruised and rough around the edges rather than pretty goddamn miserable. The mother may repeatedly exclaim “fu*king David Cameron” but there’s no real sense in the first episode that benefits cuts, education cuts and the general pitfalls of poverty are bothering the family. And the absent father? Seemingly not a problem. That’s fine but it would be good to have some sense of where the hell he might be.

The other big issue is that of the Kidult Effect. The Morans, and the dread hand of the overly-nostalgic, saccarine prone older sister Caitlin is evident, cannot help but make their child characters speak like super-smart mannequins. The biggest offender is Germaine, a clear analogue for Caitlin Moran who even looks like a shrunken version of the Times columnist and speaks in lines ripped straight from her books, columns and, most egregiously, Twitter feed. Germaine is funny, frank and a little bit brilliant, just like her real life inspiration. Unfortunately, like Caitlin Moran, she’s also irritating, self-absorbed and far too convinced of her own brilliance. Raised

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