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Mic Wright’s Remotely Furious: Whatever Wollaston, Outnumbered Is Alright By Me

by | 1st, February 2014

The cast of Outnumbered Tyger Drew-Honey, Hugh Dennis, Ramona Marquez, Daniel Roche and Claire Skinner as they are calling it quits after a fifth and final series. Issue date: Wednesday January 15, 2014. The BBC One show, which made stars of child actors Tyger Drew-Honey, Daniel Roche and Ramona Marquez, will feature a guest appearance from Simpsons star Harry Shearer in the last series. Co-creator Guy Jenkin said he was surprised by the success of the show which relies heavily on the cast improvising around the script.


I’M not supposed to like Outnumbered . I’m meant to pull a Jeremy Paxman-style rubbery horse face of disgust [(c) The Thick Of It] . But I won’t. Because I quite like Outnumbered . It’s a slightly shabby suburban Seinfeld in which a fairly ordinary family’s life plays out quite slowly albeit it with rather more gooning about than the average mother with accept on any given day. Andy Hamilton and Guy Hamilton are a talented writing team and their cast are solid actors, including the youngest of them who have grown up in the show.

In The Guardian this week my bête noire, The Guardian’s Sam Wollaston, churned out one of his usual half-chewed rants on why the show is terrible. His conclusion? That some things in a SITCOM were not quite true to life and that the only people that like Outnumbered are “smug metropolitan middle-class Farrow & Ball families”. He should avoid throwing his organic hummus like that given its just very smuggos that keep his wage coming. And do we really expect TV execs to only serve up Scandinavian crime drama with subtitles to please snobs and snarkers like Wollaston?

Outnumbered is not perfect nor is it ever successfully edgy but it’s a mainstream BBC1 sitcom for a family audience. Critics regularly express sentiments similar to those farted out by Wollaston “If I wanted to watch families like this I could just go round and watch them in the flesh” because they want to seem above the fodder of the early evening schedule. They’re too busy banging on about the latest import from Netflix and whatever unwatchable shit they can strain out of BBC4’s current diet of repeats and nostalgia.

Wollaston’s other problem with Outnumbered is that it foregrounds

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