Fans of BBC sitcom Outnumbered will no doubt recall that in September of last year, Tyger Drew-Honey – who of course plays Jake on the show – claimed that the comedy had been axed…
However, it’s been reported today that after his co-star Hugh Dennis – who plays the harassed Brockman dad Pete – revealed that filming for a fifth series was about to commence, the BBC confirmed that the show was indeed to continue.
When Tyger made his remarks about the show ending, he stated that the writers of it had decided to call time on it rather than produce more episodes “just for the sake of it.”
He said, “This series is the last series. Never say never, but the directors and writers have said that they don’t want to do another.
“Some shows do go on too long and some of them are just making more series for the sake of it.”
The Daily Mirror adds, “The problem was that the child actors had all grown-up so much that they were unrecognisable from the kids who first hit the screen in 2007.
“Ramona Marquez, who plays the youngest Brockman sibling Karen, was just five when the first series was made. Now she is 12, Drew-Honey is 17 and Daniel Roche, who plays middle child Ben, is 13.”
However, Hugh revealed that the writers have found a solution to that issue.
He said, “With the recession, kids don’t seem to leave home until they’re much older – we could be doing it for a long time.”
He added, “At the beginning it was like therapy for parents of young kids, then the Outnumbered children reached the same stage as the viewers’ children.”
Series four aired in 2011, and the fifth is due go into production this autumn, to then be screened in 2014.
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