It’s only a day to go and after the food and the presents the most important thing about Christmas is obviously the television so here at UnrealityTV we’re offering you several previews to guide you through the three biggest TV days of the year kicking off with Christmas Eve.
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The Daily Mirror today reports that when the latest series of Outnumbered has aired – it will be the show’s fifth series which was produced after a year long hiatus – the show will be axed.
Tyger Drew-Honey, who of course plays Jake, told the paper, “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.”
He added that he and his fellow cast members are currently working on the fifth series as well as a Christmas Special.
He said, “We’re starting filming in November for seven weeks.
“The Christmas special will be Christmas Eve, probably, and series five will probably not be out until May.” Read more & comment »
Here’s part two of the Christmas preview looking at all the laughs and fun that can be had over the Christmas period and also some serious BBC4-like stuff if you’re that way inclined
Absolutely Fabulous (BBC1)
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Jennifer Saunders’ brilliant comedy, the BBC have commissioned two new episodes of the show to air over Christmas and that’s before another treat for Ab Fab fans as there is a film in the works. Eddy is still in PR but is working in the build-up for the 2012 Olympics, the third new episode is set to air at the same time as the games, and she is now worshipping Louis Vitton and Stella McCartney. Meanwhile Patsy still works for her magazine but it seems that Effy wants to be an actress after being presented as a swotty student for all those years. I think if these episodes are done well and the writers have new ideas for the characters then I say bring it on but there’s just a niggling feeling somewhere in me that this may just fail. I am pleased though that the cameo cast includes a bizarre appearance from The Killing star Sophie Grabol.
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The BBC have revealed that their hit sitcom Outnumbered won’t be back for a new series, and the only new episodes that are likely to be made will be one-off specials.
The show, which of course stars comedian Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner – who’s guest starring in the Doctor Who Christmas special this year – as Pete and Sue Brockman, the parents of three children, is being shelved as the channel’s bosses say the children portrayed are now getting “too old” for the show.
The children are played by child actors Tyger Drew-Honey, who plays Jake, Daniel Roche who stars as Ben, and Romana Marquez, who of course plays the youngest child, Karen.
While speaking about the show’s demise to the Sun, 14 year old Tyger said, “There’s a special on Christmas Eve.
“Next year there’ll be a Comic Relief special and maybe another Christmas special.”
And of this year’s Christmas special, Tyger added, “My character has a hangover. Grandad’s in hospital and we all go and visit him… Read more & comment »
Outnumbered actress Claire Skinner, and comedian Bill Bailey, will star in a Doctor Who Christmas special this year.
Alexander Armstrong and Fast Show star Arabella Weir also join Matt Smith in the festive episodes which, according to The Sun, “will see the Time Lord in World War Two-torn England with young widow Madge (Claire) and her two children.”
Claire said of her role in the cult show, “I am thrilled. Madge is a bit of super-mum. It’s a magical part.” Read more & comment »
Tyger Drew-Honey, who of course stars in Outnumbered, has branded rival BBC sitcom My Family “a bit predictable”.
My Family has of course recent been cancelled by the BBC after having aired for 11 years. Outnumbered meanwhile is set to return to TV next week for its fourth run.
Speaking to the PA, Tyger said, “I’ve never really got into another family sitcom.
“I have tried to watch My Family before but I found it a bit predictable.
“I think Outnumbered is generally more refreshing [than other sitcoms].
“People can relate to it much more.”
15-year-old Tyger plays teenaged Jake in Outnumbered, and stars alongside Daniel Roche and Ramona Marquez as Jake’s younger siblings Ben and Karen.
Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner as the parents of the family. Read more & comment »
Outnumbered star Tyger Drew-Honey has told The Sun’s TV Biz that his character Jake has “grown up” and become “cool.”
Outnumbered returns to our screens for a new series in September, and Tyger says that we’ll see a very different Jake…
He said, “He’s gone from being a bit bullied to being more popular.
“He’s got friends and a girlfriend, he’s in a band and is turning into an all right sort of guy.
“Hopefully he’ll do OK at school.”
Tyger went on to hint that this series may be the last, saying “There might be another series after this one, but we wouldn’t want it to lose its novelty.” Read more & comment »
Tyger Drew-Honey, star of BBC comedy Outnumbered, reckons that his co-stars Daniel Roche and Ramona Marquez, who play his sibling Ben and Karen, have become like a real family to him.
The PA report that as the 15-year-old actor, who plays sulky teenager Jake on the show, is an only child, he’s come to look upon Daniel and Ramona as a real brother and sister.
He said, “I know Jake gets annoyed by Ben, but I get annoyed by Dan, the actor who plays him.
“All the kids have the same sort of relationship as our characters do.
“They’re both lovely, but we work together for seven weeks at a time with two days off a week and we’re with each other the whole time.
“So we’ve become really close, obviously we’re going to have arguments and stuff, but it’s like an actual brotherly and sisterly relationship… Read more & comment »
I’d never watched Outnumbered before last night, and that’s because when it first made its appearance on our screens, I thought ‘oh, another formulaic, clichéd sitcom’, so I didn’t bother tuning in.
But last night, for want of anything better to do, I did tune in, and it rapidly became obvious that I’d been spot on in my pre-emptive assumptions. It was formulaic and it was clichéd.
There’s the smart-alecky kid, the cute kid and the hormonal teenager. There are the harried but devoted parents who often exchange that look that says, “Well golly, aren’t they a handful, but we love them.” Read more & comment »
BBC ONE have announced the return of Outnumbered, the comedy series from Hat Trick Productions which captures family life in a way not seen before, at all its most deliciously chaotic.
The first series was praised by critics and viewers alike for its freshness and natural evocation of the daily rollercoaster of family life with small children; a regal six-year-old with a talent for interrogation, an eight-year-old boy with a penchant for lying, and a lovelorn 12-year-old…
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Filming has begun on a second series of Outnumbered, the comedy from Hat Trick Productions for BBC Two which captures family life in a way not seen before at all its most deliciously chaotic.
The first series was praised by critics and viewers alike for its freshness and its very natural evocation of the daily rollercoaster of family life with small children – a regal six-year-old with a talent for interrogation; an eight-year-old boy with a penchant for lying; and a lovelorn 12-year-old…
Outnumbered is a very recognisable celebration of parental incompetence, as a beleaguered mum and dad attempt to raise their kids with the minimum of emotional damage for all concerned. Read more & comment »