Capaldi appeared in episode " Dentist To The Stars " which is the tenth episode of series five. The first series , Ben, a dentist, and Susan, the worst cook in the world, are certainly loving, caring parents; they just have a problem showing it. Ben seems to be confused as to how much time and money his kids demand from him.
Susan has to juggle motherhood, a career, and a husband and hasn't enough time to manage everything, including improving her cooking skills. Nick is always working on his next hair-brained scheme to keep him amused. Janey, like any normal teenage daughter, feels that her parents are seriously embarrassing whilst Michael keeps his head in his books to get away from the noise. The second series , Ben Harper, husband and father to three different and often difficult children, has spent his working life as a dentist.
Just as well as most of his life seems rather like pulling teeth. His wife Susan is usually busy showing foreign tourists around London, a place she knows much better than her own kitchen. Ben and Susan have been married happily enough to have three children. However, Ben has the feeling that most of the time his children seem to speak a different language.
Nick 20 has persuaded his parents he would benefit from a gap year to see something of the world, but he has hardly seen anything beyond the confines of the sofa. Janey 17 is into boys, fashion labels expensive ones , and getting her own way. Michael 14 is the brightest of the trio. He is seriously into computers and not so seriously yet into girls.
Anthony Head , portrays Ben's cousin and the father of Abi Harper. Head appeared in episode " May the Best Man Win ", which is the twelfth episode of the fourth series. He appears again in the Christmas special, played by Nathaniel Parker. In series three , life in the Harper household is as hectic as ever, Janey has left for university but the seriously accident-prone Cousin Abi has moved in.
Ben sees this new addition to their home as a threat to the peace and quiet he's wanted throughout his married life, while Susan is happy to have another woman in the house. As for Michael, he is now spending as much time thinking about girls now as his schoolwork. Furthermore, Nick continued to work on his next hair-brained scheme, whether that means starring as Jesus in the local nativity play or dressing up as a drag queen!
In the fourth series , Susan looks forward to the birth of her first grandchild, but dreads being a grandmother. Nick is getting fed up with living in his ghastly flat and trying to think of a way to move back into the family home. The gap between Michael's IQ and the rest of the family's seems to be increasing, but so is his libido. And Abi is still Abi, only more so! As for perennially put-upon Ben, what with a new arrival causing chaos in the surgery, being forced to take tango lessons and being officially declared dead, life is just one long major-league cirsis.
In Series five , Ben and Susan are enjoying some new-found tranquility, Nick has moved into his own flat, Janey is at university and Abi is usually out at evening class. Naturally the peace is not to last!
Janey comes back home with baby Kenzo and Michael has been "born again" and is holding Bible study sessions in the living room. With Ben's famous dental patients, Susan's election ambitions and an unheathly obsession with Inspector Morse — not to mention the unlikely perils of house-sitting in a luxury modern apartment — domestic life will soon be back to Harper-Normal. So when Ben and Susan start being nice to each other, it's no wonder Abi's suspicious; they could not be getting a divorce, could they?
John Barrowman , portrays a man called "The Doctor" that Susan begins to fall for at an airport. He appeared in episode " The Guru ", which is the eighth episode of series nine. In the sixth series , Janey and son Kenzo spend much more time at the Harper house than is good for Ben, and Michael moves from scam to scam with alarming ease. Add to that the ever-so-slowly blossoming of the Abi-Roger romance and the new cuckoo in the nest, wiser-than-he-looks Alfie Butts and the problems multiply.
The family's hurdles include Ben joining a secret society The Brotherhood of the Cockerel , Susan's new job leading her to a dinner date with a new man and an encounter with squatters. In other words, as usual, problems and situations constantly conspire to remind Ben and Susan that "family" is an "F" word.
In the seventh series , a mystery man arrives asking for Janey — Susan finally discovers the identity of Kenzo's father. Roger and Abi's marriage announcement gives Susan the idea to renew her marriage vows despite protests from Ben. A death in the dentist's chair is not very good for business, but Ben discovers it's not good for his private life either. Michael succeeds in placing the whole family on The Weakest Link, but Anne Robinson raises more difficult questions than might have been expected.
In the eighth series , love is in the air in the Harper house. Ben is in love with an extremely large television; Janey is in love with a new man; and Michael's current love has announced that she is pregnant. Meanwhile, Ben and Susan's credit-card statement highlights each of their secret vices, and an armed robbery at the local bank leads to Ben and Janey being taken as hostages.
Michael and Alfie investigate the world of internet dating with mixed results, and Abi realises her true vocation in life is to become a nun! In series nine , chaos, paranoia and misunderstanding — yes, it's life as usual in the Harper household. Ben stands up to — and gets put down by — his own school bully and gets a little jealous as a rich businessman falls for Susan — or is that Janey?
There are new worries as they discover that Michael's seeing a therapist and Ben fails his retraining exam — and, while the family is divided over mean Uncle Norris' inheritance and the acquisition of a puppy, Ben's delighted to discover he's the inspiration for a wealthy if unhappy, celebrity dentist! In the tenth series , in the second episode "The Son'll Come Out" Michael comes out as gay to his parents, first to his father after coming home drunk, then later to his mother.
He then tells them that he has been in a relationship with a guy for some time, year-old solicitor Scott Marsh, who later moves into the Harper residence, though he is later seen in gay clubs picking up guys and giving out his number, suggesting that he and Scott have broken up, but they later get back together.
These consist of a nine-part tenth series and a seven-part eleventh series. Finally, in the eleventh series , Ben and Susan trial separating following some extensive humiliation of each other! Michael wrestles with taking care of Kenzo and Janey's fed up with being a grown up At last, Roger is back on the dating scene but with Ben suddenly becoming attached to his sworn enemy, he might find it more difficult than he expects.
Susan is back to her career and in classic Harper style, she's going after her boss from day one! List of My Family episodes The first episode aired on 19 September , and ten series have so far been aired with seven specials, including nine Christmas specials. The eleventh series began airing on Friday 17 June A Comic Relief special short-episode has also aired. Although no reason was given, as this was not subject to any Ofcom procedure, it is likely that was considered offensive to blind people.
The episodes are recorded in front of a live audience in Pinewood Studios , Iver , Buckinghamshire, except where the set used is too large, this is then filmed, and played out to an invited audience 'as-live'. Also, the show, unlike most British sitcoms but in common with most American television comedies, has no location footage. Scenes taking place outdoors were actually sets. The series is scripted by a team of writers, following the American model.
Historically, British sitcoms were more generally written by one or two writers. By employing a wider number of writers to brainstorm jokes for each episode, DLT Entertainment UK Ltd, the production company, has been able to maintain a consistent and relatively long-lived product without having to wait for a single writer to produce more material.
Opening sequence[ edit ] At the start of the first two series, it slides across four boxes with each character's face in them. The first box stands alone with Ben and Susan in it. The other three are lapped over each other with a photo of Michael, Janey and Nick from left to right in them. While it slides across at the start, each character's face turns with Janey and Nick smiling and the others being fairly plain faced.
Once the boxes are placed, the boxes with youngsters in them drop to the bottom of the screen and are replaced with the show's logo. At the start of the third series, four rectangle blocks fall onto a completely white screen to create Ben's face. Those blocks are then replaced with blocks that create Susan's face; each block then shows different parts of the other characters to finally reveal Nick's face.
It continues to do this for Janey, Michael and starting from the fourth episode entitled "Of Mice and Ben" the new character to the show Abi. Abi's for the first three episodes, Michael's face then falls into the bottom right corner while the previous faces spread across to other places of the white screen. It reveals that Nick, Janey and Michael are next to Abi and Ben and Susan are with each other at the top left of the screen.
The logo fades on the top right of the screen. The fourth series is similar to the third series opening sequence. Only difference is that the photo of each character is changed, each block does not show different parts of each character when it transitions; instead it transitions in various styles, for example in an opening in a window blind style.
Series five titles still remain similar; the photos are changed again and there are eleven rectangles instead of four. Nick is almost completely absent from the opening titles in series five except in episode six of series five titled "My Will Be Done"; he was missing in some episodes from series four and a few from series three.
The series six opening titles have cut-outs of each character, as they fade into the white screen and zoom in and out and eventually stop moving. The titles remain the same for series seven and eight; the one difference is that Janey's clothes are changed. In series nine, the line-up changes due to Abi's departure at the end of the previous series.
Her place is taken by Alfie, who has been a regular since series six but never appeared in the titles until the ninth series. Starting in the Christmas Special, Alfie has been replaced by Kenzo. Barron wrote eight episodes up until the fourth series. Other major writers include James Hendrie and Ian Brown who wrote numerous episodes, including the first episode together up until the Christmas Special. Steven and Jim Armogida are the only writers to remain on the show throughout its run. None of these writers have written more than five episodes.
Andrea Solomons has written many episodes for My Family, she wrote from the second series to the sixth series. Meanwhile, Darin Henry has written one episode for the fifth series before returning for the eighth series onwards.
Paul Minett and Brian Leveson are the sitcom's current main writers. Credited for most of the specials, at least three episodes from every series since Bert-Tyler Moore and George Jeffrie both have written a few episodes for the sitcom in its sixth and seventh series and returned for series ten.
Tom Leopold wrote two episodes for the sixth series only. Tom Anderson, currently My Family's executive producer and showrunner , wrote his first episode for series seven and wrote until series ten, but remained showrunner for series eleven.
Ed Dyson and David Cantor have written episodes for the seventh, eighth, ninth and eleventh series. Table correct as of episode