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Outnumbered returning to BBC One for a brand new Christmas special

The Brockmans are returning to BBC One this Christmas for the first time in 8 years!

Written and directed by the show’s creators, Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton, the new special, 8 years since its last, will follow the chaos in the downsized home of Pete and Sue Brockman, as they grapple with the challenges of parenting kids who are now adults, with their own lives to lead.

The stars of the original much-loved series are returning for the special including Hugh Dennis as dad Pete, Claire Skinner as mum Sue, Tyger Drew-Honey as eldest son Jake, Daniel Roche as the middle child Ben, and Ramona Marquez as the daughter, Karen.

In a moment of adversity, Sue and Pete gather all their offspring, including one grandchild, to try and celebrate a traditional family Christmas. But fate, neighbours, hyenas and bus replacement services get in their way.

Speaking about today's news, Hugh Dennis said "I can’t wait for the Brockmans to be back together again. Pete and Sue have downsized, the children are no longer children, but I’m sure family life will prove to be just as chaotic as ever."

Photo credit: Dan Loveday/Comic Relief

To which Claire Skinner added “I’m really looking forward to being reunited with my TV family. Working on this wonderful BBC comedy doesn’t feel like work and is one of the greatest joys for us all."

Co-creator, writer and director Andy Hamilton said "It’s a very exciting prospect to be revisiting the Brockman family - older, but not necessarily wiser - as they steer a path through the perils of Xmas and the rapids of modern-day family life."

To which co-creator, writer and director, Guy Jenkin added "I really wanted to find out what the Brockmans were up to these days, so Andy and I had to write this special."

Outnumbered ran for five series between 2007 to 2014 with most recent episode airing at Christmas in 2016. While the show was scripted, scenes featuring the children were semi-improvised.

Speaking about Outnumbered's return, Jon Petrie, Director of BBC Comedy, said "Outnumbered is one of the crown jewels of British sitcoms. We're so grateful to Guy, Andy, Hattrick, and the cast for dusting it off and putting it back on display."

To which executive producer for Hat Trick Productions, Jimmy Mulville, added "Who doesn’t want to know what happened to the Brockmans, our favourite television family, since we last saw them? Well we can find out when Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkins’ ground-breaking comedy returns in a one-off special this Christmas.  It’s unmissable!"  

Outnumbered will return this Christmas on BBC One


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