2point4 Children

2point4 Children is a BBC television sitcom that was created and written by Andrew Marshall. It follows the lives of the Porters, a seemingly average family whose world is frequently turned upside-down by bad luck and bizarre occurrences.

2point4 Children
Title card, used from Series 6–8.
Created byAndrew Marshall
Written byAndrew Marshall
Directed byRichard Boden
StarringBelinda Lang
Gary Olsen
Julia Hills
Clare Woodgate (series 1 & 2)
Clare Buckfield (series 3–8)
John Pickard
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series8
No. of episodes56 (list of episodes)
Producer(s)Richard Boden
Camera setupVideo; Multiple camera
Running time30 min per average episode
Original networkBBC One
Picture format576i (4:3 SDTV) (1991–1998)
576i (16:9 SDTV) (1999)
Original release3 September 1991 
30 December 1999

The show was originally broadcast on BBC One from 1991 to 1999, and ran for eight series, concluding on 30 December 1999 with the special episode, "The Millennium Experience". The death of lead actor Gary Olsen (who played the father) from cancer in September 2000 marked an abrupt end to the possibility of any subsequent specials.[1] The show is regularly repeated in the UK, and is currently showing on Gold. In Australia showings are on UKTV.

The show regularly picked up large audiences of up to 14 million throughout the 1990s, with an average of between 6 and 9 million. The final episode was viewed by 9.03 million people.[2]

In 1997 a remake of the show debuted in the Netherlands: Kees & Co starring Simone Kleinsma.[3] The remake ran for 8 seasons between 1997 and 2006. The first five seasons were adapted from the original English scripts, while the last three seasons featured original storylines and characters. In 2018 it was announced that the remake would return for a ninth season with Simone Kleinsma reprising her role.[4]


Main characters

Supporting characters

Plot summary

The Porters are a working-class family who live in Chiswick, London who at first seem normal enough. Bill is the sensible, level-headed mother who does the cooking and housework whilst running a catering business with her highly-sexed best friend Rona. Ben is the father, who is often just as immature as the children. He runs a heating repair business with his moody and sarcastic assistant Christine.

Jenny is the typical teenage daughter, keen on boys, music, and vegetarianism, and David is the mischievous younger brother, who enjoys horror films, aliens, and annoying his older sister.

However, the Porters' world is frequently upended by bizarre occurrences and bad luck. Whether it is dealing with flatulent dogs, a frozen body in a freezer in the front room, or even stumbling across Shirley Bassey's warehouse, anything seems possible in the Porters' world.


The show originally ran from 1991 to 1999. 56 episodes were made over eight series, including six Christmas specials in which the cast performed carols or original theme songs.

Andrew Marshall wrote virtually all the episodes except for a few in series seven which were written by Paul Alexander, Simon Braithwaite and Paul Smith.

Home media

BBC Enterprises released a video in 1993, comprising the first three episodes of the series, which are known as: Leader of the Pack, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, and When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Go Shopping.

The first three seasons were released on Region 2 DVD by Eureka Video in 2005. A box set of the first three seasons was also made available in 2008, again through Eureka Video,with music changes within the episodes. Authorization for the release of the remaining five seasons has not materialised and as such to date no further seasons have been released on any home media format.

Title Release date
2point4 children – Leader of the Pack (VHS) 26 February 1996
2point4 children – Complete Series 1 (DVD) 24 January 2005
2point4 children – Complete Series 2 (DVD) 25 April 2005
2point4 children – Complete Series 3 (DVD) 22 August 2005
2point4 children – Series 1–3 Boxset (DVD) 22 September 2008

Opening/closing credit sequence

For the closing credits, in series 1–5 the credits either flashed up on screen over a freeze frame of the final scene which gradually faded to black or scrolled along the bottom third of the frame from right to left (the latter usually reserved for Christmas specials). Series 6–8 used a plain white background with the new colourful logo situated at the top of the frame and the credit list scrolling up the centre.


  1. "Sitcom star Olsen dies". BBC News. 13 September 2000. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  2. "Top 30 Programmes". BARB. 9 February 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  3. "Kees & Co – Beeld en Geluid wiki" (in Dutch). Beeldengeluidwiki.nl. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  4. "Komedieserie Kees & Co terug op de buis" (in Dutch). AD.nl. 17 September 2018. Retrieved 17 September 2018.

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