Kevin Robert McNally is an English actor who has worked in theatre and radio as well as in film and television. He is best known for portraying Joshamee Gibbs in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Born in Bristol, McNally spent his early years in Birmingham, attending Redhill Junior School on Redhill Road in Hay Mills and Mapledene Junior School on Mapledene Road in Sheldon, he went to Central Grammar School for Boys on Gressel Lane in Tile Cross. McNally's first professional job, at the age of 16, was at the Birmingham Rep. In 1973 he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where, in 1975, he won the Best Actor Bancroft Gold Medal. In 1977 he was a regular in the second series of Poldark playing Drake Carne, younger brother of Demelza Poldark. From 1991 to 1994, he wrote nine episodes of Minder under the pseudonym Kevin Sperring with writing partner Bernard Dempsey, he played Joshamee Gibbs in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. He is one of three actors to have appeared in all five films, reprised the role in Kingdom Hearts III, making him the only actor from the film series to reprise a role in Kingdom Hearts.
In 2011, he was cast as Frank. In 2012, he performed as a voice actor for the best selling video game Assassin's Creed III, providing the likeness and voice of the character of Robert Faulkner. In 2013, he began working on a science fiction animation project called Sam Sweetmilk. In 2014, he played the lead role in re-recorded radio plays of five lost episodes of Hancock's Half Hour for BBC Radio 4. Following this, a further video episode was re-recorded and broadcast on BBC Four as part of the Lost Sitcoms series. In 2019 McNally will portray Captain Mainwaring in a series of re-enactments of otherwise lost episodes of the sitcom Dad's Army. McNally met actress Phyllis Logan in 1994, they married on 15 August 2011, their son David was born in 1996. The family lives in Chiswick. Along with fellow British actors Ian McNeice and Kenneth Branagh, McNally appeared in two Second World War films and Conspiracy, that depict behind the scenes activities of high ranking officials in Nazi Germany. Other television credits include: Z-Cars, The Bill, The New Statesman and Murder Most Horrid.
McNally co wrote several episodes of the television series Minder and Boon in the 1980s. Kevin McNally on IMDb
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a contemporary swing revival band from Southern California. Their notable singles include "Go Daddy-O", "You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight", "Mr. Pinstripe Suit"; the band played at the Super Bowl XXXIII half-time show in 1999. The band was formed in Ventura, California, in 1989 by leader Scotty Morris; the band was named Big Bad Voodoo Daddy after Scotty Morris met blues guitar legend Albert Collins at one of the latter's concerts. "He signed my poster'To Scotty, the big bad voodoo daddy'," Morris explains. "I thought it was the coolest name I heard on one of the coolest musical nights I had. So when it came time to name this band, I didn't have a choice. I felt like it was handed down to me." He and Kurt Sodergren are the two original members, with the rest of the band joining later. The band has concentrated on the swing of the 1940s and 1950s, playing clubs and lounges in their early years. After playing in punk and alternative rock bands during the 1980s, including False Confession part of the Oxnard, California Nardcore scene, Scotty Morris founded Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with Kurt Sodergren.
The band launched two CDs, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Watchu' Want for Christmas? under their own label before getting their big break when their songs "You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight", "I Wan'na Be Like You" and "Go Daddy-O" were featured in the soundtrack of the 1996 comedy-drama Swingers. From there, they were signed by Interscope Records. With Interscope, the band released Americana Deluxe, This Beautiful Life, Save My Soul; the band has continued their tours and album releases. The band had appeared at the 1999 Super Bowl half-time show and the 2006 Capital One Bowl, served as the house band for ESPN's ESPY Awards for a few years; the band created a version of the opening theme for the sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun, used for the 1998-1999 and 1999–2000 seasons. They created a new song for the movie The Wild, recorded a song for Disney's Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation Special. BBVD performed on the hit television show Dancing with the Stars, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to promote their album How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway, a collection of their renditions of Cab Calloway songs in April 2009.
They have been performing at EPCOT for the annual Food and Wine Festival since 2008. Scotty Morris Kurt Sodergren Dirk Shumaker Andy Rowley Glen "The Kid" Marhevka Karl Hunter Joshua Levy Alex "Crazy Legs" Henderson Mitchell Cooper Jeff Harris Ralph Votrian Studio albumsBig Bad Voodoo Daddy Americana Deluxe This Beautiful Life Save My Soul Everything You Want for Christmas How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway Rattle Them Bones It Feels Like Christmas Time Louie, Louie Live and compilationsBig Bad Voodoo Daddy Live CD + DVD setExtended playsWatchu' Want for Christmas? SinglesYou & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight CD Single Big Bad Voodoo Daddy appeared as themselves in Night of the Living Doo, a special farcical episode of Scooby-Doo. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy appeared as themselves in the 1996 film Swingers, in which they played a set at a club that the characters visit. An uncredited appearance as the band at Salinger's Restaurant in the Party of Five season 2 episode "Change Partners...
And Dance". The band appeared on an episode of Hell's Kitchen when they attended dinner service in the twelfth episode of Season 13. In 1999, the band appeared in season 2 episode 19 of Ally McBeal, "Let's Dance", during a swing dance competition. Official website Listen to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Live In Los Angeles at Walt Disney Concert Hall 1-1-2010 npr.org Retrieved 15 March 2011, 96 minutes
BBC One is the first and principal television channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Channel Islands. It was launched on 2 November 1936 as the BBC Television Service, was the world's first regular television service with a high level of image resolution, it was renamed BBC TV in 1960, using this name until the launch of the second BBC channel BBC2 in 1964, whereupon the BBC TV channel became known as BBC1, with the current spelling adopted in 1997. The channel's annual budget for 2012–13 was £1.14 billion. The channel is funded by the television licence fee together with the BBC's other domestic television stations, shows uninterrupted programming without commercial advertising, it is the most watched television channel in the United Kingdom, ahead of its traditional rival for ratings leadership, ITV. As of June 2013 the channel controller for BBC One was Charlotte Moore, who succeeded Danny Cohen as an Acting Controller from May 2013; the BBC began its own regular television programming from the basement of Broadcasting House, London, on 22 August 1932.
The BBC Television Service began regular broadcasts on 2 November 1936 from a converted wing of the Alexandra Palace in London. On 1 September 1939, two days before Britain declared war on Germany, the station was taken off air with little warning, with one of the last programmes to be shown before the suspension of the service being a Mickey Mouse cartoon. BBC Television returned on 7 June 1946 at 15:00. Jasmine Bligh, one of the original announcers, made the first announcement, saying, "Good afternoon everybody. How are you? Do you remember me, Jasmine Bligh?". The Mickey Mouse cartoon of 1939 was repeated twenty minutes later; the BBC held a statutory monopoly on television broadcasting in the United Kingdom until the first Independent Television station began to broadcast on 22 September 1955, when ITV started broadcasting. The competition forced the channel to change its identity and priorities following a large reduction in its audience; the 1962 Pilkington Report on the future of broadcasting noticed this, that ITV lacked any serious programming.
It therefore decided that Britain's third television station should be awarded to the BBC. The station, renamed BBC TV in 1960, became BBC1 when BBC2 was launched on 20 April 1964 transmitting an incompatible 625-line image on UHF; the only way to receive all channels was to use a complex "dual-standard" 405- and 625-line, VHF and UHF, with both a VHF and a UHF aerial. Old 405-line-only sets became obsolete in 1985, when transmission in the standard ended, although standards converters have become available for enthusiasts who collect and restore such TVs. BBC1 was based at the purpose-built BBC Television Centre at White City, London between 1960 and 2013. Television News continued to use Alexandra Palace as its base—by early 1968 it had converted one of its studios to colour—before moving to new purpose-built facilities at Television Centre on 20 September 1969. In the weeks leading up to 15 November 1969, BBC1 unofficially transmitted the occasional programme in its new colour system, to test it.
At midnight on 15 November with ITV and two years after BBC2, BBC1 began 625-line PAL colour programming on UHF with a broadcast of a concert by Petula Clark. Colour transmissions could be received on monochrome 625-line sets until the end of analogue broadcasting. In terms of audience share, the most successful period for BBC1 was under Bryan Cowgill between 1973 and 1977, when the channel achieved an average audience share of 45%; this period is still regarded by many as a golden age of the BBC's output, with the BBC achieving a high standard across its entire range of series, plays, light entertainment and documentaries. On 30 December 1980, the BBC announced their intention to introduce a new breakfast television service to compete with TV-am; the BBC stated it would start broadcasting before TV-am, but made clear their hands were tied until November 1981 when the new licence fee income became available, to help finance extending broadcast hours, with the hope of starting in 1982. On 17 January 1983, the first edition of Breakfast Time was shown on BBC1, becoming the first UK wide breakfast television service and continued to lead in the ratings until 1984.
In 1984, Bill Cotton become managing director of Television at the BBC, set about overhauling BBC1, slated for poor home grown shows, its heavy reliance on US imports, with Dallas and The Thorn Birds being BBC1's highest rated programmes and ratings being over 20% behind ITV. Cotton recruited Michael Grade to become Controller of BBC1, the first time the Corporation had recruited someone outside of the BBC, replacing Alan Hart, criticised for his lack of knowledge in general entertainment, as he was head of BBC Sport prior to 1981; the first major overhaul was to axe the unpopular Sixty Minutes current affairs programme: this was a replacement for the news and magazine show Nationwide. Its replacement was the BBC Six O'Clock News, a straight new programme in a bid to shore up its failing early evening slot, it was believed the BBC were planning to cut short the evening news and move more light entertainment programming in from the 18:20 slot, but this was dismissed. The Miss Great Britain contest was dropped, being described as verging on the too offensive after the January 1985 contest, with Worlds Strongest Man and International Superstar being axed.
BBC1 was relaunched on 18 February 1985 with a new look, new programming including Wogan, EastEnders and a revised schedule to help streamline and maintain viewers thr
In a modern sense, comedy refers to any discourse or work intended to be humorous or amusing by inducing laughter in theatre, film, stand-up comedy, or any other medium of entertainment. The origins of the term are found in Ancient Greece. In the Athenian democracy, the public opinion of voters was influenced by the political satire performed by the comic poets at the theaters; the theatrical genre of Greek comedy can be described as a dramatic performance which pits two groups or societies against each other in an amusing agon or conflict. Northrop Frye depicted these two opposing sides as a "Society of Youth" and a "Society of the Old." A revised view characterizes the essential agon of comedy as a struggle between a powerless youth and the societal conventions that pose obstacles to his hopes. In this struggle, the youth is understood to be constrained by his lack of social authority, is left with little choice but to take recourse in ruses which engender dramatic irony which provokes laughter.
Satire and political satire use comedy to portray persons or social institutions as ridiculous or corrupt, thus alienating their audience from the object of their humor. Parody subverts popular genres and forms, critiquing those forms without condemning them. Other forms of comedy include screwball comedy, which derives its humor from bizarre, surprising situations or characters, black comedy, characterized by a form of humor that includes darker aspects of human behavior or human nature. Scatological humor, sexual humor, race humor create comedy by violating social conventions or taboos in comic ways. A comedy of manners takes as its subject a particular part of society and uses humor to parody or satirize the behavior and mannerisms of its members. Romantic comedy is a popular genre that depicts burgeoning romance in humorous terms and focuses on the foibles of those who are falling in love; the word "comedy" is derived from the Classical Greek κωμῳδία kōmōidía, a compound either of κῶμος kômos or κώμη kṓmē and ᾠδή ōidḗ.
The adjective "comic", which means that which relates to comedy is, in modern usage confined to the sense of "laughter-provoking". Of this, the word came into modern usage through the Latin comoedia and Italian commedia and has, over time, passed through various shades of meaning; the Greeks and Romans confined their use of the word "comedy" to descriptions of stage-plays with happy endings. Aristotle defined comedy as an imitation of men worse than the average. However, the characters portrayed in comedies were not worse than average in every way, only insofar as they are Ridiculous, a species of the Ugly; the Ridiculous may be defined as a deformity not productive of pain or harm to others. In the Middle Ages, the term expanded to include narrative poems with happy endings, it is in this sense that Dante used the term in the title of La Commedia. As time progressed, the word came more and more to be associated with any sort of performance intended to cause laughter. During the Middle Ages, the term "comedy" became synonymous with satire, with humour in general.
Aristotle's Poetics was translated into Arabic in the medieval Islamic world, where it was elaborated upon by Arabic writers and Islamic philosophers, such as Abu Bischr, his pupils Al-Farabi and Averroes. They disassociated comedy from Greek dramatic representation and instead identified it with Arabic poetic themes and forms, such as hija, they viewed comedy as the "art of reprehension", made no reference to light and cheerful events, or to the troubling beginnings and happy endings associated with classical Greek comedy. After the Latin translations of the 12th century, the term "comedy" gained a more general meaning in medieval literature. In the late 20th century, many scholars preferred to use the term laughter to refer to the whole gamut of the comic, in order to avoid the use of ambiguous and problematically defined genres such as the grotesque and satire. Starting from 425 BCE, Aristophanes, a comic playwright and satirical author of the Ancient Greek Theater, wrote 40 comedies, 11 of which survive.
Aristophanes developed his type of comedy from the earlier satyr plays, which were highly obscene. The only surviving examples of the satyr plays are by Euripides, which are much examples and not representative of the genre. In ancient Greece, comedy originated in bawdy and ribald songs or recitations apropos of phallic processions and fertility festivals or gatherings. Around 335 BCE, Aristotle, in his work Poetics, stated that comedy originated in phallic processions and the light treatment of the otherwise base and ugly, he adds that the origins of comedy are obscure because it was not treated from its inception. However, comedy had its own Muse: Thalia. Aristotle taught that comedy was positive for society, since it brings forth happiness, which for Aristotle was the ideal state, the final goal in any activity. For Aristotle, a comedy did not need to involve sexual humor. A comedy is about the fortunate rise of a sympathetic character. Aristotle divides comedy into three categories or subgenres: farce, romantic comedy, satire.
On the contrary, Plato taught. He believed that it produces an emotion that overrides ra
Dads (2013 TV series)
Dads is an American sitcom which premiered on September 17, 2013, aired Tuesdays at 8:00 pm Eastern/7:00 pm Central on Fox. The series was created by Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, follows Warner and Eli, two successful video game developers whose lives are unexpectedly changed when their fathers move in with them. Sulkin and Wild are executive producers; the show was recorded in front of a live studio audience. On May 7, 2014, Fox canceled the series after one season. Seth Green as Eli Sachs, Warner's business partner, he is portrayed as the "creative" end of the video game business. While Warner is seen in a tie, Eli wears T-shirts and sweatshirts, he is a lothario and is made fun of when he fails to have sex with women. He maintains a flirtatious relationship with his assistant Veronica. Eli maintains a tumultuous relationship with his father David, who he feels eats all his food and stinks up his bathroom, he is seemingly fond of his maid, Edna, as a surrogate mother. Giovanni Ribisi as Warner Whittemore, Eli's business partner.
He is portrayed to be the "business" end of the video game business. He loses control of his emotions and maintains an estranged relationship with his wife, Camilla, he has two children with Camilla. It is revealed in episode "Double Troubles", his father is Crawford who inadvertently gets Warner into awkward situations. His best friend is Eli. Peter Riegert as David Sachs, Eli's dad, he left Eli as a child and returns to live in Eli's apartment where he is seen sitting on the couch, watching TV, or fighting with Edna. A recurring joke in the series is his intestinal problems, he is lethargic, sardonic and grumpy towards most characters, but has a friendship with Crawford. David does not care for Eli, but is shown that he is supportive for his son, such as stealing comic books for Eli, marrying Edna to keep her from being deported, taking a job as a mall Santa to buy Eli a Christmas present; as revealed in "Have a Heart... Attack", he is 65 years old. Martin Mull as Crawford Whittemore, Warner's dad.
He continues to try to launch his career. A recurring joke in the series is his bad investments, he means well toward his son, but ends up ruining his life in the same way. Crawford is prone to racial slurs. Brenda Song as Eli's and Warner's assistant, she is a sarcastic and cunning person, as shown when she gives herself a raise without her bosses' permission. She is proven to be tricky as she manages to outsmart Warner into jumping into a chimney, she works with both Eli and Warner, but has a closer relationship with Eli. Her ethnicity is made fun of by other characters, as Eli teases her for having a cousin named "Wai Mi". In the episode "The Glitch that Stole Christmas", it is revealed she only drinks alcohol once a year. Tonita Castro as Edna, Eli's maid, she is an illegal immigrant. She is the constant friend of David, Eli's dad. In the episode "Doubles Trouble", it is revealed. In the episode "Mister Edna", Edna is nearly deported. David promptly divorces her, she speaks Spanish throughout the show.
Vanessa Lachey as Camilla Whittemore, Warner's wife. She acts as the person to calm Warner down through his many emotional outbreaks, she tries to get Warner to do new things. In the episode "Comic Book Issues", it is revealed, she has two children with Warner. The series first appeared as part of Fox development slate in September 2012. In January 2013, Fox bypassed the pilot order and green-lit Dads with a six-episode, straight-to-series order; the pilot was directed by Mark Cendrowski and written by Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, who serve as executive producers alongside Seth MacFarlane. In May 2013, Fox extended the episode order from six to thirteen episodes. In October 2013, the network ordered six more scripts of the series; that same month, Dads was picked up for a full season with nine episodes. On December 6, 2013, Fox trimmed the series' first season from 22 to 19 episodes. Casting announcements began in January 2013, with Brenda Song first to be cast in the role of Veronica and Eli's odd assistant.
Tommy Dewey was the next actor cast in the series as Warner, Eli's work partner and married father of two, whose father Crawford moves in with him. Peter Riegert was added to the cast in the role of David, Eli's father, who abandoned Eli and his mother when he was five, is now trying to rebuild their relationship. In mid-March, Martin Mull joined the series as Crawford, Warner's father, a man who’s always been the bane of Warner’s existence. Tonita Castro followed in the role of Eli's hard-drinking, outspoken maid. Seth Green and Erin Pineda were the last actors cast in the series. Green signed on to play the remaining lead role of Eli, a man who hasn’t grown up but who built a successful video game business with Warner. Pineda joined the series as Camilla, Warner's wife with whom he has a four-year-old son and one-year-old daughter. In late March, it was announced that Vanessa Lachey would replace Erin Pineda in the role of Warner's wife, Camilla. In April, Giovanni Ribisi replaced Tommy Dewey as Warner after the taping of the pilot.
The show was universally panned by critics. It holds a score of 15 out of 100 on review aggregator Metacritic, based on 28 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike", it holds a rare 0% rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, where the consens
British Comedy Guide
British Comedy Guide or BCG is a British website covering all forms of British comedy, across all media. At the time of writing, BCG has published guides to more than 7,000 individual British comedies - TV and radio situation comedy, sketch shows, comedy dramas, satire and panel games. Other notable features on BCG include a news section, a message board, interviews with comedians and actors, a series of comment and opinion articles, a searchable merchandise database, a section offering advice to aspiring comedy writers; the website runs The Comedy.co.uk Awards and hosts several podcast series, some of which have won awards. British Comedy Guide attracts over 500,000 unique visitors a month, making it Britain's most-visited comedy-related reference website; the website was founded in August 2003 as the British Sitcom Guide, a website devoted to British sitcom TV programmes. The website was established by Mark Boosey, a freelance web developer as a hobby. However, in 2008, it was decided to expand the remit of the website to cover all forms of British comedy, thus the BSG was re-launched as British Comedy Guide or BCG, has continued to expand since this point.
Other features added since the site's re-launch in 2008 as British Comedy Guide include a series of podcasts, a section featuring interviews with people working in the British comedy industry and a Twitter-based news service. The website went through another relaunch in 2016, where it underwent a re-design of the layout, a new logo, increased coverage of online comedy and people working in British comedy. In 2015, BCG's data specialist Ian Wolf was awarded the inaugural "Unsung Hero" at the first FringePig Ham Fist awards for his work collating reviews during that year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. BCG hosts a range of podcasts; as It Occurs To Me was nominated for a Sony Radio Academy Award in 2010, Do The Right Thing won the Bronze Sony Award for "Best Internet Programme" in 2012, Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown won the 2012 Loaded Lafta award for "Best Podcast", Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast won the Bronze Sony Radio Award for comedy in 2013. In June 2013, an episode of Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast saw host Richard Herring interviewing Stephen Fry, in which Fry revealed that he had attempted to commit suicide.
The story was reported across the media, including the BBC and Sky News. The podcasts hosted by BCG are: In January 2007, the website launched The British Sitcom Guide Awards, which were renamed The British Comedy Guide Awards and are now known as The Comedy.co.uk Awards. The awards are notable for allowing the public to choose the winners via an online poll, but with no shortlist - all broadcast programmes are available to choose; this differs from the British Comedy Awards which relies on broadcasters to put their programmes forward for nomination, only uses a small panel of judges to determine the results. Additionally, The Comedy.co.uk Awards seeks to name not just the winners, but the worst programme in each category too. In order to be considered for a Comedy.co.uk Award, a programme must be a British comedy which has had at least one new episode broadcast on British TV or radio between 1 January and 31 December of the previous year. The only exception is shows which span across the new year, in which case it is nominated only in the first of the years.
Up until the 2015 awards the visitors taking part in the poll are asked to give three votes in each category: one to their favourite show, one to their second favourite show, one to their least favourite show. The vote for "top favourite" scores two points for the selected programme, a vote for a "second favourite" scores one; the comedy programme with the most points is declared the winner in that category. The show which receives the highest number of "worst" votes is declared the worst comedy in that category; the 2016 awards change format, removing the "worst" categories, people voting for the top three programmes, with their favourite show scoring three points, their second favourite two points, their third favourite one point. In the first week of voting all comedies from the year could be voted on, in the second week the six most popular shows in every category formed a shortlist. All of the awards are voted for by the website's users except one, the British Comedy Guide Editors' Award, an award voted for just by the controllers of the guide, is given "to the show, channel, or indeed anything else comedy related that deserves some recognition."
The first awards were presented in January 2007 and were known at the time as The British Sitcom Guide Awards 2006, but have since been renamed. Below are the awards; the second awards were presented in January 2008 under the title The British Sitcom Guide Awards 2007. Below are the results; the third awards were the first to include radio shows. The 2008 awards were known as the British Comedy Guide Awards 2008, but were renamed in 2009 to reflect the website's new URL. Below are the awards; the fourth awards were presented in January 2010. Below are the results; the fifth awards were presented in January 2011. Below are the results; the sixth awards were presented on 23 January 2012. Below are the results; the seventh awards were presented on 21 January 2013. Below are the results; the eighth awards were presented on 20 January 2014. Below are the results; the ninth awards were presented on 26 January 2015. Below are the results; the tenth awards were presented on 1 February 2016. Below are the results.
The 11th awards will be presented on 23 January 2016. Below are the winners; the 12th awards will be presente
2point4 Children is a BBC television sitcom, created and written by Andrew Marshall. It follows the lives of the Porters, a average family whose world is turned upside-down by bad luck and bizarre occurrences; the show was broadcast on BBC One from 1991 to 1999, ran for eight series, concluding with 30 December 1999 special episode, "The Millennium Experience". The September 2000 death from cancer of lead actor Gary Olsen, who played the father, ended the possibility of any subsequent specials; the show is repeated in the UK, is showing on Gold. In Australia showings are on UKTV; the show picked up large audiences of up to 14 million in the early 1990s, with an average of between 6 and 9 million. The final episode was viewed by 9.03 million people. In 1997 a remake of the show debuted in the Netherlands: Co starring Simone Kleinsma; 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. Bill Porter Ben Porter Jenny Porter David Porter Rona Harris Christine Atkins Declan Tina Auntie Pearl Gerry Tony Aunt Belle, Bette – Dora Grimes Adam Jake'The Klingon' Klinger The Porters are a working-class family who live in Chiswick, London whom 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, just as immature as the children, he runs a heating repair business with his sarcastic assistant Christine. Jenny is the typical teenage daughter, keen on boys and vegetarianism, David is the mischievous younger brother, who enjoys horror films and annoying his older sister. However, the Porters' world is 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 stumbling across Shirley Bassey's warehouse, anything seems possible in the Porters' world.
The show 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 all the episodes except for a few in series seven which were written by Paul Alexander, Simon Braithwaite and Paul Smith. 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, 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 made available in 2008, again through Eureka Video. Authorization for the release of the remaining six seasons has not materialised and as such to date no further seasons have been released on any home media format. In 2009 a Facebook fan campaign was launched to get support for the series to be released in its entirety entitled'2point4 Children DVD Campaign'.
For the closing credits, in series one to five the credits either flashed up on screen over a freeze frame of the final scene which faded to black or scrolled along the bottom third of the frame from right to left. Series six-eight 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. 2point4 Children at BBC Programmes 2point4 children at BBC Online Comedy Guide 2point4 Children at British Comedy Guide 2point4 children at Phill.co.uk Comedy Guide 2point4 children on IMDb