Outnumbered: BBC sitcom to return for Christmas special

Screenshot, Outnumbered last aired a new episode in 2016, also a Christmas special.

  • Author, Steven McIntosh
  • Role, entertainment reporter

BBC sitcom Outnumbered will return for a Christmas special, the corporation has announced.

All of the original cast members will return, including Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner, along with all of the show’s former child actors.

It will take place in the small house of Pete and Sue Brockman, as they deal with the challenges of raising children who are now adults.

Dennis said that “I can’t wait for the Brockmans to get back together.”

The show’s creators, Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton, will return to write and direct the special.

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Screenshot, All of the main actors, pictured in 2011, will return for the new special.

The BBC said that in the episode Sue and Pete would bring together all their children and one grandchild for a traditional family Christmas.

However, fate, neighbors, hyenas and bus replacement services are among the obstacles that will stand in your way.

Hamilton said the series would show the Brockman family “older, but not necessarily wiser.”

Tyger Drew-Honey, Daniel Roche and Ramona Márquez will reprise their roles as the couple’s adult children.

In a statement, Dennis said: “Pete and Sue have downsized, the kids aren’t kids anymore, but I’m sure family life will be as chaotic as ever.”

Skinner added: “I’m really looking forward to reuniting 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.”

In addition to being married on screen, Dennis and Skinner confirmed their real-life relationship in 2018.

Semi-improvised scenes

Outnumbered ran for five series between 2007 and 2014.

The team reunited for a Christmas special in 2016, but there have been no more episodes since.

Although the comedy was scripted, many scenes featuring the children were famous for being semi-improvised.

The announcement of the new special was one of several commissions announced by the BBC at the Glasgow comedy festival on Thursday.

It also announced new seasons of Not Going Out, Mammoth and The Power of Parker, as well as new shows Funboys, about three emotionally bewildered young people in Northern Ireland, and the Middlesbrough-set LGBT comedy Smoggie Queens.

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