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17 October 1985 (UK) See more »
Guy Fuddle (Ade Edmondson) lives with his grandmother (Jennifer Saunders). He has four sisters(Saunders)... See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 11)

Jennifer Saunders ... Granny Fuddle / ... (6 episodes, 1985)

Adrian Edmondson ... Guy Fuddle (6 episodes, 1985)

Dawn French ... Cook (6 episodes, 1985)

Stephen Fry ... Dr. De Quincy (6 episodes, 1985)
Helen Lederer ... Flossie (5 episodes, 1985)

Jim Broadbent ... Dalcroix (3 episodes, 1985)

Series Directed by
Paul Jackson (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Writing credits
Ben Elton (6 episodes, 1985)

Series Produced by
Paul Jackson .... producer (6 episodes, 1985)
Alan Wright .... assistant producer (6 episodes, 1985)
George R. Clarke .... assistant producer (5 episodes, 1985)
Series Original Music by
David McNiven (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Cinematography by
William Dudman (5 episodes, 1985)
Series Production Design by
Mel Bibby (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Costume Design by
Mechael Taylor (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Makeup Department
Liz McClusky .... makeup designer (6 episodes, 1985)
Sally Sutton .... makeup designer: Jennifer Saunders / makeup artist: Jennifer Saunders (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Art Department
Mark Allen .... graphic designer (6 episodes, 1985)
Dennis Slater .... property buyer (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Sound Department
Francis Cooke .... dubbing mixer (6 episodes, 1985)
Malcolm Hill .... film recordist (6 episodes, 1985)
Mike J. Turner .... film recordist (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Special Effects by
Clive R. Kay .... special effects contact lenses (1 episode, 1985)
Series Visual Effects by
Jim Francis .... visual effects designer (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Dabbs .... camera operator (6 episodes, 1985)
Allan Parker .... gaffer electrician (6 episodes, 1985)
Warwick Bedford .... still photographer (2 episodes, 1985)
Series Editorial Department
Peter Marsh .... film editor (3 episodes, 1985)
Christine Royle .... film editor (3 episodes, 1985)
Series Other crew
Anne Comer .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1985)
Dona DiStefano .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1985)

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Additional Details

UK:35 min (6 episodes)
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Five Jennifers, each one is great, 27 December 2014
Author: Audrey_L from Croatia

Happy Families follows Guy Fuddle (Ade Edmondson) in a search for his four sisters. The first episode is an introduction, then each episode is dedicated to one sister and in the last episode they reunite with the grandmother. Every episode has it's good moments. The episode with Joyce and the people fleeing from hospital to avoid her singing reminded me of Hyacinth from Keeping up Appearances. And Roxanne was great, especially the part when Guy is getting her out of jail. I also liked Cassie, a satirical view of the world of soap-opera stars.

This series shows how versatile Jennifer Saunders is. She plays five different characters and she is believable as each one of them. The conclusion is a little silly but that doesn't hurt the appeal of this show. Ade is wonderful as goodhearted, naive Guy. Dawn French (cook) and Helen Lederer (maid) are very good in their respective parts. I especially liked Flossie's (Helen's) accent. Also, Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry add a little charm to the overall impression. Rik Mayall has a small part in the episode about Madeline. His portrayal of a neurotic French priest is magnificent.

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