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Why the writing was on the wall for My Family

25 March 2011 8:55 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The BBC's decision to can the Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker sitcom after a decade has not come before time

So that's it. The BBC has decided that, once the 11th series is over, we shall never again be treated to the sight of Robert Lindsay hanging out of his bedroom window in his underwear. My Family, that warhorse of ever-so-slightly risqué sitcoms, will reach its last corny punchline later in the year; the show following the travails of dentist Ben Harper is apparently just too long in the tooth.

And after more than 100 episodes, the decision comes not before time. Unless the writing is up to Simpsons-standard, there is only so long a television family can realistically exist without viewers getting tired of joining them in their living room. With Susan and Ben Harper's children way beyond school-leaving age it was getting increasingly difficult to magic up new scenarios. »

- Bruce Dessau

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