Sitcom. Episodes in the dysfunctional life of the Wilson family. The Wilsons are a one-parent family with a difference. The difference being that the one parent happens to be Ray, a friendly but hopeless fifty-something with a spectacular drink problem. The only time Ray refuses a drink is if he misunderstands the question. Fortunately for the Wilson children - all five of them - they have Dilly, the eldest daughter at age 30 who, since their mum died, has reluctantly brought the rest of them up. The children are; Jason who's hasn't spoken since he witnessed the accident in which his mum died; Poppy, who is convinced she would be better off in care; Dougie, who is an optimist despite failing at everything and Jo, who has candy floss where her brain should be. So that's The Wilsons. Not exactly The Waltons, but they do sort of love each other and they do agree wholeheartedly on one thing: that their social worker Colin is a complete idiot. And they're right. Written by
The Wilsons is about a dysfunctional family. The focus of the story is on the alcoholic father and how it affects the family. The Wilsons ran for only one series. It has been repeated a few times and is (at the time of writing) available on 4OD.
The Wilsons is a traditional sitcom about the all to familiar theme of family. The Wilsons are a working class family from London and story lines are based on employment and unemployment, money problems and the want to better oneself. These themes have been covered in other sitcoms such as: "Only Fools and Horses". The Wilsons also features a laughter track and seems to take place largely on one set, this production style may have dated the sitcom slightly.
The Wilsons is funny in places and features some good acting especially from David Bradley as the father, where he manages to portray tragedy as well as drawing sympathy and Jake Wood as the dozy adult son. There's also an early appearance from Julian "Green Wing" Rhind-Tutt as the school councillor.
The Wilsons is a good sitcom but the subject matter of alcoholism does not seem to lend well to a sitcom as it is not funny; however it makes for some good dramatic moments. The Wilsons has been largely forgotten since its broadcast which is a bit of a shame. It may gain a new audience on 4OD though and it's worth a look.
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