My Family (2000–2011)
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The Heart of Christmas 

Hoping to avoid yet another awful family Christmas Ben pretends to be ill so Susan calls his bluff and insists on taking him to see a doctor, which results in hospital admission. Meanwhile ... See full summary »

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Dewi Humphreys
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Lindsay ... Ben Harper
Zoë Wanamaker ... Susan Harper
Daniela Denby-Ashe ... Janey Harper
Gabriel Thomson ... Michael Harper
Siobhan Hayes ... Abi Harper
Keiron Self ... Roger Bailey
Rhodri Meilir Rhodri Meilir ... Alfie Butts
Tayler Marshall ... Kenzo Harper
Clive Russell ... Professor Howard
Mike Walling Mike Walling ... Vicar
Raymond Sawyer Raymond Sawyer ... Mr Peterson
Ed Coleman ... Dr Cavell
Dominic Carter ... Orderly
Jack Brough Jack Brough ... Panicky Father
Roy Heather ... Man in Ward
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Hoping to avoid yet another awful family Christmas Ben pretends to be ill so Susan calls his bluff and insists on taking him to see a doctor, which results in hospital admission. Meanwhile Janey is desperate to buy Kenzo the latest 'must have' toy and the boys take advantage of Ben's absence to throw a Christmas party. Then the news arrives from the hospital - Ben really is ill and his condition requires surgery. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

25 December 2006 (UK) See more »

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Rhodri Meilir (Alfie Butts) also appeared in Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride (2006), another Christmas special which aired on BBC One on December 25, 2006. See more »

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The last totally good 'My Family' Christmas special
15 December 2016 | by studioATSee all my reviews

Not all the Christmas specials in the second half of 'My Family's' 11 year run (basically the post Nick years) were much good, largely because the BBC in their wisdom shoved two episodes together and hoped nobody would notice.

This episode is a good one though, and shows Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wannamaker at their brilliant bests as Ben and Susan. There are some lovely moments, as well as a more poignant end.

In a rare twist for 'My Family' there are even multiple story lines going on, and they all work, allowing the ever growing supporting cast to show how good they can be with decent material.

This is probably the last good 'My Family' Christmas special.


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