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Outnumbered

Episode #109

Another celebration of parental incompetence as Pete and Sue attempt to ban TV and have an old-fashioned Sunday, with traditional parlour games like Pellmanism and Scissors-Paper-Velociraptor. To make life more complicated, Grandad has come to stay with them as he recovers from an unfortunate accident involving a tin of baked beans. Meanwhile, Dad grasps the nettle of sex education. But does his son know more than him? And how will they all survive an afternoon of Karen making up lovely tunes on her recorder? And most worrying of all, why is the headmaster suggesting that Ben take the next few days off school? [29 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Outnumbered follows the battle of wills between two parents and their three young children, who are seemingly locked into a never-ending contest to see just whose patience will run out first. Testing theories such as not buying broccoli to save money on the weekly shop, and whether or not Jesus should have used his superpowers to combat Herod, the kids ponder the imponderables in the part-improvised comedy that shows how living with kids can provide at turns the funniest and the most cringe worthy experiences available to us all.

Many will recognize how the parents (Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner) are just attempting to raise their kids with the minimum of emotional damage for all concerned. In the series, the family negotiates hangovers, chess, sex education, colonoscopies, therapy, re-enactments of World War II, and the sun screening properties of kangaroo saliva.

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  • Episode #101

    Outnumbered follows the battle of wills between two parents and their three young children, who are seemingly locked into a never-ending contest to see just whose patience will run out first. Testing theories such as not buying broccoli to save money on the weekly shop, and whether or not Jesus should have used his superpowers to combat Herod, the kids ponder the imponderables in the part-improvised comedy that shows how living with kids can provide at turns the funniest and the most cringe worthy experiences available to us all. Many will recognize how the parents (Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner) are just attempting to raise their kids with the minimum of emotional damage for all concerned. In the series, the family negotiates hangovers, chess, sex education, colonoscopies, therapy, re-enactments of World War II, and the sun screening properties of kangaroo saliva. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #102

    The celebration of parental incompetence continues, with the problems piling up for Mum and Dad. Their little girl is outwitting them in the endless negotiations about what she will condescend to eat, and seven-year-old Ben is further developing his extraordinary talent for lying. In addition, Dad has strayed into a job-threatening controversy at school, while Mum is starting a turf war with her sister. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #103

    Stuck on the A3, Mum tries to keep the peace in a car containing a new-age Auntie, a bewildered Grandfather, three fractious kids and several full bladders. Meanwhile, Dad is waiting outside the Headmaster’s office, after an ill-judged joke involving obesity and Ramadan. Later at the urban Farm, discussions about death, heaven, racism, bird flu and granddad lead to raised tempers, which boil over in the living hell that is a gift shop.As a hectic day draws to an end, Mum and Dad look fondly at their sleeping kids in the back of the car and have a brief moment of contentment – until they notice that Ben’s acquired a new friend. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #104

    Ben’s fibbing goes to a whole new level as parents at a school football match begin to compliment Dad on his friendship with Gordon Brown and his SAS training. A romantic night in for Mum and Dad doesn t quite go to plan, as Karen has a little friend round – whose mum is over an hour late picking her up. When she does finally arrive, she insists on pouring her heart out over a very long cup of tea. As their romantic evening recedes into the distance, Jake raises fears about his friend’s parents’ divorce and calls from his form teacher bring more alarming news. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #105

    Ben’s on the case again – this time he’s got a mystery illness and is far too ill to go to school, he says. Auntie Angela’s been dumped by her boyfriend, so the family rally round to cheer her up in the best way they know how, sparking off a jolly discussion about Nazis and rat bags… Meanwhile, Dad’s little problem at the school is becoming public knowledge and he begins to wonder if he might be out of a job. But Mum of course, is safe in her job. Or is she? [29 minutes]

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  • Episode #106

    Five-year-old Karen decides she’s had enough of mum’s nagging and announces that she’s leaving home, for Spain, or possibly Greenland. Preparations are in full swing for a dinner party, and Dad agrees to let Ben crack some eggs – which is a mistake. As the guests arrive, Ben gets his first taste of gin and Mum gets some unwelcome news from Angela. The drink loosens tongues. Things get said that can never be unsaid. The dinner party becomes a disaster zone – and this time the parents can’t blame any of it on the kids. [29 minutes]

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  • Episode #107

    Family life in the raw as the hit comedy series returns with a wedding. It’s cousin Julie’s big day. But first she’ll have to survive a grilling about previous boyfriends from six-year-old Karen, who has appointed herself ‘Executive Bridesmaid’. Meanwhile, her brother Ben is asking the vicar complex theological questions involving the baby Jesus and lasers. For the parents (Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner) it soon turns into that all-too-familiar struggle to control your kids and, if possible, get through the wedding day without decking any relatives. Containing elements of improvisation, this show portrays the chaos of life with small kids like nothing else on TV. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #108

    More uncannily realistic comedy as six-year-old Karen mourns the death of a mouse, (killed in a trap by her mouse-murdering parents), eight-year-old Ben stands for election as class rep – using tactics that would make Alistair Campbell blush – and older brother Jake triggers his mum’s she-tiger instincts by bringing a girl home for tea. To make matters worse for the parents, they must grapple with money worries, unsettling chest pains, a supermum next door and a friend who is using them as a babysitting service. What can they do? And why is their daughter suddenly talking like Gordon Ramsay? [29 minutes]

  • Episode #110

    Pete and Sue find themselves in every parent’s ultimate nightmare trapped in a foreign airport with three bored young children (and an increasingly bewildered granddad). Six-year-old Karen grills her Dad about Al Qaeda, and security staff grill eight-year-old Ben about the worrying objects in his bag. How many hours will it take them all to run the gauntlet of delays, security checks and endless games of I-Spy? How many times will they lose Grandad? Will they end up in Guantanamo Bay? Will Ben find the Spanish for ‘Can I play with your machine gun?’ and what idiot let the kids drink double espressos? [29 minutes]

  • Episode #111

    This comic celebration of the chaos of family life continues with Mum and Dad trying to have a quiet meal out. But first they have to escape the house – which won’t be easy, given that their six-year-old daughter feels they’re being financially irresponsible by dining out during a credit crunch. The evening does not go well. Dad is soon revealing that he’s been checking out something he shouldn’t on the internet, their eldest son Jake is being advised on why he should never invade Russia, and Ben is refused entry to an imaginary restaurant. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #112

    More family life in the raw in this innovative comedy as Pete and Sue (Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner) grapple with some very adult problems (eg sexual jealousy, promotion, spiralling debt and mortality) while fielding the kids’ problems as well. This week, six-year-old Karen is preoccupied with the exact whereabouts of Satan, and Ben falls foul of a hardline football referee. Meanwhile, Dad is asked to write some propaganda, Mum tries to compete with the impossibly perfect supermum next door and Grandad is alarmed by TV shows that look down people’s toilets. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #113

    In the last of the series, the Brockman family have a very restless night. Ben has just been to casualty (where his frequent visits are beginning to arouse suspicions), Karen is staying up writing an angry letter to the Prime Minister asking him to fire her teacher and Jake is providing alibis for his girlfriend. As the night wears on, a thunderstorm breaks over the house, and Mum receives some shocking news about her dream boss. Will anyone get any sleep? And what on earth are those dreadful noises coming from next door? And why is there a policeman at their front door? [29 minutes]

  • Episode #114

    Gran takes the Brockman family for a day out seeing the sights of London. But when Ben sees Trafalgar Square, it turns out he has a singular vision of what happened at the Battle of Trafalgar. Karen is unimpressed with modern art, Jake suffers serious trauma when he is unable to text and one of the family uses a visit to HMS Belfast for a brief re-enactment of World War Two. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #115

    When Mum finds an inappropriate image on the family computer, an investigation begins. Gran is still staying and Dad is horrified at the thought of having a heart to heart with her. Karen is convinced that she has won half a million pounds and starts to spend it. Meanwhile, the ancient game of chess will never be quite the same again after Ben brings his own special talents to it. ( [29 minutes]

  • Episode #116

    Karen recreates ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, Ben takes a close interest in Dad’s medical tests, Mum thinks Jake’s healthy interest in girls is becoming unhealthy, and the ghost of John McEnroe hovers over Dad’s Saturday morning game of tennis. Karen decides to sort things out. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #117

    Dad is suffering from a terrible hangover, and it seems worse as he struggles against a rising tide of superstition, astrology and conspiracy theories that seem to be taking over the family. Ben takes time off from re-enacting the crusades to show a couple of prospective buyers around the house. [28 minutes]

  • Episode #118

    The last time Mum’s sister, Auntie Angela came to visit, it all ended in disaster. Now she is back to show off the American therapist she has married. Dad is determined to avoid a major incident as they all go out to dinner. Ben tells everyone about his sex education class, Karen puts Auntie Angela’s husband straight on therapy, but then there is a bigger problem between Mum and Dad. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #119

    Mum and Dad struggle to put things right between them, but Karen is unimpressed by their behaviour. She is worried by her vital role in the school concert, while Ben is busy recreating the assault on Everest on the stairs. But then there is a major panic about one of the children... [29 minutes]

  • Christmas Special 2009 (#120)

    It's only Boxing Day but Karen has already made a list of New Year resolutions - including at number four: "Mummy will stop nagging me." Arguably, of course, what the Outnumbered kids actually need is a bit more nagging: the first 15 minutes of the Christmas special comprise an onslaught of unsuitable toys, lost pets ("OK Karen, I promise that if a porpoise is ever stuck under the floor I will rescue it"), and discussions as to whether robbers and/or aliens have stolen Ben's pants. By the time Sue heads out to collect her dad from the home in time for lunch, you do wonder whether she's likely to ever come back. [39 minutes]

  • Episode #121

    The Brockman Family have decisions to make about work, video games and who to take to a funeral. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #122

    Mum has had enough of the boy's attitudes to housework so sets out on a campaign to civilize them. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #123

    Mum and Dad get a glimpse of what life will be like once the children have left home. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #124

    There is a lot to discuss at Ben's parents evening. Mum is suspicious Jake is hiding something. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #125

    Mum is still convinced Jake has a secret. Ben is determined to enter a school talent competition. [29 minutes]

  • Episode #126

    Mum has to decide what to do about Jake's girlfriend. Ben and Karen discuss dreams and the mafia. [29 minutes]

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