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John Barrowman and David Haig Join The Harpers to Celebrate My Family’s 100th Episode

London March 11, 2009. My Family, the nation’s favourite sitcom, returns to BBC One in April and features its landmark 100th episode. Stars of television and stage, John Barrowman (Torchwood) and David Haig (The Thin Blue Line), join the dysfunctional Harpers to celebrate this massive milestone.

Barrowman finally gets to play ‘The Doctor’, a dashing American medic who comes to Susan’s rescue when she has her handbag snatched. Susan can’t help but swoon at the handsome stranger who saves the day, but it turns out he may not be as perfect as she first thought. Haig plays Jeremy Livingston, a now famous dentist who trained with Ben and of whom Ben is immensely jealous.

Barrowman said, “It was Great to be asked to guest star in My Family especially as it was for such a special episode, I love the antics of the Harpers and my time spent on set was Fantastic Fantastic Fantastic.”

Robert Lindsay and Zoë Wanamaker reprise their roles as fiery couple Ben and Susan trying to keep their wily brood in line. The whole family is still under one roof, much to Ben’s displeasure. Janey and her son Kenzo are taking advantage of Ben’s wallet whenever possible; Michael is still looking for ways to humiliate his family and make a quick buck, often by embarrassing lodger Alfie in the process; and Roger is still around, despite Abi leaving him to become a nun, and causing Ben a constant headache.

Don Taffner Jnr, DLT Entertainment said, “It’s a great achievement for My Family to have made it to a ninth series and 100 episodes. We’re very proud to be up there with the few that have made it this far. I know the cast and crew are all proud of how the new series has turned out and we hope that it will continue to be thought of as the nation’s favourite sitcom. Here’s to the next 100 episodes!”

Micheál Jacob, Creative Head, BBC College of Comedy continued, “Guest appearances from John Barrowman, David Haig and all the other great actors over the past nine series have been amazing. However, it’s the wonderful cast, talented writers and production team that have helped to secure My Family in the heart of the nation and we hope that its success will continue long into the future.”

The show has clocked up the impressive 100 episodes in only eight years, and is only one of three ‘modern day’ sitcoms to reach the 100 mark. The other successful two are; Last of the Summer Wine (1973–2007) with 267 episodes over the 30 year period and Birds of a Feather (1989–1998), which just nudged past the big number with 102 episodes.

My Family was the most watched sitcom on television last year with a consolidated audience of 9.85 million for series 8 and the Christmas Eve Special securing its largest single audience of 7.3 million (29.5% share). My Family’s episodes represented 32 of the top 100 half hour sitcom telecasts broadcast in all of 2008, 3 times the next highest programme.

My Family is produced by DLT Entertainment UK in association with Rude Boy Productions for BBC One. It is produced by John Bartlett and executive produced by Don Taffner Jnr and Tom Anderson. Writers include Tom Anderson, Brian Leveson, Paul Minett, Darin Henry, Dave Cantor, Ed Dyson, Amy Schindler and Robin Taylor.

For further information please contact:
Elena Kemp at Premier PR
Tel + 44 (0) 20 7292 8331 Fax +44 (0) 20 7734 2024
Email: elena.kemp@premierpr.com

Founded in 1963 as a distribution company by Don Taffner Senior, the company added television production to its portfolio in 1977. DLT Entertainment has enjoyed terrific success over the last forty plus years with legendary hits including the multiple award-winning sitcom My Family, As Time Goes By, Three’s Company, Too Close For Comfort and Meet My Folks. In addition DLT has built a reputation as a leading distribution company with classics such as The Benny Hill Show, The World at War, The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood and The Russ Abbot Show.

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