MY FAMILY: BLISS FOR IDIOTS
New Series Wednesday, 05 December 2007
Meet the Harpers. Ben, a grumpy dentist with a cynical outlook on life, is firmly convinced that his children are an entirely different species. Frankly, they frighten him. His wife Susan is a straight-talking, wisecracking control freak and very possibly the world’s worst cook. She’s a London tour guide. Their three children are as different as sand and ice cream. Surfing in a sphere far removed from reality, Nick (the eldest) is terminally laid-back, disrespectful and totally uninterested in holding down a job. Once daddy’s little girl, teen Janey has turned into a manipulative, moody, shopping machine with her hands on Ben’s credit card. And the youngest, Michael, has turned into a geek. He’s very clever, especially at thinking up money-making schemes, but he’s less successful with girls.
In episode one Susan becomes a devotee of American lifestyle guru and author, Dr Buck (Colin Stinton), who has agreed to come and stay in the Harper household and give a talk at Susan’s book club. Susan is besotted with him, but Ben is convinced he’s a charlatan.
Fed up with being turned down for yet another exclusive country club, Ben leaps at wealthy patient Mr Hoxton-Jones’s suggestion that he joins a secret men’s society called the Brotherhood of the Cockerel – even though it means walking and squawking like a cockerel during the initiation ritual!
The day of Ben’s initiation ceremony arrives and Hatchling Harper swears the oath of allegiance but he draws the line at participating in what happens next. Back at the house, Dr Buck is shattering Susan’s illusions.
PRODUCTION DETAILS: Executive Producers- Fred Barron, Geoffrey Perkins, Donald Taffner Jr. A DLT Entertainment UK Ltd/Rude Boy production for BBC