Outnumbered

 

The Brockman family begin to go stir-crazy after being stranded in a pub at Christmas.
 
Outnumbered is a part-improvised comedy about a couple bringing up their three young children, which ran from 2007 to 2016 with Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner in the leads as Pete and Sue Brockman. Daisy had a small role in the show’s 2016 Christmas Special, where the Brockmans are on their way to scatter Grandad’s ashes at his favourite seat. However, following a car accident they are forced to take refuge in a pub along the road, where Jake lands Pete in trouble when he decides to split from girl-friend Kate (Daisy) and Karen exposes the supposedly injured driver of the other car as a fraud. After Pete has also antagonized potential saviour Billy Spaz, and Jake has sprung another surprise on the family, they manage to get going thanks to cheery landlord Brian. However, when they arrive at the site for the scattering they are in for a shock.

Information

Daisy as: Kate
Other cast: Hugh Dennis, Claire Skinner, Mark Benton, Tyger Drew-Honey, Daniel Roche, Ramona Marquez, Ruth Madely
Episode numbers Daisy only appeared in one episode of the show
Episode directors: Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin
Production Status: Can be streamed on BBC in the UK
Release: December 26, 2016
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Distributor: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) (2016) (UK) (TV)
Run time: 40 Minutes
Producers: Hat Trick Productions
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Filming Locations: The Jolly Woodman Public House – Littleworth Rd, Littleworth Common, Slough, Berkshire, England, UK

 

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Trivia & Facts

  • This was Daisy’s first on screen acting job!
  • Although some of the speech is written, a large amount of the interaction (especially between the children) is completely improvised.
  • Hugh Dennis’ real first name is Pete (short for Peter), just like the character he plays on the show. He uses his middle name Hugh professionally because there was already a Peter Dennis registered with Equity (the British actors’ union) when he started his career.
  • The children, especially during the earlier series, could only act for 30-45 minutes at a time. Often when they were out of shot, the directors would often stand in their place so that the adults would know where to look.

Reception

As of March 2022, the 2016 Christmas Special has a 7.6/10 rating on IMDb. That’s lower than the series average, which is at 8.1/10. One of the reviewers wrote: “Relatable to those of both teenage and parental ages. Storyline worked well and was good for family viewing, despite being shown after the watershed. Reference to ongoing political events gave the episode value, and it was entertaining throughout. I was, at first, nervous about how it would work with the (now) much older actors portraying the siblings, but the show retained its traditional warmth. The episode provided plenty of its awkward situations (which are classical to the show), and the way in which the characters attempt to escape particular situations provides for great entertainment. Hugh Dennis, as always, shone through as a brilliant actor in this episode.

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    The Brockman family begin to go stir-crazy after being stranded in a pub at Christmas. From the 2016 Christmas Special. Featuring: Hugh Dennis (Pete), Tyger Drew-Honey (Jake), Daniel Roche (Ben), Mark Benton (Brian) & Daisy Edgar-Jon

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