BBC Ones My Family get’s the axe

A generation of families has grown up huddled round the television watching the antics of the iconic Harper family who will now be bidding their final farewells later this year after 11 years and 11 series on BBC one. Channel boss Danny Cohen confirmed that the programme had finally got the axe earlier this week.

‘Now they have fled the nest we feel it’s time to make room for new comedies,’ spoke Cohen on subject of the departure now that all of the Harper children have left home ‘The 11th series, coming to BBC One later this year, will be the last.’ However fans of the shows starts Robert Lindsey and Zoe Wanamaker can seek solace in the fact that the BBC have promised that they will not be off our screens for long. Cheryl Taylor the controller for comedy commissioning was quick to announce ‘We look forward to both Zoe and Robert continuing to be part of our BBC One Comedy family in the years to come’.

The show first hit our screens way back in 2000 and have been at the core of BBC one’s comedy schedule ever since. With a constantly evolving cast of characters the show has managed to stay fresh and popular even after the departure of the shows biggest star Kris Marshall (Love Actually and the BT adverts) back in 2005. Though the show’s ratings suffered initially after the Harpers eldest son Nick left home they have managed to re-invent themselves time and time again keeping the storylines classically comedic and current but with their youngest son Mike now 23 ready to leave home the curtain will finally close.

Nick Harper was one of the shows most popular characters played by Kris Marshall who left the show back in 2005

One of the biggest reasons behind the show’s success was its risky strategy of implementing US techniques such as the use of writing teams as opposed to individual writers under the watchful eye of American creator Fred Barron. With over 100 episodes under their belt Lindsey and Wanamaker are in for a well deserved break but with the Harper family finally bowing out of British comedy it won’t be long until My Family is considered a British classic.

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