It could so easily have become too sentimental and sugary. but as its co-scripted with Andy Hamilton there is a fair bit of his caustic wit and cynicism there to spice up the grown ups dialogue. Hugh Dennis and Clare Skinner take the adult gongs, but it is the kids who are the stars of this comedy. Their dialogue is only partly scripted and most of the time the kids are just improvising. The young girl is a diminutive comic genius, and frequently has all the best lines in each episide. There was a scene about the family needing to watch the pennies, so she pipes up 'I know how we can save money, we can stop eating broccoli.' David and I are somewhat addicted, and are rapidly catching up with this little gem of a series.
Sorry, I got carried away.