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Cynical pantomime family fun that feels somehow full of old fashioned charm
on 1 March 2012
If you're already a My Family fan you won't need a review to persuade you to buy this, you'll probably already know that this release is the one that completes the My Family DVD collection as it finally makes available the seasonal specials that were not included in the first My Family: Four Christmas Specials DVD that arguably could have been included on the regular series releases. These specials cover the years 2006-2010 and they are great fun on the whole, My Family at the heart of it feels more like a pantomime with characters that are more like caricatures than most other sitcoms, even after the departure of Nick who was a delightfully goofy character the series still managed to make seasonal specials that felt like clean, old fashioned family fun albeit with a healthy dose of cynnicism with the remaining characters. In 2006's episode which is slightly reminiscent of Scrooge, Ben Harper tries to avoid Christmas by getting himself admitted to hospital, In 2007'e episode, Scrooge is definitely the theme but this feels to be a rather weak festive episode as Ben & Susan are made to carry all the action in an abandoned hotel. In 2008 the seasonal episode gets back to form as Ben & Susan fall foul of a department store, 2009's episode may make you feel slightly cheated as the slightly lavish episode which is set in the Harpers family distant future is actually the excuse for a clip show (is that a seasonal episode first!), 2010 became the series last seasonal special and as it was intended originally to form the basis for 2 seperate episode we have a christmas themed first half and My Familys first New Year themed episode which makes good use of the Harpers crotchety neighbour Mr Casey and a hilarious role for celebrity Rolf Harris. The final series aired in 2011 and it was given no seasonal episode!