List of Outnumbered episodes
This is a list of episodes for the British sitcom Outnumbered which is written, directed and produced by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, It is about a family where the parents are outnumbered by their three children. The first series first aired between the 28 August and the 5 September 2007. A second series aired between the 15 November and the 27 December 2008. A Comic Relief Special, Christmas Special and Sport Relief special aired on the 13 March 2009, the 27 December 2009 and the 19 March 2010, respectively. A third series aired between 8 April 2010 and 20 May 2010. The fourth series aired between 2 September 2011 and 7 October 2011.
Unlike most British sitcoms, where one episode is shown per week, all six episodes of the first series aired over two weeks, three per week, at 10.35pm. On Wednesdays it aired at 10.40pm due to the midweek national lottery draw. This scheduling was partly inspired by an earlier series written by Hamilton called Bedtime, which was also broadcast in the same way. The fact that it was broadcast at a late time also meant that there was less pressure on it to attract high viewing figures. No-one can remember who suggested the scheduling format originally. The second series, however, was broadcast at 9.00pm on Saturday nights. The episodes contain recurring story lines; the main ones being Jake worrying about secondary school and later being bullied, Sue's rivalry with Angela after she begins to look after Grandad, as well as her relationship with Veronica, and Pete coming into trouble with his school after he makes a supposed racist comment to one of his pupils. There are also storylines about Ben's constant lying.
It was reported in January 2014 that the series would return for a fifth and final season. The creators did not rule out further specials though noting that young adults opened up new areas of comedy.
|Series premiere||Series finale||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||6||28 August 2007||5 September 2007||17 November 2008||1 July 2010|
|2||7||15 November 2008||27 December 2008||16 November 2009||2 September 2010|
|Specials (2009/10)||3||13 March 2009||19 March 2010||Assorted||N/A|
|3||6||8 April 2010||20 May 2010||15 November 2010||3 February 2011|
|Comic Relief 2011||1||18 March 2011||18 March 2011||In Series 4 DVD||In Series 4 DVD|
|4||6||2 September 2011||7 October 2011||21 November 2011||1 March 2012|
|Specials (2011-12)||4||24 December 2011||24 December 2012||Assorted||N/A|
|5||6||29 January 2014||5 March 2014||14 March 2014||TBA|
Series 1 (2007)
The first series was broadcast between 28 August and 5 September 2007.
|No.||Title||Airdate||UK Viewers (millions)|
|1||"The School Run"||28 August 2007||2.72|
It is Tuesday morning in the Brockman household and also Jake's (Tyger Drew-Honey) first day at secondary school and he doesn't want to be late, but Pete (Hugh Dennis) has difficulty getting Ben (Daniel Roche) to leave the house as he won't put his father's power drill down to take to an adjusted date of show and tell. Meanwhile, Karen (Ramona Marquez) has nits and wants to keep one as a pet, and Sue (Claire Skinner) is worried about Ben's lying.Debut: Sue, Pete, Jake, Ben, Karen
|2||"The Special Bowl"||29 August 2007||2.34|
Ben, whose lying is getting out of control, brings his friend Deion (Reuben Lee) round. Meanwhile Karen refuses despite Pete's efforts, to eat dinner because it is not in her special bowl, which unbeknown to her has been broken by Sue. Pete is in trouble at school after a parent complained about a racist comment made to their Turkish son which he explains was not his fault. Sue is annoyed when her sister, Angela (Samantha Bond), arrives having been in the United States for some time after she assumes she will only stay for a short time, then return to 'find herself'.
Debut: Auntie AngelaGuest: Deon
|3||"The City Farm"||30 August 2007||2.37|
It's Karen's 5th birthday and the whole family including Angela and Grandad (David Ryall) are treated to a typically stressful day at an urban farm, after school. Sue gets increasingly irritated during a traffic jam which they got caught up in after Angela and Grandad made them late, Karen and Ben argue over who gets to wee in a plastic container while bursting for the toilet (along, it turns out, with Grandad), Karen continues to reject Angela's attempts at bribery and when Grandad gets lost Sue's resentment of her sister bubbles over. Meanwhile, Pete continues his struggle with a sensitive Turkish boy and his parents while also trying to convince Ben and Karen he is, in fact, not racist. Pete also continues to fret over how Jake is fitting into 'big school' and if he is getting bullied, and when Karen spies some bruises on Jake's arm and he asks her to keep it a secret, it seems his concerns may not be unfounded, when the family return home despite the havoc they caused in the gift shop, Pete and Sue seem reasonably happy with how the day went. Although their mood quickly changes when Pete realises Ben has stolen a rabbit from the farm.Debut: Grandad, The Head
|4||"The Quiet Night In"||3 September 2007||2.39|
Pete and Sue want a night to themselves, but delays constantly arise. Pete watches Ben playing football and Ben insists he is the best player in the school team. Karen has a friend, Alexa (Danni Benattar), round whose mother Jane (Hattie Morahan) is very late picking her up and then stays for a drink. Angela then turns up and asks for the spare keys to their father's house. Jake's form tutor rings and tells Pete he is being bullied.Debut: Jane, Alexa
|5||"The Mystery Illness"||4 September 2007||2.58|
|Sue has problems fixing the waste disposal unit, whilst being overworked by Veronica. Ben's got a mystery illness and claims to be far too ill to go to school. Angela's boyfriend dumps her, so the family rally round to cheer her up in the best way they know how. Pete worries that he could be out of a job when his little problem at the school becomes public knowledge.|
|6||"The Dinner Party"||5 September 2007||2.37|
|Karen decides to leave home for Spain, or possibly Greenland, while Jake's issue with bullying is resolved. Pete and Sue prepare for a dinner party with the help of Ben, who gets his first taste of alcohol. The dinner party turns out to be a bit of a disaster, after Angela reveals she is once again leaving to return to America. This causes a loud argument with her and Sue. After Angela leaves Sue cries to herself on the sofa and Bens comes to comfort her. Eventually the whole family are down on the sofa, and refuse to go to bed until Pete does his "thing".|
Series 2 (2008)
The second series of Outnumbered began on 15 November 2008. New characters in the second series include Barbara (Lorraine Pilkington), the next door neighbour who is meant to be brilliant at raising her children and always highlights Sue's problems, and Jo, a female friend of Jake's, played by Michaela Brooks. Pete and Sue are suspicious that Jo may actually be Jake's girlfriend, although there is no evidence to suggest that Jake and Jo are more than friends. Angela appears less prominently in the second series than in the first, although she still appears in the first episode. Grandad becomes more of a regular, appearing in 5 episodes. Sue's demanding boss, unseen character Veronica, is replaced by another unseen character, Sue's new boss Tyson, who Pete is suspicious of. It is revealed in the final episode of Series 2 that he is a conman.
|No.||Title||Airdate||UK Viewers (millions)|
|7||"The Wedding"||15 November 2008||3.83|
Cousin Julie (Olivia Poulet) is getting married. However, trouble comes when "executive bridesmaid" Karen asks her troubling questions about her previous boyfriends. Ben asks the vicar (Rhashan Stone) complex theological questions involving Jesus and lasers, while Pete catches him dipping unsuitable things into the chocolate fountain. Karen is worried that Sue will get put in jail after an incident with Auntie Angela's buttocks at the wedding reception.Guest Appearance: Cousin Julie, Vicar
|8||"The Dead Mouse"||22 November 2008||3.63|
Karen mourns the death of a mouse killed by her parents while trying to understand the need for swearing, Ben uses some devious tactics when he stands for election as class rep and Jake causes Sue to worry when he brings home a friend who's a girl (Michaela Brooks) for tea. Meanwhile, Pete and Sue have to worry about money, chest pains, a friend who is using them as a glorified babysitting service, and the superior mother next door (Lorraine Pilkington).Debut: Barbara, Jo
|9||"The Old-Fashioned Sunday"||29 November 2008||3.48|
|Sue and Pete ban TV as they attempt to have a traditional family Sunday playing games such as hide-and-seek, Pelmanism and scissors, paper, velociraptor, but matters are complicated when Grandad comes to stay after he suffers an accident involving a tin of baked beans. Later, Pete worries about teaching sex education, Karen plays the recorder, and Ben's headmaster suggests that he should take a few days off school.|
|10||"The Airport"||6 December 2008||4.23|
|Pete and Sue find themselves trapped in their own living nightmare – stuck in a foreign airport for hours with three bored children and an increasingly senile grandfather. Karen asks Pete about al-Qaeda and comes up with some ideas to stop terrorism, Jake and Ben drink a double espresso and cause trouble, an accident or two involving an elderly woman (Liz Crowther) occur, Pete and Ben get stopped by security and Grandad goes missing.|
|11||"The Night Out"||13 December 2008||3.88|
The parents plan to have a quiet night out and leave the kids with Draxi the babysitter (Anna Koval), but Karen thinks that they are being financially irresponsible. Sue is pleased with her new boss, Ben is refused entry to Karen's imaginary restaurant, Jake is advised by Grandad not to invade Russia, and it is discovered that Pete has been doing something unsettling on the internet.
Final Appearance: JoGuest Appearance: Draxi the Babysitter
|12||"The Football Match"||20 December 2008||6.87|
|Ben falls foul of a hardline football referee, while Karen becomes worried about the exact whereabouts of Satan. Sue continues to battle against the supermum next door, Pete is asked to write some propaganda, and Grandad is alarmed to see Gillian McKeith looking down people's toilets on TV.|
|13||"The Long Night"||27 December 2008||4.86|
The family have a restless night after Ben has a visit to casualty (again). Karen is writing a letter to the Prime Minister asking for her teacher to be fired. Jake is asked to cover for Jo by lying to her father that she is round at his house. As the night goes on, Sue gets some upsetting news concerning her dream boss, disturbing noises come from next door and there is a visit from the police.Final Appearances: Barbara, The Head
|X ||"The Comic Relief Special(12 min)"||13 March 2009|
|It's Comic Relief and everyone is doing something funny for money. Sue tries some jokes, Karen draws some bizarre pictures and Ben tries to find what to wear. After their school day Karen raises a lot of money from the retirement home and Sue finally manages to make Jake laugh, but not due to one of her jokes.|
|14||"The Robbers (40 min)"||27 December 2009|
It is Boxing Day in the Brockman household and Father Christmas has paid a visit, along with some burglars. Karen is worried the burglars will return, Sue and Jake are worried after Grandad and a friend from the home (Jake D'Arcy) go missing, Karen obsesses over a hamster as well as questioning Jane's (who actually turns up early for lunch much to Pete's shock) Christmas present to the family, Ben wreaks havoc with a mechanical hand and one of Grandad's friends from the home join them for lunch, and reveals something about his past.Guest: Mack
|X||"Sport Relief Special I (4 min)"||19 March 2010|
Ben presents Pete with his list of things to do for Sport Relief, including shooting things with an air rifle and running the Sport Relief Mile — neither Sue nor Jake appear.Absent: Sue, Jake
Series 3 (2010)
The third Series started on Thursday 8 April 2010 at 9:30pm – 10:00pm on BBC One. Series 3 introduces Pete's mother Sandra, who has a gambling problem, in the first two episodes. Another new recurring character throughout the series is Kelly (Anna Skellern), a young woman who lives nearby on whom Jake has a crush. Auntie Angela also returns for one episode. Granddad, Barbara and Jo all fail to make reappearances, and the same can be said for recurring character Jane (who has previously appeared in one episode of each series and the Christmas special), however, she was mentioned obliquely in episode 2 when Jake says "Jane" is on the phone, and has to tell Pete "not annoying Jane" before he would take the call. This series averaged 4.99 million viewers. The series finale aired on 20 May 2010.
A recurring concept throughout the series is the family planning to move house, although this presumably came to nothing, as in Series 4 they are still living in the same house.
No episode was broadcast on Thursday 29 April 2010 due to the Prime Ministerial Debate on BBC1.
|15||"The Family Outing"||8 April 2010|
Gran (Rosalind Ayres) takes the Brockman family for a day out seeing the sights of London. Ben thinks up a new game, Karen is unimpressed with modern art, Jake suffers serious trauma when he is unable to text, Dad uses a visit to HMS Belfast for a brief re-enactment of World War Two and Sue is embarrassed twice during trips to the toilet. Dad's mum asks Sue to take a cheque for £3000 and Karen asks questions on what the trip has to do with World War II for her project.Debut: Gran
|16||"The Internet"||15 April 2010|
|When Sue finds an inappropriate image on the family computer, an investigation begins. Pete is horrified at the thought of having a heart to heart with Gran. Karen and Ben are convinced that they have won half a million pounds and start to spend it. Meanwhile, the ancient game of chess will never be quite the same again after Ben brings his own special talents to it at a chess tournament. Gran reveals she has an addiction, and Karen recreates Britain's Got Talent.|
|17||"The Tennis Match"||22 April 2010|
Karen recreates The Apprentice, Ben takes a close interest in Pete's medical tests and Sue thinks Jake's healthy interest in girls is becoming unhealthy. Pete finally gets to play a game of tennis with mates after a double booking occurs, but after a substitute player (Michael Fenton Stevens), Karen and Ben turn up, it all ends badly.
Debut: KellyGuest: Frankie, Rick, Lance
|18||"The Pigeon"||6 May 2010|
Pete is suffering from a terrible hangover from a work-do the night before, and it seems worse as he struggles against a rising tide of superstition, astrology and conspiracy theories that seem to be taking over the family. Ben takes time off from re-enacting the Crusades at school to show a some potential buyers (Abdul Salis and Katy Wix) around the house, while Sue tries to get rid of an unwanted guest.Guest: Melanie
|19||"The Restaurant"||13 May 2010|
Auntie Angela has returned from America yet again but this time it is for a visit with her new American husband Brick and her daughter Taylor-Jean, and they are having dinner with the family. However before they arrive, Sue discovers Pete kissed another woman at a nightclub in a drunken state. Angela and Brick arrive and they head to the restaurant. Pete and Sue do their best to make sure Angela does not find out about the incident but it is thoughtlessly revealed by Ben. This leads to Pete and Brick supposedly fighting and Karen worrying that Pete and Sue will be getting a divorce. Sue informs Karen this would not happen but reveals at the very end of the episode she only said it to make her feel better.Guest: Brick, Taylor-Jean
|20||"The Hospital"||20 May 2010|
Pete and Sue struggle to put things right between them, and Karen is unimpressed by their behaviour. Karen is worried by her vital role in the school concert, while Ben is busy recreating the assault on Everest on the stairs. Karen gets knocked over by a car and is taken to hospital, resulting in Kelly (Anna Skellern) to look after Jake and Ben. Jake unwittingly reveals his feelings for Kelly.Final Appearance: Kelly
Comic Relief Special (2011)
|X||"Comic Relief Special II (5 min)"||18 March 2011|
A special mini episode for Comic Relief, guest starring tennis player Andy Murray. Jake spots Andy Murray first and gets a picture with him, Ben gives him tennis tips, Karen questions him about his 'proper' job, and Pete accidentally injures him. Sue does not appear in this episode.
Special Guest: Andy MurrayAbsent: Sue
Series 4 (2011)
|21||"The Funeral"||2 September 2011|
|The Brockman family have some tough decisions to make about work, video games and who to take to a family funeral. The vicar probably wishes none of them had ever come. Sue has a giggling fit during the service due to a memory of her mother, and it is revealed that Pete has "resigned" from his job as a history teacher.|
|22||"The Girls' Day Out"||9 September 2011|
|Mum has enough of the boys' attitude to housework so sets out on a campaign to civilise them, resulting in Ben making a 'salad' for tea, that involves the use of Toblerone and a blender. Karen battles with chuggers and buying shoes, while Dad goes to war with a domestic appliance.|
|23||"The Labrador"||16 September 2011|
Karen is on a sleep-over and Ben is away at adventure camp. Mum and Dad are left with a Labrador to look after and a glimpse of what life will be like once the children have left home.
Guest: ArchieDebut: Mr Hunslett
|24||"The Parents' Evening"||23 September 2011|
There is a lot to discuss at Ben's parents' evening including muggers, dangerous chemicals and re-enactments of the Great Plague. Mum is still suspicious Jake is hiding something and Karen decides which of the world's great religions to lead.Guests: Oliver's Parents
|25||"The Cold Caller (Part 1)"||29 September 2011|
Mum is still convinced Jake has a secret, which turns out to be that he is dating a nineteen-year-old pole dancer. Ben is determined to enter a school talent competition with an unusual double act. Then a couple of surprise callers make life more difficult than usual for the family
Note: The first 2 part storyGuest: Misty, The Cold Caller
|26||"The Exchange Student (Part 2)"||7 October 2011|
As the family tries to get rid of Auntie Angela and Cousin Misty, a wise German exchange student called Ottfried arrives to stay. Mum has to decide what to do about Jake's girlfriend, who turns out to be 16. Ben and Karen discuss dreams, the Mafia and trampolining bears.
Final Appearance: Mr HunslettGuest: Misty, Ottfried, Victoria
None of these specials except The Broken Santa have been released on DVD
|X||"Children in Need 2011 (3 min)"||18 November 2011|
|The three kids sing "(Theme From) The Monkees" whilst moving around the house doing various things. Neither Sue or Pete appear in the special.|
|27||"The Broken Santa (40 min)"||24 December 2011|
It's Christmas Day and the Brockman’s have decided to escape the festivities and head for Tenerife, but fate seems determined to intervene. Grandad has been taken ill, and is languishing in the hospital from hell. Karen has a toothache, so her special Yuletide treat is an emergency trip to the dentist. Ben is intent on getting into the Guinness Book of World Records - preferably involving knives, and their ditsy friend Jane and her ex-convict boyfriend are going to be looking after the house. What can possibly go wrong?Final Appearance: Grandad
|X||"Sport Relief Special II (7 min)"||23 March 2012|
Karen is Frank Lampard's mascot, despite being a Arsenal supporter because she can be on TV. She begins to discuss his skills and how he could improve at football. This ends up with Frank getting a throbbing blue vein and giving Karen to the referee Howard Webb. Meanwhile, Jake receives a numerous amount of autographs from Christine Bleakley, that he plans to sell. The whole day ends with Match Of The Day being shown. The following events show that Frank missed five penalties and that Webb made a multitude of errors such as sending off seven players and the Chelsea mascot (presumably Karen) in the first 20 minutes along with punching a fourth official, swallowing his own whistle and ending up with his shorts falling down.Special Guests: Christine Bleakley, Frank Lampard, Howard Webb
|28||"The Sick Party (40 min)"||24 December 2012|
|The Brockman family have decided to foster a sense of community by throwing a Christmas party for their neighbours. Festivities do not go as smoothly as planned. Gran springs a surprise visit on Pete and the family whilst Jake seems to have fallen in with the wrong crowd. Karen would rather be chatting online with virtual friends than taking part in the celebrations, and Ben is enthusiastically left in charge of the party games, ranging from Swingball to blind football.|
Series 5 (2014)
A fifth series of the comedy was commissioned by the BBC on 27 June 2012, despite speculation the show was axed. The fifth series started filming on 22 September 2013, and began airing on BBC One from 29 January 2014. Tyger Drew Honey And Daniel Roche commented it will be the final series, and was later confirmed by the BBC.
|29||"Rites of Passage"||29 January 2014|
|Karen is having trouble adapting to big school, Ben is auditioning for a part in the school musical (even though he has a voice like a walrus), and Jake has made a foolish (and possibly permanent) fashion choice. Meanwhile, Mum and Dad try very hard not to interfere or send disastrously explosive emails.|
|30||"K for Victory"||5 February 2014|
|Ben is playing mind-games, as he becomes fascinated by the world of psychology. Jake meanwhile, has become a self-appointed parenting expert who likes to point out where Mum and Dad have failed in their upbringing of Karen. Karen is competing in a swimming tournament, where her competitive edge has too much edge. Dad would like to try and control her but he is too busy fending off the attentions of a vigilant Daily Mail reader.|
|31||"House of Hormones"||12 February 2014|
The arrival of Dad's goddaughter from Australia has an unfortunate effect on the Brockman household. Mum and Jake also have visitors to stay and Ben's role in Spartacus The Musical is under threat.Debut: Stacey
|32||"Into the Wilderness"||19 February 2014|
|Dad and Ben go on a winter camping trip where Ben shows off his survival skills. Jake has to decide about a gap year, and Mum has had enough of Stacey, the Australian goddaughter who is still staying and influencing Karen's decisions around food to Sue's displeasure.|
|33||"Communication Skills"||26 February 2014|
Mum struggles to maintain a work life balance (mainly because her children keep going missing) while Dad battles with a mobile phone that has a mind of its own. Meanwhile, Jake is attempting to get home without money or transport, Ben encounters a Chinese horde and Karen has a life-changing conversation with her headmistress.
Guest: Rebecca Front as Mrs Raynott, Harry Shearer as Mr. JohnsonAbsent: Stacey
|34||"Spartacus The Musical"||5 March 2014|
|Stacey is back, Ben has a crisis of confidence over his starring role in Spartacus The Musical and Karen still hopes her escaped hamster will be found. Auntie Angela returns.|
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