My Spy Family

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My Spy Family
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Genre Action comedy
Family sitcom
Created by Paul Alexander
Written by Paul Alexander
Trevor Neal & Simon Hickson
Daniel Peak
Trevelyan Evans
Mark Robertson
Clare Trenholm
Directed by Tom Poole
Dominic MacDonald
David Sant
Frank W. Smith
Angelo Abela
Starring Milo Twomey
Natasha Beaumont
Alice Connor
Joe Tracini
Ignat Pakhotin
Theme music composer Unsensored
Composer(s) Glenn Keiles
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 46
Production
Executive producer(s) Anne Brogan and Connal Orton (for Kindle Entertainment)
Daniel Lennard and Cecilia Persson (for Cartoon Network Europe)
Producer(s) Bernard Krichefski
Liz Noble (line producer)
Editor(s) Mike Eccles
James MacMillan
Location(s) Batley
Cinematography Francis De Groote
Dave Parker
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22 minutes approx. (per episode)
Production company(s) Kindle Entertainment
Cartoon Network Europe
Distributor Turner Broadcasting System Europe
Broadcast
Original channel Boomerang
Original run September 1, 2007 – January 23, 2010
External links
Website

My Spy Family is a live action family comedy series created by Paul Alexander that is being aired on: Boomerang in UK, the Qubo blocks in the USA, TG4 in Ireland, Panda Biggs in Portugal, and Cartoon Network in France, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Poland, Romania, and South Africa. It is produced by Kindle Entertainment and Cartoon Network Europe.[1] All the music is written by Glenn Keiles excluding some songs heard in the "Intelligence Agency Cafe", these have been co-written with other song writers.

Plot synopsis[edit]

The show is about the Bannon family, who all have strong spy links. The parents, Dirk and Talia, were once arch enemy spies, but fell in love and got married. They now have three children (Spike, Elle and Boris) who have all been brought up with spy techniques as a matter of course. Spike's friend Travis (played by Richard Sargent) is commonly seen on the show.
The action is based in three major locations, the Bannon home, the children's school, and the local café, which is run by Des, Dirk's former Personal Ordinance Officer (gadget-master).

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Dirk Bannon (portrayed by Milo Twomey) - Dirk is a former spy. He is married to his former arch rival, Talia Bannon, who also happened to be a spy. Dirk is usually a pushover to his wife. Together, they have three children: Spike Bannon, Elle Bannon and Boris Bannon. He is best friends with Des, his former Personal Ordinance Officer (gadget-master). He is rarely seen wearing something other than a tuxedo.
  • Talia Bannon (portrayed by Natasha Beaumont) - Like her husband, she was also a spy, but was also his arch rival. As seen in few episodes, she has better fighting techniques, as well as better spying techniques than her husband. She also tends to add the suffix "-sky" to words she says. She also is a master of disguise. She often refers to herself as "Mumsky". In "The Back in Batley Affair" she introudeces herself as Natalia Alexandrina Vladimir Knockemoff-Bannon.
  • Spike Bannon (portrayed by Joe Tracini) - The eldest offspring of Dirk and Talia. Spike is an expert in creating various spy gadgets. Many times, it is shown that he, along with his best friend Travis, try to sabotage any plans or simply to make fool of his Geography teacher Mr Vong, with whom he does not get along well. It is not known why his relations with him are not well.
  • Elle Bannon (portrayed by Alice Connor) - Like her mother, she also has very good combat skills and spy techniques. She is often seen hanging out with her friends Donna and Marcy in the school. Talia says there is a 7% chance that she is heir to the throne of Russia.
  • Boris Bannon (portrayed by Ignat Pakhotin) - The youngest offspring of Dirk and Talia. He is an expert in setting booby traps and hiding. Though he is a member of the family, he is treated as the most unnoticeable character in the show. He is not often shown and rarely speaks and when he speaks he speaks Russian. There has only been one episode that revolved around him. Boris does not appear in series 3, as he is said in "The Back in Batley Affair" to be ruling Russia as he looks like the former ruler, which makes Talia proud. But returns in "The Boris Bounces Back Affair".

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Des (portrayed by Vas Blackwood) - Des was Dirk's former Personal Ordinance Officer (gadget-master). He is an owner of the local café, though his kitchen has many various types of gadgets which come useful during spy missions. He is best friends with Dirk, though sometimes that is not the case in few episodes. He has also shown interest in Talia.
  • Travis (portrayed by Richard Sargent) - Travis is the best friend of Spike. He is very loyal to Spike and is always willing to help him. The actor who plays the character is a wheelchair user, but the show purposely does not mention his disability in the show. Instead they make fun of him because of his glasses.
  • Mr Ernest Vong (portrayed by Ramon Tikaram) - School's Geography teacher. For unknown reasons, he and Spike do not get along. He is mostly seen as being a victim of Spike's pranks. It is hinted that he is Indian, as there is a map of India in his classroom. In the episode "The Mum's The Word Affair", it is revealed that he lives with his mother.
  • Donna (portrayed by Cascade Brown) - Donna is a close friend of Elle and is mostly seen hanging out with Elle and Marcy. Donna is obsessed with fashion, boyfriends and wishes to be a model. Talia often comments that she will be unable to be a model or have boyfriends due to her ankles.
  • Marcy (portrayed by Kirsty Leigh Porter) - Marcy is a shy friend of Elle and is mostly seen hanging out with Elle and Donna. Most of the times it is observed that she is the exact opposite of Donna since she has no fashion sense nor has any boyfriend.

List of episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2007)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Written by Directed by Original air date
1 1 "The Lock-In Affair" Daniel Peak Tom Poole September 1, 2007 (2007-09-01)
2 2 "The Friends Disunited Affair" Paul Alexander Dominic MacDonald September 8, 2007 (2007-09-08)
3 3 "The Dirky Dancing Affair" Paul Alexander Tom Poole September 15, 2007 (2007-09-15)
4 4 "The Charity Begins at Home Affair" Paul Alexander Dominic MacDonald September 22, 2007 (2007-09-22)
5 5 "The Bullets Over Batley Affair" Mark Robertson Dominic MacDonald September 29, 2007 (2007-09-29)
6 6 "The Prefect Storm Affair" Paul Alexander Tom Poole October 6, 2007 (2007-10-06)
7 7 "The Tenth Flask Affair" Daniel Peak Tom Poole October 13, 2007 (2007-10-13)
8 8 "The Truffles Are Forever Affair" Brian Lynch Tom Poole October 20, 2007 (2007-10-20)
9 9 "The 'Up Horoscope!' Affair" Trevor Neal & Simon Hickson Dominic MacDonald October 27, 2007 (2007-10-27)
10 10 "The Inspector Foils Affair" Julie Gearey Tom Poole November 4, 2007 (2007-11-04)
11 11 "The Vladimir Spensky Affair" Daniel Peak Tom Poole November 10, 2007 (2007-11-10)
12 12 "The Spy Who Didn't Quite Love Me Enough Affair" Mark Robertson Dominic MacDonald November 17, 2007 (2007-11-17)
13 13 "The Albovian Affair Affair" Paul Alexander Dominic MacDonald November 24, 2007 (2007-11-24)

Season 2 (2008)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Written by Directed by Original air date
14 1 "The Love Is the Drug Affair" Joe Williams Angelo Abela September 6, 2008 (2008-09-06)
15 2 "The Des Res Affair" Paul Alexander David Sant September 13, 2008 (2008-09-13)
16 3 "The Quiz Night Affair" Trevor Neal & Simon Hickson David Sant September 20, 2008 (2008-09-20)
17 4 "The Batley’s Got Talent Affair" Paul Alexander Frank W. Smith September 27, 2008 (2008-09-27)
18 5 "The Live and Let Dine Affair" Paul Alexander Angelo Abela October 4, 2008 (2008-10-04)
19 6 "The Talia's Day Affair" Connal Orton David Sant October 11, 2008 (2008-10-11)
20 7 "The Persuasion Affair" Chris Reddy Frank W. Smith October 18, 2007 (2007-10-18)
21 8 "The Knowledge Is Power Affair" Gary Lawson & John Phelps David Sant October 25, 2008 (2008-10-25)
22 9 "The Stroganoff Night Affair" Trevelyan Evans Frank W. Smith November 1, 2008 (2008-11-01)
23 10 "The Laughing Lord Affair" Trevor Neal & Simon Hickson David Sant November 8, 2008 (2008-11-08)
24 11 "The Mum's the Word Affair" Paul Alexander Frank W. Smith November 15, 2008 (2008-11-15)
25 12 "The Who's the Daddy Affair" Paul Alexander Frank W. Smith November 22, 2008 (2008-11-22)
26 13 "The Bum Deal Affair" Paul Alexander David Sant November 29, 2008 (2008-11-29)

Season 3 (2009–2010)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Written by Directed by Original air date
27 1 "The Back in Batley Affair" Paul Alexander Dominic MacDonald September 5, 2009 (2009-09-05)
28 2 "The Des Mondi Code Affair" Paul Alexander Tom Poole September 12, 2009 (2009-09-12)
29 3 "The 1950's Affair" Trevor Neal & Simon Hickson Dominic MacDonald September 19, 2009 (2009-09-19)
30 4 "The Cammy Loves Spikey Affair" Paul Alexander Tom Poole September 26, 2009 (2009-09-26)
31 5 "The Chat Show Affair" Daniel Peak Dominic MacDonald October 3, 2009 (2009-10-03)
32 6 "The Back Scratch Affair" Trevelyan Evans & Paul Alexander Tom Poole October 10, 2009 (2009-10-10)
33 7 "The Spy Pod Affair" Paul Alexander & Clare Trenholm Tom Poole October 17, 2009 (2009-10-17)
34 8 "The Hoop Loop Snoop Affair" Trevor Neal & Simon Hickson Tom Poole October 24, 2009 (2009-10-24)
35 9 "The Black Widows Affair" Paul Alexander Dominic MacDonald October 31, 2009 (2009-10-31)
36 10 "The Fakers & Adders Affair" Paul Alexander & Clare Trenholm Dominic MacDonald November 7, 2009 (2009-11-07)
37 11 "The Trophy Affair" James Griffiths & Mark Oswin David Sant November 14, 2009 (2009-11-14)
38 12 "The Election Affair" November 21, 2009 (2009-11-21)
39 13 "The Schoolboy Spy Affair" November 28, 2009 (2009-11-28)
40 14 "The Awful Aunty Affair" Glen Dolman December 5, 2009 (2009-12-05)
41 15 "The Thick-Skinned Spike Affair" December 12, 2009 (2009-12-12)
42 16 "The Mothers in the Hood Affair" December 19, 2009 (2009-12-19)
43 17 "The Cheating Affair" Matthew Broughton David Sant January 2, 2010 (2010-01-02)
44 18 "The Boris Bounces Back Affair" January 9, 2010 (2010-01-09)
45 19 "The Pen Is Mightier Affair" January 16, 2010 (2010-01-16)
46 20 "The Day Lover Affair" January 23, 2010 (2010-01-23)

Cast[edit]

Character Played by
Dirk Bannon Milo Twomey
Talia Bannon Natasha Beaumont
Elle Bannon Alice Connor
Spike Bannon Joe Tracini
Boris Bannon Ignat Pakhotin
Des Vas Blackwood
Mr. Vong Ramon Tikaram
Travis Mitchell Richard Sargent
Donna Jacobs Cascade Brown
Marcy Desmond Kirsty Leigh Porter

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ylmp85h-HF0 End Credits

External links[edit]