The Family (1974 TV series)
|Directed by||Franc Roddam
|Theme music composer||Dave Brooks|
|Opening theme||Dave Brooks|
|Ending theme||Dave Brooks|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Running time||30 mins|
|Original run||3 April – 26 June 1974|
|Related shows||The Family (2008)
The Family (2011)
The Family was a 1974 BBC television series made by producer Paul Watson, and directed by Franc Roddam. It was a fly-on-the-wall documentary series, seen by many as the precursor to reality television. It was similar to an American documentary which had aired the previous year in 1973 (but which had been filmed in 1971), called An American Family.
It followed the working-class Wilkins family of six (led by Margaret and Terry, who divorced in 1978) of Reading, through their daily lives, warts and all, and culminated in the marriage of one of the daughters, which was plagued by fans and paparazzi alike.
The show was the basis for two parodies: Monty Python's Flying Circus, in their very last episode which aired 5 December 1974, featured a sketch called "The Most Awful Family in Britain 1974"; and Benny Hill, on one of his 1975 specials, did a takeoff called "That Family."
Margaret re-married (like her ex-husband) and became Margaret Sainsbury; she died of a reported heart attack in Berkshire on 10 August 2008, aged 73.
The format was revived in 2008 (see The Family).
- "The Family's Margaret Wilkins, 'first lady' of reality TV, is dead". Mail Online. 19 August 2008. Retrieved 16 September 2008.
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