Family (1994 TV series)
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|Created by||Roddy Doyle|
|Directed by||Michael Winterbottom|
|Country of origin||Ireland|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||4|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Original network||BBC1/RTÉ One|
|Original release||8 May –|
29 May 1994
The show centres on the Spencers, a working-class family living in a vast Dublin housing estate. Charlo, played by Seán McGinley, is the abusive and cheating husband of Paula, played by Ger Ryan. They have four children, teenagers John Paul and Nicola, and younger children Leanne and Jack.
The first episode focuses on Charlo, a small-time crook who is also an alcoholic, abusive father and husband.
The third episode focuses on Nicola, in her late teens, who works in a clothing factory and has a strained relationship with her father, particularly in relation to her burgeoning sexuality.
The final episode focuses on Paula, the emotionally and physically battered mother, who reclaims her identity by throwing Charlo out of the house and getting a job.
The series was broadcast in the Republic of Ireland on RTÉ One. It aired in the United Kingdom on BBC1. The series was a co-production by both public broadcasters RTÉ Television and BBC. The series also aired in Sweden, as well as Canada.
The series was released on video for the first time ever on 27 June 2011 as a 2-disc DVD set in the UK & Ireland. Edits were made for contractual reasons. The release included a thirty-minute contemporary interview with director Michael Winterbottom, writer Roddy Doyle and producer Andrew Eaton.