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Jaine Sykes Jaine Sykes | 12:45 UK time, Wednesday, 8 June 2011

In With The Flynns is a new family comedy for BBC One. Will Mellor and Niky Wardley play Liam and Caroline Flynn, Mancunians in their early thirties who are raising their three children and holding down jobs. It's tough - and even tougher because they're still growing up themselves.

In With The Flynns

They are blessed with a rebellious teenage daughter, Chloe, and two younger sons; Mikey, who's always up for a lark, and Steve who definitely isn't. On hand to help with the minefield of parenting dilemmas and blunders, are Liam's dad, Jim (Warren Clarke) and his brother, Tommy (Craig Parkinson).

Grandad Jim is quite critical of Liam and Caroline's parenting skills, he thinks they should be much stricter with the kids. And wayward Uncle Tommy who never ceases to complicate matters, but helps with babysitting the kids whilst taking full advantage of the well-stocked fridge.

Will Mellor introduces In With The Flynns - watch the video below:

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While Liam and Caroline have a lot more energy than older parents, they are also less willing to behave like grown-ups. At one point, Liam says, 'I'm not a dad-dad, I'm a wahoo!-dad', and he'll tend to do things that more mature parents would know they shouldn't.

And being a young mum throws a lot of problems in Caroline's way, whether it's being patronised by the other parents or fancied by her kids' friends.

But what makes the family endearing is the fact that, despite all the mistakes they make, they truly love one another.

In With The Flynns is directed by Dominic Brigstocke (I'm Alan Partridge, Reggie Perrin, Green Wing, Smack The Pony) and written by Daniel Peak (I'm With Stupid, Not Going Out).

Next week on the Comedy Blog, Exective Producer Jamie Glazebrook reveals the challenges of filming on a four-walled set complete with a live audience.

In With The Flynns begins tonight at 8.30pm on BBC One. Watch more clips from the series at BBC Comedy.


  • Comment number 1.

    This show is just a copy of the American sit-com Grounded For Life.

  • Comment number 2.

    well it makes a change from america copying british shows.

  • Comment number 3.

    Loved this show! Not usually a fan of sit-coms but just happened to switch this on and found it very funny! Some great characters who I am sure will improve as the show goes on. Well done BBC!

  • Comment number 4.

    Grounded for Life is an Emmy award winning, extremely funny show, with noted actors such as Megyn Price, and Donal Logue. This is simply a very poor copy, taking key scenes from a number of episodes and setting them in a single show. Rather than commissioning such a dreadful copy, one wonders why the BBC didn't simply purchase the showing rights for the first season. The show can be viewed on You Tube, and Amazon provide the 1st series on Region 2, the others are on Region 1, but obviously DVD players can be set to multi region. I would certainly suggest the original. As a fan of comdey, and this show I cannot stress just how poor this copy is.

  • Comment number 5.

    This show had so much potential, with the line up of comic acting talent. I found it extremely difficult to enjoy, due to the enforced (and over obvious), false laughter. It distracted my attention from the possibly witty gags - surely the viewer should be the judge of what he/she finds humorous!? I think it insults the viewers intelligence! It may have been the norm in the 90s, especially in US sitcoms, but audiences have changed since then. Does anyone else agree?

  • Comment number 6.

    does anyone else think Craig Parkinson from in with the flynns looks like 80s tv character alf (Alien Life Form)

  • Comment number 7.

    You gotta love Chloe personality. My daughter is crazy about her. Just bought myself a new TV because of it. :) Rulouri Exterioare

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