In With The Flynns
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.
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:
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.