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16.05.02

TV ENTERTAINMENT


New series, new baby… My Hero returns with a ThermoTot!


Superhero with a difference, ThermoMan, alias mild-mannered health food shop owner, George Sunday, returns for a brand new series of the romantic comedy, My Hero (starts Friday 7 June, BBC ONE). But this time he's got competition in the superhero stakes - from his own baby son.


Life is getting more and more stressful for George and Janet Sunday. Keeping George's alter ego secret from the outside world (and Janet's parents) is hard enough but with a new baby in the house who, to put it mildly, takes after George rather more than Janet, it's becoming impossible.


Baby Ollie has all the characteristics of a pint sized superhero - he can talk like an adult, fly like a turbo-charged bird and has ambitions to study at Cambridge University - and he's not yet two weeks old. To make matters worse, George is teaching him to sniff out tidal waves and forest fires… It's impressive stuff but at the same time highly embarrassing for Janet. Like all new mums, she wants to show off her baby but how does she explain his rather special characteristics - especially to her parents and friends?


Says Ardal O'Hanlon (George Sunday): "There are some great special effects and comedy moments which focus on the strain of keeping a secret and trying to behave normally in front of other people - like Janet's parents - when in reality the situation is anything but. The introduction of the baby adds a whole new dimension to the series because not only do you have the tensions of keeping George's alter ego secret, you have the additional issue of a baby - and an out-of-control one at that!"


Meanwhile, still in residence at the Health Centre are smarmy GP, Dr Piers Crispin, who has designs on a tv career because curing the sick isn't his thing, and bellicose receptionist Mrs Raven, who hates the patients and doesn't have much time for her boss either.


Says Hugh Dennis (Dr Piers Crispin): "Dr Piers is an self-obsessed, incredibly vain egomaniac with no interest in anything except himself - he's a brilliant part to play!"



My Hero is created by Paul Mendelson and co-written with Paul Mayhew-Archer.


Ardal O'Hanlon and Emily Joyce star as George and Janet Sunday; Hugh Dennis as Dr Piers Crispin; Geraldine McNulty as Mrs Raven and Janet's long suffering parents are played by Tim Wylton and Lill Roughley.


The series is produced by Marcus Mortimer and John Stroud and directed by John Stroud.


My Hero is a Big Bear Production. The new series returns to BBC ONE, Friday 7 June, 8.30pm.


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