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Outnumbered returns for a third series on BBC One

 L-R: Mum (Claire Skinner), Dad (Hugh Dennis), Jake (Tyger Drew-Honey), Ben (Daniel Roche), Karen (Ramona Marquez)

Outnumbered, the multi-award-winning comedy series from Hat Trick Productions which captures the turbulent chaos of family life in a way not seen before, at all its most deliciously chaotic, returns to BBC One with a new six-part series.

Two parents and their three children are locked in an unequal battle. Using elements of improvisation, Outnumbered sees the world as much from the children's as the adults' point of view.

In the new series, the family negotiates hangovers, chess, sex education, colonoscopies, therapy, re-enactments of World War II and the sun-screening properties of kangaroo saliva.

Written by the creators of Drop The Dead Donkey, Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, Outnumbered stars Hugh Dennis (Mock The Week, The Now Show, My Hero), Claire Skinner (Trinity, Sense And Sensibility, Life Begins), Samantha Bond (Die Another Day, Fanny Hill), David Ryall (Harry Potter – The Deathly Hallows, The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse), Tyger Drew-Honey (The Armstrong & Miller Show), Daniel Roche and Ramona Marquez.

Outnumbered is written, directed and produced by Andy Hamilton (It's Only A Theory, Trevor's World Of Sport, Bedtime) and Guy Jenkin (Bike Squad, Crossing The Floor). The executive producers are Jimmy Mulville for Hat Trick and Simon Wilson for the BBC.

Episodes

Episode One

Gran takes the Brockman family for a day out seeing the sights of London. But when Ben sees Trafalgar Square, it turns out he has a singular vision of what happened at the Battle of Trafalgar. Karen is unimpressed with modern art, Jake suffers serious trauma when he is unable to text and one of the family uses a visit to HMS Belfast for a brief re-enactment of World War Two.

Episode Two

When Mum finds an inappropriate image on the family computer, an investigation begins. Gran is still staying and Dad is horrified at the thought of having a heart to heart with her. Karen is convinced that she has won half a million pounds and starts to spend it. Meanwhile, the ancient game of chess will never be quite the same again after Ben brings his own special talents to it.

Episode Three

Karen recreates Britain's Got Talent, Ben takes a close interest in Dad's medical tests, Mum thinks Jake's healthy interest in girls is becoming unhealthy, and the ghost of John McEnroe hovers over Dad's Saturday morning game of tennis. Karen decides to sort things out.

Episode Four

Dad is suffering from a terrible hangover, and it seems worse as he struggles against a rising tide of superstition, astrology and conspiracy theories that seem to be taking over the family. Ben takes time off from re-enacting the crusades to show a couple of prospective buyers around the house.

Episode Five

The last time Mum's sister Auntie Angela came to visit, it all ended in disaster. Now she is back to show off the American therapist she has married. Dad is determined to avoid a major incident as they all go out to dinner. Ben tells everyone about his sex education class, Karen puts Auntie Angela's husband straight on therapy, but then there is a bigger problem between Mum and Dad.

Episode Six

Mum and Dad struggle to put things right between them, but Karen is unimpressed by their behaviour. She is worried by her vital role in the school concert, while Ben is busy recreating the assault on Everest on the stairs. But then there is a major panic about one of the children...

AN / KB3

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