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Happy Families

Happy Families

Thu Jun 13, 9-10pm, ITV

By Danielle Goldstein
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Series one, episode one
No two families are alike, but the issues we all face can be. It’s how we deal with them that ITV have set out to document, with ‘Big Brother’-style cameras hooked up throughout the homes of four families from across the UK. The results are a lot like C4’s series ‘The Family’, allowing you to witness their highs and lows at an extremely personal level – we’re talking pants and tantrums here.

And we can relate to them, because they’ve been plucked from different ends of the spectrum: from the well-off Othen-Alexander family of ten in Kent, to the Buck-MacFarlanes in Lancashire, where mother Mel has to hold down four jobs to make ends meet. The characters are so charming and the stories so touching that you’ll laugh and cry along with them. In fact, if you’re the type who wells up at the John Lewis Christmas ad, you’d better prepare your heartstrings for a good tugging.
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