2point4 Children is a BBC television sitcom that was created and written by Andrew Marshall. It follows the lives of the Porters, a seemingly-average family whose world is frequently turned upside-down by bad luck and bizarre occurrences.
The show was originally broadcast on BBC One from 1991 to 1999, and ran for eight series, concluding with 30 December 1999 special episode, "The Millennium Experience". The September 2000 death from cancer of lead actor Gary Olsen, who played the father, ended the possibility of any subsequent specials. The show is now repeated regularly in the UK on Gold and Drama, and in Australia on UKTV.
The show's title refers to the once-average size of a UK family. There are two children in the Porter family, however Andrew Marshall has indicated that the father, Ben, could almost be considered another child, making up the "point four.
The show regularly picked up large audiences of up to 14 million in the early 1990s, with an average of between 6 and 9 million, the final episode was viewed by 9.03 million people.
The final episode was on 30th December 1999 and was watched by over 9 million, but after lead actor Gary Olson died on 12th September 2000, the decision was made to discontinue the series despite its popularity, out of respect for the irreplaceable Gary Olson.
3–2–1 was a popular (and very successful) British game show that was made by Yorkshire Television for ITV. It ran for ten years, between 29 July 1978 and 24 December 1988, with former Butlins Redcoat Ted Rogers as the host.
It was based on a Spanish gameshow called Un, dos, tres... responda otra vez and was a trio of three shows in one, a quiz, a variety and game shows.
The show was a huge success consistently pulling in large ratings. The first series, though, intended as a summer filler, attracted up to 16.5 million viewers and subsequent years never failed to peak below 12 million. The show occupied a Saturday early evening slot for most of its run.
The final Christmas special (broadcast on 24 December 1988) attracted 12.5 million viewers.
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