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Outnumbered confirms fifth and final season


Story by Jack Foley

HIT sitcom Outnumbered is to return for a fifth and final series, the BBC has confirmed.

The semi-improvised show stars Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner as two stressed-out parents whose unruly children cause chaos wherever they go. The final episodes will air on BBC1 later this month (January 2014).

Written by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, the creators of Drop The Dead Donkey, Outnumbered has won several awards from the Royal Television Society, Broadcasting Press Guild and the British Comedy Awards.

It had been rumoured that the fourth series, aired in 2011, would be the final one as the series child stars were growing up. But such is the show’s enduring popularity that they reunited last year for a one-off special and decided to get back together again for a final series.

According to producers, further one-offs may also follow.

The fifth series starts on January 29 and will also feature guest appearances from Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey), Harry Shearer (The Simpsons) and Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It).

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