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At home with the Braithwaites!!
Wow I loved this program. It was back on the TV on channel 3 in 2000! It seems to long ago. I was completely addicted. It was on every week, I think on a Wednesday night.
The program itself is based on a family, a typical family at that. They lived in Leeds in an ordinary house. The mother of the wins the Euro millions after her youngest daughter bought her a Euro millions ticket (illegally). Allison Braithwaite the mum wins over 30 million pounds! She later gets sick of her life and starts her own charity business.
The family consists of Allison, the mum, David her husband, Virginia her lesbian daughter, Sarah and Charlotte, her youngest daughter.
The series is really fun to watch and has some really funny storylines and lots of twists and turns. Without giving too much away there are family breakdowns, arguments, affairs, and bickering throughout the program which make it very very watchable!
There are four series of this program and all are equally enjoyable. You can purchase the set from most shops and some online stores for a low cost.
I can't imagine anyone not liking this program!!
I loved this programme and was very sorry that they stopped producing it although I could see that it had gone as far as it could with the theme.
The main plot centres around the fact that Alison Braithwaite, played by Amanda Redman, wins £38 million on the Lottery and keeps it a secret from her family, something I'm sure the rest of it would find very difficult.
She sets up a foundation to find ways of disposing of this fortune which is great in itself but it is the relationships of all those involved with her that are the real stars of the show.
Peter Davison who plays Alison's husband, David, puts in the finest performance of his career, in my eyes, as he watches his life fall apart. His displays of temper and despair are amazing. Their children are equally as weird and wonderful and all beautifully played as are the other characters such as their mixed-up next door neighbours whose lives are also affected, in a roundabout way, by Alison's win. The writing is wonderful and very original and the humour is second to none.
The programme is at times very sad and touching but is never short on laughs and it remains one of my all time favourites.
Linda Bellingham, Amanda Redman and Peter Davison star in this really appealing and well written comedy that looks at the impacts on a fairly normal family (well at least on the surface they appeared normal) when the mother wins £38 million pounds on the European lottery something I'm sure we have all dreamed about. Anyione who says such a win will not change them is clearly lying and in this gentle little comedy that lie is firmly put to rest as the win brings havoc to the whole family.
Amanda Redman as the mother is excellent while Peter Davison as the husband who is affected probably most by the win also puts in a fine performance and the three troubled daughters are excellent as well.
The writing in this show was very strong especially in the first series however the plot lines did begin to get a bit stretched in the second and certainly towards the end it was in danger of lapsing into farce with more and more absurd plot lines and charaters which became less and less believable.
If you catch this on repeats on a cable channel then it is worth a look as it is a lot better than some of the rubbish that is on these days however is does have its limitations.
What a super series - this has got to be one of the best shows that has hit our television screens currently - well it’s the last series – so we are waiting to here of the next series soon. - I have really enjoyed it one hundred percent. This is a classy British sitcom come drama show, which is written extremely well. It is funny and very entertaining. It follows the everyday lives of the Braithwaite family who in the first series won 38 million on the national lottery, - its the ideal show for anyone who dreams of what life would be like if they won the lottery ( which we all do ),- but hey this shows makes it clear that although having a vast amount of money things are not always plain sailing as the saying goes. Amanda Redmond is super at playing the mother of this super rich family. I really recommend that you watch this show and follow the actions of Alison, David and there wonderful daughters, Virginia, Sarah and don’t forget the weird but wonderfully younger daughter ...... this has to be one of those shows I tell you all to watch NOW.
This is a fantastic series, that has originality and wit. The main characters are Alison and David, the parents. By the second series have had an affair each, but for the second time have decided to give their marraige another go. Virginia- the lesbian, who has fallen madly in love with the married tart next door, while forgetting her girlfriend Tamsin. Sarah- has finished her A-levels, has had a baby boy, William, got married to the father. Before the real wedding starts, both decided they don't want to get married, and decide on a divorce. Charlotte- the youngest daughter, who bought the winning ticket for mum, has been bullied, and coaxed her mean uncle into a well shaft. Okay, not the conventional family, but whose are? This show, having finished its second series, was funny with wierd plot revelations and weirder actions of the family members. Amanda Redman is great as the moralistic mother, who believes in what's best for her daughters and what's best for her. What I particularly enjoyed about this series is unconventionality while still having the family acting like a real one. Ok it's not everyday that your mum/wife wins £38 million in the Euro lottery, but still, the sisters still argue like usual, the family goes through the pains of a separation of parents, and the married couple still go feel the betrayal and deceit of their partner. The script is excelent, with actors to match. Can't wait 'til the third helping!
The Brathwaites are no ordinary family...in fact, they are hardly a family at all! Alison has split up with her husband, and they are now divorcing. In the meantime, she has decided to get together with his brother, Graham. Graham claims he has split with his wife too, and that they are as unhappy as Alison and David were. But this is apparently not true, Graham, the supposed rich businessman is bankrupt, (we know this because David hired a private detective..nothing unusual!) In a counter attack, David has warned Alison that Graham is only after her money, it seems she is refusing to believe this as she is still ahem, "with" Graham. The family is truly out of this world, you have the youngest daughter, Charlotte, perhaps the only sane one of the family. She is the victim of bullying. Then there is Sarah, mother of a child and married, she has it all going for her then!! Victoria, the lesbian one. The one with the flash yellow car, who is besotted with a married woman, Megan, so much so that she has bought her a new house, and a new car..which is almost as flashy as hers! The Braithwaites can truly say that winning the lottery can change your life. This series is funny, sometimes unbeliveble, but hey, thats T.V. This is a definatley a must watch show!!
At Home With The Braithwaites is back! A dream come true for the majority of us would be a win on the lottery. Well that is exactly what happened to Alison Braithwaite..in fact she won £38,000,000! This amount of money should bring happiness and a trouble free existence, but not for this family. The start of this series has seen Alison played by Amanda Redman reconciled with her husband David played by Peter Davison after he had an affair with her friend Elaine. Alison has become a more self assertive character who has realised where she was going wrong, and how emotionally empty her life had become, and mostly how her family took her for granted. All is not as rosy as it seems, as the reconciliation looks like it may be short lived, as Alison has found herself falling in love with her brother in law Graham. Viewers have also discovered that these feelings are not new, in fact he is her true love, but her dumped her years ago after taking her virginity, and David appeared as a shoulder to cry on. This programme is witty and fun, and I will be watching every Thursday at 9pm on ITV to see how the characters develop.
I have watched this tv show many of times and it is quite funny and well worth watching. It is on Thursdays at 9.00pm on ITV, or your channel 3 station. The programme has many different storylines but the main one is that the family won £38 million pounds on the lottery. Many other storylines are to do with relationships and stuff. If you haven't seen this programme before you must see it as it is very funny. It may be near the end of the series but its never too late to watch a great show. The Characters are great at doing their job and the young actors are sure to on to better things. The family isn't any normal family mostly due to the fact but they have £38 million pounds. They used to be a normal family Mother, Father and 3 children all girls. Many things happen every episode and not just one main one which i think is good. A great programme and one you much watch!
*** Warning *** This might contain some spoilers! In the case of my opinion of the second series, I’m not sure there is much to spoil (miaow!), but I have tried to leave out the most exciting/interesting storylines as much as possible in both sections. Despite this, I still can’t guarantee I haven’t spoilt something for someone, so if you don’t want to know, look away now!!! *** End of Warning *** ~* The First Series *~ The first series of ‘At Home with the Braithwaites’ was fantastic! It tells the story of and introduces you to Alison Braithwaite (Amanda Redman) and her family. The main storyline begins when Charlotte (Keely Fawcett), Alisons youngest daughter, gives her mother a lottery ticket for her 40th birthday. Alison shows that she thinks it is a sweet and thoughtful thing to do, but she doesn’t even consider the fact she might actually win! This of course happens and she scoops the £38 million jackpot. She decides to keep her family’s newfound wealth a secret from them, fearing that it will change them for the worse. Many of the main characters have their own sub-story line, from the lesbian daughter, Virginia (Sarah Smart), who falls in love with their philandering sex-maniac of a neighbour; the rebellious daughter, Sarah (Sarah Churm) who becomes pregnant at the end of the series, but not until she has got drunk whilst performing in a school play and spent a lot of time shouting at her parents and falling in love with her gay drama teacher; the adulterous husband David (Peter Davison) who prefers an exciting fling with his secretary to living the day-to-day family life. Charlotte is about the only one who doesn’t have problems, or feel the need to run around shouting all the time! The characters and situations were very believable, although most of us are fortunate enough not to have all the complications going on at once. We can all recognise and s
ympathise with the characters and the petty arguments that go on around the breakfast, dinner and any other table they care to take them to! It’s all very ‘normal’. The whole series was really well written. I enjoyed it from start to finish and, at times, was on the edge of my seat (I won’t give you a specific example, but in case you have watch the series, do you remember the photographer that was following Virginia?!!!). Ultimately the truth comes out and everybody knows the secret, and *shock, horror* life does change, except for Charlotte who (as far as I remember because the last series ended a long time ago) is unphased by it all. Virginia wants to be paid to do nothing, whilst the others (except Charlotte) plan how to spend the money. Money doesn’t necessarily bring you happiness though does it?! ~* Series 2 *~ The second series shows the family seven months after we saw them last. They now live in a large mansion with extensive gardens and all the family have nice cars and belongings, but there are still problems within the family. Since Alison found out about David’s affair, things haven’t been right between them and Alison threatens to divorce him. David, however, appears to want his marriage to work, but how much has this got to do with their newfound wealth? I suppose it depends on how cynical you are, but I believe that it has a lot to do with the size of Alison’s bank balance initially. David an Alison split and Alison seeks solace in his brother Graham. It becomes apparent that she has always loved him and that once she hoped they would marry. Graham tells her that he is planning to leave his wife because they too are having marital problems, when all along he is lying to his wife and Alison in order to get her to give him some money to save him from bankruptcy. The ladies find out in the end and instead of giving Graham the money on the condition he disappear for goo
d, Alison gives it to his long suffering wife and children instead. David, meanwhile, whilst trying to ward his wife about the lack of scruples his bother has, is seeing Elaine again, only this time his heart doesn’t seem in it. Perhaps he really does love his wife now, or perhaps the novelty of Elaine has now worn off because it is no longer forbidden. Virginia is seeing her old uni roommate Tamzin, but eventually succumbs to her feelings for Megan and buys her a house, car and all manner of other things (with money obtained fraudulently from her mothers company) to win her affections. Meanwhile Megan encourages her, pretending to be in love with her when instead all she is doing is waiting for the next opportunity to get her leg over, usually with the first man (or plumber) to walk through the door. She thinks about committing suicide and is cajoled by people in the pub to jump from the bridge she is standing on. Predictably she falls, and predictably she lives (it seems no-one ever dies, no matter how far they fall!). Charlotte is now also having problems. She is being bullied and ends up going quite mad, or at least I think she did! She turns into a most dislikeable character and is devious to boot. Sarah has her baby (William) and decides to marry his father (Phil) in a registry office on a day out in Leeds, despite knowing before, during and after the event that it was the wrong thing to do, and regretting it almost constantly throughout the rest of the series. This storyline was hard to believe because she is supposedly an intelligent woman (or some might still view her as a girl) and it was clear she didn’t think it was right. Phil’s character on the other hand loves (or at least likes) her and he seems to be lead by his heart, so the fact he wants to marry her is believable. The first series made compelling viewing, and as I expected, the second wasn't a patch on the original with some quit
e unbelievable story lines and a lot of overacting. I think overall there was too much going on, and too many unbelievable events that did nothing more than make me cringe. I think the first series was the best, saying a lot more about human nature and the effects of wealth than this one. The characters are no longer as believable as they once were and the progamme has lost its appeal. Where last series I was glued to the TV screen, during the second I would happily make tea, do my housework and safely know I hadn't missed anything important or interesting. The videos of series one can be bought at Blackstar for £14.99. As far as I know the second series is not yet available on video, and if it was I would not buy it, nor am I likely to watch any further series that may be shown on ITV in the future. The star rating here is for the second series, the first I would give 5/5.
We all dream of winning the lottery and being able to fulfil our every wish. We may be envious of lottery millionaires or simply curious, sometimes we feel sad for them, as money isn't always a good thing. The first series of At Home With The Braithwaites showed how the mother of the family, Alison (Amanda Redman) won £38 million on a European lottery. Not surprisingly, it changed her life, but it certainly did not improve her marriage, solve the problems with her children or bring her much happiness. Alison also decided to keep the win secret from her husband and three daughters. However, everyone seemed to be keeping things hidden from each other, with Alison's husband, David (Peter Davison) having an affair, one of her daughters - Sarah (Sarah Churm) becoming pregnant and another - Virginia (Sarah Smart) discovering her sexuality might not be as conventional as her father hoped. The second series began last week and shows the Braithwaites seven months on from the end of the first series. They now live in a lovely large house, which David longs to show off, so they hold a big garden party for family and friends. The house is gorgeous, the gardens are impressive, but they are not living a blissful life underneath the pretty exterior. Alison and David's marriage is very rocky, with Alison threatening divorce papers and flirting with her brother-in-law in the first programme ! David, however, appears to have turned over a new leaf and wants his marriage to work. His daughters test him out by paying their ex-neighbour, Megan (Julie Graham) to seduce him, but she tries and fails. They then reveal the results of this experiment to their surprised mother ! The three daughters still have problems of their own. Sarah is seven months pregnant and has a new relationship, but when the father of her baby turns up at the party, they kiss passionately. Virginia is in a steady r
elationship with Tamzin, but her father disapproves, screaming at them, as they slow dance in the moonlit garden. The youngest, Charlotte, is a bespectacled teenager, has just started her periods and her parents are multi-millionaires. Not surprisingly, she is a target for the school bullies. Her big sisters save her from a beating, but Charlotte is offended and walks away, angrily. It is rather confusing at times, as there are a lot of characters involved and each of them has quite a well developed life of their own. This is good in one way, as you do feel you know each of the characters and are shown varied aspects of their lives, but it is often a lot to keep up with ! Also, this is quite an unusual series in that it is hard to *enjoy* the programme in a conventional way. I don't often find myself smiling or laughing while watching it. I tend to usually be sympathising with the characters. It can sometimes be quite difficult to watch, as if you are intruding on a family's private hell, which can feel awkward - but it is very realistic in this respect, which can only be a compliment to the writing and the acting. The cast are universally excellent, with the new, young actors (Sarah Churm, Sarah Smart and Keeley Fawcett) standing their own remarkably well, even against such well established stars like Amanda Redman and Peter Davison. It is a compelling drama, which I am looking forward to following throughout the series. **UPDATED** February 23rd Well, the second series finished last night. It has been even better than the first one and turned out to be a thoroughly addictive drama. This was one of the few programmes I faithfully watched every episode of. (Another is Popstars, as you might have guessed!!) The second series really contained everything - humour, surreal scenes, bizarre happenings and enough life-changing events to fill a year's worth of EastEnders!
Alison and David split up, with Alison beginning an affair with Graham (David's gorgeous brother) and David returning to evenings with Elaine. Virginia lavished loads of affection and even more money on glamorous, but manipulative, Megan - only to find her on the kitchen floor, getting the plumber to plug her leak <ahem>! Poor Virginia nearly drowned in the river, but ended the final episode reconciled with red-haired Tamsin. Sarah got married, but then didn't, to William's father. They went through with the wedding in a register office, but then they decided not to go through with the church ceremony, but still ended up making full use of the bridal suite! Charlotte trapped her uncle Graham into falling down a well, where he was dragged out by David, only to start a fight. Then Graham fell back down and was killed - only he wasn't, he seemed to be a ghost, then rang David and Virginia - and of course, ghosts exist, but they don't use mobile phones - so it turned out he really was alive after all. He turned up at Sarah's (non)wedding, to be paid £1,000,000 to get lost, only for Alison to tell him to get lost anyway, but without the cheque, as she was giving it to Helen, the wife he had left. Phew! Got that? You can see why it can be confusing. Brilliant though. The final scene was a classic. Charlotte hears the sounds of love-making coming from her parents' bedroom, so she goes to see Sarah to tell her. Sarah however is in bed with Phil, but hearing Charlotte's news, they run to get Virginia - who is in bed with Tamsin, but hearing the news, she gets out and they all run along to their parents' bedroom. Opening the door, they find their Mum in bed with ... <pause for effect> ... their DAD!! Phew! So they are all reconciled and everyone lives happily ever after. NAH!! This is the Braithwaites and they are soon arguing again. Wonderful, just wonderful.
What will I do with myself on Thursday evenings now? Let's hope Bad Girls starts again soon.
This is a fresh new comedy drama about sex and money and family relationships, written and created by Sally Wainwright, formally a writer for ‘Coronation Street’. It is the tale of Alison Brathwaite (Amanda Redman), a middle aged, middle class Mother of three, who won 38 million on the Euro lottery on her 40th birthday and kept it a secret. Unknown to her, she’s not the only one. Her husband David (Peter Davidson) was having an affair with his secretary, her eldest daughter Virginia (Sarah Smart) is a confused lesbian and fancies her married neighbour Megan (Julie Graham), the star of a cat food commercial, the middle daughter Sarah (Sarah Churn) is in love with her gay Drama teacher and the youngest, Charlotte (Keely Fawcett), knew about the lottery win all along. Charlotte is the watcher of the family. Although she had no big secret (or storyline) of her own in Series One, she is obviously a very significant character in the development of the other plots. The acting, particularly by the kids, is first rate. The characters are all quite outrageous, but in the end their family life is very ordinary and they deal with their problems in the same ways we might. None of the family gets on particularly well. They really don’t seem to like each other very much, which is what’s so funny. Their petty arguments around the breakfast table are familiar to many families and highly amusing. But it can also be quite a powerful drama and is often sentimental. Series Two (which began Thursday 4th January) was set 7 months after the secret came out and shows how the money has affected the family. Though as far as I can tell, the only thing that’s changed is other people’s attitudes. I think the same is probably true in real life too. Sarah is now 7 months pregnant and her and Phil (the Father) have broken up. Virginia is seeing Tamzin (her old roommate at uni), Alison is fall
ing for David’s charming brother (who’s married with two children) and Charlotte is being bullied at school, an over used storyline in TV land, if you ask me. Characters from the last series also starred, Megan taking quite a large part as she proceeded to throw herself at first Virginia (who resisted her charms) and then at David (paid two grand by the girls to test his faithfulness to Alison). Funny, witty and convincing, the second series will probably not be quite as good as the first, but it’s well worth a watch.