[[caption-width-right:350:Dave and his four- wait, five- kids]]
''Single Father'' is a BBC mini-series about a recently widowed father of five starring Creator/DavidTennant.
Set in Glasgow, ''Single Father'' follows Dave as he deals with the sudden death of his long time partner, Rita. He is left with the four children they were raising together: Lucy (15), Rita's daughter from a previous relationship; and their three biological children: Paul (11), Ewan (9), and Evie (5). Other major characters include Rita's best friend Sarah, who steps in to help Dave with the kids as much as possible, Dave's other older daughter from his previous marriage (Tanya, herself a mother) and Anna, Rita's adoptive sister and her husband Robin.
!!This show contains examples of the following tropes:
* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Tanya, Dave's daughter from his first marriage. She's 18 and has a 3-year-old son. That's right, Dave is a grandfather too.
* AmicablyDivorced: Dave and his first wife.
* BabiesEverAfter: Sarah is pregnant in the last episode. Dave is about to become a father...again!
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Lucy, [[JustifiedTrope justifiably]] lashing out in the wake of her mother's death.
* DisappearedDad: Lucy's real father, whom Rita kept secret from Lucy up until her death. Lucy's search for him after provides a significant plotline.
* HeroicBSOD: Dave after Rita dies, summed up by his aimless motorcycle riding at night. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wueu9dqcGm0 Here's another breakdown scene]].
* MaybeEverAfter: For Dave and Sarah.
* MissingMom: Of course. Rita's absence from the children's lives is a major part of the drama.
* PlotTriggeringDeath: Rita's.
* [[RomancingTheWidow Romancing The Widower]]: Deconstructed. Dave and Sarah's burgeoning romance is taut with the presence of Rita's memory and how quickly they seem to have gotten together after her death.
* YourCheatingHeart: Sarah cheats on her boyfriend Matt with Dave.