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* FakingTheDead - In one episode, Jake dies suddenly and leaves a will demanding that Ben arrange a ''Series/StarTrek''-themed funeral for him. It turns out he faked the whole thing to humiliate Ben.

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* FakingTheDead - In one episode, Jake dies suddenly and leaves a will demanding that Ben arrange a ''Series/StarTrek''-themed ''Franchise/StarTrek''-themed funeral for him. It turns out he faked the whole thing to humiliate Ben.


The episodes could be very surreal -- one ended up as a parody of ''Series/ThePrisoner''. And Bill had numerous prophetic dreams given to her by her SpiritAdvisor, a biker.

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The episodes could be very surreal -- one ended up as a parody of ''Series/ThePrisoner''.''Series/ThePrisoner1967''. And Bill had numerous prophetic dreams given to her by her SpiritAdvisor, a biker.


* MoodWhiplash - Frequently. The biggest example is probably the second-to-last episode of Season 4, which ''almost'' ends on the triumphant note of Jenny winning the school talent contest thanks to Ben and David helping her by dressing as TheBluesBrothers and singing "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love". Then they get home and find the house has burnt down.

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* MoodWhiplash - Frequently. The biggest example is probably the second-to-last episode of Season 4, which ''almost'' ends on the triumphant note of Jenny winning the school talent contest thanks to Ben and David helping her by dressing as TheBluesBrothers Film/TheBluesBrothers and singing "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love". Then they get home and find the house has burnt down.


* Jenny, the daughter
* David, the son

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* Jenny, the their daughter
* David, the their son


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Named after the then-average number of children in a British family -- today it would probably be 1point8 Children.

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Named after the then-average number of children in a British family -- today it would probably be 1point8 Children.
''1point8 Children''.


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* MrsRobinson - possibly. One episode was centred around Bill reading David's diary and becoming convinced he was in a relationship with an older woman ... then learning the woman was his drama teacher and he was appearing in a production of ''TheGraduate'' ... and ''then'' at the very end, he thanks the teacher for "everything. "No, ''[[TeacherStudentRomance everything]]''".

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* MrsRobinson - possibly. One episode was centred around Bill reading David's diary and becoming convinced he was in a relationship with an older woman ... then learning the woman was his drama teacher and he was appearing in a production of ''TheGraduate'' ...''Film/TheGraduate'' ... and ''then'' at the very end, he thanks the teacher for "everything. "No, ''[[TeacherStudentRomance everything]]''".

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* StonersAreFunny: In one episode Bill's mother and Rhona's very uptight Auntie Pearl smoke a tin of tobacco that they found behind a lavatory cistern, not realising that it was actually cannabis. Cue several scenes of them having very giggly conversations.


''Series/TwoPointFourChildren'' is a prime example of MagicRealism. It was written by Andrew Marshall, whose former writing partner David Renwick was responsible for the more successful ''Series/OneFootInTheGrave'' (which was more like tragic surrealism). Both jointly created classic radio comedy ''Radio/TheBurkissWay''. ''2point4 Children'' has strong echoes of Burkiss, but is a little less surrealistic.

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''Series/TwoPointFourChildren'' ''2point4 Children'' is a prime example of MagicRealism. It was written by Andrew Marshall, whose former writing partner David Renwick was responsible for the more successful ''Series/OneFootInTheGrave'' (which was more like tragic surrealism). Both jointly created classic radio comedy ''Radio/TheBurkissWay''. ''2point4 Children'' has strong echoes of Burkiss, but is a little less surrealistic.


Named after the then-average number of children in a British family -- today it would probably be 1.8 Children.

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Named after the then-average number of children in a British family -- today it would probably be 1.8 1point8 Children.


''Series/TwoPointFourChildren'' is a prime example of MagicRealism. It was written by Andrew Marshall, whose former writing partner David Renwick was responsible for the more successful ''Series/OneFootInTheGrave'' (which was more like tragic surrealism). Both jointly created classic radio comedy ''Radio/TheBurkissWay''. ''2.4 Children'' has strong echoes of Burkiss, but is a little less surrealistic.

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''Series/TwoPointFourChildren'' is a prime example of MagicRealism. It was written by Andrew Marshall, whose former writing partner David Renwick was responsible for the more successful ''Series/OneFootInTheGrave'' (which was more like tragic surrealism). Both jointly created classic radio comedy ''Radio/TheBurkissWay''. ''2.4 ''2point4 Children'' has strong echoes of Burkiss, but is a little less surrealistic.



* StandardizedSitcomHousing: the setting is what could be called ''The Creator/{{BBC}} Semi-Dee'' - the universal semi-detached house found universally all over Britain, and since the 1950's the standard set for BBC family sitcoms of the ''Series/TerryAndJune'' genre. Although ''2.4 Children'' [[GenreSavvy knowingly sends up]] the twee and dated assumptions of the London-based sitcom about a middle-class family, living humdrum comfortable lives in nice parts of suburbia.

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* StandardizedSitcomHousing: the setting is what could be called ''The Creator/{{BBC}} Semi-Dee'' - the universal semi-detached house found universally all over Britain, and since the 1950's the standard set for BBC family sitcoms of the ''Series/TerryAndJune'' genre. Although ''2.4 ''2point4 Children'' [[GenreSavvy knowingly sends up]] the twee and dated assumptions of the London-based sitcom about a middle-class family, living humdrum comfortable lives in nice parts of suburbia.


''Series/TwoPointFourChildren'' is a prime example of MagicRealism. It was written by Andrew Marshall, whose former writing partner David Renwick was responsible for the more successful ''Series/OneFootInTheGrave'' (which was more like tragic surrealism). Both jointly created classic radio comedy ''TheBurkissWay''. ''2.4 Children'' has strong echoes of Burkiss, but is a little less surrealistic.

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''Series/TwoPointFourChildren'' is a prime example of MagicRealism. It was written by Andrew Marshall, whose former writing partner David Renwick was responsible for the more successful ''Series/OneFootInTheGrave'' (which was more like tragic surrealism). Both jointly created classic radio comedy ''TheBurkissWay''.''Radio/TheBurkissWay''. ''2.4 Children'' has strong echoes of Burkiss, but is a little less surrealistic.


* [[SpiritualSuccessor Spiritual Predecessor]] - Considered by some to have paved the way for the similarly-themed ''MyFamily''.

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* [[SpiritualSuccessor Spiritual Predecessor]] - Considered by some to have paved the way for the similarly-themed ''MyFamily''.''Series/MyFamily''.


* StandardizedSitcomHousing: the setting is what could be called ''The Creator/{{BBC}} Semi-Dee'' - the universal semi-detached house found universally all over Britain, and since the 1950's the standard set for BBC family sitcoms of the ''[[Creator/TerryScott TerryAndJune]]'' genre. Although ''2.4 Children'' [[GenreSavvy knowingly sends up]] the twee and dated assumptions of the London-based sitcom about a middle-class family, living humdrum comfortable lives in nice parts of suburbia.

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* StandardizedSitcomHousing: the setting is what could be called ''The Creator/{{BBC}} Semi-Dee'' - the universal semi-detached house found universally all over Britain, and since the 1950's the standard set for BBC family sitcoms of the ''[[Creator/TerryScott TerryAndJune]]'' ''Series/TerryAndJune'' genre. Although ''2.4 Children'' [[GenreSavvy knowingly sends up]] the twee and dated assumptions of the London-based sitcom about a middle-class family, living humdrum comfortable lives in nice parts of suburbia.


The episodes could be very surreal -- one ended up as a parody of ThePrisoner. And Bill had numerous prophetic dreams given to her by her SpiritAdvisor, a biker.

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The episodes could be very surreal -- one ended up as a parody of ThePrisoner.''Series/ThePrisoner''. And Bill had numerous prophetic dreams given to her by her SpiritAdvisor, a biker.

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