2 Point 4 Children

1 9 9 1 – 1 9 9 9 (UK)
56 x 40 minute episodes

2point4children_002When Andrew Marshall’s 2 Point 4 Children first hit British screens it was compared to Roseanne (1988), primarily because of Gary Olsen’s burly build as lumberjack-shirted Ben Porter.

Like Roseanne, it survived the recasting of the eldest daughter and had occasional lapses into surrealism. But there the similarities ended.

The ongoing story concerned a flirtation between hardworking middle-aged mum Bill (Belinda Lang) and a motorcycle courier she kept meeting unexpectedly.

Bill’s family comprised hypersensitive vegetarian daughter, Jenny (Clare Buckfield), ghoulish son David (John Pickard), and husband Ben, who was an overgrown kid himself. Bill also had to contend with her sex-mad best friend, Rona (Julia Hills).

At its peak, 2 Point 4 Children was pulling in more than 12 million viewers.


Bill Porter
Belinda Lang
Ben Porter
Gary Olsen
Julia Hills
David Porter
John Pickard
Jenny Porter
Clare Buckfield
Kim Benson
Georgina Cates
Liz Smith
Tom Roberts
Dora Grimes
Annette Kerr
The Biker
Ray Polhill