The Family Review: Happier Families

November 3, 2009 by  
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3THE FAMILY: Wednesday 4th November, Channel 4, 9PM ALERT ME

After watching last year’s first series of The Family, we began to understand why there were reports that Macaulay Culkin tried to divorce his parents.

The Hughes household was at best a chaotic, at worst it was a place in which people argued incessantly and stormed from on a daily basis.

I understood the concept, but watching people shout at each other for an hour isn’t really my idea of fun – besides I get enough of that in the OTB office.

So what a breath of fresh air the Grewals are. The British Asian family seem to manage life under one roof just fine, which considering there is half a dozen of them, is an impressive feat.

Sarbijt and Arvinder are the middle-aged parents of Sunny (airport security), Kaki (heavily pregnant) and Tindy (lazy graduate). The couple were married after their parents got together and hammered out a deal 35 years ago and they have been together ever since.

Despite Arvinder jesting that he has to care about his wife “because no-one else will cook my dinner?, it is quite clear that they are in a happy relationship and both seem to accept that their children’s life-choices will be very different from theirs.

“We are not living in the 1960’s anymore. The world is changing and if I want my children to be happy I have to keep up?, says Arvinder who at this early stage seems to have an implausibly good relationship with his children.

However, friction-loving viewers should not fear, there is plenty of controversy to be had in this new series.

Although Sunny and his wife Shay have had a registry office wedding, they have yet to be married in a traditionally massive Indian ceremony and they are in the final stages of organising a shindig of mammoth proportions.

Unfortunately for Shay, her unseen mother refuses to accept the relationship with Sunny. “Their family were carpenters and ours farmers – so we are not good enough?, explains Sarbijt with understandable confusion.

A resolution before the big day seems unlikely – we knew it was all too good to be true.


Sean Marland