Hugh Dennis hints Outnumbered could return but with major change to storyline

Outnumbered: Pete and Sue worry about Karen in school

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Outnumbered has not been on screen since 2016 when a Christmas special was delivered. In it’s hay day, the BBC One British sitcom pulled in a whopping 9.39 million viewers. The show, which was part-improvised and part-scripted was about a couple and their three children living in London. Hugh Dennis played father Pete and Claire Skinner played mother Sue, with Daniel Roache, Ramona Marquez and Tyger Drew-Honey as their children. Considering its former success, will the show make a comeback? The leader actor spoke about reprising his role and said in order for the storyline to acknowledge the time which has passed, a change would have to occur. 

Hugh, who regularly appears on Mock the Week spoke fondly about the show. 

He said: “I really liked making it, and I’d be very happy to do some more. 

“Maybe in 20 years when the children are looking after us. That would be a great format.” 

He also discussed why the show had a special place within television: “I think it was one of those sitcoms that acknowledged how difficult it is to bring up kids,” the actor explained. “And what an unholy mess it is, quite often. 

“That stuff is confusing and confused. The number of people who have come up to me and said, ‘You are basically telling me the story of my own life.’

“But I would like to say that I’m a much better father than I appear to be on Outnumbered,” Hugh added. 

It comes after Hugh was grilled by ITV’s Lorraine Kelly about bringing Outnumbered back to the small screen. 

It’s not impossible is it, I don’t know,” he told the morning chat show host. “I don’t think there are any particular plans for it, but I would love to do another series, or another Christmas special.” 

Perhaps Outnumbered will follow in Gavin and Stacey’s footsteps? 

Well, in 2017, a year after the last Christmas special aired, Hugh said: “But there will be more specials because that does seem to work. The special we did last year really worked. 

“I think the key to its success is that people talk on the show the way people speak in real life – so it never feels like lines.”

While fans rally support for another series or special episode of Outnumbered, Hugh is busy with Mock the Week. 

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With an ever-accelerating news cycle being one of the biggest challenges when it comes to finding new material every week, Hugh was asked whether the best topical gags were already viral before they had the chance to comment on them. 

He told Radio Times that he “hadn’t noticed” and that an accelerated news cycle means it’s “difficult to judge the importance of things”. 

“The news of that particular day gets headlines immediately,” Hugh added. 

And the best way the topical comedy show deals with this? They don’t “react in the same way to rolling news”. 

“You need a couple of days to work out what the big things actually are,” the actor commented. 

He has clocked up 19 series of the show, appearing on virtually every episode since it kicked off in 2005. 

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