A Family Reunion

About the Show

About the Show

Families make us what we are. They are our past, our present, our future. They define us, they identify us. And they present a public face of who we are to the world. But scratch the surface and what do you see? Most families harbour secrets they can’t conceal – jealousy, snobbery, competitiveness, the fall-out from an argument years ago that never got patched up, the upset caused by a new partner who never matches the old one. Look at our families closely enough and you’ll see the good and the ill in all of us – as we really are. A Family Reunion is a series that does just that, that looks intimately and affectionately at the modern British family in an ambitious documentary series. In two self-contained episodes, two very different extended families are filmed though the build up to a big family weekend where they are brought together to face each other and ultimately to celebrate each other for the first in a very long time. The issues they face – whether about inheritance, family break up, wayward children, battling spouses – are our issues too. And amidst these different mixes of generations, classes, uncles, aunts, grandparents, cousins, in-laws, new boyfriends and old partners, we’ll see a picture of ourselves, the ties that bind us together, the forces that pull us apart. Compelling, moving, shocking and often very funny A Family Reunion aims to define what it means to be part of the modern family in the new television generation. What are we really like underneath the surface?


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