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?