The Real Swiss Family Robinson

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Episode 2

Series 1 · Episode 2

Denise Busby, a hairdresser from London, is worried that her family is drifting apart. She and her cabbie husband Richard are working all hours just to stay afloat. They feel on the frontline of the credit crunch; luxuries like taxis and haircuts are the first things to go. With their parents working so hard, daughters Leila (17) and Alana (10) bury themselves in their gadgets and games. With so little time together, Denise fears the family have forgotten how to interact, now she’s pinning her hopes on a once in a lifetime experience. Will three weeks on a deserted island help the family re-evaluate what’s important in life, and get to know each other again? Catapulted 5,000 miles from London, the family find themselves on a wild, rugged and jungly island off the coast of Panama. Dad Richard, so used to being the provider, goes into overdrive to build the family a home, until he collapses with exhaustion. Not wanting it to be what she calls ‘King Busby Island’, Denise jumps at the opportunity to step in and enjoys her moments as GI Jane, taught by their local guide and very own man Friday, Gilberto. It’s not long though before there are rows over whether or not to kill a chicken. ‘Alana wants chicken, she’s gonna have chicken’ says Denise! As the three weeks progress,the family settle into island life. The two sisters re-discover each other, and a genuine love of nature. Valuable lessons are learnt from experiencing the simple life, and witnessing how the locals have fun. Denise realizes that she’s been guilty of lazy parenting, and Richard promises to carve out more family time. Before they leave they produce a fantastic feast to say thank you to their hosts, and Denise reveals what she really wants her family to do - move out of London and say goodbye to the rat race - forever.

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