BBC comedy series Outnumbered, starring Hugh Dennis, will return to TV screens for the first time in eight years with a 2024 Christmas special.

Outnumbered, which follows the "chaos in the downsized home of Pete and Sue Brockman", ran for five series between 2007 to 2014. 

The most recent episode was a Christmas special which aired back in 2016.

The show features: 

  • Hugh Dennis as Pete Brockman
  • Claire Skinner as Sue Brockman
  • Tyger Drew-Honey as Jake Brockman
  • Daniel Roche as Ben Brockman
  • Ramona Marquez as Karen Brockman

Worcester News: The Brockman kids will be all grown up in the new Outnumbered episode, there will even be a grandchild introduced.The Brockman kids will be all grown up in the new Outnumbered episode, there will even be a grandchild introduced. (Image: BBC)

Outnumbered to return on BBC for first time in 8 years

The BBC have now announced that after eight years, Outnumbered will return to TV screens in 2024 with a Christmas special.

The special episode of the popular BBC comedy will see all the stars from the original series return.

Giving a rundown of what to expect from the episode, the BBC said: "In a moment of adversity, Sue and Pete gather all their offspring (including one grandchild) to try and celebrate a traditional family Christmas.

"But fate, neighbours, hyenas and bus replacement services get in their way."

"I can't wait for the Brockmans to be back together" says Hugh Dennis

Dennis, who plays dad Pete in the show said he "can't wait" for the show to return after an eight-year hiatus.

He said: “I can’t wait for the Brockmans to be back together again. Pete and Sue have downsized, the children are no longer children, but I’m sure family life will prove to be just as chaotic as ever.”

While Skinner, who plays mum Sue, added: “I’m really looking forward to being reunited with my TV family. Working on this wonderful BBC comedy doesn’t feel like work and is one of the greatest joys for us all.”

Director of BBC Comedy, Jon Petrie, described Outnumbered as "one of the crown jewels of British sitcoms" and was "so grateful" to creators Guy Jenkin and Andy Hamilton and production company Hat Trick for bringing it back.

Co-creator, writer and director Andy Hamilton says: “It’s a very exciting prospect to be revisiting the Brockman family - older, but not necessarily wiser - as they steer a path through the perils of Christmas and the rapids of modern-day family life.”

Executive producer at Hat Trick Productions, Jimmy Mulville, added the Christmas special was "unmissable".

Mulville said: “Who doesn’t want to know what happened to the Brockmans, our favourite television family, since we last saw them?

"Well, we can find out when Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkins’ ground-breaking comedy returns in a one-off special this Christmas. It’s unmissable!”

News of an Outnumbered Christmas special comes just weeks after James Corden and Ruth Jones revealed they had finished filming “the last ever episode” of BBC’s Gavin and Stacey.

The last Gavin and Stacey episode will also air on Christmas Day 2024.


How to watch the Outnumbered Christmas special

For those wanting to catch up on all the previous episodes of Outnumbered before the Christmas Special, you can watch them now on BBC iPlayer.

The Outnumbered Christmas special will air on Christmas Day 2024 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.