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Family Business 

The Brookers, a family firm of builders and renovators, are delighted to finally be moving into their dream home - but their happiness is soon offset by the disappearance of youngest sibling, James.

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Tony Grounds
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Series cast summary:
Jamie Foreman ...  Marky Brooker 6 episodes, 2004
Elizabeth Berrington ...  Jessica Brooker 6 episodes, 2004
Meg Wynn Owen ...  Iris Brooker 6 episodes, 2004
Trevor Peacock ...  Arthur Brooker 6 episodes, 2004
Abbie Nichols Abbie Nichols ...  Lauren Brooker 6 episodes, 2004
Claire Rushbrook ...  Rachel Brooker 6 episodes, 2004
Ian Burfield ...  Mr. Adkins 6 episodes, 2004
Danny Dyer ...  Yankie 6 episodes, 2004
Ronnie Fox ...  Jethro 6 episodes, 2004
Grace Monchar Grace Monchar ...  Tulip 6 episodes, 2004
Michael Tucek Michael Tucek ...  James Brooker 5 episodes, 2004
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The Brookers, a family firm of builders and renovators, are delighted to finally be moving into their dream home - but their happiness is soon offset by the disappearance of youngest sibling, James.

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BBC [UK]

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UK

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English

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11 February 2004 (UK) See more »

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(6 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color
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Business as Usual
17 March 2004 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Tony Grounds scripted the sublime 'Births, Deaths and Marriages', which concluded with a character attempting to commit suicide by setting himself in concrete but failing due to not choosing a quick setting mix, and the emotionally intense 'Bodily Harm'. 'Family Business', however, is more routine fare, a rather heavy handed and obvious "family" drama. Jamie Foreman plays Marky Brooker, a builder whose absurdly idealised notions of family somehow persist until his son finally has enough and runs away from home. Unable to sort out his own, Marky tries instead to fix the family lives of his customers, a notion that could be funny but which is played straight here. The predictable ending, in which everything turns out alright although none of the characters appears to have undergone much of a personal journey, is dramatically bizarre, and the dialogue is also strange: Grounds may have wanted to avoid the slickness of manicured repartee, but his alternative device, of characters unable to finish their sentences, seems just as stylised and soon grows wearisome. The cast do their best but there's little vitality in the piece. A disappointment.


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