People were and continue to be snobby about it, but there's no getting away from the fact that 'My Family' was a hugely successful show for the BBC, and pulled in the type of ratings at its peak that they could only dream of today.
And crucially it was a good show. This episode is fab.
The writing is sharp, the performances across the board are excellent - there's so much to like.
Again, there are some nice subtle twists on the normal format here, which work well.
It does remain a bit like 'Death in Paradise' by numbers though, with lots of the elements being seen before with the murder case. The person who thought they murdered the person not actually being the murderer etc.
I much preferred the ongoing Neville and Florence dynamic, and how the plot from ep 1 in some ways has continued into the next.
This is a really fun and funny episode to wrap up what on the whole was a good series of the show.
It puts the Ben and Nick relationship at the centre, which is great because Robert Lindsay and Kris Marshall have such good chemistry.
This episode would also be notable in other ways. Not only do we get the first appearance of the dark blue shirt that Ben would seemingly live in as the show went on, but it's also the last one to really focus on the original 5 characters.
After this Janey would head to Uni, Abi would come in, and the show would hit new heights, while becoming something quite different at the same time.
Although it beggars belief slightly that all the guests are people in the main cast it is nice to see everyone together, and to see that there are no real weak links amongst the mix currently. Though a few that could do with tweaking...
A fun episode, building to one heck of a cliff-hanger.
'My Family' did like the odd foray into the world of black comedy, and this is one such trip.
It's another very funny episode of the show. I think the peak series were 3-4, but the 2nd series did have a lot of good outings.
It's a shame they couldn't keep this original cast together for longer, because their interaction together is so joyous, and when people remember 'My Family', it's this line-up they chances are think of.
Unfortunately by Series 3 Janey was off to Uni, and we ended up with the much broader comedy from Abi. It was still a great series, but there was something lovely about these early episodes.
Avril Edgar makes her one and only appearance as Susan's mum here (who is not called Grace) and does a really nice job with the role. You can see the elements that Rosemary Leach took on from Series 4 onwards.
This is another very strong episode of the show, with some lovely moments and interactions. 'My Family' was so well written at this stage!
We also learn a bit more about Ben's side of the family here too, and that would all go by the wayside later on sadly, so it's nice to hear about it more here.
Has anyone other than poor lumbered Holly and Phil ever referred to this show as 'The Greatest Show on Ice'?
Yes, it's the return of this beleaguered show that was only ever ok in its heyday. Which was a long, long time ago.
This is a tired format, being played out again and again with diminishing returns, and if ITV really must persevere with it you'd think some bright spark at the network would've tried to put a new spin on it by now.
But no, same old, same very much old. Even the gimmick of having an ex Strictly pro pretend that they're a novice (hi Brendan) is old.
You do feel sorry for all involved, because surely ITV could cook up something better for all parties.
While they are small there are signs of 'Death in Paradise' playing with its standard format a little bit, and as we're now in Series 11 it's probably for the best.
It does remain in large part the same as ever though, which will no doubt please long-term fans.
We've seen the whole "the detective loves his sidekick" plot before in Series 3-4, so I liked the twist on that here, and bravo to the writers for making Neville a heck of a lot more likeable than he was when he joined the show.
Not sure about his comment that Florence had always been there for him since he first arrived though - is he forgetting that it was Madeline? Actually, best to forget that character entirely.
Sergeant Naomi Thomas is the new recruit here too, and the 'comedy' subplot with her and Marlon feels a lot more natural than anything Dwayne did in 8 years on the show.