Hit family comedy MY HERO first aired in 1999 on BBC ONE, and is currently in its 6th series with a new lead actor (James Dreyfus) taking the main role. Originally My Hero was about a health food shop owner, George Sunday (Ardal O'Hanlon) and his family who live in a London suburb – all pretty normal really except George also happens to be the world's most famous superhero, Thermoman. From the planet Ultron, George has married a down to earth nurse, Janet,(Emily Joyce) and they have two children, Olly and Cassie. But because they are part human part alien, they exhibit some quite interesting tendencies; at the tender age of 18 months, Ollie has the intelligence of a Cambridge postgraduate, and he can fly; Cassie can't, but she can see into the future, although some of her predictions do fall rather wide of the mark.
The beginning of series six sees George gambling away all his body parts during a poker game on Ultron. As a result, a new body is found for him, and James Dreyfus (Thin Blue Line; Gimme, Gimme, Gimme; Hell's Kitchen). steps into the breach; donning Thermoman's tights, he saves the world from more disasters, as well as deal with the domestic chaos that surrounds his family life. He also becomes the new doctor in the surgery and works alongside Dr. Piers Crispin (Hugh Dennis) and receptionist-from-hell Mrs. Raven (Geraldine McNulty). Lill Roughley, Phil Whitchurch, Lou Hirsch and Tim Wylton also co-star.
My Hero is a family comedy which looks at our world through the eyes of an alien abroad, and with the help of a group of suburban characters it shows the anomalies, hypocrycies and downright madness of our modern world.
Created by Paul Mendelson. Writers involved throughout all the series: Paul Mendelson, Paul Mayhew-Archer, Gary Lawson and John Phelps, Paul Alexander and Simon Braithwaite, Ian Brown and James Hendrie, Danny Peak, Katie Douglas, Jon Brown. Producers Marcus Mortimer, John Stroud and Jamie Rix. Executive Producers Marcus Mortimer, Sophie Clarke-Jervoise and Jon Plowman
Director John Stroud.
51 x 30 minutes
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