The show that changed the way documentaries are made.
The Family was the first factual programme to be filmed using the now ubiquitous “multi-camera” system, or, more colloquially, “on the rig”.
A double BAFTA nominee, and an immediate hit with Channel 4’s viewers, its tropes are still being copied five years on by production companies seeking to convey a more authentic vision of modern life than that afforded by overwrought format shows.
Series two, featuring the irrepressible Grewal family, proved to be the brand’s creative apotheosis, drawing huge audiences and transforming for the better British Asian people’s views about Channel 4.
“Pure joy” – The Times