2Point4 Children is a BBC television sitcom that was created and written by Andrew Marshall. It follows the lives of the Porters, a seemingly-average family whose world is frequently turned upside-down by bad luck and bizarre occurrences.
The show was originally broadcast on BBC One from 1991 to 1999, and ran for eight series, concluding with 30 December 1999 special episode, "The Millennium Experience". The September 2000 death from cancer of lead actor Gary Olsen, who played the father, ended the possibility of any subsequent specials. The show is now repeated regularly in the UK on Gold and Drama, and in Australia on UKTV.
The show's title refers to the once-average size of a UK family. There are two children in the Porter family, however Andrew Marshall has indicated that the father, Ben, could almost be considered another child, making up the "point four.
The show regularly picked up large audiences of up to 14 million in the early 1990s, with an average of between 6 and 9 million, the final episode was viewed by 9.03 million people.
The final episode was on 30th December 1999 and was watched by over 9 million, but after lead actor Gary Olson died on 12th September 2000, the decision was made to discontinue the series despite its popularity, out of respect for the irreplaceable Gary Olson.