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20 January 2000




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Final episode date
9 April 2003

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At Home with the Braithwaites is a British comedy-drama television series, created and written by Sally Wainwright (except for the final four episodes). The storyline follows a suburban family from Leeds, whose life is turned upside down when the mother of the family wins 38 million pounds on the lottery. It was broadcast on ITV and produced by Yorkshire Television for 26 episodes, from 20 January 2000 to 9 April 2003.


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At the beginning of the first series, each member of the Braithwaite family has an issue. Alison (mother) has to decide what to do with the winnings, and when to tell her family. David (father) is having an affair with Elaine, his secretary at work. Virginia (eldest daughter) is on the verge of dropping out of university. Sarah (middle daughter) has a crush on her drama teacher. Charlotte (youngest daughter) suspects that her mother may be the mystery lottery winner.

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  • Amanda Redman as Alison Braithwaite
  • Peter Davison as David Braithwaite
  • Sarah Smart as Virginia Braithwaite
  • Sarah Churm as Sarah Braithwaite
  • Keeley Fawcett as Charlotte Braithwaite
  • Julie Graham as Megan Hartnoll
  • Kevin Doyle as Mike Hartnoll
  • Lynda Bellingham as Pauline Farnell
  • Sylvia Syms as Marion Riley
  • Judy Holt as Elaine Fishwick (Series 1, 2 and 4)
  • Ray Stevenson as Graham Braithwaite (Series 2 and 3)
  • Lucy Whelan as Tamsin
  • Hazel Douglas as Audrey Crowther
  • Damian Zuk as Phil Skidmore
  • Ishia Bennison as Denise Skidmore
  • Garry Cooper as Colin Skidmore (Series 1, 2 and 3)
  • Adam Rayner as Nick (Series 4)
  • Scott Cooper as Jordan Fishwick (Series 4)
  • Adam & Jamie Harrison as Baby William (Series 3)
  • Alison Braithwaite

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    Alison is the matriarch of the family. She is upstanding, unselfish. She cares for her family, however, through her deception, she often hurts them. After winning the lottery, she adopts a new Dynasty resembling look, however, her taste "leaves a lot to be desired" as one character puts it. She has extramarital affairs with her brother-in-law and even her gardener who is 20 years her junior.

    David Braithwaite

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    David is the father of the family. He is not as close to his children as Alison, and has a stormy relationship with eldest daughter Virginia, however, she is the only one he ever confides in. He has been having an affair for some time with his PA. He loathes his younger brother Graham who has an affair with Alison.

    Virginia Braithwaite

    Virginia is the eldest daughter, she is wanton, feckless and usually entirely selfish. She is closest to her mother and has the confidences of both her parents. She is an open lesbian and has an ongoing relationship with Tamsin and an on and off affair with Megan. She works as a mechanic on-and-off and studies at the University of York. She is described by sister Sarah as being her 'chain-smoking, screwed up dyke of a sister'.

    Sarah Braithwaite

    The middle daughter, Sarah is immature, needy and promiscuous. She becomes pregnant with a neighbour in series one, marries and divorces him in series two and has an affair with a teacher in her sixth form in series three. She is often the only daughter not to know family secrets as one parent usually entrusts Virginia with the truth while Charlotte's investigative nature usually uncovers the truth.

    Charlotte Braithwaite

    Charlotte is the youngest daughter, still in her teenage years, she is a gawky loner. She is a quiet child and usually finds out secrets through her inquisitive nature. She is occasionally capable of sociopathic behaviour.

    Megan Hartnoll

    Megan is originally the neighbour of the Braithwaites and lives with husband Mike. She is spiteful, manipulative and a constant threat to the happiness of the Braithwaite's, especially, Virginia with whom she has an affair. She is electrocuted in the fourth series.

    Mike Hartnoll

    Mike is the husband of Megan and is strongly attracted to Alison. While Alison feels sorry for him because of his loneliness, the rest of the family find him an annoyance. He is self-pitying, self-righteous, self-indulged and prone to making long drunken diatribes. As David describes him, he is the sort of man who you invite to a party in the hope he can not come.

    Graham Braithwaite

    Graham is David's brother. After Alison and David split, he lies to Alison telling her he's separated, and the two begin an affair. When she finds out it's adulterous she leaves him, but he refuses to leave her alone and his behaviour becomes obsessive. Alison falls pregnant with his baby and she and David try pass the baby off as theirs. Graham however finds out. He is devious, calculating and manipulative, yet intelligent and articulate which enables him to deceive others easily .

    Series One (2000)

    In the first series of six episodes Alison decides, for the time being, to not tell her family about the lottery win as she worries it may have a negative effect on them. In an attempt to do something good with the money she starts a charity with the help of her good friend Marion, and an idealistic out-of-work accountant, Pauline. David begins to regret having started an affair. Virginia falls in love with their new next door neighbour, the selfish and manipulative Megan. A group of journalists attempt to track down and reveal the identity of the mystery lottery winner. Sarah has her advances toward her drama teacher rejected, and she reacts by sleeping with Phil, the boy next door, and becomes pregnant. By the end of the series the truth comes out regarding Alison's lottery win and David's affair.

    Series Two (2001)

    In the second series of eight episodes the Braithwaites have moved into a mansion in the countryside. Alison and David struggle to rebuild their marriage and end up separating. Alison then has a romance with David's brother, Graham, much to David's dismay, until she realises that Graham is still seeing his wife. Sarah gives birth to a baby boy and gets married to Phil in secret. Charlotte starts getting bullied at school because of her family's newfound wealth. Virginia is going out with Tamsin, a kind and sensible girl, but is still obsessed with Megan. By the end of the series Alison and David decide to give their marriage another go.

    Series Three (2002)

    In the third series (six episodes), Alison discovers that she is pregnant with Graham's baby. David suggests that they pretend he is the father, until it comes out that Graham actually is. Tamsin is also pregnant, as the result of a one night stand with a guy from university. She and Virginia decide to raise the child together, until Tamsin realises that Virginia is still infatuated with Megan. A newspaper prints a story saying that it was 12-year-old Charlotte who purchased the winning lottery ticket, and the lottery company take the family to court, claiming back all 38 million pounds. A heavily pregnant Alison cracks and confesses during the trial, forcing the Braithwaites back to their old home and their old lives. Sarah starts seeing a married teacher. By the end of the series, Alison gives birth to a baby girl, Kate, and the family manage to retrieve their fortune following a legal technicality and a retrial.

    Series Four (2003)

    In the fourth and final series (six episodes), Alison and David start divorce proceedings. Alison has a romance with her gardener, Nick. David starts seeing Elaine again. Sarah quits college and starts a business as a wedding planner. She also discovers that Phil, the father of her child, still has feelings for her. Charlotte starts going out with Jordan, Elaine's son, and the pair hatch a plan to get rid of the lottery winnings that Charlotte believes has caused all of the problems within her family. Virginia has to finally choose between Tamsin, who now has a baby girl, and Megan. Disapproving of her recent actions, Virginia, Sarah and Charlotte all struggle to get along with Alison. The final scene of the series sees the whole family, and their friends, arguing with each other, as Charlotte announces that she thinks she might be pregnant.

    Sally Wainwright wrote the first two episodes of this series while Jonathan Harvey wrote the next two with the final episodes written by Katie Baxendale.


    The series has been shown on ABC1 and UK.TV in Australia, TV3 in Ireland, TV One and Prime in New Zealand, NRK in Norway, RTV Slovenija in Slovenia, BBC America in the United States, TVB Pearl in Hong Kong, YLE in Finland and Yes Plus in Israel.

    DVD release

    Series one, two, three and four of At Home with the Braithwaites are all available on DVD (Region 2, UK).

    The first and second series are also available on DVD (Region 1, USA and Canada) from Acorn Media.

    Series one, two, three and four are all available on Region 4 (Aus) DVD individually, and as a complete series box set.The Series 3 and Series 4 DVD's are missing segments of the programs. Region 2 DVDS are complete and uncut.

    Australia releases:

  • At Home with the Braithwaites - Complete Series 1 (2 Disc Set) - 16 February 2007
  • At Home with the Braithwaites - Complete Series 2 (2 Disc Set) - 7 May 2007
  • At Home with the Braithwaites - Complete Series 3 (2 Disc Set) - 3 July 2007
  • At Home with the Braithwaites - Complete Series 4 (2 Disc Set) - 5 September 2007
  • At Home with the Braithwaites - The Complete Series (8 Disc Box Set) - 2 December 2007
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