Channel 4 updates the first ‘fly-on-the-wall’ show

An ‘unremarkable’ British family have sacrificed their private life to let 21 cameras into their home for a new primetime TV show.

Channel 4 spent a year searching for subjects for the fly-on-the-wall series before finding the Hughes family, from Canterbury, Kent. The series, The Family, comes 34 years after the seminal Paul Watson documentary of the same name.

The subject of that show, Margaret Wilkins, was vilified for her family’s use of foul language, but the programme was credited with creating the fly-on-the-wall documentary and came 25 years before the likes of Big Brother and The Osbournes.

Now the routine of the Hughes’ day-to-day life – from slumping on the sofa while watching TV to the parents’ incessant squabbles with their nightclub-loving teenage daughter – has been caught on camera for the nation to watch.

Today’s family, comprised of Simon Hughes, 44, who was recently made redundant, wife Jane, 40, who works for a charity, and their four children Jessica, 22, Emily, 19, Charlotte, 17, and Tom, 14, said they felt that they had nothing to fear from letting the cameras into their home.

The Hughes’ were filmed over 100 days and nights and more than 5,000 hours of material was condensed into the eight-part series starting next month.

The Family begins on September 17 at 9pm.