Other memorable predicaments included Rona and Bill trapped in Rona’s kitchen with Julia suspended from a light fitting in a wedding dress and Belinda stuck with her head through the cat flap.
This situation was almost repeated in another episode when the two girls were trapped clinging to a bookcase for an entire episode, paralysed with fear by a Cobra in the living room!
The Porter’s world was frequently turned upside down due to bizarre occurrences and bad luck which led to highly imaginative story lines and, occasionally, sumptuous costumes and surreal fantasy sequences, such as when Bill and Rona stumbled on Shirley Bassey’s wardrobe collection and had to try most of the frocks on whilst singing one of her famous numbers.
The whole family were once found dressed as the Spice Girls in a shopping precinct, with Ben proving to be a particularly sullen “Baby Spice”, and they all spent an entire Christmas Special as stowaways on board the cruise ship The Oriana alongside Ben’s sister Tina played by Sandra Dickinson.
Andrew Marshall wrote virtually every one of the 56 episodes of his series, although a few episodes in series seven were penned by Paul Alexander, Simon Braithwaite and Paul Smith once Andrew had taken on the extra responsibilities of Executive Producer.
Of the 56 episodes, 6 were Christmas Specials, which became known for their annual and often glamorous musical numbers performed by the cast themselves.
Eureka Video has also commented on the show on their website, saying:
“Sitcom-wise, the shape of the series itself is different from the norm because, from the earliest episodes, it has centred not on the husband, Ben, but on his wife Bill.
Even with the focus on Bill, the series still avoids the traditional woman-as-wife-and-mother theme of other series, instead portraying her as a fully-rounded person in her own right, unconfined by her family”.