P126 Teletext 126 Dec26 20:21:10       ————————————————————  ———  The future of one of BBC's top comedies 2point4 Children hangs in the balance while talks continue with its stars. As fans look forward to tonight's Xmas special Gary Olsen, who plays Ben Porter, said: "There's no news yet on whether there will be a fifth series. "It has been offered by  the BBC but we are still  negotiating. So at the  moment I'm unemployed!"  ——————————————————————————————————1/4—— All the latest soap news on 118 NATIONAL LOTTERY JACKPOT NEWS p123 Stars Wogan Weather Holidays
P126 Teletext 126 Dec26 20:20:10       ————————————————————  ———  2point4 Children has crept up through the ratings making it one of the BBC's hottest comedy series. It started as a slow burner in '91 with a modest average 9 million viewers.  But by autumn this year, the 4th  series peaked with 13.4 million  viewers.  It beat BBC's own Birds of a Feather - and on average gets at least TWICE as many viewers as C4's Brookside. ——————————————————————————————————2/4—— Anthea Turner's TV addiction 125 PATRIC WALKER'S DAILY STARS p127 Stars Wogan Weather Holidays
P126 Teletext 126 Dec26 20:20:21       ————————————————————  ———  2point4 Children's success has taken even its star Gary Olsen by surprise. He told Teletext: "It was a shock. All of a sudden the series went bang - it went bananas - but I've no idea why. bNothing's changed - the scripts have always been this good. Maybe it's just found its niche." Gary can also be seen in a new run of Health and Efficiency starting Jan 6. ——————————————————————————————————3/4—— All the latest soap news on 118 NATIONAL LOTTERY JACKPOT NEWS p123 Stars Wogan Weather Holidays
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