Now that he’s a father, it was only a matter of time before this humdrum drama did the ‘ooops, we forgot the baby monitor was on,’ scene.
With Louisa (Caroline Katz) back at work after maternity leave, and realising how much of an anti-social grump everybody thinks her new husband is, she convinces him to attend the school concert where Martin (Martin Clunes, below) adopts a social convention and invites somebody over to dinner.
The guest is a total bore and when he turns up drunk, with his much younger squeeze in tow, it’s a recipe for disaster.
But then nothing ever goes to plan in the Ellingham household. And with childcare now an issue, it opens up a whole host of TV-staples for the scriptwriters to unimaginatively choose from.