My Spy Family

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My Spy Family
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GenreAction
Family sitcom
Created byPaul Alexander
Written by
Directed by
  • Dominic MacDonald
  • Tom Poole
  • David Sant
  • Angelo Abela
  • Frank W. Smith
Starring
Composer(s)Glenn Keiles
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series3
No. of episodes46
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Anne Brogan and Connal Orton (for Kindle Entertainment)
  • Daniel Lennard and Cecilia Persson (for Cartoon Network Europe)
Producer(s)
  • Bernard Krichefski
  • Liz Noble (line producer)
Production location(s)Batley
CinematographyFrancis De Groote
Dave Parker
Editor(s)Mike Eccles
James MacMillan
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22 minutes approx. (per episode)
Production company(s)Kindle Entertainment
DistributorTurner Broadcasting System Europe
Release
Original networkBoomerang
Original release1 September 2007 –
23 January 2010
External links
Website

My Spy Family is a British live action family comedy series created by Paul Alexander for Cartoon Network. The series aired on: Cartoon Network and Boomerang in UK, TG4 in Ireland, Panda Biggs in Portugal, and Cartoon Network in France, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Poland, Romania, and South Africa. It is produced by Kindle Entertainment and Cartoon Network Europe.[1] All the music is written by Glenn Keiles excluding some songs heard in the "Intelligence Agency Cafe", these have been co-written with other songwriters.

Plot synopsis[edit]

When Master spy, Dirk Bannon, fell in love with his Russian arch rival, Natalia Knockemoff, things could only get complicated. Now they've been decommissioned, and are supposed to be living a normal life with their three children, Spike - the wannabee secret agent - Elle, happily retired - and a rather odd Boris. But can this family ever be normal? Not when you've got parents with a license to embarrass.

— Opening Narration

The show is about the Bannon family, who all have strong spy links. The parents, Dirk and Talia, were once arch enemy spies, but fell in love and got married. They now have three children (Spike, Elle and Boris) who have all been brought up with spy techniques as a matter of course. Spike's friend Travis (played by Richard Sargent) is commonly seen on the show.
The action is based in three major locations, the Bannon home, the children's school, and the local café, which is run by Des, Dirk's former Personal Ordnance Officer (gadget-master).

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Dirk Bannon (portrayed by Milo Twomey) - Dirk is a British former spy. He is married to his former arch rival, Talia, who also happened to be a spy. Dirk is usually a pushover to his wife. Together, they have three children: Spike, Elle, and Boris. He is best friends with Des, his former Personal Ordnance Officer (gadget-master). He is rarely seen wearing something other than a tuxedo.
  • Talia Bannon (portrayed by Natasha Beaumont) - The Russian arch rival of Dirk, but later fell in love and married him, before retiring. As seen in few episodes, she has better fighting techniques, as well as better spying techniques than her husband. She also tends to add the suffix "-sky" to words she says, such as referring to herself as "Mumsky." She also is a master of disguise. In "The Back in Batley Affair" she introduces herself as Natalia Alexandrina Vladimir Knockemoff-Bannon, after being put in charge of the Intelligence Agency Cafe, after Des, the owner, is written out of series 3.
  • Spike Bannon (portrayed by Joe Tracini) - The eldest offspring of Dirk and Talia. Spike is an expert in creating various spy gadgets. Many times, it is shown that he, along with his best friend, Travis, try to sabotage any plans or simply to make fool of his geography teacher, Mr. Vong, with whom he does not get along well, due to the schemes of the Spike.
  • Elle Bannon (portrayed by Alice Connor) - Like her mother, she also has very good combat skills and spy techniques. She is often seen hanging out with her friends Donna and Marcy in the school, and is often at odds with her brother Spike. Talia says there is a 7% chance that she is heir to the throne of Russia.
  • Boris Bannon (portrayed by Ignat Pakhotin) - The youngest offspring of Dirk and Talia. He is an expert in setting booby traps and hiding. Though he is a member of the family, he is treated as the most unnoticeable character in the show. He is not often shown and rarely speaks, but when he does it is in Russian, which no one seems to understand except Talia. He is written out of series 3 in the opener, "The Back in Batley Affair", which describes him to be ruling Russia as he looks like the former ruler, which makes Talia proud. However, he eventually returns in "The Boris Bounces Back Affair".

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Des (portrayed by Vas Blackwood) - Des was Dirk's former Personal Ordnance Officer (gadget-master). He has since retired and opened the local Intelligence Agency Cafe, though his kitchen has many various types of gadgets which come useful during spy missions. He is best friends with Dirk, though sometimes that is not the case in few episodes. He has also shown interest in Talia. Like Boris, he is also written out of season 3, who has gone to Bermuda for a year after he is elected honorary president of the World Shark Surfing Federation, putting Talia in charge.
  • Travis Mitchell (portrayed by Richard Sargent) - Travis is the best friend of Spike. He is very loyal to Spike and is always willing to help him. The actor who plays the character is a wheelchair user, but the show purposely does not mention his disability in the show. Instead they make fun of him because of his glasses.
  • Mr. Ernest Vong (portrayed by Ramon Tikaram) - School's geography teacher who seems to have the most authority. Spike sees Vong as an adversary, who schemes and pranks against him to get what he wants (which always fail), making Wong greatly dislike Spike, although he has no ill feelings to the rest of his family. It is hinted that he is Indian, as there is a map of India in his classroom. In the episode "The Mum's The Word Affair", it is revealed that he lives with his mother, who in turn revealed his first name.
  • Donna Jacobs (portrayed by Cascade Brown) - Donna is a close friend of Elle and is mostly seen hanging out with her and Marcy. Donna is obsessed with fashion, boyfriends and wishes to be a model. Talia often comments that she will be unable to be a model nor have boyfriends due to her ankles.
  • Marcy Desmond (portrayed by Kirsty Leigh Porter) - Marcy is a shy friend of Elle and is mostly seen hanging out with Elle and Donna. Most of the times it is observed that she is the exact opposite of Donna since she has no fashion sense nor has any boyfriend.
  • Mike Quiller (portrayed by Dan Li)) - A former MI5 office boy, who Talia hires to help out after Des has left and gone to Bermuda for a year to be honorary president of the World Shark Surfing Federation. Mike is a big fan of Dirk.

List of episodes[edit]

46 episodes of it have been made. Every episode is titled “The _______ Affair”.

Season 1 (2007)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Written by Directed by Original air date
11"The Lock-In Affair"Daniel PeakTom Poole1 September 2007 (2007-09-01)
22"The Friends Disunited Affair"Paul AlexanderDominic MacDonald8 September 2007 (2007-09-08)
33"The Dirky Dancing Affair"Paul AlexanderTom Poole15 September 2007 (2007-09-15)
44"The Charity Begins at Home Affair"Paul AlexanderDominic MacDonald22 September 2007 (2007-09-22)
55"The Bullets Over Batley Affair"Mark RobertsonDominic MacDonald29 September 2007 (2007-09-29)
66"The Prefect Storm Affair"Paul AlexanderTom Poole6 October 2007 (2007-10-06)
77"The Tenth Flask Affair"Daniel PeakTom Poole13 October 2007 (2007-10-13)
88"The Truffles Are Forever Affair"Brian LynchTom Poole20 October 2007 (2007-10-20)
99"The 'Up Horoscope!' Affair"Trevor Neal and Simon HicksonDominic MacDonald27 October 2007 (2007-10-27)
1010"The Inspector Foils Affair"Julie GeareyTom Poole4 November 2007 (2007-11-04)
1111"The Vladimir Spensky Affair"Daniel PeakTom Poole10 November 2007 (2007-11-10)
1212"The Spy Who Didn't Quite Love Me Enough Affair"Mark RobertsonDominic MacDonald17 November 2007 (2007-11-17)
1313"The Albovian Affair Affair"Paul AlexanderDominic MacDonald24 November 2007 (2007-11-24)

Season 2 (2008)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Written by Directed by Original air date
141"The Love Is the Drug Affair"Joe WilliamsAngelo Abela6 September 2008 (2008-09-06)
152"The Des Res Affair"Paul AlexanderDavid Sant13 September 2008 (2008-09-13)
163"The Quiz Night Affair"Trevor Neal and Simon HicksonDavid Sant20 September 2008 (2008-09-20)
174"The Batley’s Got Talent Affair"Paul AlexanderFrank W. Smith27 September 2008 (2008-09-27)
185"The Live and Let Dine Affair"Paul AlexanderAngelo Abela4 October 2008 (2008-10-04)
196"The Talia's Day Affair"Connal OrtonDavid Sant11 October 2008 (2008-10-11)
207"The Persuasion Affair"Chris ReddyFrank W. Smith18 October 2008 (2008-10-18)
218"The Knowledge Is Power Affair"Gary Lawson and John PhelpsDavid Sant25 October 2008 (2008-10-25)
229"The Stroganoff Night Affair"Trevelyan EvansFrank W. Smith1 November 2008 (2008-11-01)
2310"The Laughing Lord Affair"Trevor Neal and Simon HicksonDavid Sant8 November 2008 (2008-11-08)
2411"The Mum's the Word Affair"Paul AlexanderFrank W. Smith15 November 2008 (2008-11-15)
2512"The Who's the Daddy Affair"Paul AlexanderFrank W. Smith22 November 2008 (2008-11-22)
A misunderstanding with Spike's birth certificate, leads him to believe Mr. Vong is his real father.
2613"The Bum Deal Affair"Paul AlexanderDavid Sant29 November 2008 (2008-11-29)

Season 3 (2009–2010)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Written by Directed by Original air date
271"The Back in Batley Affair"Paul AlexanderDominic MacDonald5 September 2009 (2009-09-05)
After coming back from their summer holiday, the Bannons find that things have changed, including Boris becoming the new ruler of Russia, Travis getting a new best friend who's a Battlestar Galactica fanatic, and a missing Des, who's gone to Bermuda for a year, leaving Talia in charge of his cafe.
282"The Des Mondi Code Affair"Paul AlexanderTom Poole12 September 2009 (2009-09-12)
293"The 1950s Affair"Trevor Neal and Simon HicksonDominic MacDonald19 September 2009 (2009-09-19)
304"The Cammy Loves Spikey Affair"Paul AlexanderTom Poole26 September 2009 (2009-09-26)
315"The Chat Show Affair"Daniel PeakDominic MacDonald3 October 2009 (2009-10-03)
326"The Back Scratch Affair"Trevelyan Evans and Paul AlexanderTom Poole10 October 2009 (2009-10-10)
337"The Spy Pod Affair"Paul Alexander and Clare TrenholmTom Poole17 October 2009 (2009-10-17)
348"The Hoop Loop Snoop Affair"Trevor Neal and Simon HicksonTom Poole24 October 2009 (2009-10-24)
359"The Black Widows Affair"Paul AlexanderDominic MacDonald31 October 2009 (2009-10-31)
3610"The Fakers & Adders Affair"Paul Alexander and Clare TrenholmDominic MacDonald7 November 2009 (2009-11-07)
3711"The Trophy Affair"Mark Oswin and James GriffithsDavid Sant14 November 2009 (2009-11-14)
3812"The Election Affair"Gary Lawson and John PhelpsAngelo Abela21 November 2009 (2009-11-21)
3913"The Schoolboy Spy Affair"Trevor Neal and Simon HicksonDominic MacDonald28 November 2009 (2009-11-28)
4014"The Awful Aunty Affair"Glen DolmanAngelo Abela5 December 2009 (2009-12-05)
4115"The Thick-Skinned Spike Affair"Trevor Neal and Simon HicksonDominic MacDonald12 December 2009 (2009-12-12)
4216"The Mothers in the Hood Affair"Paul AlexanderAngelo Abela19 December 2009 (2009-12-19)
4317"The Cheating Affair"Matthew BroughtonDavid Sant2 January 2010 (2010-01-02)
4418"The Boris Bounces Back Affair"Paul AlexanderAngelo Abela9 January 2010 (2010-01-09)
4519"The Pen Is Mightier Affair"Paul AlexanderDavid Sant16 January 2010 (2010-01-16)
4620"The Brought to Book Affair"Paul AlexanderAngelo Abela23 January 2010 (2010-01-23)

Cast[edit]

Character Played by
Dirk Bannon Milo Twomey
Talia Bannon Natasha Beaumont
Elle Bannon Alice Connor
Spike Bannon Joe Tracini
Boris Bannon Ignat Pakhotin
Des Vas Blackwood
Mr. Vong Ramon Tikaram
Travis Mitchell Richard Sargent
Donna Jacobs Cascade Brown
Marcy Desmond Kirsty Leigh Porter
Mike Quiller Dan Li

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