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My hero

Programme: My Hero
AKA: Thermoman - USA & Canada title
Broadcast: 2000 - present (BBC1)
Episodes: 43 (5 series)
Starring: Ardal O'Hanlon, James Dreyfus, Emily Joyce, Geraldine McNulty, Hugh Dennis, Lou Hirsch, Lill Roughley, Tim Wylton, Philip Whitchurch
Written by: Paul Mendelson, Paul Mayhew-Archer, Paul Alexander, Simon Braithwaite, James Cary
Directed by: John Stroud
Production: Big Bear Films More info
Synopsis: Thermoman, a super-hero from the planet Ultron, arrives on earth in the disguise of George Sunday. He tries his hardest to understand and follow Earth culture but his frequent misunderstandings often lead to sticky situations (as he must not reveal his identity).
George (Thermoman) marries nurse Janet Dawkins and so, when he's not saving the world, he has to put up with her patronising parents Ella and Stanley, psychopathic colleague Mrs Raven and egotistical boss Piers. Janet isn't any luckier though as George's pals, scheming Arnie and delusional Tyler, are just as bad.
BSG Review: BBC1's "My Hero" has been slowly winning over audiences over during the last five series however has never reached the big league. Some funny scripts and great supporting characters (especially Geraldine McNulty as the evil receptionist, Mrs Raven and Arnie who is played by Lou Hirsch) make this a watchable comedy but it isn't all great. The talking baby just isn't funny, the low budget is obvious in the earlier series and Ardal O'Hanlon (who was excellent in "Father Ted") seems a little bored by it all. Still, some of the jokes may be a little predictable but they are funny which is the most important thing.
Notes: A sixth, 8-part, series is in production and will broadcast on BBC1 in the spring. Ardal O’Hanlon has quit his role as superhero Thermoman though and so is being replaced by "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme" star James Dreyfus.
O’Hanlon will be written out with a story that sees Thermoman lose his old body in a poker game.