Britain's largest family The Radfords will star in new reality show

Britain’s largest family The Radfords will star in a new reality show 22 Kids and Counting documenting their lives in lockdown and homeschooling

  • The 4-part programme on Channel 5 will document the family’s lockdown 
  • Parents Sue, 45, and Noel, 50, from Morecambe in Lancashire, share 22 children
  • They announced the news of the new show over the weekend, delighting fans 

Britain’s largest family The Radfords will star in a new reality show called 22 Kids and Counting.

The 4-part programme on Channel 5 will document the Lancashire-based family’s life during lockdown and the perils of homeschooling.

Parents Sue, 45, and Noel, 50, share 22 children, with their youngest, Heidi, being born in April last year. 

Sharing the exciting news of the upcoming show accompanied by a picture of a camera filming, they wrote on Instagram: ‘So the news you’ve all been waiting for is finally here!! 

Britain’s largest family The Radfords will star in a new reality show called 22 Kids and Counting. Sue and Noel Radford pictured with their family on Christmas Day

The 4-part programme on Channel 5 will document the Lancashire-based family’s lives during lockdown and the perils of homeschooling. Pictured: Family around table in March 2020

Earlier this month Sue admitted that the usual chaos in her home ‘couldn’t get any worse’ as she attempts to teach her youngest children during the pandemic. Pictured is one of her sons playing on the kitchen table during a lesson

‘Our brand new 4 part series with CHANNEL 5 is starting Monday 22nd February at 9pm. Mark it in your calendars. It’s an amazing series that we are so excited for you to watch.  

‘We hope you love it as much as we’ve enjoyed filming it #22kidsandcounting #bigfamily #lockdownlife #filming #exciting.’ 

Sue and Noel are parents to Chris, 30, Sophie, 26, Chloe, 25, Jack, 22, Daniel, 20, Luke, 19, Millie, 19, Katie, 17, James, 16, Ellie, 14, Aimee, 13, Josh, 12, Max, 11, Tillie, nine, Oscar, eight, Casper, seven, Hallie, four, Phoebe, three, Archie, two, and Bonnie, one and Heidi Rose, five months.  

Chris and Sophie have moved out of the family home. 

Sue (pictured) said she struggles to make sure all her children are on track with their schoolwork while keeping the household going

Sharing the exciting news of the upcoming show accompanied by a picture of a camera filming, they wrote on their Instagram page over the weekend: ‘So the news you’ve all been waiting for is finally here!!’

While the new show will document their time in lockdown and the chaos of homeschooling, Sue also regularly shares updates on family life via their YouTube channel and Instagram.

Earlier this month Sue admitted that the usual chaos in her home ‘couldn’t get any worse’ as she attempted to teach her youngest children during the pandemic. 

She said she struggles to make sure all her children are on track with their schoolwork while keeping the household going. 

The Radford children, pictured two years ago. Left to right, top row: Luke, Chloe, Mille, holding Hallie, Katie and Sophie. Left to right, middle row: Daniel, Ellie, father Noel Radford holding Phoebe, mother Sue holding Archie, Josh, and Jack. Left to right, bottom row: Aimee, Tilly, Max, Casper, Oscar, and James

Fans were quick to comment on the documentary announcement post expressing their excitement for the new show

WHO ARE THE RADFORD FAMILY? 

Dubbed Britain’s largest family, the Radford family is made up of Sue and Noel Radford and their 22 children.

Sue and Noel’s most recent child is Heidi, who was born in April this year, with the others being Chris, 31, Sophie, 26, Chloe, 24, Jack, 22, Daniel, 21, Luke, 19, Millie, 18, Katie, 17, James, 16, Ellie, 14, Aimee, 13, Josh, 12, Max, 11, Tillie, nine, Oscar, eight, Casper, seven, Hallie, four, Phoebe, three, Archie 2 and Bonnie, 1.

The couple met for the first time when Sue was seven, before going on to have their first child when Sue was 14 and Noel was 19.

They got married in 1993 when Sue turned 18, and went on to have nine children before Noel had a vasectomy – which he later had reversed.

Sadly Alfie, the couple’s 17th child, was stillborn on July 6th 2014.

Oldest siblings Chris, 31, and Sophie, 26, have moved out of the family home to start their own families.

Meanwhile, daughter Millie, 19, has now added to the brood with her daughter Ophelia, three months.

In a recent Youtube vlog, Sue provided an insight into the family’s current morning routine as she battled to ‘prise’ all her children out of bed and get them fed before a day of virtual learning on Zoom.  

In the video, as Sue attempted to prepare breakfast for every child and sort out technical difficulties for one of her children, another asked her questions about their work while another began to cry.

James, 16, Ellie, 14, Aimee, 13, Josh, 12, Max, 11, Tillie, nine, Oscar, eight, Casper, seven and Hallie, four, are all distance learning from the Radford family home.  

The family, who starred in Channel 4’s 15 Kids and Counting back in 2012, regularly shared vlogs of their day to day experiences. 

This is not the first homeschooling vlog their have shared, last month posting clips of the family sat around the kitchen table doing Maths and English homework.   

Fans were quick to comment on the documentary announcement post expressing their excitement for the new show. 

One wrote: ‘Yay starts on my birthday & finally something good to look forward to watching xx’

Another said: ‘So excited, love your vlogs so can’t wait to tune into this!’

A third wrote: ‘I can’t wait as there’s so much rubbish on the telly at the moment. Xxxxx’  

22 Kids and Counting will air from Monday February 22 at 9pm on Channel 5. 

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