13 Kids and Wanting More (3 stars)

Channel 4, Thu 22 May, 9pm

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13 Kids and Wanting More


When is enough really quite enough? The subjects of this film clearly don’t believe in the concept, as they churn out child after baby after offspring, some for reasons of faith, others simply because they love the general smell of new babies while clearly being not too fussed about the specific and consistent odours produced by such tiny bundles of joy. The Johnstones (a Scottish/Lancastrian couple) are heading for number 12 and mum Karan is looking forward to this one as much as she did the first: ‘They are all really good, so I must be doing something right,’ she purrs with pride. The Glaswegian Simpsons are the ones with the titular bakers dozen and hell bent on going for numero 14. When the latest pregnancy test comes in negative, it’s a crushing blow for mum Deborah that seems barely tempered by the fact that seven weans are constantly snapping at her heels.

But the crew on show who could have been given their own slot are the Salims from Rochdale, with dad Mohammed taking time out from being a man of the people (albeit an unemployed one who gets embroiled in choreographed ethical arguments in the street) to believe that his Allah-given gift for procreation needs to be acted upon as long as is humanly possible. The drained expression on wife Noreen’s face suggests that family meetings are rather one-way affairs. The main downside to this Cutting Edge film is that, rather like domestic life, not much actually happens. Even with a household permanently full of battling sprogs, the moments of note-worthy or filmable action can still be few and far between.


1. dawna22 May 2008, 11:46pm Report

haveing alot of children myself and always worked along with my husband to support us all why has mohammed said that because of his faith and colour of his skin he cannot get a job how many diplomas or whatever does he have i would do any job no matter what that might be to support mine and give myself and my children self respect i had to for a little while live on benifits i could not cope how do they do it i must have been doing somethink wrong that gentleman on the show in the street i agree completley get a job

2. Reets14 Nov 2008, 3:33pm Report

Are you part of a family where all the siblings are boys?

Do you live in a house full of girls (apart from dad)?

If so, a Channel 4 documentary would like to hear from you.

Please call Rita Daniels 0207 067 4876 or email rita.daniels@loveproductions.co.uk

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