Watching What We Did On Our Holiday, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled upon an episode of Outnumbered with a slightly different cast. It starts out much the same – a stereotypical middle class family with three young children, struggle to get everyone packed and ready to leave their house in suburban London. Instead of the school run however, they are embarking on an epic car journey to the Highlands of Scotland.
The parents, Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike), are living apart, but trying to keep up appearances for the sake of Doug’s terminally ill father Gordie (Billy Connolly). They decide to visit him together for his birthday, aware that he may not have many left. Their children are instructed to keep their parents’ separation secret, and are not entirely happy with being asked to lie.
While it has much in common with Outnumbered, having the same writer-directors (Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin), What We Did On Our Holiday is in fact a brilliant and moving film in its own right. Despite having a similar concept to the TV series, it has transitioned well to the big screen with an excellent cast and script. People were laughing and crying in the audience, and while I won’t give away the central joke of the film, it’s enough to say that it is both hilarious and sad in equal measures.