BBC comedy Outnumbered is returning to TV at the end of the month – but this fifth season will also be the sitcom’s final outing.

Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner, who play the stressed parents, will be reunited with their three children for one last time in six 30-minute episodes to be broadcast on BBC One.

The show, which made stars of child actors Tyger Drew-Honey, Daniel Roche and Ramona Marquez, will feature a guest appearance from Simpsons star Harry Shearer.

Shearer provides many voices for The Smpsons, including Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Kent Brockman, Mr Burns, Waylon Smithers, Reverend Lovejoy, Otto Mann and, Dr Marvin Monroe.

Outnumbered co-creator Guy Jenkin admitted he was surprised by the success of the show, which relies heavily on the cast - including the three children - improvising around the script.

"We never expect a show to be a hit, we just set out to make it as well as possible and hope that an audience comes to it," he said.

"Clearly, the main reason for the show’s popularity has to be the viewers’ recognition of the daily comic chaos of family life."

Show bosses said they had not ruled out getting back together for the occasional special.

Outnumbered returns to BBC One at 9pm on Wednesday January 29.