Growing Pains is a short-running British television series aired by the BBC on BBC1. It only ran for two series, from 16 May 1992 to 14 July 1993, and was wholly unrelated to the popular 80s American sitcom of the same name. In this family comedy-drama a middle-aged couple, Tom and Pat Hollingsworth, decide to become foster parents. The show relates the consequences this decision has on their lives and the tensions it causes between them and their own three children. The TV series was a continuation of the 1989–1990 radio series by the same name, which was written by, and partly based on the real-life experiences of Steve Wetton. It was directed by Michael Simpson.