And that’s exactly what she got. Because along came a lot more children: Chloe was baby number 3, then came Jack, Daniel, Luke, Millie, Katie, James, Ellie, Aimee, Josh, Max, Tillie and Oscar. Fifteen children! Luckily, the Radfords had a business, the Radford Family Bakery, that could support them through the expensive process of raising so many kids. Plus, they also had a huge house with no fewer than ten bedrooms.
In January 2011 TV producers started taking an interest in the large British family. Channel 4 approached Sue and Noel to ask if they would appear on a reality show. However, the couple wasn’t entirely sure about that prospect. “We turned it down because we didn’t really want the children in that kind of spot light,” Sue said in a 2013 interview with the blog Pinkoddy. “But then after them pestering us again to do it, we decided that we would. But not without asking the children first.”
“We really thought it would be a good thing to show big families in a positive light, and that people with big families are not always on benefits,” she continued. Benefits are similar to the American welfare system, and there’s a lot of stigma surrounding those in need of them. So instead, the busy mom told Pinkoddy she wanted to show that, “actually we work hard for what we have and we make it work so well.”