Man Down. Image shows from L to R: Dan (Greg Davies), Emma (Jeany Spark), Jo (Roisin Conaty), Brian (Mike Wozniak). Image credit: Avalon Television.

Man Down

A new series of this comedy is in production.

Sitcom starring Greg Davies as Dan, a man with crushing character flaws, an unwanted teaching job and uniquely dysfunctional friends

Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
2013  (Channel 4)
Episodes:
7 (1 series)
Starring:
Greg Davies, Roisin Conaty, Mike Wozniak, Rik Mayall, Gwyneth Powell, Deirdre Mullins, Jeany Spark, Ashley McGuire, Madeleine Harris, Alfie Davis, George Bothamley
Writers:
Greg Davies, Stephen Morrison, Sian Harries
Production:
Avalon Television

Sitcom written by and starring Greg Davies.

Dan is a childish idiot trapped in an adult's life. He has crushing character flaws, a uniquely dysfunctional set of friends, a teaching job he loathes, and a wilfully insane father conspiring to keep this man down.

Dan's world is at near collapse as Man Down starts. His girlfriend Naomi is fast running out of patience with his inability to navigate the simplest of life tasks, while his best friends are Jo who has, what can only be described as, the loosest of grasp on reality and Brian, a straight-laced financial adviser who is regularly dumbfounded by the complete idiocy of his two friends.

To compound matters Dan's listless teaching career sees him begrudgingly teach a version of the same lesson every day, inexplicably popular with all but one of the pupils, with his only highlight coming in the form of Miss Lipsey, a head mistress who views Dan with a mixture of pity and despair.

Dan is also tormented daily by his father, whose driving motivation in life seems to be to ensure his son is humiliated at every turn and to physically harm, but keeping it all under the radar of his wife and Dan's mum.

Man Down. Image shows from L to R: Dad (Rik Mayall), Mum (Gwyneth Powell), Naomi (Deirdre Mullins), Dan (Greg Davies), Emma (Jeany Spark), Jo (Roisin Conaty), Brian (Mike Wozniak). Image credit: Avalon Television.

Our Review: The hype is steadily building around this new sitcom... and with good reason, it's a funny show packed full of joyful moments. The characters are all excellent and there's some laugh-out-loud scenes.

Channel 4 have already realised they're onto a winner - the series hasn't even started, yet they've booked in a Christmas special.