How Not To Live Your Life. Don Danbury (Dan Clark). Copyright: Brown Eyed Boy.

How Not To Live Your Life

BBC Three sitcom about a neurotic, lovelorn loser. 21 episodes (pilot + 3 series), 2007 - 2011. Stars Dan Clark, David Armand, Sinead Moynihan, Finlay Robertson and others.

Christmas Special - It's A Don-Derful Life

It's Christmas time in the Danbury household and Don is making a final attempt to lead a normal life. But he has to contend with an out-of-control OAP, a violent Santa and someone close to home winning over his dream girl.

Further details

How Not To Live Your Life. Image shows from L to R: Mrs Treacher (Leila Hoffman), Samantha (Laura Haddock), Don Danbury (Dan Clark), Eddie (David Armand). Copyright: Brown Eyed Boy.

It's December in the Danbury household but there's nothing festive about Don's state of mind: the house is freezing because the boiler keeps breaking down; the toilet doesn't work; Mrs Treacher's losing the plot (and control of her bowels); Don's got a dead end job in a shoe shop and his friendship with Sam is no closer to becoming the romance he yearns for.

Things suddenly take a turn for the better when he receives news he has finally paid off his gran's debts and is free to sell the house. However, rather than winning Sam's heart it only drives them further apart as he impulsively sells to a property developer who plans to knock it down and Eddie has to put Treacher into an old people's home.

Just when Don thinks things couldn't get worse a rival man secures an invite to spend Christmas with Sam and her mum. Contemplating another lonely festive season by himself, without the woman he loves, Don manages to persuade Eddie and Treacher to help him film a music video for a song he has specially written for Sam and drop it off at her Mum's.

And along the way he encounters a lusty dwarf; a violent Santa and an OAP orgy all rounded off with an epic musical finale.

Which makes for a nailbiting and feelgood climax to three series of Don's attempts to grow up and find love.

Broadcast details

Thursday 22nd December 2011
BBC Three
60 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Dan Clark Don Danbury
    David Armand Eddie
    Sinead Moynihan Abby Jones
    Leila Hoffman Mrs Treacher
    Laura Haddock Samantha
    Daniel Lawrence Taylor Jason
    Guest cast
    Alex Carter Blake (Shoe Shop Manager)
    Julia Davis Anne Yeaman
    Laura Fedorowycz Louise (Don's One-night Stand)
    Oliver Maltman Derek Yeaman
    Tom Meeten Graham Length (Property Developer)
    Fiona Mollison Sam's Mum
    Joanna Neary (as Jo Neary) Care Worker
    Sharon Young Actor
    Writing team
    Dan Clark Writer
    Drew Pearce Script Editor
    Production team
    Sam Leifer Director
    Gary Reich Producer
    Dan Clark Producer
    Kristian Smith Executive Producer
    Andy Linton Editor
    Iain McDonald Production Designer
    Ben Parker Composer


    Christmas Special - Trailer

    It's Christmas time in the Danbury household and Don is finally starting to grow up. A trailer for the final special of How Not To Live Your Life.

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    Featuring: Dan Clark (Don Danbury), David Armand (Eddie), Leila Hoffman (Mrs Treacher), Laura Haddock (Samantha), Daniel Lawrence Taylor (Jason).


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