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

How Not To Live Your Life

BBC Three sitcom. 21 episodes (pilot + 3 series), 2007 - 2011. Stars Dan Clark, David Armand, Sinead Moynihan, Finlay Robertson, Leila Hoffman, Laura Haddock, Daniel Lawrence Taylor and others.

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Dan Clark wants to bring How Not To Live Your Life back

The comedian, who played Don Danbury in the BBC Three sitcom, has said that although he wouldn't pursue a resurrection of the show, he would be interested if a channel approached him.

Frances Taylor, Digital Spy, 2nd December 2014

Dan Clark answers your questions

We put your questions about How Not To Live Your Life to Dan Clark and here are his answers...

BBC Three Blog, 6th December 2010

We're fully behind Dan Clark's BBC Three sitcom here; it's funny. The trails might not convince you, but it really is very good. Make sure your comedy snob hat's not on and you'll be all right (just remember to put it back on by the time Peep Show's on tonight so you can pretend like it's not getting a bit rubbish now...)

tvBite, 3rd December 2010

Ask Dan Clark a Question

Is Dan Clark really like Don Danbury in real life? Does he secretly love wearing that pink, granny's dressing gown? If you've got a burning question for Dan Clark, then now's your chance...

Dana Stevens, BBC Three Blog, 30th November 2010

The third series of Dan Clark's sitcom continues. Tonight's plotline has the reliably offensive Don partake in a double date with Jason and two "posh birds", Harriet and Felicity, and wind up at Felicity's parents' country manor, where her dad takes an instant dislike to Don. Things aren't helped by some bedroom hi jinx. Typical BBC3 fare; whether that's a good thing or not depends on your tastes.

Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 15th November 2010

The Final Filming Diary

The last few weeks of the shoot for How Not To Live Your Life were in the studio. Don's house is a brilliant crafted set built in a less-than-desirable studio in the town of Dumbarton, just outside Glasgow.

Dan Clark, BBC Three Blog, 10th November 2010

There is no justice in the world, clearly. Otherwise, why would the dreadful sitcom How Not to Live Your Life be allowed to survive into its third series? More to the point why does its charmless star/writer/producer, Dan Clark, have almost total creative control, like he's Woody Allen or something?

He plays a feckless, gaffe-prone berk who constantly finds himself in sticky predicaments, usually in an effort to impress his attractive female housemate. This premise could probably provoke a few laughs in the hands of a more talented comedian, but Clark is terminally uninspired. The latest episode even featured a cameo from Noel Fielding, just to seal the comedy vacuum.

Lazy and obvious, the only fun it provides is in seeing how often you can predict each punchline.

Paul Whitelaw, The Scotsman, 9th November 2010

There was an eye-rubbing, no-it-can't-be-him moment in the monstrously lame How Not To Live Your Life. Could that really be Noel Fielding of The Mighty Boosh fame, reduced to a dodgy cameo in which he has to stare at a bloke's manhood in a lav and make jokes about 'that's a really good tip'?

I didn't want to believe it, I waited for the credits hoping for a monstrous piece of mistaken identity and that he hadn't been involved in this parlous state of affairs. But yes, Fielding it was.

Inexplicably, this sitcom, built around zero-charisma writer/'star' Dan Clark as Don Danbury, has reached a third series. Don is one of those characters you're supposed to love to loathe as he loafs his way through life, a kindred spirit to Neil Stuke's agoraphobic in Game On. But he's just pure loathe.

Keith Watson, Metro, 9th November 2010

It shouldn't be funny. It's on BBC3, the intelligent critics hate it and it has a cameo from 'Happy Shopper Russell Brand', Noel Fielding. Still, tvBite can't help but laugh at it.

Star and writer Dan Clark has clearly tried to widen his writing for the third series: there's a dodgy subplot involving his attractive flatmate Laura Haddock, but if you ignore that (and it's easy to do) there's plenty of actually funny jokes, including a brilliant slo-mo montage set to Dire Straits and a good line about a roundhouse punch. It's not perfect, but there's talent - and a sense that everyone involved is really enjoying themselves.

tvBite, 8th November 2010

BBC3's commissioning team throw up some pretty variable results. On the one hand, you get the sporadically deep and wonderful Him & Her. On the other, you get the rather more hit-and-miss likes of How Not To Live Your Life, now entering its third season. To recap: Don is a new lad (remember them?), who lives in a house with a lively cast of characters, while he must endure a series of misfortunes. Tonight, mild merriment ensues when he gets a job by mistake - who on some level can't empathise with that? The Mighty Boosh's Noel Fielding guests.

The Guardian, 8th November 2010

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