Man Down. Dan (Greg Davies). Copyright: Avalon Television
Man Down

Man Down

  • TV sitcom
  • Channel 4
  • 2013 - 2017
  • 26 episodes (4 series)

Sitcom starring Greg Davies as Dan, a teacher with crushing character flaws. Also features Roisin Conaty, Mike Wozniak, Gwyneth Powell, Stephanie Cole, Jeany Spark and more.

Man Down. Dan (Greg Davies). Copyright: Avalon Television

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2013 - 2017
Channels
Channel 4
Episodes
26 (4 series)
Stars
Greg Davies, Roisin Conaty, Mike Wozniak, Gwyneth Powell, Stephanie Cole, Jeany Spark, Ashley McGuire, Isy Suttie and more
Writers
Greg Davies, Stephen Morrison, Sian Harries, Ed Gamble and Mike Wozniak
Directors
Matt Lipsey, Al Campbell and Matthew Gallagher
Producers
Spencer Millman, Toby Welch, Jane Wallbank, James Taylor, Richard Allen-Turner, Jon Thoday, Toby Stevens and Greg Davies
Companies

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.

In Series 1 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.

In Series 2, Dan's dad has died... but his fearsome Aunty Nesta is now around the house causing him just as much pain and stress.

In Series 3, Dan is at a crossroads in his life - he knows he can't go on, he must do something. The Head Teacher sees right through Dan's incompetence in the classroom and, as such, he is facing a disciplinary and may lose the only thing he has left in life: his teaching job.

In Series 4, Dan is hoping and intending to play the role of devoted father. And with Aunt Nesta and his mum now in a retirement village "pissing my inheritance up a wall", he's on an increasingly desperate hunt find a new home for his new family.

Additional details

Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 18th October 2013 at 9:30pm on Channel 4
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 29th November 2017 at 10pm on Channel 4
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • Sandhurst School - School scenes filmed on location at Greg Davies's former employer (Link)

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