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

Man Down

Channel 4 sitcom about a man struggling to grow up. 26 episodes (4 series), 2013 - 2017. Stars Greg Davies, Roisin Conaty, Mike Wozniak, Gwyneth Powell and others.


AKA: Dan Davies.  Drama Teacher.   Played by: Greg Davies
Man Down. Dan (Greg Davies). Copyright: Avalon Television.

Dan's world is at near collapse: his girlfriend has left him; his two friends are as dysfunctional as he is; his teaching career consists of delivering a version of the same drama lesson every day; and his father spends most of his time working out how to pull pranks on his son.

His ineptitude would seem to know no bounds.


Played by: Roisin Conaty
Man Down. Jo (Roisin Conaty). Copyright: Avalon Television.

Jo is one of Dan's two best friends.

She has the loosest of grasps on reality and bounces from one job to the next. Her relationships follow much the same pattern.


Played by: Mike Wozniak
Man Down. Brian (Mike Wozniak). Copyright: Avalon Television.

It is hard to see why Dan and Brian are friends as they are nothing alike... but Dan counts Brian as one of his two best friends.

Brian is as straight-laced as they come. He works as a financial adviser and his idea of a good weekend away is a tour of the European Union Headquarters.

Brian is regularly dumbfounded by the complete idiocy of Dan and Jo.


AKA: Polly.  Played by: Gwyneth Powell
Man Down. Mum (Gwyneth Powell). Copyright: Avalon Television.

Dan's mother, Polly, very much loves her son... to the extent she is still happy to wash his underwear for him.

Somehow she seems to have failed to spot that her husband keeps coming up with more and more elaborate ways to humiliate their son.

Nesta (Series 2-4)

Played by: Stephanie Cole
Man Down. Nesta (Stephanie Cole). Copyright: Avalon Television.

Nesta is Dan's aunty. She administers her unique brand of tough love on Dan.

We first met Nesta in the 2014 Christmas special when Dan went to visit his aunt on her farm in order to tell her about the death of her brother (Dan's dad). She since seems to have moved in with Dan and his mum.


AKA: Emma Lipsey.  Headteacher.   Played by: Jeany Spark
Man Down. Emma (Jeany Spark). Copyright: Avalon Television.

Emma is the headteacher at the school Dan works at... so is Dan's boss.

Despite witnessing Dan repeatedly failing to deliver a rounded curriculum, and on one occasion seeing him failing to turn up to school with any trousers on, somehow she hasn't yet fired him. Is there a spark between them?

Dad (Series 1)

Played by: Rik Mayall
Man Down. Dad (Rik Mayall). Copyright: Avalon Television.

Dan is tormented daily by his father, whose driving motivation in life seems to be to ensure his son is humiliated at every turn, and physically injured whenever possible.

In Series 2, Dad is dead and very much missed by the family.

Naomi (Series 1)

Ex-Girlfriend.   Played by: Deirdre Mullins
Man Down. Naomi (Deirdre Mullins). Copyright: Avalon Television.

Naomi is Dan's girlfriends. Actually, sorry, correction - she was.

Having run out of patience with Dan's inability to navigate the simplest of life tasks, she has ended their relationship.

Even if Dan won't accept it, Naomi has moved out and is now attempting to go somewhere in life... without Dan.

Can Dan win her back?