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.

Press Clippings Awards 2017 shortlist

The shortlisted TV and radio shows for the Awards 2017 have been announced. 60 programmes are in the running for the Comedy Of The Year title.

British Comedy Guide, 15th January 2018

Euan Ferguson's best television of 2017

Includes Motherland, Car Share and W1A, while flops include The Nightly Show.

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 10th December 2017

Man Down review

The end of the fourth series of Man Down had plenty to get your teeth into, with chaos, comedy and pathos all thrown in.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 29th November 2017

TV Review: Motherland and Man Down

This fourth series of Man Down seems to be operating on a system whereby one week is excellent and the next is merely very good. I've told you before how much I love the anarchic, weird Man Down, so let's look at Motherland.

Jane Cassidy, The National (Scotland), 11th November 2017

Greg Davies interview

Greg Davies on why he's piling on the pressure in Man Down -- and why he's still in touch with Taylor Lautner.

Andrew Williams, Metro, 6th November 2017

Man Down, the Greg Davies vehicle, is ultimately funnier, more surreal, more grown-up that Bounty Hunters. It's suddenly struck me that the title (and the titles, which feature Davies as a puppet, having his strings suddenly cut) is double-edged: it's a rejoinder to being told to "man up". Scatological, and scattergun in parts, he's aided by a tremendous cast: filthy, but often filthily funny.

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 5th November 2017

It is hard to believe that Greg Davies's buffoon of a character Dan is about to become a father, but at least it means there will be a whole new raft of slapstick ways he can mess things up. In his desperation to provide for his family, Dan reluctantly ponders a move back to teaching as he tries to convince Jeany Spark's Emma that he has the perfect family setup. And Jo (Roisin Conaty, who is never understated but always hilarious) turns her hand to freeganism.

Hannah Verdier, The Guardian, 1st November 2017

Preview - Man Down

Sacked from his latest job, living in an old people's home, humiliating himself in front of his girlfriend's father - things didn't go well for Dan last week.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 1st November 2017

There is no trouble in Man Down (Channel 4), which is on series four already and still packing in the gags and the grotesques. Like Bounty Hunters, this sitcom is built around the comic persona of its creator-star, sarcastic ex-teacher Greg Davies. Only this man is kept down not merely by his own nincompoopery, but by the collective efforts of a support cast.

This episode features a cameo from Trevor Nelson; the woman in the cafe using a fry-up to educate Dan on the horrors of childbirth (harrowing yet unerringly accurate); and Mr Crumbs, a dungarees-clad giant who lives in lost property storage. As Jo says to a horrified Brian, by way of introduction: "He's one of my best friends! He once held his breath for an hour!" All these characters, however incidental, are fully realised and often gifted with the best (read: filthiest) lines.

Ellen E. Jones, The Guardian, 26th October 2017

Man Down (C4), the sitcom starring and written by Greg Davies, is steeped in the history of TV comedy.

The trouble is, it tries to pay homage to every genre -- and the result is a slapdash jumble that can't decide where to earn its laughs.

Greg plays a useless slob of an ex-teacher called Dan, a 50-year-old who lives like a drunken student. It's a tribute to The Young Ones: in the first series, Rik Mayall played his dad.

But some of the jokes belong in Terry And June. Surveying the residents of his mother's retirement home, Dan sighed: 'They all moan about Marks & Spencer, but they won't buy their blouses anywhere else.'

Sometimes, Greg tries to ape Tony Hancock in his writing. One line, about having 'callouses the size of marrowfat peas', was a deliberate echo of Hancock's classic complaint: 'I've got toes like globe artichokes!'

Man Down needs to decide what sort of sitcom it really is. In fact, it needs to grow up a bit.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 26th October 2017