The shortlisted TV and radio shows for the Comedy.co.uk Awards 2017 have been announced. 60 programmes are in the running for the Comedy Of The Year title.British Comedy Guide, 15th January 2018
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
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, 11th 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
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
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.
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