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.

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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

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

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 fourth season of a sitcom that's more likely than any other current show to provoke proper, hooting, tearful mirth. Greg Davies and his collaborators have an infectious love of imaginative profanity (this week, Stephanie Cole rolls out the phrase "venison bukkake" with some relish) and a delight in methodically creating big visual payoffs: the way two subplots conspire to produce a single glorious shot of Davies looking particularly absurd is a work of comedy art.

Jack Seale, The Guardian, 25th October 2017

Man Down, Channel 4, review: "Surrealist fun"

Comedian Greg Davies may have got a much later career start than Jack Whitehall but like him, seems to be making the most of his moment in the sun playing over-the-top idiots, although his are rather lower down the social scale.

Bernadette McNulty, i Newspaper, 25th October 2017

Greg Davies: 'I don't find Brexit funny'

Greg Davies, the 6ft 8inch Goliath of an actor and comedian, is relaying the ignominy of being told his running technique makes him look as though he's having a cardiac arrest.

India Sturgis, The Telegraph, 23rd October 2017

TV review: Man Down, C4

Greg Davies returns for a fourth series of Man Down and I sense a bit of a theme emerging. He has previously had a run-in with a turkey and in the first episode of the new run of this tragic, anarchic sitcom he has an oversized chicken thrown at him. But that is just a small indignity compared to some of his other issues in this opening instalment.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 19th October 2017

Greg Davies returns to Man Down: 'It's therapeutic'

Watching Man Down's inept schoolteacher is therapeutic, says Greg Davies. It's good to see someone struggle more than you.

James Rampton, The Daily Express, 14th October 2017 Awards 2016 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Awards 2016 have been revealed. 60 shows are in the running for the Comedy Of The Year title. Voting is now open.

British Comedy Guide, 16th January 2017

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