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.

  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 953

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Man Down returns, and Dan's prostate is swollen, so after a somewhat humiliating experience at the doctors - and clutching a prescription for "cock pills" - he starts to reassess things. Trying to get fit doesn't seem to be the right road for him but, miraculously, he does manage to secure a date with a much younger woman during a fleeting visit to the gym. Let'a say things don't go massively well. Meanwhile, in researching his family tree, Brian discovers that he's from a long line of binmen.

Ben Arnold, The Guardian, 1st June 2015

Radio Times review

We've waited a while for Greg Davies's beautifully tasteless sitcom about a middle-aged loser to come back for a second series, but it's worth the wait. His hero Dan is a brilliant creation, a towering oaf whose self-delusion and gift for setting off minor disasters remind you of the greats - the Fawltys and the Brents - although Dan's world is rougher-edged and, frankly, filthier.

As we rejoin him, our shambling man-child is trying to confront the ageing process, not least its effect on his waterworks: "It's like I'm trying to run a bath but someone's turned a tap on in the other room," he tells a doctor. The scene where Dan tries to persuade a personal trainer to take him on is superb ("You're too far gone," sighs the trainer. "You've slipped off the edge, mate"), as is the faded Shed Seven T-shirt Dan wears for a date with a younger woman.

The ridiculousness is perfectly judged and there are nice subplots for the supporting cast. Gloriously square Brian's attempt to bond with bin-men nearly steals the show.

David Butcher, Radio Times, 1st June 2015

Greg Davies interview

Greg Davies was hit by a double shock last year when both his TV dad and then his real dad died - but now he's back on top.

Simon Hattenstone, Radio Times, 1st June 2015

Man Down, series 2 episode 1, review: 'vulgar'

Greg Davies's infantile sitcom is only the poorer after the death of Rik Mayall, says Sarah Carson.

Sarah Carson, The Telegraph, 1st June 2015

Man Down series 2 review

The death of Rik Mayall was a huge loss to comedy - and especially to Man Down. The wild slapstick stunts he played on Greg Davies's character, Dan, were the highlight of every episode in series one. So could the series survive without him? The answer is a resounding yes. In fact, it's possibly even better.

Steve Bennett, Chortle, 1st June 2015

Simon Pegg: Star Trek 3, "geekdom" and romantic leads

"I've become the poster child for the geek generation," says the Spaced creator, "and it's not something I want to be"

Craig McLean, Radio Times, 29th May 2015

TV preview: Man Down, C4

OK, I confess. I wasn't convinced by the first series of Man Down. It had its moments, but given that they were mostly in the violent interplay between Greg Davies and his TV dad Rik Mayall I had a bad feeling about the second series which - for sad but obvious reasons - doesn't feature Mayall. Yet would you believe it, it looks like they've turned it round.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 28th May 2015

Greg Davies and Roisin Conaty interview

Before the press launch for the new series I caught up with Greg Davies and Roisin Conaty to find out more about what's in store. Here's what they had to say...

Elliot Gonzalez, I Talk Telly, 27th May 2015

Greg Davies opens up about painful year

TV star Greg Davies has told of his painful year after both his father and the man who played his on-screen dad - Rik Mayall - died.

Danny Walker, The Mirror, 26th May 2015

Interview: Greg Davies

Greg Davies used to be the drama teacher of the son of Milton Jones. "It was irritating for Milton. Because unbelievably, I sought his reassurance about my stand-up during a parent's evening."

Jay Richardson, The List, 26th May 2015

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