Micro Men. Image shows from L to R: Chris Curry (Martin Freeman), Sir Clive Sinclair (Alexander Armstrong). Copyright: Darlow Smithson.

Micro Men

Micro Men

Comedy drama about the rise and fall of the home computer market in the 1980s. Stars Alexander Armstrong and Martin Freeman

Comedy Drama
BBC Four
Alexander Armstrong, Martin Freeman, Derek Riddell, Colin Michael Carmichael, James Fleet, Edward Baker-Duly, Sam Phillips, Stefan Butler and others
Tony Saint
Saul Metzstein
Andrea Cornwell

A 90-minute comedy drama focusing the rivalry between the maverick Sir Clive Sinclair (played by Alexander Armstrong) and his former colleague Chris Curry (Martin Freeman). The comedy drama documents the lengthy rivalry between the pair as they go head-to-head to achieve domination of the growing home computer market.

Micro Men is an affectionately comic account of the race for home computer supremacy, with Sinclair's ZX Spectrum and C5 computers battling Curry's BBC Micro.

Richard Klein, controller of BBC4, said: "Those of us who lived through the 1980s will remember the sense of excitement when gadgets and technology started to appear in our homes, but not many of us will know the fascinating stories behind their arrival. Alexander Armstrong and Martin Freeman are excellent choices to portray Sir Clive Sinclair and Chris Curry at a time when battling to have the UK's most loved home computer was their number one priority."

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • Syntax Era (Working title)
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 8th October 2009 on BBC Four at 9pm
Episode length
85 minutes
Last repeat
Thursday 24th February 2011 at 9:00pm

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