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Mike Bassett: Manager

Mike Bassett: Manager

  • TV sitcom
  • ITV
  • 2005
  • 6 episodes (1 series)

Four years after guiding England to the World Cup semi-finals, Mike's at a crossroads in life and finds a role leading Wirral County. Stars Ricky Tomlinson, Amanda Redman, Steve Edge, Neil Maskell, Adam Tedder and more.

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Can football and sitcom ever mix?

No sooner had the extended Premier League season ended than another footballing story started. You might not have noticed, but Apple TV's culture-clash sitcom Ted Lasso, about an American NFL coach with no soccer experience taking over at a Premier League team, began over the weekend. It arrived to a pretty muted response. It's not the only footy sitcom we have seen this year. Inbetweeners writers Damon Beesley and Iain Morris's disappointing The First Team had some distinctly lower-midtable reviews for the BBC. It's something of a trend that, whenever the sit of the com is in a football club, the laughs are hard to find. Mike Bassett: Manager lasted a series, The Cup and Warren United have tried it too, but none of them quite worked.

Tom Nicholson, The Guardian, 26th August 2020

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