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Game On is a British sitcom revolving around the lives of three 20-somethings from Herne Bay sharing a flat in Battersea, London. It was produced by Hat Trick Productions for the BBC and written by Andrew Davies and Bernadette Davis. A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... See also Herne Bay, New Zealand. ... Battersea is a place in the London Borough of Wandsworth. ... London is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. ... Hat Trick Productions is a British independent television production company. ... Corporate logo of the British Broadcasting Corporation The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the national public service broadcaster of the United Kingdom (see British television). ... Andrew Davies (born 1936 in Cardiff, Wales) is a British screenwriter. ...

The theme tune is Where I Find My Heaven by the Gigolo Aunts. Gigolo Aunts is an alternative rock band formed in 1981 in Potsdam, New York as Sniper. ...

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Characters

  • Matthew Malone (Ben Chaplin for the first series, subsequently Neil Stuke) - terminally agoraphobic and slightly insane
  • Mandy Wilkins (Samantha Janus) - ambitious career girl who finds herself going nowhere except to bed with an endless stream of men - northern by preference
  • Martin Henson (Matthew Cottle) - banker without attitude, Matthew's slave and source of entertainment

Episodes

Series 1 (1995)

  1. Working Girls - It's Martin's birthday and Matt sets up a special birthday surprise. Meanwhile Mandy meets an author who wants her to do research - into the contents of his underpants.
  2. Matthew, A Suitable Case for Treatment - Spend a day with Matthew and find out what he gets up to stuck in the flat all day, every day.
  3. Bad Timing - Mandy has a fling after she feels trapped in her new week-long relationship and Matthew starts looking for a new tenant after Martin decides to leave to become a teacher.
  4. The Great Escape - While Mandy considers leaving, Matthew thinks of some interesting ways for her to pay him the back rent.
  5. Big Wednesday - Martin meets a hot American girl and finds out you should go prepared on a date. Meanwhile Matthew must cope with the damage Mandy has inflicted to his surfboard.
  6. Fame - Matthew becomes the lead singer of Proactive, the band upstairs and gets dragged by them out to their first gig.

Series 2 (1996)

  1. Roundheads and Cavaliers - Martin meets an Irish nurse called Claire who is virgin and believes Martin is the man for the job. Mandy becomes celibate.
  2. Slime Surfers and Jissom Monkeys - Matthew admits his agoraphobia to Mandy who sets him up with psychologist Jason under the pretense he's Mandy's cousin. Meanwhile Mandy tries to enforce her celibacy against her italian teacher Marco who believes she is a virgin.
  3. Double Hard Bastards and Girly Shirt-lifting Tosspieces - Martin lets paranoia over Claire get to him making a real fool of himself. Matthew dispels Macro's misbelief that Mandy is a virgin by showing him a home made video. Jason finally gets Matt out of the flat to the park and a male gym before he finally heads to the local shop on his own...
  4. Heavy Bondage and Custard Creams - Mandy's ex-boyfriend and wanted criminal Stoat turns up a the flat and soon ties everybody up. Mandy has sex with him before tying him up and turning him over to the police. Claire dumps Martin and Jason admits to Matt he is gay and in love with him.
  5. Tangerine Candyfloss and Herne Bay Rock - Matt starts a dramatic journal that Martin and Mandy just must uncover. Martin is depressed about his breakup with Claire and Mandy starts to fall for her old teacher.
  6. Bruce Willis and Robert De Niro Holding a Fish - Martin takes up a job on a phone helpline for people suffering from depression and gives out his home number to a caller. She calls and tells Matt she is on the verge of suicide and he is forced to leave the flat to see if she is okay. He collapses once he gets there and gets rushed to hospital where Martin claims he has taken an overdose and Mandy's comedian boyfriend has been beaten up.

Series 3 (1998)

There are no official titles for series 3. Instead here is a selected chapter name from each episode on the United Kingdom DVD. Ben Chaplin (born Benedict Greenwood on 31st July 1970, London) is an English actor who first came to public attention for his performance as Matthew Malone in the first series of the sitcom Game On. ... Agoraphobia is a form of anxiety disorder. ... Born on 2 November 1972, Samantha Janus attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School. ... Bruce Willis Walter Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955, Idar-Oberstein, West Germany) is a Jewish-German-American actor and musician. ... Robert De Niro at the Berlin International Film Festival, 1998 Robert De Niro, Jr. ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... DVD-R writing/reading side DVD-R with purple dye, 4. ...

  1. Mystic Matt - Matt learns palm reading in order to 'shag girls' although the only one he'll meet is the debt collector thats looking for Mandy. She catches Mandy at work and her new boss Archie lends her the £9000 to pay them off.
  2. Big Throbbing Seed Drills - Martin finds out Claire has a baby called Rosie and that he is the father but doesn't want him involved until she needs a babysitter. Mandy starts to date her boss Archie although she might just be interested in his multi-million pound inheritance.
  3. Captain Malone - Matt decides he wants to join the Marines and decks the flat out. Archie brings round his old Marine pals to chat to Matt about it but Matt has had an accident with a vacuum cleaner that Claire is still trying to remove.
  4. Father Figure - Claire decides Martin would make a terrible father and Mandy passes out while trying to cook for Archie's family. Martin and Matt put on their best behaviour and knock up a meal however Archie's sister mistakenly believes Rosie is Mandy's and that they are just after Archie's money.
  5. The Dogs of War - Matt starts shagging the attractive woman from upstairs called Laura but he has cried wolf so many times Mandy and Martin just don't believe him. Even sharing her intimate sex secrets and producing her underwear fails to convince them. Martin has problems of his own as Claire decides to move to Australia with her newboyfriend taking Martin's daughter Rosie with them.
  6. A Fairytale Princess - It's Mandy's wedding day to Archie who persaudes Matt to come to the wedding while Martin gets a postcard from Claire saying she has married her boyfriend Shane. Martin meets a new girl at Mandy's hen night who is very similar to Claire and immediately proceeds to buy her a nurses outfit and wig and asks her to speak with an Irish accent. Archie dies whilst trying to fulfill his obligatory challenges set by his old Marine unit.

Trivia

In the first episode of series two, the substitution of Neil Stuke for Ben Chaplin was amusingly acknowledged. The trio are watching TV, and in reference to the character of Becky from the US sitcom Roseanne, Mandy says 'I hate it when they just keep the same character and use a totally different actor!" The Corps of Royal Marines, usually just known as the Royal Marines (RM) or sometimes colloquially as the Green Berets[1], is the United Kingdoms amphibious force and a core component of the countrys Rapid Deployment Force. ... This article refers to the sitcom Roseanne. For the actress/comedian, see Roseanne Barr. ...

External links

The show is made by Hat Trick Productions. Hat Trick Productions is a British independent television production company. ...

  • Game On at TV.com
  • Official Hat Trick Productions Website
  • BBC Comedy Guide entry for Game On
  • IMDB entry for Game On

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