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Men Behaving Badly

Series title card
Genre Sitcom
Created by Simon Nye
Starring Martin Clunes
Neil Morrissey
Lesley Ash
Caroline Quentin
Country of origin Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
No. of series 6
No. of episodes 42
Production
Producer(s) Hartswood Films
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ITV, then
BBC One
Original run 18 February 199228 December 1998

Men Behaving Badly is a British comedy, which first broadcasted in 1992 on the ITV network, however moved to BBC One (and a later timeslot) from the third series onwards. It was written and created by Simon Nye. It was also a book written by Simon Nye in the mid-80s, which formed the basis for much of the first series. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article or section seems to contain too many examples (or of a poor quality) for an encyclopedia entry. ... Simon Nye (born 29 July, 1958 in Burgess Hill, Sussex) is a British comedy writer best known for creating the hit sitcom Men Behaving Badly. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Neil Morrissey (born in Stafford, July 4, 1962) is a British actor. ... Leslie Ash (born 19 February 1960) is a British actress best known for playing Deborah in the sitcom Men Behaving Badly. ... Caroline Quentin (born June 11, 1961, in Reigate) is an English actress. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Hartswood Films is a British television production company, founded and run by the experienced producer Beryl Vertue. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... BBC One is the primary television channel of the BBC, and the first in the United Kingdom. ... is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 362nd day of the year (363rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... British Comedy, in film, radio and television, is known for its consistently quirky characters, plots and settings, and has produced some of the most famous and memorable comic actors and characters in the last fifty years. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... Simon Nye (born 29 July, 1958 in Burgess Hill, Sussex) is a British comedy writer best known for creating the hit sitcom Men Behaving Badly. ... Simon Nye (born 29 July, 1958 in Burgess Hill, Sussex) is a British comedy writer best known for creating the hit sitcom Men Behaving Badly. ...


The first series features Martin Clunes as Gary Strang, and Harry Enfield as his flat mate, Dermot Povey. From series two onwards, Enfield is replaced by Neil Morrissey as Tony Smart, who resumes Dermot's role as the immature under-achiever, perpetually behind in his rent, and hopelessly in love with Deborah, who lives in the flat above. Despite Gary's initial reservations, he soon replaces Dermot in the role of Gary's best friend. Tony and Dermot are similar in character, although Dermot was slightly more introverted and repressed. It is reported that Enfield has claimed he felt uncomfortable in the programme, and left stating that a "proper actor" would do the job far better. Dermot is only mentioned twice after his departure, the first to explain that he simply isn't coming home, and the second in the first episode of series five, when Dorothy recalls him (to which Gary replies "Did I tell you he got a job at Euro-Disney, testing the rides?" This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Neil Morrissey (born in Stafford, July 4, 1962) is a British actor. ... Castle of the Sleeping Beauty in Disneyland Park Disneyland Resort Paris is a theme park in Marne-la-Vallée, near Paris. ...


The first series featuring Enfield has never been repeated on the BBC, although the second ITV series has been shown. Simon Nye has stated that ITV picked up the series partly because Enfield agreed to star in it. However the ITV network axed the show after two series, due to poor audience figures. It has been claimed that this was due to ITV giving it a poor slot in the schedules, forcing the "bad behaviour" to be toned down. The BBC quickly picked up the show, airing it in a later timeslot, with the result that it soon turned into one of the biggest situation comedies of the 1990s. Out of a total of one hundred sitcoms, Men Behaving Badly was the sixteenth most popular in BBC's Britain's Best Sitcom, which aired on BBC Two a few years back. The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... In a general sense, a series is a related set of things that occur one after the other or are otherwise connected one after the other. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Britains Best Sitcom was a poll conducted in 2003 and 2004 by the BBC to identify the United Kingdoms best situation comedy. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Series one & two (the ITV series) were made by Thames Television. The remainder were produced by Hartswood Films. Six series were made, plus a Christmas special. A final short run of three 45 minute episodes was made in 1998 to conclude the series. These were aired over Christmas, as had the "final" three episodes on Only Fools And Horses two years earlier. A separate Christmas special "Jingle Balls" was aired over the Christmas of 1997. It was particularly controversial for featuring jokes about masturbation, which many thought unsuitable for Christmas viewing. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hartswood Films is a British television production company, founded and run by the experienced producer Beryl Vertue. ... A Christmas television special is typically a one_time, 30 minute animated program aired during the Christmas season. ... Only Fools and Horses is a British television sitcom, created and written by John Sullivan, and made and broadcast by the BBC. Seven series were originally broadcast in the UK between 1981 and 1991, with sporadic Christmas specials until 2003. ... Woman masturbating, 1913 drawing by Gustav Klimt. ...

Contents

Characters

Main article: List of Men Behaving Badly Characters Below is a list of characters for the British BBC television sitcom Men Behaving Badly. ...


Plot

Gary Strang and Tony Smart are two modern stereotypes of 1990s men in their thirties; taking a keen interest in booze, birds and football. Gary runs a dead end burglary alarms sales office, with two old fashioned and muted assistants; subordinates George and Anthea. Tony on the other hand stumbles through various jobs including; modeling, bar work and professional miming; due to his record stall collapsing (literally). The pair have an interminable childhood of behaving immaturely and asininely. As a result, the relationship with the two women in their lives, Dorothy and Deborah, persistantly suffers. In modern usage, a stereotype is a simplified mental picture of an individual or group of people who share a certain characteristic (or stereotypical) qualities. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Photograph of the once famous model Dovima A model is a person who poses or displays for purposes of art, fashion, or other products and advertising. ...


Dorothy is a quick-witted and sensible young nurse; Gary’s girlfriend. The pair frequently split up, are occasionally unfaithful, yet somehow always end up back together. Gary desperately clings to his relationship with Dorothy; the only women he can formulate a relationship with. Tony on the other hand, has numerous girlfriends, especially in the first two-three series, however his true feelings are for the blonde “babe” upstairs Deborah (who originally worked in a restaurant). Tony loves Deborah, and spends much of his time chasing her around and going to extreme lengths to get her to sleep with him; however his feelings for her stretch far beyond lust. Deborah deep down feels a connection with Tony, but like Gary, his petty-childishness prevents any relationship from forming.


Episodes

Main article: List of Men Behaving Badly episodes

A total of forty two episodes were created, which includes one Christmas Special and a final feature length trilogy that aired in 1998. This is a list of episodes, each accompanied with a brief synopsis, for the BBC sitcom Men Behaving Badly that aired from 1992 to 1998. ...


Series one was the only series to feature Dermot (played by Harry Enfield), and the only series not to feature Neil Morrissey as Tony, who arrived at series two. Series one and two were both aired on ITV; hence being a commercial network the episodes were only around twenty minutes long; the remainder of time was allocated for advertisements. However, when the show was axed by ITV and picked up by the BBC, the episodes were extended in length to twenty eight minutes approximately. Another vigorous change to show was its content; by giving the show a later time slot as from series three, the humour was more adult based, and it wasn't until series three that the show garnered any grounds of success. Ratings for both series one and two weren't impressive , however this was due to poor scheduling not due to a fault with the actual material. After arriving at the BBC, Men Behaving Badly became instant hit and for the rest of its lifespan enjoyed huge success and a chain of awards, as ITV regrettably looked on.


Other appearances and references

  • A brief sequence was included in Comic Relief 1997, titled "Men Behaving Very Badly Indeed" and featuring a guest appearance by Kylie Minogue. Although references to her were a running joke throughout the series, this sketch had her showing up at the flat, with both Gary and Tony failing to recognise her. It was included on the 2002 VCI Matt Baker DVD "Seriously Funny!"
  • Another brief appearance was for Comic Relief 1999, which showed a "Swinging Sixties" version of the show via recently discovered black-and-white footage, known as "The Naughty Boys".
  • Women Exercising Madly, it featured the 4 regulars for a short scene at the start, while the main content is Debs and Dorothy taking part in a humorous exercise video, intercut with scenes from other series, before the girls get home and collapse with exhaustion.
  • After his departure from the show, a regular sketch in Harry Enfield's Television Programme featured the character of 1950s television presenter Mr Cholmondeley-Warner. In one episode, he looked at the future of television, and among the envisaged programmes was a programme called "Men Behaving Splendidly".

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DVD releases

All six series are available on DVD separately, and a complete collection featuring all six series is also available.


American version

The series was briefly remade for U.S. television with a different cast. The American remake aired on NBC from 1996-1997; it starred Rob Schneider, Ron Eldard, and Justine Bateman. It took place in Indianapolis, Indiana. [1] As a side-effect, the original series was eventually screened in the U.S. on BBC America as British Men Behaving Badly, while in Australia the American series aired (on the Seven Network) as It's a Man's World. Many successful British TV shows (particularly sitcoms) have been remade for the American market. ... The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... This article is about the American actor/comedian. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Justine Bateman (born February 19, 1966, in Rye, New York) is an American actress, born to Kent (a film producer), and Victoria (a Maltese-American flight attendant) Bateman. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Indiana Coordinates: , County Founded 1821 Government  - Mayor Bart Peterson (D) Area  - City  372 sq mi (963. ... Official language(s) English Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Area  Ranked 38th  - Total 36,418 sq mi (94,321 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 270 miles (435 km)  - % water 1. ... BBC America is an American television network, owned and operated by BBC Worldwide, which was launched on March 29, 1998, available on both cable and satellite. ... The Seven Network is an Australian television network, owned by the Seven Media Group. ...


Impact

The series was not without controversy as it was claimed young males were copying their "bad behaviour", and in the public imagination it has become synonymous with the mid '90s lad culture phenomenon. In one notorious scene, the boys pretend to be a gay Welsh couple in order to frighten away a potential buyer of Deborah's flat. In one of the final trilogy episodes, Dorothy wakes up to find a tissue stuck to her face, which Gary has used to masturbate. This was even more controversial, considering its airing on Christmas Day. Lad culture also Laddish culture is a subculture commonly associated with Britpop music of the 1990s and the BBC TV sitcom, Men Behaving Badly. ... GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ... This article is about the country. ...


Clunes once claimed that he and Morrissey were banned from advertising lager on commercial television because their roles had made them an influence on children, even though the show was broadcast after the watershed. Watershed is a term used in the United Kingdom (as well as Canada) to describe a time in television schedules beyond which it is permissible to show television programmes which have adult content. It is known in the US as Safe Harbor. Adult content can be generally defined as having...


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The programme was not a success on ITV. A racier theme, along with an acknowledgement that political correctness was ready to be satirised made the programme more successful following its transfer to the BBC. Political correctness is the alteration of language to redress real or alleged injustices and discrimination or to avoid offense. ... 1867 edition of the satirical magazine Punch, a British satirical magazine, ground-breaking on popular literature satire. ...


The show has won numerous awards, as has the writer and its stars. Controversially, it was voted the best sitcom in the BBC's history at the corporation's 60th anniversary celebrations in 1996. In the BBC's later quest to find Britain's Best Sitcom, it came 16th. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Britains Best Sitcom was a poll conducted in 2003 and 2004 by the BBC to identify the United Kingdoms best situation comedy. ...


Miscellaneous

  • In series one, it is said by Dermot that Gary tried to impress girls by showing them his pencil-case at university. However in series four Dorothy says Gary did not go to university. Later in series five he also states he go all his knowledge from the “University of Life”.
  • Series three episode titled “Bed”- Gary drives a car into town in order to get Dorothy some painkillers; however in series six episode three titled “Jealousy” it is clearly illustrated that Gary cannot drive.
  • Series six episode two “wedding”; one of the silent wedding guests (of whom is in a white suit) appeared in series two as Tony’s second-hand record stall helper.

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See also

Britains Best Sitcom was a poll conducted in 2003 and 2004 by the BBC to identify the United Kingdoms best situation comedy. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Men Behaving Badly - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (800 words)
Men Behaving Badly is a British sitcom, first broadcast in 1992 on ITV but moved to BBC One (and a later timeslot) from the third series onwards.
As a side-effect, the original series was eventually screened in the US on BBC America as British Men Behaving Badly.
The series was not without controversy as it was claimed young males were copying their "bad behaviour", and in the public imagination it has become synonymous with the mid '90s lad culture phenomenon.
Men Behaving Badly - Why? (2474 words)
White men have been persistently accused of being racist by highly vocal racial activists and racial minorities, and their history and their forefathers have been thoroughly undermined and flened - to the extent that many racial activists are now demanding reparations for past slavery.
All men have been assaulted almost ceaselessly by various women's groups, children's groups, social service workers, therapists and analysts who have sought to indoctrinate the population with the view that men are abusers of children.
The constant feminist-inspired demonisation and denigration of men throughout the west has resulted not only in many of them feeling worthless, with the result that they now reject the worthwhile values of their own societies (with some turning to crime, drugs, irresponsible behaviours etc) it has also undermined any reason for them to shape up.
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