The ultimate small-screen representation of Loaded
-era lad culture--albeit a culture constantly being undermined by its usually sharper female counterpart--there seems little argument that Men Behaving Badly
was one of 1990s' definitive sitcoms. Certainly the booze-oriented, birds-obsessed antics of Martin Clunes' Gary and Neil Morrissey's Tony have become every bit as connected to Britain's collective funny bone as Basil Fawlty's inept hostelry or Ernie Wise's short, hairy legs.
Yet, the series could easily have been cancelled when ITV viewers failed to respond to the original version, which featured Clunes sharing his flat with someone named Dermot, played by Harry Enfield. Indeed, it was only when the third series moved to the BBC and was then broadcast in a post-watershed slot--allowing writer Simon Nye greater freedom to explore his characters' saucier ruminations--that the show began to gain a significant audience.
By then, of course, Morrissey had become firmly ensconced on the collective pizza-stained sofa, while more screen time was allocated to the boys' respective foils, Caroline Quentin and Leslie Ash. Often glibly dismissed as a lame-brained succession of gags about sex and flatulence, the later series not only featured great performances and sharp-as-nails writing but also sported a contemporary attitude that dared to go where angels, and certainly most other sitcoms, feared to tread. Or, as Gary was once moved to comment about soft-porn lesbian epic Love in a Women's Prison: "It's a serious study of repressed sexuality in a pressure-cooker environment."
Last Orders includes: "Performance" in which Gary and Dorothy decide to have a baby. Tony announces he's moving in with Deborah so he can watch her "wandering around in her pants"; "Gary in Love" in which Gary's devotion to Dorothy is tested while attending a middle-management conference; and "Delivery" wherein Gary and Dorothy prepare for imminent parenthood. --Clark Collis
The DVD version also features a movie version which combines all three episodes, plus a quiz.
Martin Clunes, Neil Morrisey, Leslie Ash, Caroline Quentin It's time to call 'Last Orders' down The Crown, as the Men Behaving Badly gang bow out with the hilarious Final Trilogy of feature-length episodes. So join Gary, Tony, Dorothy and Debs in a final bout of bad behaviour. Performance Sex is beautiful and natural, until Gary and Dorothy decide they want to make a baby. Tony is about to move in with Deborah when she goes in hospital with a bad leg. Tony faces up to the dilemma: could he live with a one-legged woman? But not to worry, the most important thing is: It's Karaoke Night at The Crown. Gary In Love Dazzled by the prospect of a free hotel suite, Deborah, Tony and Dorothy join Gary for a weekend in Worthing in November. Tony and Gary get drunk and smuggle a municipal landmark back to their hotel, then wonder how to dispose of it. Dorothy thinks she is pregnant and Gary thinks he is falling in love with Wendy. Tony decides only he can sort it out... Delivery Tony has got a job as a postman and is finally taking life seriously - too seriously for Deborah who realises she preferred him when he was carefree and stupid. Gary's office is closing down, not that he can bring himself to tell the staff. Dorothy is very pregnant and already worried about having another helpless, flatulent, breast-fixated little bastard in the house... Special Features Chapter/Scene Selection Interactive Menu Related Products Men Behaving Badly - Jingle B***s! (DVD)