Manchild: Series 1 [DVD] 
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The complete first series of the BBC comedy-drama. Stockbroker Terry (Nigel Havers), art expert Patrick (Don Warrington), orthodontist James (Anthony Head) and decking supremo Gary (Ray Burdis) have been friends since their schooldays. Now, having all reached the age of 50, they are intent on reliving the freedom of their youth, buying hip new clothes and dating beautiful younger women, but despite their best efforts, the concerns of middle-age still catch up with them.
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Everything about it is slick - note the rich colour co-ordination (clothing vis-à-vis backgrounds of walls, furnishings, paintings, etc.) in every scene. The accompanying soundtrack is near-perfectly chosen for accompanying the various scenes and dénouements. Am sort of expecting a CD release of this, too!
MANCHILD may have been inspired by SEX AND THE CITY, but it is not merely a male version of it. SATC celebrates women's sexual liberation - with gusto, even. But it does take itself rather seriously, making various navel-gazing statements about women's empowerment; there are no, or at least very few serious character flaws. Not so with MANCHILD - which is VERY self-mocking!
The series' concept does not celebrate male post-marriage freedom, as the two main characters, Terry (Nigel Havers) and James (Anthony Head), have not divorced from their wives and family due to Irreconcilable Differences, but have done so solely to recapture their youth. In fact, this wilful escape from their paternal/familial responsibilities is somewhat reprehensible. It's just that they have the financial wherewithal to do so, thus demonstrating that they have never actually grown-up, but want to go back and play with the toys of their youth, i.e. their male egos. Terry and James are a coiled spring of serious character flaws.Read more ›
Each episode has its own independent dialectic, but unlike many sitcom scenarios Manchild also advances the characters and the overall storyline. You do at least feel there is progress through the series, though the characters don't really learn lessons - if they did, there wouldn't have been a second series!
Young women, fast bikes and erectial dysfunction are part of these mens life along with pothead sons and fancy restaurants. Do life's pleasures really only start at 50? Who is better off, the geezer with the young woman, or the married chap? And if you time it right can you get it all ?
Beautifully scripted, acted and directed, this series is thoroughly enjoyable for men of all ages, but is bound to irritate and annoy women. Do not watch it with your girlfriend or wife, or prepare a long speech why you are not like these guys beforehand.
Can't wait for second series on video....what a pity there's not going to be a series 3! Classic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Manchild was always a great series and seeing it again after years reinforces that so where is the 2nd series?Published 10 months ago by rabatteuse
A sublime series with a sensational cast. This is some of the best TV delivered by the BBC. However... Read morePublished 10 months ago by REVIEWER55
A brilliant BBC series - about 8 one-hour episodes - excellent scripts - stories very entertaining - charactors are very likeable - acting first class - lots of laugh-out-loud... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Linda M Duncan
By now we all know it is a fantastic series, but where is the promised series 2?
Great cast, already made, how expensive can it be to make it available?
It really was an English male version of Sex In The City. I don't know why I loved this series so much!? But it really amused me. Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2009 by Soulcat44
Hilarious midlife crisis comedy series. The adventures of middle aged, divorced, married and single well off men who suddenly feel the urge to resow their oats. Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2009 by M. Verbeek
Nigel Havers' fans will be more than happy with this, but watch it as well for its totally un-PC dialogue, and some very touching moments. Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2006 by The Cosmic Whelk
I enjoyed this series very much. I thought the cast was brilliant, the locations were well thought out and the plot was good enough to make me watch the entire DVD in one sitting. Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2004