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Manchild: Series 1 [DVD] [2002]

4.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Nigel Havers, Anthony Head, Lindsey Coulson, Frances Barber, Ray Burdis
  • Directors: Audrey Cooke
  • Writers: Richard Stoneman
  • Producers: Geoffrey Perkins, Peter Thornton, Sophie Clarke-Jervoise
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar. 2003
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008N6ZX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,076 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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I first noticed this series when happening upon Episode Three - and it immediately gripped me. I have not missed an episode since, taping Series 2 on video, pre-ordering this Series 1 on DVD, and impatiently awaiting the DVD release of Series 2. Am 40-something and still single, but the living-it-up affluence of these four characters is way beyond both my mental reach and my current account's fiscal welly.

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.
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It may not sound like promising material - a group of 50-something nouveau riche blokes negotiaing their assorted mid-life crises and trying to rediscover lost youth through a maze of ruined relationships and extravagent self-indulgence. In fact, what could have been a leaden concept is saved by a light and witty script and excellent performances from, in particular, Nigel Havers, Anthony Head and Don Warrington.
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!
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What a fantastic series this is! Smart, witty and very funny. I disagree that this is only one for the men as I watched it together with a group of friends including a married couple and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing is very clever and each episode centres on one of the main characters and their particular problems. It deals at times with what could be quite sensitive situations in a light manner without causing offence. I strongly recommend watching this excellent series from the BBC which caters for those of us who don't always want to watch young teens and 20-somethings with their problems.
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By A Customer on 13 Mar. 2003
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The women may have Carrie & Co. but the men now have Terry, James, Patick and Gary, four middle-aged men who refuse to grow up. Two divorcees, a (happily ?) married man and a perpetual single share the experiences of their life as they reach the 50 year mark.
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.
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By A Customer on 16 Oct. 2003
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Slick, stylish and incredibly funny. A wonderfully thought out and presented cast - some great performances here. Strong and interesting characters - particularly the women.
Can't wait for second series on video....what a pity there's not going to be a series 3! Classic.
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By A Customer on 13 May 2003
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So often British comedy-drama gets it hopelessly wrong.You see the same faces, almost hear the scriptwriter flicking through the 'writing by numbers'script manual and probably bump into Ricky Tomlinson as standard.Manchild was a real breath of fresh air. It is sexy, glossy and has some of the best performances in a BBC comedy drama I've seen. Don Warrington is marvellous as Patrick and Havers puts in one of his best performances since his 'Chancer heyday'.This should of only appealed to rich,decadent Surrey Stockbrokers and incurred the wrath of all those earning less than thirty grand a year but it has much greater appeal than that because of the humanity of the writing. Never snearing or contemptuous of those of lower social status it reflects that constant negotiation with mortality all men over 35 undertake-at all levels of society. But at the end of this eulogy just get it for the great soundtrack, great sets and great performances-Nigel,Don,Ray and Anthony have great timing!
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