- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (6 Feb. 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140156186
- ISBN-13: 978-0140156188
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.6 x 18 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Men Behaving Badly (Originals) Paperback – 6 Feb 1992
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One of the most successful comedy series of the 1990s, Men Behaving Badly could easily have been a mere footnote in sitcom history. It failed to attract a sizeable audience in its original incarnation on ITV, and despite the replacement of a miscast Harry Enfield with Neil Morrissey in the second series, it still did not develop a loyal following. Success only came when the programme moved to the BBC and--crucially--a later time-slot, allowing writer Simon Nye a much freer rein in depicting the less savoury aspects of his characters.
This audio cassette takes four episodes from the third series (the first for the BBC), and consists of the soundtracks to the original shows. "Lovers" finds Tony (Neil Morrissey) pursuing the ever-elusive Deborah (Leslie Ash) while his flatmate Gary (Martin Clunes) worries about his lack of sexual experience; "Bed" takes place on a stormy night, with Gary proving his love for Dorothy (Caroline Quentin) by going out to buy her a remedy for indigestion; in "Casualties" Gary and Tony try to convince Deborah not to leave the country; and the "Cleaning Lady" of the final episode is unwelcome until she turns out to be an attractive young woman, leading to competition between Gary and Tony.
Listening to these recordings, it quickly becomes clear just how well-scripted the series was--even without any visual element, there are very few jokes that fall flat. While many TV comedy series would falter without the fall-back of physical humour, here the restrictions of the format serve only to showcase the sharply observed characters, and the uncannily accurate observation of both male and female existence. Although the antics of the two flatmates are clearly at the centre of the series, the success of Men Behaving Badly is at least partly due to the way in which it constantly undermines its own "laddish" perspective. While Gary and Tony are often very funny, the joke is more often than not at their expense--yet the humour remains good-natured enough for us to laugh without worrying too much about the target of our laughter. --John Oates --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.