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How Not to Live Your Life 3 Seasons 2008

Season 1
4.8 out of 5 stars (32) IMDb 8.4/10

All seven episodes of the BBC3 comedy series written by and starring Dan Clark. Over-imaginative 20-something Don Danbury (Clark) is delighted when he finds out that he has inherited his grandmother's house. He rents out a room to ex-classmate and girl of his dreams Abby Jones (Sinead Moynihan) - unaware she is in a serious relationship with the anally retentive Karl (Finlay Robertson).

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Dan Clark, David Armand

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1. Home Sweet Home

Don discovers he's been left a house from his recently deceased grandmother, only to find out it has huge back payments and a strange man who won't leave. He decides to get a lodger to help with the rent - the girl he was in love with as a teenager

AGES-15-AND-OVER Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: 1 January 2008
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2. The Field Trip

Don goes on a field trip with Abby and the kids from her school. This attempt to show her he's a good, decent man goes horribly wrong when he gets the 10-year-olds drunk in a country pub.

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3. Fake Wake

Don discovers he has got to put on a wake for his dead grandmother, the only problem is he has already cremated her

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4. The Young Ones

While working as a charity street collector, Don meets an attractive girl who is nine years younger. He starts to hang out with her and her friends, but soon finds he is not as young as he once was.

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5. Like Father Like Don

Don gets a new job working for Karl's dad Glen. While there, the feud between the two increases, and Don finds the father figure he never had.

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6. The Break Up

After a raucous night out with Eddie, Don finds out that Abby has just split up with Karl.

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Bonus: How Not to Live Your Life Special - It's a Don-derful Life

Don's attempts to be normal are threatened by an out-of-control OAP and a violent Santa.

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Dan Clark
Starring Dan Clark, David Armand
Supporting actors Leila Hoffman, Laura Haddock, Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Sinead Moynihan, Silas Carson, Finlay Robertson, Frank Gallagher, Tom Meeten, Isabel Fay, Freddie Lees
Season year 2008
Network BBC Worldwide
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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How Not To Live Your Life follows Don Danbury (aka "The Double D"), a perennial work-shy loser who inherits his late nan's belongings thinking he's got a massive free house, before learning she was in significant financial trouble and - much to his chagrin - he must rent out a room to have any chance of keeping up mortgage repayments. It's not all bad though, as he befriends odd ex-carer Eddie and by chance manages to get his teenage obession Abby to rent the spare room, albeit with her condescending career-driven boyfriend Karl in tow.

Don isn't very subtle or very PC, and spends much of the time speaking his mind, making dumb decisions and generally rubbing people up the wrong way in his efforts to a) earn money, b) avoid the bayliff and c) convince Abby they belong together. The script is generally pretty sharp with subtle jokes you won't notice before re-watching, and it's helped by a quirky running theme showing ways you should not approach situations (i.e., upon meeting Abby for the first time in about 13 years, handcuffing her and saying "Now this time you're not getting away"). Good scripting by creator & star Dan Clark, although it would be nice if others occasionally got some good lines too, rather than acting as buffers for Don.

There's a lot of junk on BBC3, but infrequently something decent comes out of the bag, and this is probably the best new British sitcom since the excellent Plus One.
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Simply "Hilarious" watched one episode by accident, and now I am totally hooked, ended up buying all 3 series, now that's a recommendation for you! This guy cracks me up, if you need a good dose of comedy, look no further.
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This review also covers Series Three. The episodes just get funnier and funnier. I would recommend buying the box set ( which I do not have ) because there are, I think, Christmas specials included. I am a fan of Dan Clark but I am sure his appeal for this series will be beyond his followers. There is much adult humour.
It is all so funny and well written.
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Possibly there are better ways to spend your time than watching stuff like this- but I think its kinda fun.Worth watching the extras- its an education in itself. Not the tours backstage though, they are really inane. But the origins of the series- they are great.
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This series is one of the best series i've seen on bbc 3. every episode is very good and funny. i highly recommend this dvd.
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I'm really hoping that How Not To Live Your Life is given the chance to grow. The second series has proved much more rewarding than the first as the characters work much better together. The problem with the first series is that Abby (played by Sinead Moynihan) is simply not a good comedic actor (or a good actor full stop). Everyone else is fab but she really manages to flatten the jokes. It's a shame as it's really funny and a cut above the rest of BBC3's output. Glad that for series 2 they have eliminated Abby & found someone much more suitable to be Don's female foil so to speak....
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How not to live your life is hillariously funny!!! I watched it with my cousin and we were laughing all the way through it! Got good characters and storyline. Wish it avalible in a box set. Get it! :)
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I've been waiting so long for this show to come out on DVD it's untrue!

Best comedy on BBC3 in my opinion but then again I'm not really an ardent fan of Two Pints, Grownups would be my second choice but I'm digressing....Great DVD and great series if you want a laugh :)
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