Men Behaving Badly 20th Anniversary Box-Set

This review also appears at Memorable TV

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Ah, the 90′s. A strange, confusing era of change for many – not least for the followers of ‘lad culture’, typically viewed through the soft-porn coloured spectacles of Loaded and FHM magazines. It was a time of flux – culturally and politically, with many unsure of their roles and how to go about making their mark in a confusing climate.

Not that any of this would have held much sway with Gary (Martin Clunes) and Tony (Neil Morrissey), the stars of the hugely successful comedy series Men Behaving Badly, which ran from 1992 to 1998.

Bringing together all six series of the dysfunctional males sit-com plus the four specials and the Comic Relief sketches, comes this collection of the popular show.

Sharply scripted by series creator Simon Nye with pacey direction from Martin Dennis, in many ways the show captured the 90′s zeitgeist for a generation. Occasionally written off as an overly macho piece, the series had far more wit than that, with Caroline Quentin’s Dorothy easily the equal of her male counterparts. With excellent support from Leslie Ash as the upstairs neighbour – and object of Tony’s lager addled affections – Men Behaving Badly was in its time one of the best comedies on British TV.

Also featuring Harry Enfield as Gary’s original flatmate Dermot in series one, the show took until around the third series to get fully into its stride, but from then on it was curry flecked hilarity all the way…

Packed full of extras (including a quiz where the reward is a selection out-takes from the show) this is about as definitive a box as even the most hardcore fan could wish for…

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