Man Down, the madcap comedy starring Greg Davies is coming back for a second series, RadioTimes.com can reveal.
The series – in which Davies plays hapless drama teacher Dan – will return next year.
However, while the first series has been given a Christmas special to air later this year, the second will not, said Phil Clarke, Channel 4’s head of comedy.
He told RadioTimes.com: “We are delighted it’s coming back for a second series. It’s such an original piece of work and Greg Davies has proved that he can carry his own comedy as writer and lead character. People love him and it has been a genuinely popular show.”
Davies, who worked as a teacher before breaking into comedy, is also well known for playing The Inbetweeners’ irascible head of sixth form, Mr Gilbert.
Series one has focused on his character Dan’s attempts to win back his girlfriend (Deirdre Mullins), with the (not always beneficial) aid of his sidekicks played by Roisin Conaty and Mike Wozniak.
The comedy also has the rare distinction of having Rik Mayall – a spit for Davies – playing his aggressive father with a penchant for practical jokes, while Gwyneth Powell – AKA Grange Hill’s Mrs McClusky – plays his mother.
The series has so far attracted good reviews and usually rates in excess of one million viewers according to the overnights, although this is slightly down on its debut of 1.5 million. Channel 4 is said to be very happy with its performance and RadioTimes.com was also impressed with it, praising it in preview as “a joy”.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.