Men Behaving Badly
Men Behaving Badly spawned the cult of laddism. With its outrageous but endearing characters, the programme was warmly received by audiences and critics alike – and half its viewers were women. The title has now entered into common usage, often used in headlines to describe the antics of politicians, footballers and other celebrities. When ITV decided not to take up the option for a third series, Beryl Vertue took the series to the BBC; switching networks was almost unprecedented. The programme went from strength to strength, won many awards and regularly received rave reviews, handsomely rewarding the BBC’s faith in the project.
Martin Clunes as Gary, Neil Morrissey as Tony, Caroline Quentin as Dorothy, Leslie Ash as Deborah
Two series on ITV, then moved to BBC One
18 February 1992
Six series: three of six episodes, two of seven episodes and two Christmas specials
30 mins per episode
“I’m not sure there is a sharper piece of comedy writing on British TV… It’s a cracking series.” The Daily Mail
“A wonderful script and wonderful performances… It’s all very funny, very watchable, and one of the best things currently on TV.” The Daily Mirror
“So good that the BBC schedule could hardly live without it.” The Daily Express
“It has tapped into the Zeitgeist and has won a ridiculous number of awards. It has become a national institution.”The Guardian
“[Men Behaving Badly] went off with a big bang, shooting meteorically across the night sky… this superb chronicle of the sordid joys of bachelor existence never lost its momentum for a second, hitting the screen running, and ducking and diving right up to the closing credits… near-perfect comedy series… proving that the US doesn’t have a monopoly on wonderful sitcom in the Nineties.” The Evening Standard
Freemantle Media in America, Andorra and Dominica, Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Eire, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Holland, Iceland, India, Israel, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Mauritius, Middle East, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad, Yugoslavia, Zimbabwae. In addition, the format was sold by Beryl Vertue to American production company Carsey Werner. They went on to produce 33 programmes for NBC from 1998-99.