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Man Down (TV series)

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Man Down
Man Down, Channel 4 Comedy, Cast.jpg
Created byGreg Davies
Written byGreg Davies
Stephen Morrison
Sian Harries
Andrew Collins
Richard Herring
Directed byMatt Lipsey
StarringGreg Davies
Rik Mayall
Stephanie Cole
Roisin Conaty
Mike Wozniak
Gwyneth Powell
Jeany Spark
Opening themeMan Down Theme
ComposersChris Egan
Bob Bradley
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series4 + 2 Christmas specials
No. of episodes26
Executive producersJames Taylor
Richard Allen-Turner
Jon Thoday
Toby Stevens
ProducerSpencer Millman
EditorCharlie Phillips
Running time25 minutes
Production companyAvalon Television
Original networkChannel 4
Original release18 October 2013 (2013-10-18) –
29 November 2017 (2017-11-29)
External links

Man Down is a British sitcom first broadcast on 18 October 2013[1] on Channel 4 and starring Greg Davies as Dan, a man who hates his job as a teacher and who recently broke up with his girlfriend.[2]

Channel 4 commissioned an additional 25-minute Christmas special before the first series aired,[3] and a second series was announced during Davies's live tour "The Back of My Mum's Head", though this was prior to Rik Mayall's death in June 2014. Following Mayall's death, Davies met with Channel 4, to discuss the future of the show (Mayall had been intended to have a more prominent role in Series 2).[4] On 28 November 2014, Channel 4 announced that Man Down would return for a second Christmas special on 23 December 2014 with a second series due to follow on 1 June 2015.[5] In October 2015, Channel 4 ordered a third series, which began broadcasting from 13 July 2016.[6] On 8 November 2016 Greg Davies officially confirmed the show's recommission for a fourth series, consisting of 6 episodes which began airing on 25 October 2017.[7]


Main Cast


  • Greg Davies
  • Stephen Morrison
  • Sian Harries
  • Ed Gamble
  • Richard Herring (Additional Material)
  • Andrew Collins (Script Editor)


The majority of exterior scenes are filmed in and around Watford, Hertfordshire & South Oxhey. Their local pub is filmed in South Oxhey shops as well as the bakery in an earlier series when Dan buys a massive cake.

The car park scene in s4 e6 is filmed in Cassiobury Park, Watford.

Dan's house exterior filmed in Kendrick Road, Reading.[citation needed] Scenes in both the hospitals and police stations were filmed at Wimbledon Film and TV Studios.[citation needed] The school during the show was Sandhurst School,[citation needed] where Davies used to teach drama and English.

The tailors in episode one was filmed in Farncombe, Surrey.[citation needed]

The exterior of "Bob's Cafe" is the exterior of "The Nile Cafe" on the corner of Nile St and Custance St, London N1.[citation needed]

The Elephant & Castle pub in episode 6 in season 2 is the Elephant & Castle pub, Wheathampsted, Hertfordshire.

The pub filmed in series 4 episode 3 is The Horns, Hampstead Road, Watford.

The church scenes in which Dan attends for butchers funeral and his son christening is filmed in Hanwell, Greater London.


Viewing figures from BARB.[8]

Series overview

Series Episodes Originally aired
Series premiere Series finale
1 6 18 October 2013 (2013-10-18) 22 November 2013 (2013-11-22)
Specials 2 25 December 2013 (2013-12-25)
23 December 2014 (2014-12-23)
2 6 1 June 2015 (2015-06-01) 6 July 2015 (2015-07-06)
3 6 13 July 2016 (2016-07-13) 17 August 2016 (2016-08-17)
4 6 25 October 2017 (2017-10-25) 29 November 2017 (2017-11-29)

Series 1 (2013)

in total
in series
Title Original air date Viewers (millions)
11"Series 1 Episode 1 - It Never Rains"18 October 2013 (2013-10-18)1.83
Dan's lost his trousers and is in danger of losing his girlfriend. He hates his job, his dad is out to get him, his friends can't help him and there's a tailor on the warpath.[9]
22"Series 1 Episode 2 - Mad Nobby"25 October 2013 (2013-10-25)1.28
Dan has lost his girlfriend but, with help from his two best friends, he has a plan to get her back involving two bags of mince and a welder called Mad Nobby. What could possibly go wrong?[10]
33"Series 1 Episode 3 - Desperate Dan"1 November 2013 (2013-11-01)N/A
Dan, unlike his ex-girlfriend, isn't invited to his niece's birthday party. Desperate to impress her, he manages to persuade the family that he can be trusted with getting the party ready.[11]
44"Series 1 Episode 4 - Guru"8 November 2013 (2013-11-08)1.15
Brian introduces Dan to a guru with a secret, so unbelievably powerful, that he can only tell it to one person at a time.[12]
55"Series 1 Episode 5 - Dad's Past"15 November 2013 (2013-11-15)N/A
Although still haunted, literally, by the ghost of his ex girlfriend, Dan ends up unexpectedly preparing for a date, with a little help from Brian.[13]
66"Series 1 Episode 6 - Space Mission"22 November 2013 (2013-11-22)N/A
Brian finds himself nominated for a Small Business Award and Dan must quickly find a tuxedo and a date to impress his ex. Will Dan's dad or his mate Jo help him in his hour of need?[14]

Specials (2013–14)

in total
in series
Title Original air date Viewers (millions)
71"Christmas Special 2013"25 December 2013 (2013-12-25)N/A
The festive sci-fi school play, Scrooge 3000, and a terrifying yuletide tradition courtesy of his psychotic dad are just two of the Christmas challenges that threaten to reduce Dan's life to ruins.[15]
82"Christmas Special 2014 - Finding Nesta"23 December 2014 (2014-12-23)1.03
After a difficult year, Dan is convinced he has turned his life around only to meet a Christmas thorn in his side in the shape of his aunt Nesta.[16]

Series 2 (2015)

in total
in series
Title Original air date Viewers (millions)
91"Perfect Woman"1 June 2015 (2015-06-01)1.35
After a chance meeting, Dan goes on a date. What could possibly go wrong on a simple night out?[17]
102"Kindness"8 June 2015 (2015-06-08)1.29[nb 1]
When a rival teacher delivers a smash-hit school assembly, Dan conspires to top it with one of his own involving his drama class and a war veteran.[18]
113"Diversity"15 June 2015 (2015-06-15)0.91
Dan is sent on a diversity course after alarming headmistress Miss Lipsey, the ongoing target of his clumsy advances, with his complete lack of political correctness.[19]
124"The Phant"22 June 2015 (2015-06-22)0.87
Dan has an appraisal at work, and fate throws him into the path of his childhood nemesis. Jo has a new money-making scheme, and Brian is determined to be published.[20]
135"Dennis"29 June 2015 (2015-06-29)0.86
After sad news from pupil Dennis' family, Dan, primarily motivated by impressing Miss Lipsey, volunteers to look after the boy for a weekend.[21]
146"The Heath"6 July 2015 (2015-07-06)0.86
After Jo announces she's marrying a digger-driving rapper from a 'pagan backwater', Dan decides he'll use his best man's speech to impress Miss Lipsey.[22]

Series 3 (2016)

in total
in series
Title Original air date Viewers (millions)
151"The Heist"13 July 2016 (2016-07-13)1.60
Dan is at a crossroads in his life. He must do something as he faces a disciplinary and may lose the only thing he has left in life: his teaching job.[23]
162"The Calling"20 July 2016 (2016-07-20)1.33
Dan comes face-to-face with Miss Clarke - his replacement in class. Jo pitches her new shop 'idea' to the town council, while 'Daddy' continues to charm Dan's mum.[24]
173"Big News"27 July 2016 (2016-07-27)1.04
Dan struggles to get his 'news' taken seriously, Brian meets the woman of his dreams, Nesta has a big problem to deal with, and 'Daddy' takes things up a gear with Dan.[25]
184"The Visa"3 August 2016 (2016-08-03)1.24
Dan tries to keep his plan to emigrate to the USA moving, but with the complicated issue of a visa to negotiate he knows he needs to draw on all his inner strength.[26]
195"Adopted"10 August 2016 (2016-08-10)0.97
Cultural awakenings and jeopardy await as Dan shares the shocking news of his adoption with his best mates, and embarks on a search for a life that could have been.[27]
206"The Party"17 August 2016 (2016-08-17)0.82
Dan's teaching career is reduced to few words in his final school assembly. Jo is in charge of organising an impressive party, but will everything go to plan?[28]

Series 4 (2017)

On 8 November 2016 Greg Davies officially confirmed the renewal of the show for a fourth series consisting of 6 episodes.[7]

in total
in series
Title Original air date Viewers (millions)
211"The Home"25 October 2017 (2017-10-25)0.85
Dan quits his job as a teacher and is applying his unique work ethic to a new profession. With Aunt Nesta and his mum in a retirement village, Dan is on a hunt to find his soon-to-be family a home.[29]
222"The Bear"1 November 2017 (2017-11-01)0.78
Dan presents Emma with a perfect vision of a family and embarks on a journey to rediscover a terrible truth about a misremembered friendship.[30]
233"The Dad Club"8 November 2017 (2017-11-08)0.70
Dan is frustrated by the universal lack of respect for his new status as a father, and joins a dads' club. Desperate to fit in, how far will he go to impress the other dads?[31]
244"The School Trip"15 November 2017 (2017-11-15)0.61
Dan takes his Behavioural Unit on a historical school trip with desperate hopes of becoming a 'bright light' his troubled kids can follow.[32]
255"The Christening"22 November 2017 (2017-11-22)N/A
Dan can't believe his luck when a health visitor suggests a 'daddy day'. But when his son seems a bit cold towards him, Dan becomes increasingly desperate to establish a bond.[33]
266"The Hearing"29 November 2017 (2017-11-29)0.48
Dan races against the clock to prove his credentials as a dad, but a terrifying figure from his past surfaces to seek revenge.[34]

International broadcast

The series premiered in Australia on 12 January 2015 on SBS One.[35]


  1. ^ 1.10 million on Channel 4 and 191,000 on Channel 4 +1.


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  4. ^ Archived 4 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine
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  15. ^ "Man Down - Series 1 Episode 7", Channel 4, Retrieved on 30 December 2014.
  16. ^ British Comedy Guide — Man Down — Christmas Special — Finding Nesta (Retrieved 23 December 2015)
  17. ^ "Man Down - Series 2 Episode 1 - Perfect Woman", Channel 4, Retrieved on 04 December 2017.
  18. ^ "Man Down - Series 2 Episode 2 - Kindness", Channel 4, Retrieved on 04 December 2017.
  19. ^ "Man Down - Series 2 Episode 3 - Diversity", Channel 4, Retrieved on 04 December 2017.
  20. ^ "Man Down - Series 2 Episode 4 - The Phant", Channel 4, Retrieved on 04 December 2017.
  21. ^ "Man Down - Series 2 Episode 5 - Dennis", Channel 4, Retrieved on 04 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Man Down - Series 2 Episode 6 - The Heath", Channel 4, Retrieved on 04 December 2017.
  23. ^ "Man Down - Series 3 Episode 1 - The Heist", Channel 4, Retrieved on 04 December 2017.
  24. ^ "Man Down - Series 3 Episode 2 - The Calling", Channel 4, Retrieved on 04 December 2017.
  25. ^ "Man Down - Series 3 Episode 3 - Big News", Channel 4, Retrieved on 04 December 2017.
  26. ^ "Man Down - Series 3 Episode 4 - The Visa", Channel 4, Retrieved on 04 December 2017.
  27. ^ "Man Down - Series 3 Episode 5 - Adopted", Channel 4, Retrieved on 04 December 2017.
  28. ^ "Man Down - Series 3 Episode 6 - The Party", Channel 4, Retrieved on 04 December 2017.
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  34. ^ "Man Down - Series 4 Episode 6", Channel 4, Retrieved on 04 December 2017.
  35. ^ Knox, David (9 January 2015). "Airdate: Uncle, Man Down". TV Tonight. Retrieved 9 January 2015.

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