I TALK Man Down

Greg Davies, best known for playing Head-teacher Mr Gilbert in The Inbetweeners, has written his very own Channel 4 sitcom called Man Down in which he plays Dan, a childish idiot trapped in an adult's life.

Channel 4 must be confident in the series as even before it airs, Man Down has been handed a Christmas Special. At a recent launch for the series, Phil Clarke who's the new Head of Comedy at Channel 4, introduced Man Down as a "Big mad comedy" and having now seen the first two episodes in the series I'd have to agree. It's big (and I'm not just talking about Greg's height), it's mad (I'll be very surprised if any of your friends and family are remotely similar to the characters we see) and it provides the laughs which in turn makes it a comedy.

The series doesn't start well for Dan. His wife has more or less given up on on him after he proves unable to complete the simplest of life's tasks such as wearing trousers - and ends up having to go to school (where he works) in jogging bottoms!To be fair, I don't blame her! And this is something that Greg himself agrees with, speaking at the launch, Greg said "With a lot of sitcoms you feel sorry for the character because they're victims of fortune, and fate - and other things influencing their demise. But I always wanted it to be his fault. Because I look back at the time when I was a teacher and everything was my fault. Everything that went wrong."