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Men Behaving Badly

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This story is about two young men who live in the same curious boarding house in London and who both fall in love with the same tenant upstairs. The book aims at an entertaining style to capture the characters' aimless lives.

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One of the most successful comedy series of the 1990s, Men Behaving Badly could easily have been a mere footnote in sitcom history. It failed to attract a sizeable audience in its original incarnation on ITV, and despite the replacement of a miscast Harry Enfield with Neil Morrissey in the second series, it still did not develop a loyal following. Success only came when the programme moved to the BBC and--crucially--a later time-slot, allowing writer Simon Nye a much freer rein in depicting the less savoury aspects of his characters.

This audio cassette takes four episodes from the third series (the first for the BBC), and consists of the soundtracks to the original shows. "Lovers" finds Tony (Neil Morrissey) pursuing the ever-elusive Deborah (Leslie Ash) while his flatmate Gary (Martin Clunes) worries about his lack of sexual experience; "Bed" takes place on a stormy night, with Gary proving his love for Dorothy (Caroline Quentin) by going out to buy her a remedy for indigestion; in "Casualties" Gary and Tony try to convince Deborah not to leave the country; and the "Cleaning Lady" of the final episode is unwelcome until she turns out to be an attractive young woman, leading to competition between Gary and Tony.

Listening to these recordings, it quickly becomes clear just how well-scripted the series was--even without any visual element, there are very few jokes that fall flat. While many TV comedy series would falter without the fall-back of physical humour, here the restrictions of the format serve only to showcase the sharply observed characters, and the uncannily accurate observation of both male and female existence. Although the antics of the two flatmates are clearly at the centre of the series, the success of Men Behaving Badly is at least partly due to the way in which it constantly undermines its own "laddish" perspective. While Gary and Tony are often very funny, the joke is more often than not at their expense--yet the humour remains good-natured enough for us to laugh without worrying too much about the target of our laughter. --John Oates

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Book Description Harper & Row, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. From Publishers Weekly Lurking somewhere inside this precious, overwritten first novel by British writer Nye is a comic short story struggling to breathe free. Gary Strang and Dermot Povey share a flat, but their quaint domesticity is shattered when coy, blase Deborah moves in upstairs. Both men fall desperately in love with her, though it's hard to see why, since all she seems to want is a man with lots of money and a "nice bottom." Their landlady, Geraldine, has just been deserted by her husband Gerald who once painted Deborah when she modeled nude in his art class. When Mike, Deborah's violent ex-boyfriend, breaks Gary's arm, the chatty surface tone turns serious. With its menage of slightly dotty folks at their wits' ends, the story has comic possibilities, none of them exploited by Nye. Or perhaps it's that his humor has not survived a transatlantic sea-change. Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-885795692

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