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Month: May, 2013

Rik Mayall to play dad of Inbetweeners star Greg Davies in new Channel 4 sitcom

By Jack Seale, www.radiotimes.com 28th May 2013

Davies will appear alongside his comedy godfather in teacher-com Man Down, which he has also written

It’s impossible to watch Greg Davies without thinking of Rik Mayall: Davies’ bulging eyes, dancing nostrils and menacing air all owe a debt to the star of Bottom and The Young Ones.

Greg Davies looks like Rik Mayall. Greg Davies sounds like Rik Mayall. So who could play Greg Davies’ dad in a sitcom? How about Rik Mayall?

Mayall – who, admittedly, is only 10 years older than Davies – has indeed been cast in Man Down, a new Channel 4 series.

Written by Davies and based on his own experiences as a teacher – which he also drew on to play the sadistic Mr Gilbert in The Inbetweeners – Man Down is about an educator who hates his job. It starts shooting soon, directed by Matt Lipsey (Psychoville).

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Rik Mayall to play Greg Davies’ dad

From www.chortle.co.uk 29th May 2013

Young One signs up for C4 sitcom

He’s often described himself as looking like a ‘fat Rik Mayall’… and now comedian Greg Davies will play the Young One’s son in a new Channel 4 sitcom.

Mayall has been cast in Davies’s semi-autobiographical sitcom, Man Down, about a disillusioned teacher and ‘childish idiot trapped in an adult’s life’.

The casting is hardly flattering for Mayall, who at 55 is ten years older than Davies, but he joked: ‘It means I impregnated someone when I was 12, and that’s pretty rock and roll.’

Mayall took part in a pilot episode in November but has now been confirmed for the full series, which is set to start filming soon.