Neil Morrisey fears Men Behaving Badly isn't 'woke enough' for reboot

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Neil Morrissey is up for a Men Behaving Badly reboot, but he thinks the show 'isn't woke enough' to return credit:Bang Showbiz
Neil Morrissey is up for a Men Behaving Badly reboot, but he thinks the show 'isn't woke enough' to return credit:Bang Showbiz

Neil Morrissey is up for a ‘Men Behaving Badly’ reboot, but he thinks the show "isn't woke enough" to return.

The 59-year-old actor, who played womanising flatmate Tony Smart alongside Martin Clunes' Gary Strang in the 90s series, thinks his character would have to become “completely woke” if a new series of the show was to ever materialise.

He said: “It’s all about the script. If Simon [Nye] writes something marvellous, we’d obviously have a look at it.

“I don’t know if we could make it again now, though. It’s not woke enough is it? Putting ladies’ underpants on my head ... things like that.

“I guess Leslie [Ash] was objectified a bit by my character. But that was the point of it – that we were really rubbish, and they were really cool and smart. We were a couple of misogynist idiots who couldn’t keep a job, let alone a girlfriend.

“I don’t know if it would work [now], but it would be fun trying. The way to do it would be to have the wokeness involved, in that Tony is so PC it’s unbelievable. They would just have to have lapses after several beers on the sofa.”

The show, which ran for six seasons, also featured Leslie Ash, 62, as Deborah Burton and Caroline Quentin, 61, as Dorothy Bishop, the pair's girlfriends.

It followed the story of Gary and Tony, who were also looking for any excuse to lounge around on their sofa and down cans of beer.

The ‘Line of Duty’ actor joked that him and the ‘Doc Martin’ star had discussed appearing on the show again, but admitted they would be demanding huge fees if a reboot did come about.

He told 'The Convex Conversation' podcast it would be a "retirement gig" for the pair.

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