Neil Morrissey hints at Men Behaving Badly television revival

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Actor Neil Morrissey has hinted about a possible revival of classic comedy series Men Behaving Badly.

The star, 55, suggested that fans could be about to see a return of the popular BBC sitcom when he appeared on this morning’s edition of Lorraine.

Speaking about his time on the comedy series and its possible future, Morrissey said: ‘You know what they should do, get [writer] Simon Nye on this show, he’s the one,’ the actor expressed.

Is Men Behaving Badly returning to the small-screen? (REX)
Is Men Behaving Badly returning to the small-screen? (REX)

‘If there’s a script – because in my game everything starts with a script – and if the script’s good… because Martin [Clunes] and I and Leslie [Ash] have all said of course we’ll do it!’

So with the original cast members seemingly game for another spell as the characters that were adored in the 1990s, maybe Lorraine should get Nye on the programme to get him to commit to the idea.

From left: Neil Morrissey, Caroline Quentin, Martin Clunes, and Leslie Ash. (REX)
From left: Neil Morrissey, Caroline Quentin, Martin Clunes, and Leslie Ash. (REX)

‘We need to get Simon Nye, nail him down, and get him to write a series,’ Morrissey admitted. ‘Get him on [Lorraine], because he writes The Durrells,’ – the popular comedy-drama that airs on ITV1.

Nye, 59, is responsible for creating the hit comedy series Men Behaving Badly, having initially written a book by the same name in 1989.

The TV show was conceived a year later and aired its first two series on ITV from 1992 until 1994.

Between 1994 and 1998, the show switched to the BBC, where is really made a name for itself, before a brief stint on Channel 4 in 2014.

A total of six seasons aired, culminating in 42 episodes that starred Morrissey (as Tony), Martin Clunes (as Gary), and also starred Leslie Ash and Caroline Quentin as Deborah and Dorothy, respectively.

Martin Clunes picking up his Best Performance gong at the 1996 BAFTAs. (REX)
Martin Clunes picking up his Best Performance gong at the 1996 BAFTAs. (REX)

In 1996, the show won its double nomination for Best Comedy Series and Best Performance for Martin Clunes at the BAFTAs.

The show returned for a seventh series in 2014 – a special Stand Up To Cancer revival – where the topic of testicular cancer was at the forefront of the episode.

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