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Sunday, 5 May, 2002, 12:54 GMT 13:54 UK
Men to Behave Badly again
Neil Morrissey and Martin Clunes
Neil Morrissey joined Martin Clunes in series two
Laddish comedy Men Behaving Badly is set to return to television screens after all the cast agreed to a revival.

Original writer Simon Nye has also confirmed he will rejoin the team to pen three specials about former flatmates Gary and Tony, to be screened on BBC One in 2003.

Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey will line-up alongside Caroline Quentin and Leslie Ash, who play long-suffering girlfriends Dorothy and Debs.

The return of the award-winning show follows recent revivals of Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Only Fools and Horses and Absolutely Fabulous.

Resurrecting Men Behaving Badly was the idea of producer Beryl Vertue of Hartswood Films, who started ringing around the cast to gauge their interest in reprising their roles.

Dorothy is Gary's long-suffering partner
Dorothy is Gary's long-suffering partner
Clunes had hinted on the Parkinson show that there had been talk of a return.

A BBC spokesman confirmed: "It's all still at an early stage but everyone has agreed in principle. But we don't know what the future holds for the characters at this stage."

The last episode of Men Behaving Badly saw Gary and Dorothy become parents as part of a special trilogy at Christmas 1998, attracting 13.9m viewers.


Ms Vertue said: "When we left the final series of Men Behaving Badly, Dorothy and Gary had just had their baby. I thought viewers would really enjoy catching up with the characters and seeing what they were up to.

"So I rang the writer Simon Nye who was very keen on the idea and said he would love to write some scripts. I then called each of the actors one by one, and they were thrilled."

The show had a less than successful start on ITV in 1992 when it stared Harry Enfield as the flatmate.

He was replaced in the second series by Morrissey but the channel decided to drop it altogether.

The BBC agreed to take it on and were rewarded by it becoming a massive hit as it embodied the laddish culture of the mid-90s.

The format was exported to the US but the very British humour failed to translate and it was swiftly axed.

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