I have said it before and I will say it again – comedy is a broad church. If Boy Meets Girl is the epitome of cosy and low key, then at the other end of the spectrum is the brash, farcical Man Down. Such is the gap, I often wonder if I am the only person who watches both, or rather, watches one and records the other for a less hectic night.

When it comes to choosing which one to watch live, Man Down wins every time. It has a natural energy that draws you in. I also feel that, in some respects, it has matured over time, and has settled into a nice rhythm, without losing its anarchic edge.

Take the most recent episode. Dan’s soul-searching, Jo’s shop opening, the bipolar menace of Daedalus, all long running themes of the series, combined together nicely with one-off plots to build to a crescendo at the end. In this instance, Jo’s disastrous shop opening is rescued by Dan being snapped out of his selfishness by a talking to by Nesta, who just so happens to have lost her driving licence. One stolen police car later, combined with Brian’s infatuation with his local MP, leads to a relatively happy ending, with lovely side veers into Brian being tormented by a group of tweenage girls and a newspaper editor obsessed with Dan’s knee.

In many respects, this series feels like the strongest yet. Dan is actually showing sign of emotional maturity. This is a positive for me, as I was always slightly unsympathetic to his plights in the past. As shown in the example above, his friends are no longer purely there to get him out of situations; he is capable of saving them as well.

In fact, the whole ensemble cast seem to be at the height of their confidence in performing their roles. Along with Greg Davies’ Dan, Stephanie Cole is fantastic as professional battleaxe Nesta, and the casting of Tony Robinson as Daedalus is inspired.

As a result, I know feel invested in what happens. Does Dan go to America? Will he realise Miss Clarke has a crush on him? Will people finally realise what a nutjob Daedalus is? I genuinely want answers.

Yes, the comedy is daft and broad. This isn’t some sweet and ground breaking tale. It is essentially about some over-grown child, who should know better. But it’s funny. And that is all we need ask of it.

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