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Men Behaving Badly

In 1996, the flatsharing comedy Men Behaving Badly was voted Best Sitcom in the BBC's history, during the corporation's 60th anniversary celebrations. On air from 1992 – 1998, everyone thinks of it as a defining sitcom of that decade. But few remember, or probably care, that it started its life at Thames, made by the independent production company Hartswood Films. It was created as a vehicle for Harry Enfield, who starred along with Martin Clunes as beer-guzzling flatmates Dermot and Gary. Leslie Ash played Debbie, their upstairs neighbour, with Caroline Quentin as Gary's sharp-tongued girlfriend Dorothy. The series was created and written by Simon Nye, based on his 1989 book of the same title.