Friday 9 December 2016

Neil Morrissey hopes for Men Behaving Badly comeback

Published 02/03/2016 | 10:31

Neil Morrissey, left, is about to return to screens in the second series of Grantchester (ITV/PA)
Neil Morrissey, left, is about to return to screens in the second series of Grantchester (ITV/PA)

Neil Morrissey continued his campaign to revive Men Behaving Badly as he joined the Good Morning Britain sofa - despite calling his character a "misogynist loser".

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Although co-star Martin Clunes has poured cold water on the idea, Morrissey said he would love to appear again as Tony Smart in the beer-soaked flat-share comedy that aired on the BBC from 1992 to 1998.

Speaking about a remake, the 53-year-old said: "I would love to. I'd love to explore the fact that these two people now would be a couple of old dinosaurs probably still living in the same flat and how Waiting For Godot that would have turned into."

He admitted that it would all rest on a good script, but said the reasons viewers loved it remained the same.

"If everyone writes to Simon Nye and Hartswood Films then maybe they will (remake it). Everything starts from a script, so I can't see it happen in the near future," he said.

On its enduring popularity, he added: "I think it's that childish notion of how people behave, especially the menfolk, because we were behaving how people would have liked to behave even though it was terrible and awful and they were a couple of misogynist losers, but people sort of loved them."

Clunes, who starred as Gary Strang, told Radio Times last year that if Morrissey wanted to bring it back, "he's doing it on his own".

Morrissey is about to return to screens in the second series of Grantchester in which he sports his first TV moustache.

"Actually it was the moustache that got the job and it just happened to be attached to me," he joked.

He has also just finished filming the new series of Bear Grylls: Mission Survive and revealed some of the more unpleasant aspects of filming not shown on TV.

He said: "Of course you (drink urine) and it's not the hardest thing you have to do. There were things I found much tougher. In terms of disgusting, that probably was the most disgusting."

But Susanna Reid had to apologise to viewers for "putting you off your breakfast" as Morrissey disclosed the details of their daily tick checks, which he did with choreographer Jason Gardiner.

"We had to team up to do tick checks on each other and you had to look at each other's cracks."

"I can't believe you said that! You mean under the armpits?" Reid asked incredulously.

"I had to part cheeks, I was staring right at it. We had to check for each other's ticks and it was fine. I voted to have Samantha Barks to have tick checks on but they wouldn't let me for some reason," Morrissey cheekily replied.

Grantchester airs on ITV at 9pm.

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