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Neil Morrissey would like reboot of sitcom Men Behaving Badly but fears today's world is too 'woke'


Neil Morrissey says he would like to reboot Men Behaving Badly but he fears it would not be ‘woke’ enough for 2022.

The actor, 59, played Tony Smart in the sitcom alongside Martin Clunes, 60, who portrayed Gary Strang, Leslie Ash, 62, as Deborah Burton and Caroline Quentin, 61, as Dorothy Bishop.

And, while Neil would love to record a new series, which ran for six seasons in the 90s, he doesn’t think it would fit in today’s world.

Not right for the times? Neil Morrissey, 59, says he would like to reboot Men Behaving Badly but he fears it would not be 'woke' enough for 2022 (pictured 2019)

Not right for the times? Neil Morrissey, 59, says he would like to reboot Men Behaving Badly but he fears it would not be ‘woke’ enough for 2022 (pictured 2019)

He said on The Convex Conversation podcast: ‘It’s all about the script. If Simon [Nye] writes something marvellous, we’d obviously have a look at it.

‘I don’t know if we could make it again now, though. It’s not woke enough is it? Putting ladies’ underpants on my head… things like that.

‘I guess Leslie was objectified a bit by my character. But that was the point of it – that we were really rubbish, and they were really cool and smart. 

Cast: The actor (right) played Tony Smart in the sitcom alongside Martin Clunes, 60 (left), as Gary Strang, Leslie Ash, 62 (bottom right), as Deborah Burton and Caroline Quentin (bottom left), 61, as Dorothy Bishop (pictured 1992)

Cast: The actor (right) played Tony Smart in the sitcom alongside Martin Clunes, 60 (left), as Gary Strang, Leslie Ash, 62 (bottom right), as Deborah Burton and Caroline Quentin (bottom left), 61, as Dorothy Bishop (pictured 1992)

‘We were a couple of misogynist idiots who couldn’t keep a job, let alone a girlfriend.

‘I don’t know if it would work [now], but it would be fun trying. The way to do it would be to have the wokeness involved, in that Tony is so PC it’s unbelievable. 

‘They would just have to have lapses after several beers on the sofa.’

Comeback: While Neil would love to record a new series, which ran for six seasons in the 90s, he doesn't think it would fit in today's world (Neil, right, and Martin pictured in 1996)

Comeback: While Neil would love to record a new series, which ran for six seasons in the 90s, he doesn’t think it would fit in today’s world (Neil, right, and Martin pictured in 1996)

Neil added that he and Martin often discuss appearing in the show again but insists the pair would demand huge fees.

He claims they have joked it would be a ‘retirement gig’ for them. 

Neil currently plays Greg McConnell in The Good Karma Hospital on ITV.

The show centres on Amrita Acharia’s character Ruby Walker, a junior doctor, who comes to India looking for a job when she discovers the under-resourced cottage hospital. The show also stars James Floyd and Amanda Redman.

In the most recent fourth series, Greg is at risk of deportation.

New role: Neil currently plays Greg McConnell in The Good Karma Hospital on ITV and he appeared on The One Show earlier this year to discuss the series

New role: Neil currently plays Greg McConnell in The Good Karma Hospital on ITV and he appeared on The One Show earlier this year to discuss the series 

Teasing his character’s future, Neil said during a recent appearance on The One Show: ‘Then they find out there are some inconsistencies with my visa, so then it turns out throughout the series I then have troubles trying to be able to actually stay in India…

‘It’s a sort of reflection of what’s been happening over here, with migrants and coming over, you’ve got to get your ducks lined up in order to do the correct thing and Greg has been naughty and hasn’t.’

He previously spoke of how the cast and crew went about filming for the series during the pandemic, saying in a Q&A: ‘We had separate accommodations [to the crew], which is a shame really because you only get to see the guys on the set…

Starring role: The actor plays Greg McConnell in the fourth season of The Good Karma Hospital alongside Amanda Redman as Dr Lydia Fonseca

Starring role: The actor plays Greg McConnell in the fourth season of The Good Karma Hospital alongside Amanda Redman as Dr Lydia Fonseca

‘And of course there’s nothing better than when you’ve got nothing to do the following day than going out with [the crew] and getting smashed…

‘We weren’t allowed to do that this time around, which was a shame, but it’s the protocols to keep everybody safe.

‘They were bubbled up where they were and we were bubbled up; there were separate [areas] for hair and makeup and wardrobe…  

‘It was all to do with the protocols of continuing to be able to film, and that was a real shame. That was the one drawback I’d say…

‘Once we were allowed to open up again, we could go out for controlled meals, we could meet up with some members of the crew, but we just stuck very much to the rules that were imposed on us by the government and the army, and also by our production staff – so that was the one drawback this season…

‘We had a great time with all the actors, but it would have been lovely to smash a few of the crew at pool as well.’

Appearance: The show centres on Amrita Acharia's character Ruby Walker, a junior doctor, who comes to India looking for a job when she discovers the under-resourced cottage hospital

Appearance: The show centres on Amrita Acharia’s character Ruby Walker, a junior doctor, who comes to India looking for a job when she discovers the under-resourced cottage hospital

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