Toby wrote:It reminded me that Mike was a total dick. I know his character has to be offset against the anarchism of Rik and Viv, but god, there's an argument for worst sitcom character ever. Dreadful actor too.
He was easily the weakest of the four. Part of the problem was that while the other three stereotypes - a punk, a hippie, a pretentious wannabee radical - were easily recognisable as student types of the time, Mike's character- a kind of cockney spiv -wasn't really. His presence seemed incongruous. He was definitely less well defined than the rest. The other problem was the actor playing him brought nothing to the table; choosing to underplay it to the point where he just got overshadowed by the others. Maybe the character could have worked had it been played with the kind of lary, in your face attitude Harry Enfield gave Loadsamoney.