How Not To Live Your Life

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 8

    It's a Don-Derful Life

    Aired 12/22/11

  • S 3 : Ep 7

    Don the Musical

    Aired 12/13/10

  • S 3 : Ep 6

    Don Does Therapy

    Aired 12/6/10

  • S 3 : Ep 5

    Don Dates a Homeless

    Aired 11/29/10

  • S 3 : Ep 4

    Don Meets His Maker

    Aired 11/22/10

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dan Clark (I)

    Donald Danbury

  • David Armand

    Edward "Eddie" Singh

  • Leila Hoffman

    Mrs Treacher

  • Laura Haddock

    Samantha Parker (Season 2)

  • Sinead Moynihan

    Abby Jones (Season 1)

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  • show Description
  • Don is a single twenty something who constantly fails to guide his way through life. His overactive mind doesn't help things as it plays out scenes of what he shouldn't say or do. When he moves into his recently deceased grandmother's house, he meets Eddie: his Gran's care taker who doesn't want to move on. To help pay his rent, he decides to get a roommate in the shape of his teenage sweetheart Abby and hopes to win her back. The only problem is, she comes with a new arrogant boyfriend, Karl.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Don's Boss: Basically Don, I've had more complaints about you than anyone else I've ever employed. Don: Complaints? Like what? Don's Boss: (Reading) Late every day; lazy; foul mood in the morning; easily distracted; late back from lunch, every day; leaving work early, every day; hungover; drunk; stoned; vomiting on the photocopier; and watching porn on your desktop computer with the sound up.

    • (Eddie starts hugging Don) Don: (Thinking) Why is he doing this? I'd better tell him straight that I'm not comfortable with it. (Out loud) Listen, if you ever do that again, I'll kick you in the brick!

    • (Don is in his grandmother's house for the first time) Don: (Noticing Eddie) Who the hell are you? Eddie: I was about to ask you the same question! This is Mrs. Danbury's house. Don: Yeah, well I'm her grandson. Eddie: Oh, the dickhead! Don: Yes, the dickhead! Eddie: I'm Eddie, your nana's carer. Don: Obviously not a very good one! Eddie: Pardon me? Don: Because she's dead? Ah, you didn't know, did you?

    • Mr. Bitchman: (Reading Don's grandmother's will) To Don, you are a dickhead. Probably the biggest dickhead I ever knew - Don: - No, no, wait, stop. I think you've got the wrong will. Mr. Bitchman: It says "To Don". Don: Well maybe she knew another Don. Mr. Bitchman: (Continues reading) But you are my one and only grandson!

    • Mr. Bitchman: It came as a real shock to all of us here at Smith & Bitchman [Solicitors] when we heard that your grandmother had passed away. So sudden. Don: Well, she was 96. Mr. Bitchman: Still very healthy. Don: She couldn't walk! Mr. Bitchman: Still, so acute in her mind. Don: She was actually pretty mental!

    • Don: I always thought I'd die in the arms of a beautiful prostitute, at the age of 120!

    • Abby: Don? Don: Yes? Abby: Oh, it's nothing. Don't worry about it. Don: No, what is it? Abby: You'll get offended. Don: No, I won't. Abby: Promise? Don: Promise. Abby: Why are you such a prick?!

    • (Don is introducing himself to Abby's class of primary school children) Don: (Thinking) You've just got to speak to children on their level without patronising them. Right, shut up, shut up, shut up! Lesson A: less of the Mr. Danbury bullcrap, you can call me Don, or the Double D. And 2: keep the noise down! See, I went out last night and got absolutely shit-faced, it was a really good night actually, but now I've got a headache, I feel like puking up my innards and I just want to kill myself. So, your noise isn't helping!

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    Notes (24)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: December 5, 2011 on HBO Comedy

    • The show is filmed without a laugh track.

    • The show is produced by Brown Eyed Boy.

    • This episode aired at the later time of 11:30pm, instead of the show's usual 10:30pm timeslot.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: December 6, 2011 on HBO Comedy

    • This episode aired at the earlier time of 10:20pm, instead of the show's usual 10:30pm timeslot.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: December 7, 2011 on HBO Comedy

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: December 8, 2011 on HBO Comedy

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    Trivia (10)

    • When Don is standing near the mirror while on the phone with Maggie, there is clearly a reflection of a studio light on the back wall.

    • It is revealed that Eddie is a 33rd Indian.

    • It is revealed that Karl's birthday is the 4th June.

    • Eddie Singh's phone number is listed as 07713249278.

    • Don's imagination: 5 Things you shouldn't do alone in a restaurant 4 Ways Eddie cheers up Don 6 Things Don shouldn't say 4 Other look-alike waiters

    • Don's imagination: 4 Excuses you shouldn't give for being late 5 Things you shouldn't do at the theatre 3 Times Rosie tried telling Don 4 Bad excuses for being in a cupboard

    • Don's imagination: 3 Things Don should say The many times Don has sung 5 Things Don wants to happen now

    • Don's imagination: 4 Things Don wants to do right now 4 Things Don and Eddie do that are remotely gay Don's last 3 relationships

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    Allusions (2)

    • The title of this episode is a reference to the anarchic BBC sitcom The Young Ones.

    • The sound Eddie makes with the glasses is the same sound used in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Genius

    By Quenby23, Sep 24, 2009

  • A gem of a show from writer Dan Clark. Though watched by relatively few, How Not To Live Your Life sucks you into the inner thoughts of inappropriate everyman Don and his quest for something, anything with his new housemate, Abby. Great comedy ensues.

    By CameroAJEh, Jan 25, 2009

  • Persistantly Funny gem.

    By winterbehaviour, Sep 05, 2008

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