Martin Bryce is an obsessive, middle-aged man at the centre of his local suburban community in East Surrey.


A parallel with his dislike of Paul Ryman is drawn to a story of Martin's childhood, where his own "gang" was taken over by a new boy, implying that he is scared that Paul's arrival will cause him to lose his friends and status to the new arrival (this story is recounted by Martin in Series 1 and by Mrs. Beardsmore in Series 2).

Behind the scenes

Briers said that it was his favourite sitcom role.