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Not so funny,
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This review is from: Man About the House - George and Mildred : The Definitive Companion (Hardcover)
Comedy can divide opinion more than any other subject and this book proves the point. Man About the House is my favourite ITV sitcom, but George and Mildred was not in the same class and if you view the later sitcom alongside, The Good Life, another comedy based on class and culture differences, you can appreciate how inferior it is. While MATH maintained its high ratings from start to finish there was a drop-off to the popularity of George and Mildred which finished with an unsuccessful feature film.
Man About the House's comedy switched from the attractive youngsters upstairs to the warring Ropers downstairs and a wonderful balance was kept. When watching a MATH dvd it is remarkable how short the programmes were, most ran for 22-23 minutes including the long introductory titles. This meant that the characters did not have to be fully developed and funny situations created the comedy. When the Ropers became the sole comic characters the situation was less funny. I did not care for the Fourmiles at all.
The major revelation in the book is the relationship between Richard O' Sullivan and Sally Thomsett. It is also of interest the differing memories of the other cast members and the absurdity of using Norman Eshley in three different roles.
A fair effort from a young writer and his subsequent book about On The Buses will be of interest.