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This review is from: Man About the House - George and Mildred : The Definitive Companion (Hardcover)
I was looking forward to this book but ended up being extremely disappointed. For a start, it was the wrong format for this type of book... it was the size of a hardcover novel rather than a lavishly illustrated large paperback. There are only 8 pages of illustrations with nothing particularly intersting in them.
The book starts off okay, with the origins of the programes, but goes on to become merely an episode guide with a whole page given to an outline of each episode. These really just summarize the plot without giving any interesting inside information. The next section lists every single actor who ever appeared in the show, plus a summary of their career. This is fine for the regular or recurring characters, but who wants to read all the details of people who played a postman or barmaid in a single episode and appeared on screen for about 30 seconds?
One of the most glaring faults of the book is the omission of Robin's Nest, which gets only 2 pages at the back of the book. Admittedly, it was the weakest of the three shows, but it was part of a trilogy of programmes. It existed in the same continuity, and featured Robin Tripp, the same character as in Man About the House... so it really needed to be included in a book about Man About the House and George and Mildred. Also omitted were the American versions of the programmes: Three's Company, The Ropers and Three's a Crowd. These were fobbed off in a single page, with very little research evident. It feels that the author has just written about what he liked and ignored the bits he didn't like or couldn't be bothered with.
On the whole, the book is pretty amatuer, and is rather badly edited... it is full of spelling and grammatical errors. Not recommended.