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Man About the House - George and Mildred : The Definitive Companion by [Fisher, Tex]
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I have just completed this book. An excellent compilation and history of these wonderful comedies. It makes a great reference tome and brought back many happy memories for me, as well as few sad ones as I remember those who have passed on. I hope it sells well. It deserves to! --Brian Murphy (Actor - George Roper)

Great Book! I read it through in one sitting, obviously a lot of research went into it. An essential tool for nerds and nutcases like me! --Brian Cooke (Co-writer/creator Man About the House, George and Mildred)

You don't need to be a die-hard fan to find this book a treasure trove of memories and anecdotes. And if you are a die-hard fan, you will never put it down. --C Johnson (Reader). A tribute not just to these two superb series, but to the era in general, a true golden age of entertainment. A fascinating and very original book! --M Sykes (Reader) --Readers

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We are delighted to have seen this book through from idea to print, as there was clearly potential with it. With the new airings that 'George and Mildred' is receiving on prime-time television, it proves that these wonderful shows still hold many fans.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1402 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Deck Chair Publishing; First (Digital) edition (27 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AKCFXA
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #295,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is a definitive review. As I enjoy a lot of comedy from the 1970's, it was great to see these on ITV3 and ITV4 bearing in mind that I was not born till 1973. I have the first series of Man About The House on video as well as the 1974 film, and can vaguely remember ITV showing George & Mildred in the late 1980's, so this book was a must. Plenty of information about cast members, major and minor, as well as all sorts of trivia, which is what these reference books should be all about. I find it also amazing that the author is only 20 himself! Who says that only young people like in many cases, so-called modern comedy! Give me the likes of these great sit-coms, along with Steptoe, Porridge, Open All Hours and the like.
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Man About the House - George and Mildred : The Definitive Companion]]

What a pleasant suprise to find that someone has finally written a book on these two amazing sitcoms which are so often over looked. The writer has a clear and easy style making the book great for dipping in or out of. If your a die hard fan then there is lots to enjoy here as much of the information is new, with some especially interesting snippets, including sections on movies as well as just the tv productions.
It's great to hear some views from behinds the scenes people and many of the biographys were very interesting including the background on the writers.
It was only a shame that this book has taken 30years to come to pass as many of the original actors have passed away or the one's that are still with us can't remember very much.
the only downside to this great book is that the last few chapters seem to degenerate into one list after another! although some are interesting by the time you get to the section listing transport which is followed by a quiz you begin to wonder if the writer was padding out space.

Also I was sad to see that Robins Nest was reduced to just a page and half and a brief list of episodes, this series whilst not being in the books remit was more derserving than this.

These minor gripes aside this is a fantastic book which will delight any fan of the series and I would recommend you pick up a copy straight away as you wont be disapointed. I look forward to reading any future books this young writer produces. GREAT BOOK!
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Format: Hardcover
I too have enjoyed this companion book as it really delves into the back story of how these shows came to be. It will also inspire you to get the DVDs out and look for the continuity errors that you'd never notice without the insider information provided by this guide.

The episode guide is very informative and the A-Z of the supporting cast was also really interesting to read and provided a nice trip down memory lane.

I agree with the previous post that it would have been a nice addition to have more on Robins Nest and to read the cast memories from this show too.

All in all, this is a great read and a must buy for any fan.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonderful companion to both classic sit-coms. Complete with in-depth interviews, actor biographies and behind the scenes looks into the creation of the shows. A very comfortable read with great quotes from the entire casts and production teams as well as good coverage of supporting casts and cameo roles.
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Really good read especially from a first time author. Lots of information, trivia and insight from members of the cast. Two great shows that can be picked up cheap from Amazon etc and still get shown on TV, most recently George & Mildred. Tex Fisher has really done a fine job and really looking forward to his take on On The Buses. Highly recommended for cult TV and comedy fans. Five stars.
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I loved this book as much as Tex's previous On The Buses tome, both books made me seek out the shows on DVD and have provided hours of nostalgic fun. I'm old enough to remember these great shows on their original airings and thanks to this book, I'm turning back the clock and have found these shows to be just as much fun now than they were back then. Tex sure knows his stuff and I look forward to the next book.
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Format: 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.
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