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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
From the Publisher
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.
I enjoyed the book brought back memories of when it was first shown on the tv which was when i was a lot younger and fond of the program and decent comedy not like the rubbish that passes for it today how things have changed and not for the better
The very first book on these two classic comedies, so full marks for that...
One of the biggest faults I have with TV show based books (including this one) is that they always seem to include a lengthy episode guide that take up a large chunk of the book. Surely anyone who'd buy this book is already familiar with most of the episodes, therefore the episode guide is just 'filler' material that makes the book appear longer?
I couldn't see much evidence of new interviews with the cast: there were no new comments from Norman Eshley and surely it can't be that hard to track down Sheila Fearn - she must receive royalties from the show, so somebody would be able to forward on correspondence. Time to recruit Justin Lee Collins to 'Bring Back The Cast Of George And Mildred'?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.