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Man About the House [VHS]

4.7 out of 5 stars 149 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Paula Wilcox, Sally Thomsett, Richard O'Sullivan, Brian Murphy, Yootha Joyce
  • Directors: Peter Frazer-Jones
  • Format: Colour, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Thames
  • VHS Release Date: 2 Sept. 1996
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CSR0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 496,460 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Three episodes from the 1970s ITV sitcom starring Richard O'Sullivan, Paula Wilcox, Sally Thomsett, Brian Murphy and Yootha Joyce. The episodes on this tape are 'Did You Ever Meet Rommel?', 'Two Foot Two Eyes of Blue' and 'Carry Me Back to Old Southampton'.

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This is the film based on the 1970s TV sitcom Man About the House, made during the same period with the same cast. At the time, the whole idea of a single man and two single women sharing a flat, however (more-or-less) platonically, seemed terribly naughty. The scriptwriters wickedly stirred things up even further by making Richard O'Sullivan's character a randy-but-gentlemanly heterosexual, despite being a catering student--after all, in the 70s everyone just knew that all chefs were roaring poofs. The trio's sex-starved landlady (Yootha Joyce) and her rodent-like, impotent husband (Brian Murphy) were later to get their own series, George and Mildred.

The plot is a perfunctory affair, as property developers attempt and fail to demolish the street in which the protagonists live. That said, the script (cowritten by John Mortimer) isn't really narrative-driven anyway, it's purely an excuse for the characters to interact with the will-they-won't-they-ooh-they-are-a-bit relationship between Robin and Chrissie (Paula Wilcox) and practically invites the viewer to cheer them on. While the transition to the big screen caused the idea to lose much of its energy, as a dollop of comedy nostalgia Man About the House is still great fun. And if you don't laugh at the jokes, just check out the clothes, cars, hairstyles and makeup, not to mention all that cigarette smoking! --Roger Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Man about the House is one of my favourite tv series and this spin-off film does not disappoint. All the gang are there plus some welcome additions including Bill Maynard and Arthur Lowe. It's a funny, enjoyable nostalgic romp and is not to be missed.
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Brilliant Loved it
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MATH is a wonderful series with a surprising and sad ending.
The humour hasn't dated too much even though it's commonplace for men and women to live together today.
It is funny without being even a bit topical. The biggest culture shock was seeing the blase attitude to littering we had in the seventies.
The six DVDs are overlapped in pairs in a single case with the episodes listed in the inside of the cover (no booklet).
Sadly, there are no special features whatsover for any of the series. I would have liked to have seen some cast photos or interviews and maybe a commentary or two.
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By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Dec. 2013
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The basic idea of this very funny comedy serious from the early seventies is that there are two girls and one boy sharing a flat at a time when co habitation was a novelty.
Needing a third person to share the rent on their Earls Court flat, two young attractive girls, dark haired Chrissy and blonde, toothy Joe plan to find another girl. But when Robin Tripp, a catering student is found sleeping in their bath after a party they decide to let him move in, especially since he can cook.
The new arrangement understandably raises a few eyebrows, particularly with the girl's landlords George and Mildred Roper who live downstairs.
Although there is much mock sexual bravado this is not of the sordid kind despite Robin's attempts to bed the too sensible Chrissy.
This well signalled humour comes from domestic squabbles like hogging the bathroom, respective girl friends and boyfriends and Robin and Chrissy's attempts to understand Jo's weird logic.
There are also many interruptions from the Ropers, he a work shy weakling and she a frustrated man devouring woman with an eye on Robin.
There is good farce comedy and constant funny lines that come quick and fast in the script, The now nostalgic appeal of the early 70s actually adds interest.
This funny classic comedy lasted six series, and they are all presented here in this six disc DVD set with each series on its own disc.
There were two spin off TV series from this, one was George and Mildred and the other Robins Nest. Both are available on DVD also.
Network DVD have done a great job of presenting and preserving this great comedy on this nicely presented set.
Don't bother watching it on TV with all the adverts just get this great set.
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This series is very surprising in that it has stood the test of time very well. Richard O'Sullivan is very good in his role of Robin, a role that would cascade into one of two spin off series, the other featuring Brian Murphy as hen pecked husband George and Yootha Joyce as the formidable Mildred. This box set contains all six series of this comedy, which for me helped it to finish on top. This is a nice change compared to some other series from the same era that went on until the writers simply couldn't think of another plot to write.
Another great factor for me is that the cast never changes, new characters are introduced and when established remain with the original actors in place. Overall, this is a nice, regular DVD box sized, boxset, I would recommend tis series for anybody, it is sure to provide hours of laughs.
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This dvd set is an absolute bargain. Still so funny, if you feel like a good laugh, buy this box set. Contains all Six series, the characters are all loveable, not one of them is annoying.Two girls and a guy (Chrissy,Robin and Jo)live upstairs and downstairs is the grumpy hilarious Mr.Roper and the frustrated Mrs. Roper.
Buy it, you will love it, it's a warm funny show with good story lines as well. ;o) Enjoy
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Nostalgia as it should be!One of the best british comedies ever,superbly written and acted,with bags of period charm.Even some of the clothes still look good (the girls anyway!)Paula Wilcox is georgeous and funny,Sally Thomsett ditto,Richard 0'Sullivan was never better and Brian Murphy and Yootha Joyce are just wonderful in their support roles.With a cast like this,even some of the later weaker episodes are still watchable.Buy this to guarantee a smile on your face!
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