- 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)
Man About the House [VHS]
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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'.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Buy it, you will love it, it's a warm funny show with good story lines as well. ;o) Enjoy
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely nostalgic film. Richard O'Sullivan and Paula Wilcox are always lots of fun, very enjoyablePublished 2 months ago by Miss.M888
Excellent!, really enjoyed watching this classic movie.
Real shame they don't make em like this anymore.
Oh my what fun, what memories, know I get the innuendo as well! Brilliant. And so well priced. Super qualityPublished 3 months ago by Colin Cates
the dvd is fine but was very expensive in comparison to others of the same eraPublished 3 months ago by E E Chalk