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George and Mildred

“PASS THE kettle love, I’ve been up all night.” “You could’ve fooled me, dear”. Sparkling suburbcom shenanigans spun-off from MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE wherein our heroes decide to up sticks from their London terrace and relocate to commuter belt bliss, thereby allowing Mildred to indulge in much Abigail’s Party-mooning about quality of life as typified by textbook middle class neighbours the Fourmiles (“They’ve even got wall-to-wall carpeting!”) replete with bespectacled smartarse son Tristram, who in turn gives professional idler George the runaround (“I tells yer, there’s summat wrong with that kid!”). Whist drives, dinner drives, tupperware parties and coffee mornings ensue. ROY KINNEAR dropped in from time to time, inevitably, as did Sir Dennis off of TERRY AND JUNE (ditto).



  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 1, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Unfairly maligned, in my opinion. Possibly due to the piss-awful 1980 film version – and even that includes the ace exchange –
    “They might have a punk version by the Socks Pistols”.
    “The WHO?!”
    “Yeah, or them!”

  2. Sarah Louise

    May 14, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I LOVE George and Mildred I absolutely love watching it and Yootha is my fave actress and I love her loads. This is a great sitcom and I love the movie too esp it’s in loving memory of the lovely Yootha Joyce ❤ just love it xx

  3. Scott McPhee

    September 1, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Back in the late nineteen seventies, through to much of the eighties, one of the staples on network television in Australia, was a ‘British Comedy Night’.

    Even us colonials liked telly from ‘the Mother country.’

    George and Mildred was certainly one of the favorites.

  4. Glenn Aylett

    April 21, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Made even better by Norman Eshley as the snobbish Geoffrey Fourmiles, who sort of enjoyed a love hate relationship with idler and inverted snob George Roper, and their frequent arguments about class and politics. Best one for me was where normally staunch Labour George surprises Geoffrey by joining the Conservative Club and saying he’s become a Tory, only for Geoffrey to find out his only reason for joining was for a cheap holiday to Majorca.

  5. Glenn Aylett

    October 4, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Watching the re runs on ITV 3 when on a break from working from home and the comedy is quite sophisticated, more than you’d expect from an ITV sitcom in 1977. Mentions of vasectomies, contraception and non existent sex lives are actually quite daring for a programme that was often shown at 8.00 on a weekday night when families would be watching. However, main reason for watching is the idler George who only cares about betting on the horses and watching television and his meanness and ineptitude.

  6. Sidney Balmoral James

    October 4, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    Agree these stand up well – perhaps due to having two superb actors in the roles – which can elevate even mundane material. Not that Love Thy Neighbour would have been any better with Anthony Hopkins and Vanessa Redgrave as the Booths.

  7. Richardpd

    October 4, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    George & Mildred was one of the better ITV sitcoms of the era, fellow Man About The House spin-off Robin’s Nest could also be quite progressive at times.

    • Glenn Aylett

      October 5, 2021 at 7:26 pm

      While not as amusing as Man About The House, George and Mildred was still funny as it played on that familiar seventies sitcom subject, class.

  8. Tom Ronson

    October 27, 2022 at 12:24 am

    Definitely one of the better ITV sitcoms, and still stands up well today (cue withering look from Mildred). Johnnie Mortimer and Brian Cooke were much better at writing dialogue for middle-aged characters than they were at writing dialogue for the supposedly trendy youngsters in Man About the House, but I guess my lifelong allergies to Paula Wilcox and Sally Thomsett didn’t really help where that particular programme was concerned.

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