NEITHER AGE nor any number of middling Martin Clunes-based rehashes shall wither the legend of Robin Tripp (RICHARD O’SULLIVAN) who used his roguish charm and cookery skills to bag a flat with incomparable pairing of Chrissy (PAULA WILCOX) and Jo (SALLY THOMSETT). This was sitcom at its very very best, with easy gags, easy plots, fanciable leads and fanciful supports, namely incompetent balding landlord George (BRIAN MURPHY) and his loopy mantrap wife Mildred (YOOTHA JOYCE). You know what went on. Climbing up drainpipes. Never quite shagging anyone. Dead budgie Christmas episode. Film spinoff with “a galaxy of stars” (“Yes, Thames Television, Euston Road please). The “Beans! Beans! Chunky chicken!” driving test. And that superlative parpy theme tune. Even more to its credit, both spin-offs – [cref 5923 ROBIN’S NEST] and [cref 3179 GEORGE AND MILDRED] – were equally outstanding.