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Robin’s Nest

Robin surmises Tessa's figures over a glass of house red More house red at...good heavens, starting early today?

RICHARD “BEANS! Beans! Chunky chicken!” O’SULLIVAN gets bored of lying ABOUT THE HOUSE and opens a restaurant with TESSA WYATT. Plagued by endless sitcom problems: double-bookings, triple-bookings, double-bookings which become triple-bookings, double-bookings by comical stereotypes (Geordies, labourers, stockbrokers), cancelled double-bookings meaning the restaurant is totally empty (a popular one, this, as it meant they didn’t have to employ any extra cast), double-bookings caused by Tessa’s meddling dad TONY BRITTON, and double-bookings who turn up late/early/when Richard and Tessa are having a sneaky tumble. Unaided and non-assisted by one-armed (there’s the gag, right there) washer-upper and Irish ex-con Albert.



  1. Scott McPhee

    September 30, 2015 at 3:17 am

    The first episode featured a gag which is a staple comic misunderstanding.

    Robin is preparing to open his restaurant.

    He employs a sign writer. At the front entrance, the sign writer paints;

    “Robin Snest”

  2. Glenn Aylett

    July 23, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Of the two spin offs from Man About The House, the weakest and not as fondly remembered as George and Mildred from the same era. I can only remember Robin’s Nest being repeated a few times in the eighties, and seeing it in colour, remarking on how cheap and nasty the sets looked and how the jokes were far weaker than Man About The House and George and Mildred.

  3. Richardpd

    July 23, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    I remember catching one of the digital channels about 20 years ago. The title sequence & theme were chintzy but pleasant by 1970s standards, but it seemed quite lightweight in terms to production standards.

  4. Glenn Aylett

    July 24, 2022 at 11:45 am

    @ Richardpd, Robin’s Nest has never been repeated by ITV3, unlike Man About The House and George and Mildred, and I wonder if another station has the rights, or maybe it’s not considered worth repeating. It was amiable at first and interesting to see David Kelly playing yet another comic Irish character, but not as funny as the other two sitcoms in the trilogy and always looked very cheap.

  5. Richardpd

    July 24, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    I think it might have been on Granada Plus or possible Paramount Comedy when they had the rights to a few British shows.

    • Glenn Aylett

      July 24, 2022 at 7:28 pm

      @ Richardpd, It was shown on some ITV regions in the afternoon in the eighties, but I’ve never seen Robin’s Nest on an ITV channel since. Of the Man About The House trilogy, it ran until 1981, ending a successful eight year run for the franchise, and an even better series beckoned for Richard O Sullivan when he appeared in Me And My Girl.

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