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You Must Be the Husband

WOEFUL BARGAIN bin laughless comedy with TIM BROOKE-TAYLOR adjudging his uselessness in contrast to wealthy bestselling writer wife DIANE KEEN. Meaningless shitty dialogue – “Have you read it?” “No, I wrote it.” “Yes, but have you read it?” – confirms writer to be COLIN “RAT” BOSTOCK-SMITH.



  1. David Pascoe

    October 1, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Ah, but nice use of “Take 5” in the opening titles, plus Tim Brooke-Taylor’s appearance on Open Air wearing a blue jumper with the Dracula’s cross sign he used to make at Sheila Steafel knitted on the front of it.

  2. Tom Ronson

    May 8, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Perfectly harmless and undemanding sitcom fare, totally undeserving of the vitriol aimed at it now and then. Tim Brooke-Taylor was just born to play this kind of role and he did it brilliantly – in fact, you could say he elevated the series for better and for worse. For better, because he was too good for the show, and for worse, because his presence might conceivably have led people to expect better. After all, he was one of The Goodies.

  3. Richardpd

    May 9, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Not brilliant, but probably better than much else on the TV at the time, & an undemanding way to spend 30 minutes being entertained.

    a few other sitcoms have had a similar role reversal premise, with the woman being the bread winner while her husband mopes around at home.

  4. Glenn Aylett

    May 9, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    TBT was OK in another sitcom, Me and My Girl, where he played an advertising executive with a line in corny slogans and was OK in his last major series, Animal Antics. I do feel sad for TBT and Graeme Garden as Bill Oddie was the only Goodie to really totally reinvent himself and become a highly regarded nature presenter.

    • Richardpd

      May 9, 2021 at 11:03 pm

      Graeme Garden managed OK presenting Body Matters but seemed to struggle to get regular TV work after it finished.

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