Man About the House is a British sitcom starring Richard O’Sullivan, Paula Wilcox and Sally Thomsett, with Yootha Joyce and Brian Murphy, that was broadcast for six series on ITV from 15 August 1973 to 7 April 1976. It was created and written by Brian Cooke and Johnnie Mortimer. The series was considered daring at the time due to its subject matter of a man sharing a flat with two single women. It was made by Thames Television and recorded at their Teddington studio in Greater London. It is regularly repeated on ITV3.
Two spin-off series were later made: George and Mildred and Robin’s Nest. In 2004, it came 69th in a poll to find Britain’s Best Sitcom. The series was remade in the United States as Three’s Company in 1977. A film version was released in 1974.
Chrissy and Jo live in a London flat together. They both work for the same firm. find a stranger, student chef Robin Tripp, asleep in their bath the morning after the farewell party for their departed flatmate Eleanor. When he meets the two girls, Robin has been in London two days, having moved from Southampton to attend college. The girls are unimpressed with Gabrielle (Helen Fraser) as a potential replacement for Eleanor. They are taken with Robin for his culinary skills; they themselves cannot cook at all. Learning that Robin has been staying at the YMCA they easily convince him to move in, on the understanding that it will be on a platonic basis.
Chrissy tells the landlord George Roper that Robin is gay to pre-empt objections to the mixed-sex living arrangement. George, in truth a sub-letting landlord placed by the council, is a miserly, spiteful and unkempt man under the thumb of his domineering and sexually-frustrated wife Mildred.
In the second episode, Robin’s true sexuality becomes known to Mildred. She takes out her frustrations with George’s lack of class and sexual inadequacy by making suggestive remarks to Robin and frequently siding with the tenants against George. Mildred openly flirts with Robin at every opportunity. Robin frequently acts in a flirtatious manner toward Chrissy and Jo. The girls generally have no romantic interest and spurn his mild advances, and adapt to his presence in the flat. Chrissy occasionally shows attraction to Robin but they never pursue any romantic interaction.
Robin’s friend Larry, a lovable rogue, appears on a recurring basis through the series. In the third series, he moves into the loft apartment above the trio’s apartment and is a frequent source of trouble. Another occasional cast member is George’s friend, dim schemer Jerry (Roy Kinnear). Jerry is the only supporting character to reappear in the spin-off George and Mildred.
Robin’s brother Norman Tripp (Norman Eshley) appears in the final three episodes of the sixth and final series, and starts a romance with Chrissy. Norman Eshley had a previous guest role in the series two years earlier playing a different character, and was also a member of the main cast of George and Mildred in which he played the Ropers’ snobbish neighbour Jeffrey Four-mile
by simon schofield