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George & Mildred. Image shows from L to R: Mildred Roper (Yootha Joyce), George Roper (Brian Murphy). Image credit: Thames Television.

George & Mildred

Sitcom about the Ropers, somewhat of an odd couple both together and within their Hampton Wick neighbourhood

Genre:
Sitcom
Broadcast:
1976 - 1979  (ITV)
Episodes:
38 (5 series)
Starring:
Yootha Joyce, Brian Murphy, Norman Eshley, Sheila Fearn, Nicholas Bond-Owen
Writers:
Johnnie Mortimer, Brian Cooke
Production:
Thames Television

George and Mildred Roper are somewhat of an odd couple: he would be working class if he wasn't too lazy and feckless to actually, well, work; and she's a wannabe snob.

Moving from their old South Kensington home, they buy a property in the leafy suburb of Hampton Wick, next door to the Fourmiles: Mildred is in her element playing up to the posh neighbours, but George is less than impressed or enthusiastic by their changed status; and particularly unamused by the Tory-voting Jeffrey next door!

Our Review: We'd be foolish to pretend that many aspects of the show - the extent to which class prejudice is present, for example - haven't dated, but with most of the humour derived from timeless spouse- and personality-clashes, there's plenty to laugh at more than 30 years on from the show's original production. Yes, some of the gags are corny, and yes it's exactly the kind of sitcom that comedy fans are supposed to hate, but the great writing from Mortimer and Cooke and charm of the series are still evident.

A thoroughly enjoyable programme, and in our opinion one of the best sitcoms in the Thames archive, its status as one of the nation's favourites was cemented when it was voted as the 55th best sitcom by viewers in 2004's Britain's Best Sitcom.