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

George & Mildred

ITV sitcom about a bickering middle-aged couple. 38 episodes (5 series), 1976 - 1979. Stars Brian Murphy, Yootha Joyce, Norman Eshley, Sheila Fearn and Nicholas Bond-Owen.

Series 1, Episode 2 is repeated on ITV3 today at 5:30am.


All 10 episodes of the first series were the top-rating programmes in their timeslot, attracting around 20 million viewers.

For Series 2-4, every episode was in the top 3 watched; even repeats were all within the top 5.

A sixth series was due to be made. Scripts were completed and delivered to the cast, but Yootha Joyce (Mildred) was too ill to read them, having hidden the extent of her alcoholism, and died of liver failure in August 1980.

The local Residents' Association committee - as featured in Series 1 episode 6 (Where My Caravan Has Rested) - is comprised of a Mr and Mrs Morecombe [sic], and a Miss Wise.