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Series: George and Mildred

George and Mildred is a British sitcom that aired on ITV from 1976 to 1979. It was a spin-off from Man About The House.

George and Mildred Roper have left their old house after receiving a compulsory purchase order from the Council and move to 46 Peacock Crescent in Hampton Wick. While Mildred enjoys the chance to better herself in her new surroundings, she is always being thwarted—usually by the lazy and generally unemployed George, who has no interest in climbing the social ladder, and continues to show a lack of interest in sexual relations with Mildred.

George and Mildred's yuppie next-door neighbours are Jeffrey Fourmile, a snobbish estate agent, and his wife, Ann. They have a young son called Tristram, who gets on well with Mildred and George, and in series 3, a second child called Tarquin is born. The Conservative-supporting Jeffrey is greatly irritated by socialist George, who frequently annoys him.

Mildred's snobbish sister Ethel and her wealthy husband, Humphrey, occasionally visit, as does Mildred's mother. Mildred often makes subtle and unsubtle digs at Ethel's age, or social status and pretensions, when Ethel visits. George's friend Jerry, a jack-of-all-trades, also visits, much to Mildred's annoyance. Jerry is fond of referring to Mildred as "Mildew".

Ranked 55 in Britain's Best Sitcom. The Ropers is its Transatlantic Equivalent, much as Three's Company is one to Man About the House itself.

George and Mildred contains examples of:

  • The Alleged Car: George's motorcycle.
  • Awful Wedded Life: George and Mildred, and also Ethel and Humphrey.
  • Awkwardly-Placed Bathtub: In one episode the water in the bathroom is off due to plumbing work. Rather than lug water upstairs to take a bath, George decides to bathe in an old tin bath in the living room. Mildred brings the women from her keep fit class home and George attempts to hide by ducking under the surface of the water. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Cheerful Child: Tristram. He does have a fabulous ability to blurt out awkward truths, though.
  • Crooked Contractor: Jerry may not actually be crooked as such, but he is unbelievably shonky.
  • D.I.Y. Disaster: Jerry somehow manages to hook the Ropers' shower up to the Fourmiles' plumbing.
  • Drop-In Character: Jerry.
  • Friend to All Children: Even though George is odd and irresponsible, he is rather fond of Tristram, and looks after him quite well when he babysits.
  • Good Parents: Jeffrey and Ann.
  • Happily Married: Jeffrey and Ann.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Jeffrey is a snob, but living next to George would be genuninely ghastly.
  • Lazy Husband: George
  • Malicious Misnaming: Jerry is fond of referring to Mildred as "Mildew".
  • Name and Name
  • Nouveau Riche: Ethel and Humphrey, due to Humphrey making a fortune from offal. Ethel loves to rub Mildred's nose in it.
  • Porn Stash: In one episode, Mildred gives away a box of George's old gardening magazines to the church jumble sale. George then confesses that only the top layer was gardening magazines and that the rest were porno mags. There follows a desperate attempt to retrieve the box before The Vicar looks in it.
  • Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud: While helping Mildred learn her lines for the Cinderella pantomine, George reads the following out loud (in a bored monotone):
    "I shall marry the handsome over." (Looks confused then turns the page.) "Prince."
  • Sexless Marriage
  • Slobs Versus Snobs:
    • George vs Jeffrey
    • George vs Ethel, which is particularly funny since she could be the page image for Nouveau Riche
  • Spinoff
  • Traffic Wardens: George had a job as a traffic warden for a while.
  • Unconfessed Unemployment: George quit his job as a Traffic Warden, but kept going out each day dressed in the uniform so Mildred wouldn't find out. Mildred eventually found out when George's boss called up to tell her George had not returned the uniform.


Alternative Title(s):

George And Mildred