Man About the House: Season 2, Episode 3

In Praise of Older Men (23 Jan. 1974)

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Chrissy's new boyfriend wants to take her to Brighton for the weekend, but Robin discovers something about him that he thinks might make Chrissy want to reconsider.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Richard O'Sullivan ...
Paula Wilcox ...
Sally Thomsett ...
Yootha Joyce ...
Mrs. Roper
Brian Murphy ...
Norman Eshley ...
Ian Cross
Michael Segal ...
Audrey Nicholson ...
Mrs. Cross
Chet Townsend ...


Chrissy's new boyfriend wants to take her to Brighton for the weekend, but Robin discovers something about him that he thinks might make Chrissy want to reconsider. Written by Ralph Davis

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This is the first episode to feature regular guest actor Norman Eshley, who later went on to be a major (though unrelated) character in the spin-off series George & Mildred. See more »

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Chrissy Gets Cross!
5 August 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Chrissy is dating a thirty-year old man by the name of Ian Cross ( Norman Eshley ). Robin is naturally jealous, and wants to put a stop to the relationship. Cross is due to go to Bournemouth on business, and wants to take Chrissy along as his secretary.

On hearing from Mrs.Roper that he is married, Robin informs Chrissy. Furious, she humiliates Ian in a restaurant by spilling drinks over him. When she confronts him with the truth, he claims to be divorced, so the relationship is back on.

Robin drives Chrissy ( in the Ropers' car ) to Cross' home. They are greeted by his pregnant wife. He has lied to her. They are not divorced after all. So how will Chrissy get her own back this time?

The first appearance of Norman Eshley in the show. He would reappear in the sixth season as Robin's brother 'Norman' ( and played 'Jeffrey Fourmile' in the spin-off 'George & Mildred' ). Sporting long hair and a 'Jason King' moustache, 'Cross' is a thoroughly unlikeable character, even before the revelation about his marriage. Having a cup of tea poured over his head is too good for him.

Funniest moment - Roper trying to sell his car to Robin. "A lot of people are interested in it!", he says, to which Mildred replies: "Including the police!". It turns out George has not renewed his tax disc for two years, sticking a Guinness label on the windscreen. He claims the car has only had two previous owners: "Me and The Easy Ride School Of Motoring!".

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