The Ropers need money with which to mend George's old car so they agree to sell Robin their piano,as they never use it. The problem is how to get it upstairs. George's friend Jerry tries to... See full summary »

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The Ropers need money with which to mend George's old car so they agree to sell Robin their piano,as they never use it. The problem is how to get it upstairs. George's friend Jerry tries to winch it through the upstairs window into the flat but the rope breaks and the piano comes crashing down...on top of George's car. Written by don @ minifie-1

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11 September 1975 (UK)  »

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Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
(Opus 65, No. 6)
composed by Edvard Grieg
performed by Richard O'Sullivan
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Piano problems
26 September 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Though only September, the shops are already gearing up towards Christmas. One book I hope not to find in my stocking is 'State Of Emergency: The Way We Were: Britain, 1970-74' by Dominic Sandbrook, author of books about the '50's and '60's. He was born in '74 and by his own admission remembers nothing about those times, yet this has not stopped him from producing a 755-page plus tome telling us in no uncertain terms what a ghastly time it was. So what's upset him? Vesta instant curries, Watneys Red Barrel, faux-velvet wallpaper, and fawn-coloured nylon sheets. He talks as though people were forced at gunpoint to buy the things. I never tried Watneys Red Barrel, but Vesta curries are still around so they could not have been too bad. The colour brown sums up the '70's, he says. Well, anyone who thinks a decade can be summed up by a colour is off their nut.

Sandbrook's work has already received a glowing review from Francis Wheen, which is another good reason not to part with your hard-earned cash. Wheen, an ex-'Guardian' columnist, was responsible for 'Strange Days Indeed' ( published earlier this year ), an abysmal book in which his hatred for the '70's is so powerful you wonder why he didn't top himself at the time. You've heard the expression 'rose-coloured spectacles'? These books are by individuals who have looked at the past through Polaroid sunglasses. They see no light, only dark. I do not like my history books to be written by people pushing an agenda. Alwyn W.Turner's 'Crisis? What Crisis?' is seriously flawed, but better than Sandbrook and Wheen's risible efforts.

Right. Rant over. I do not know what Sandbrook thinks of 'Man About The House' but its my guess he is probably not a fan. This episode starts with Robin trying to learn to play the guitar. He needs to practice on something bigger. Chrissy and Jo remember the Ropers have a piano they no longer want ( George has been keeping porn magazines in it ). Mildred offers to sell it for £20. But how to get it upstairs? Roy Kinnear makes another appearance as useless odd job man 'Jerry'.

Funniest moment - Roper bragging to Robin about his piano playing skills. "I like to pick things out with my finger!", he says, holding a digit in the air. Mildred replies: "We've seen you George, and its a filthy habit!".

Second funniest moment - Jerry using a crane to get the piano into the flat by lifting it into the air. Forgetting how to operate the machine, he pulls a lever at random. The piano falls on top of Roper's car!


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