Colonel Maynard has a problem when it comes to housekeepers - his chauffeur. George has an eye for the ladies, and his behaviour has seen sixteen housekeepers hand in their resignations. ... See full summary »
John Le Mesurier
I discovered this completely by accident, I'd never heard of it, and i'm sure not many people have either.
Each episode focuses on the residents of Paradise Lodge, the clan of Ladies who live there, the staff, and the owner Miss Milton.
The main character is Flora Petty, wonderfully played by Peggy Mount, a stern matriarch who rules Paradise Lodge with an iron fist, aided and abetted by her scatty best friend Cissy Lupin, brilliantly played by Pat Coombs.
Miss Milton, an upper class ex Public School girl runs Paradise Lodge through her staff Finchy and Roger, Miss Milton does not nurse, so the ladies must not get ill, or face being packed off to Penge. Fellow residents Dolly a retired actress, and Honda loving Mildred look on in frustration at Flora's behaviour and class on many an occasion.
It is lighter then a helium filled balloon, but incredibly easy viewing, and very funny in parts too. Pretty surprisingly it lasted four years and produced 4 series. The earlier series are the funnier, the 2 funniest episodes Birthday Girl and Too many cooks both coming in the first series.
Very 70's, but very funny. Pat Coombs, a foil for so many greats, often has the last laugh, and is a true delight to watch.
Love the show.
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