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  • ITV can't make sitcoms, apparently; which is why they rely on bog-standard reality shows like "Celebrity" Love Island (who hell he?) and copious episodes of soap operas. However ITV need to look at its glorious past and the folks at Thames who produced some of the classic comedies of the 1970s- "The Benny Hill Show", "Man About the House", "The Kenny Everett Video Show", and "Bless this House" (we'll forget about the tawdry efforts of "Love thy Neighbour, thank you).

    In "Bless this House", we have typical British sitcom fayre; middle-class family in a domestic setting, grumpy dad, stay-at-home mum, and two "teenagers" who, like most TV teens seem a bit long in the tooth. What raises bar in BTH is, undoubtedly, the casting of Sid James as, er, Sid, a middle-aged sales rep who is continually bewildered by the behaviours of his kids- the groovy Mike (Robin Stewart) and the sweetly sexy Sally Geeson, who plays, er, Sally. Diana Coupland completes the complement in her solid portrayal of Sid's long-suffering wife Jean.

    Typically, the "sit" for each episode revolves around misunderstandings, Sid trying to negotiate the generation gap, worrying about Mike's sexuality, and trying to shield Sally from an evermore permissive world. Fan's of Sid's "Blimey" and "Oh my Gawd" skills honed in the "Carry on..." films are not disappointed here;James delivers such lines in each episode with his usual aplomb.

    Yes, the programme was made on the cheap; and, yes, it does contained some outmoded opinions regarding the "place" of women and sexuality, but hey, I'd rather watch half an hour of the master at work than some non-entities griping on about nothing particularly interesting in an over-hyped non-shag-fest.
  • With Sid James(of Carry on fame) as the dad of this household you are guaranteed to get a laugh from this tv series. If you in any way like any of the old programmes like On the buses,George & Mildred,Love thy neighbour and lots more about at approx the same time then you will certainly like this show......
  • I really like Bless This House, it isn't my favourite show ever, but it is fun and relaxing. The look of the series may be a little dated by today's standards, but I do like the scenery especially and the camera work was nice. The writing is constantly witty and funny, and the casting is very well done indeed. Comedy legend Sidney James is pretty much incomparable as Sid, a grouchy father figure who tries to assert his domination over his family, and Diana Coupland is great value as his wife Jean who serves as a sort of foil to his plans. Anthony Jackson, Sally Geeson, Patsy Rowlands and Robin Stewart are appealing in the supporting roles. The theme tune is catchy and definitely memorable, I love a good theme tune and this one was a good one, no more than good, it was great! The situations that Sid gets himself into makes for compulsive viewing, they range from funny to hilarious. I do agree that Series 6 isn't as strong as the other seasons, but overall I enjoy Bless This House. 9/10 Bethany Cox
  • Warning: Spoilers
    During the '60's, Sid James had three successful sitcoms under his belt - 'Citizen James', 'George & The Dragon' and 'Two In Clover' - all of which arrived within a few years of one another. In 1971, he clocked up his fourth sitcom, 'Bless This House', in which he played Sid Abbott, a happily married family man who is completely out of step with the real world.

    Aside from the 'Carry On' movies, it is perhaps 'Bless This House' that Sid is best remembered for, and quite right too. Like 'On The Buses' and 'Love Thy Neighbour', it never reached any great heights but it kept viewers laughing in droves. It was initially created by Vince Powell and Harry Driver but other writers such as Adele Rose, Dave Freeman and Carla Lane inherited the scriptwriting duties once it was established. Being a family show, there was no bad language bandied about, it was more suggestive than downright crude. Ronnie Baxter produced and directed at first. William G. Stewart ( later to host '15 to 1' ) took over from Baxter following his death.

    Sid Abbott is an everyman character - a good man with good intentions who cannot seem to accept the fact that his children - gormless hippie Mike ( Robin Stewart ) and dippy schoolgirl Sally ( Sally Geeson ) - are growing up, and growing up fast at that. In the first episode, Sally has fun winding up her father by sticking tomato shaped sauce dispensers up her top to make it look as though her breasts have grown overnight. Noticing this, Sid almost has a heart attack. Sid's wife Jean ( Diana Coupland ) however is far more laid back than her husband.

    Sid's friend and neighbour is Trevor Lewis ( Anthony Jackson ), a jack-the-lad type who lives under the thumb of his nagging wife Betty ( the late Patsy Rowlands ). Betty later became pregnant and gave birth to their son Dominic.

    'Bless This House' boasted very funny scripts which were done justice by a superb cast, particularly Diana Coupland and Anthony Jackson, though as one would expect it is Sid who shines throughout. His trademark dirty laugh still creases people up ( myself included ) to this day. Naturally, there was a big-screen version in 1972 ( written by Dave Freeman and produced and directed by Peter Rodgers and Gerald Thomas ) which saw Robin Stewart replaced by 'Confessions' star Robin Askwith. The film adaption was okay but distanced itself from the series in that it came across more as a 'Carry On' film rather than a spin-off.

    The show ran for six series and would have continued had it not been for Sid James' sudden and tragic death in 1976. However thanks to DVD releases and repeats on ITV-3, 'Bless This House' is still loved today as much as it was when it first was shown.
  • "Bless This House" was never going to be the sort of sitcom where there would be any depth to the writing or any attention to characterization. It is Sid James who makes this comedy worth seeing as he does his usual. He plays a rather harassed husband and father to a wife and two children who usually know how to worm their way into his good books. The result being that Sid is financially worse off! In most episodes, he is being nagged about this, that and other and after having a hard day at work. The series lasted from 1971 until 1976. The best episodes are from '71 up to '73. There wasn't much location shooting and the sets were fairly basic.
  • Alanjackd4 October 2017
    Typical 70s sitcom here...the ones of which todays comedians look down on...The modern so called comedy...Not Going Out,,,In Betweeners...etc...should watch this and see how it's done.

    Sid James is the sun here with everybody else in his comedy gravity. Nobody could have kept this show fresh for 5 years and had it not been for his untimely death we would have seen a lot more...even the spin off movie was great.

    ITV cannot do sitcom anymore..but this along with Man About The House..George and Mildred..Nearest and Dearest shows that they could in their day.

    Such a shame that he never got the Knighthood he deserved...this was his show , he made it his as he did with the Carry On genre.

    All the crew understood he was the cog and worked around him perfectly. much missed and a true comedy genius.
  • evans-154757 October 2019
    Watching this for the 1st time in 2019 it surprised me in two ways it wasn't particularly funny and it wasn't particularly sexist