Robin's Nest

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Robin's Nest
Robin's Nest title card.jpg
Series 1 opening title
Genre Sitcom
Created by Brian Cooke
Johnnie Mortimer
Starring Richard O'Sullivan
Tony Britton
Tessa Wyatt
David Kelly
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 6
No. of episodes 48
Producer(s) Peter Frazer-Jones
Running time 30 minutes
(including commercials)
Distributor Fremantle Media
Original channel ITV
Original run 11 January 1977 (1977-01-11) – 31 March 1981 (1981-03-31)
Preceded by Man About the House
Related shows George and Mildred
Three's a Crowd!

Robin's Nest is a British sitcom starring Richard O'Sullivan as Robin Tripp, one of the lead characters in the sitcom, Man About the House, which had ended on 7 April 1976. Robin's Nest aired for six series from 11 January 1977 to 31 March 1981, and co-starred Tessa Wyatt as Robin's girlfriend - and later wife - Vicky, and Tony Britton as her father. It was made by Thames Television and aired on ITV.


In the first episode Robin and Vicky, who share a flat over a Chinese take-away, discover that their landlords, unable to pay the rent, have disappeared and that the building is in danger of re-possession. It is the practical Vicky who comes up with the perfect solution: Robin should take over the take-away and convert it into a bistro (The "Robin's Nest" of the title). Robin cannot afford to go it alone so he has to go cap-in-hand to Vicky's father, James Nicholls (Tony Britton), to ask him to be his business partner. Although, Nicholls disapproves of Robin (believing him to be beneath his daughter), he knows a sensible business deal when it is offered to him – despite his failings, Robin is a brilliant chef – and he agrees. Lots of tension and misunderstandings are to arise from their mismatched relationship.

Creators Cooke and Mortimer had to get special permission from the IBA (the then governing body of Independent TV in Britain) to be able to portray an unmarried couple living together; special concern arose at scenes in which Robin and Vicky were seen in an obvious state of undress in bed. In 1978, Robin and Vicky were married and later had a set of twins.

Other characters[edit]

Other characters included:

  • The one-armed Irish kitchen hand Albert Riddle (David Kelly), who always broke more crockery than he cleaned, and who once asked Robin's culinary advice; unable to cook egg on toast, he asked Robin "How do you stop the egg dribbling into the bottom of the toaster, Mr Tripp?".
  • Gertrude, Albert's girlfriend, played by ex-Crossroads actress Peggy Aitchison.

The show was remade in the United States as Three's a Crowd, a spinoff to Three's Company – originally based on Man About the House – but was unsuccessful. In 2004, a Polish version was screened, named Dziupla Cezara.

Star of the show Richard O'Sullivan wrote the theme music for the programme, which was arranged and performed by Brian Bennett.

DVD releases[edit]

All six series of Robin's Nest have been released on DVD in the UK (Region 2).

DVD Release date
The Complete Series 1
24 September 2007
The Complete Series 2
19 November 2007
The Complete Series 3
26 May 2008
The Complete Series 4
21 July 2008
The Complete Series 5
1 September 2008
The Complete Series 6
The Complete Series 1 to 6 Box Set
3 November 2008

List of episodes[edit]

Series 1 Series 2 Series 3 Series 4
  1. Sleeping Partners
  2. The Bistro Kids
  3. A Little Competition
  4. The Maternal Triangle
  5. Piggy in the Middle
  6. A Matter of Note
  7. Oh Happy Day
  1. As Long as He Needs Me
  2. The Seven Pound Fiddle
  3. Ups & Downs
  4. Three Times Table
  5. Great Expectations
  6. Love & Marriage
  1. You Need Hands!
  2. The Candidate
  3. Just Desserts
  4. Away from All What?
  5. England Expects
  6. Once Two is Three
  7. Dinner Date
  8. Everything You Wish Yourself!
  9. Be it Ever So Humble!
  10. Day Trippers
  11. The Long Distance Runner
  12. At Harm's Length
  13. The Happy Hen
  1. Should Auld Acquaintance?
  2. Person Friday Required
  3. Lost Weekend
  4. Too Many Waiters Spoil the Bistro
  5. September Song
  6. Sorry Partner
  7. Albert's Ball
Special Series 5 Special Series 6
  • Christmas at Robin's Nest
  1. Pastures' New
  2. A Man of Property
  3. If You Pass "Go", Collect £200
  4. Never Look a Gift Horse...
  5. Just an Old-Fashioned Girl
  6. Great Expectations
  • No Room at the Inn
  1. Move Over, Darling!
  2. The Homecoming
  3. No Smoke Without Fire
  4. When Irish Eyes are Smiling
  5. Anniversary Waltz
  6. Wish You Weren't Here?
  7. The Headhunters of SW6

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