The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous

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The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous (1994) is a novel written by Jilly Cooper as part of the Rutshire Chronicles, about a womanizer who gets embroiled in a scheme to punish wayward husbands.

The book was first published in April 1994 and was later adapted into a television miniseries. It is generally regarded as Cooper's finest work.

Plot summary[edit]

Lysander Hawkley has a knack for trying to help the helpless, even if the helpless is a bored housewife. After his father refuses to lend him any money, his friend, Ferdie, comes up with a scheme to make money out of his womanizing: to help wives make their wandering husbands jealous. The plan, in theory, is simple: to make bored husbands realise why they had fallen in love with their wives in the first place.

Film, TV or theatrical adaptations[edit]

In 1997, a miniseries was produced for ITV by Anglia Television, starring Stephen Billington as Lysander Hawkley, Hugh Bonneville as Ferdinand Fitzgerald , and supermodel Rhona Mitra as Flora Seymour. Other cast members included Gilly Coman as the irrepressible Marigold, Kim Criswell as sexy singer Georgie, and Kate Byers as dim-witted Kitty Rannaldini.

It was directed by Robert Knights and executive produced by Sarah Lawson, under her company Lawson Productions, and Neil Zeiger for Blue Heaven Productions. The producer was Irving Teitelbaum.[1]

It was adapted by Harvey Bamberg and Andrew MacLear.


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