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6.4/10 TV

Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of episodes  48
Network  ITV
6.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Sitcom
No. of series  6
Final episode date  31 March 1981

Created by  Brian Cooke Johnnie Mortimer
Starring  Richard O'Sullivan Tony Britton Tessa Wyatt David Kelly
Program creators  Brian Cooke, Johnnie Mortimer
Cast  Richard O'Sullivan, Tessa Wyatt, David Kelly, Tony Britton

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 network ITV.



In the first episode Robin and Vicky, who share a flat over a Chinese take-away, discover that the tenants have disappeared owing rent to the landlord, Vicky's father James Nichols. 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 and writers Brian Cooke and Johnnie 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

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?".
  • Vicky's mother (divorced from her father), would occasionally appear, played first by Honor Blackman, later by Barbara Murray.
  • 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 sequel to Three's Company – originally based on Man About the House – but was unsuccessful. In 2004, a Polish version was screened, named Dziupla Cezara.

    Theme music score

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

    DVD releases

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


    Robin's Nest Wikipedia