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As it's the end of summer term, Robin (Richard O'Sullivan) takes up a
job as chef in a restaurant - a job that isn't all that he would
expected it to be. Meanwhile, at the homefront, trouble's also brewing.
Evil land-developers (is there any other kind) want to knock down all
the houses on their block & build a big office building. & while
Mildred (Yootha Joyce), landlady of Robin, Chrissy (Paula Wilcox) &
Jo (Sally Thomsett) is completely against selling the house, her husband
George (Brian Murphy) isn't quite so sure about that. At a community
meeting, attended by all of them, Chrissy & Robin decide to start a
petition, & even though they get heaps of signatures, they seem to
be fighting for a lost cause, since almost all the neighbours sell out
to the land-developers, & the MP of their constituency is blackmailed
because of paying for the house of his mistress in particularly that
neighbourhood. Of course, after loads of to & fro & a chase
through the Thames television building, Robin, Chrissy & Jo succeed
in keeping their flat in George & Mildred's building.
the success of major studio financed horror pics like Exorcist
& of extremely macabre stuff like Texas Chainsaw Massacre bulliedchainsawmassacre(1974).htm">Texas Chainsaw Massacre bullied
caterers of this niche market out of their source of revenue,
studios like Hammer had to open up to new markets - one ill-fated attempt of
Hammer was to jump the martial arts-bandwagon with movies like The
Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires & Shatter, another
was big screen adaptations of successful tv-series - a strategy that
actually made Hammer big in the first place with the Quatermass-movies
! These adaptations included On the Buses, Love thy Neighbour,
& of course, this one. As movie-adaptations of tv-series go, this
one stays pretty close to the series, employing all the lead characters
in their respective roles, but the format of the half-hour sitcom was
not actually made to fit a feature-film. Thus, the characters are best when
they are seen in standard, trivial situations, when they are faced with
this larger than life plot, though, they become increasingly unfunny, as
the plot is actually, while overly complex, quite stupid, with many
famous British comedians of the time in small but pointless roles, more
often than not interrupting the proceedings & making the whole
movie rather tiresome. Watch the series instead !