1 9 7 3 (UK)
7 x 30 minute episodes
The adventures of Henry Newhouse (“new house” = “casa nova”, geddit?) – a womanising PR man played by British comedy icon, Leslie Phillips.
Jan Holden played his long-suffering wife.
Taking advantage of the sexual revolution, Henry happily philanders – or attempts to philander – at every opportunity, sometimes successfully – but never without a price.
Whether it’s an air hostess or beauty pageant contestant, a stripper turned fire-eater, or a niece in need of advice, what Henry sees, Henry can’t resist.
The series was written by Alan Simpson & Ray Galton and produced by the BBC. Galton and Simpson intended it as a humorous comment on the so-called permissive society, but it was branded ‘lewd’ and ‘smutty’, and the BBC moved it to a post-watershed slot where it was quietly forgotten.
Leslie Phillips passed away on 7 November 2022 after a long illness. He was 98.