Wednesday, 25 November 2015

The Death of Robin Stewart

The sad death of Robin Stewart on Sunday came as rather a shock. At just 69, his demise is untimely. Another actor gone too soon. Although he hadn't acted significantly for many years, his link to Sid James and that classic sitcom, Bless This House meant those far off days were still tangible.

As Sidney Abbott's layabout son Mike, Robin starred in the sitcom success for over five years. Although there were suggestions he wasn't as professional on set as some of the senior stars would have liked (indeed he missed out on the 1972 big screen version), there was no doubt a great deal of affection between the regular stars in the series.

Robin had made a return to the limelight in the past few years after having been based in Australia for some time. He appeared alongside old co-star Sally Geeson at several events and met fans at film conventions all over the country. I'm glad he had the chance to reconnect with the past in his final few years.

Sadly, the death of Robin Stewart comes with the dawning realisation that now there is only one surviving member of the Bless This House cast. Sally Geeson is the last Abbott standing. Following Sid's death in 1976, we lost Patsy Rowlands (Betty) in 2005 and both Anthony Jackson (Trevor) and Diana Coupland (Jean) in 2006. They are all greatly missed.

I loved Bless This House. It was my favourite television role for Sid. He was, many say, most at home in this domestic comedy and the role of Sidney Abbott was most like the real Sid - the family man. I used to watch the repeats on the now long defunct Granada Plus every morning before I went to school. Although the teenage problems and marital strife over the housekeeping of the mid 1970s were a long way off by the time I watched in the 1990s, it was still a fun show with lighthearted stories and timeless comic performances from the cast.

As with all successful actors, Robin Stewart leaves behind a legacy of laughter and classic comedy performances. He had the chance to create a niche in Bless This House and work with some of my heroes. Not bad at all. 

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  1. hi there l have just seen re runs bless this house on you tube as it does not look like repeat s are going to be shown on tv gold or such like. I have met sally geeson 3 times and met robin stewart recently at birmingham nec very nice people l didnot know the actor who played trever also died.

    1. Hi Pamela, thanks for your comment. I wish they would show Bless This House on television again, it's long overdue a repeat showing. Lovely to hear you have met Sally and Robin. Such a shame only Sally is left now...

  2. I also watched Bless This House in repeats here in Australia when I was a child in the 80s. It was a great time to get acquainted with classic British TV comedy. At that same time I also loved Are You Being Served?, Love Thy Neighbour and George And Mildred. It wasn't until the early 90s that I discovered Man About The House and Robin's Nest.

    Robin Stewart will always hold a special place in my heart as one of my childhood TV crushes, along with John Schneider in The Dukes Of Hazzard.

    1. Thanks for your comments. Yes Robin definitely came from a classic era of British comedy and he's much missed.

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