Ups and Downs of a Handyman, The

Date: 1975
Director: John Sealey
Production Company: K.F.R. Productions

Stars: Barry Stokes, Gay Soper, Sue Lloyd, Bob Todd, Chic Murray, Robert Dorning
Location(s): Surrey



After Bob’s wife inherits a cottage in the countryside he takes up a job as the local handyman but soon becomes entangled with the women of the village.

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Screen captures uploaded by Phil Wilkinson from source material provided by John Tunstill.

Also known as ‘Confessions of a Handyman’ and ‘Confessions of an Odd-Job Man’ (Video titles)


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Bob (Barry Stokes) leaves the church in Hilcombe. St Mary's Church, Petworth Road, Chiddingfold, Surrey.

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Looking south. SJ

Entering the village. Passing The Crown Inn, Opposite the church in image udh001. The Green, Chiddingfold, Surrey.

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The food is pricey in here. SJ

Bob goes to the newsagent to place an advertisement in the window. Chiddingfold, Surrey. The building is no longer a shop - that if it ever was.

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And doesn't even look like one now. SJ

Maisie (Gay Soper) the local 'mistress' leaves the shop after placing an advertisement. Looking towards The Green, Chiddingfold.

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Now, from the "shop." SJ

A car pulls up outside the newsagent. The Green, Chiddingfold near Godalming.

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Less blurry. SJ

There are some unidentified actors and actresses in this film too . . . ! Chiddingfold, Surrey.

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Now: but what is annoying is that there was no time for many other locations so near here including a couple 100 yards away (see below). Maybe a Chiddingfold local? SJ

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Bob says goodbye to his wife Margaretta (Penny Meredith) and sets out to find work. Unidentified location.

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Heading for the garage to get the transport. Unidentified location.

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Police Constable Knowles (Chic Murray) starts work for the day. The house is at the corner of Petworth Road and Mill Lane, Chiddingfold.

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P.C. Knowles rests his bike outside his house. Looking down Mill Lane in Chiddingfold.

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Bob on the lookout for work. Unknown location.

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Panning shot and around the corner from image udh011. Unidentified location.

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The first job of the day. Unknown location.

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Leaving after completing the task. Unknown location.

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Squire Bullsworthy joins the local hunt. Unidentified location.

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The local hunt gets ready to leave the village.

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Tally Ho! Unidentified location.

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A woman pulls up at a local service station on Petworth Road, Chiddingfold. The location has been redeveloped.

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More unidentified players. Petworth Road, Chiddingfold with St Mary's church visible through the trees.

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Bob heads for P.C. Knowles house. Petworth Road, Chiddingfold, Surrey.

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Parking up outside the house. Mill Lane at the junction with Petworth Road, Chiddingfold.

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Bob readies to do a job for Mrs Knowles. Petworth Road looking towards The Green, Chiddingfold.

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P.C. Knowles outside Bob and Margaretta's cottage. Unidentified location.

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Bob and Margaretta eventually take over the Ram Cider House, a local pub. This is The Ram public house on Catteshall Lane in Godalming, Surrey identified by Paul Osborne.

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The Ram in Hilcombe played by The Ram in Godalming. Paul Osborne advises that the former public house is now a private residence.

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But Bob still goes odd-jobbing. Looking along Catteshall Lane in Godalming towards The Ram. Location found by Paul Obsorne.