The Ups and Downs of a Handyman

The Ups and Downs of a Handyman is a 1976 British comedy film directed by John Sealey and starring Barry Stokes, Sue Lloyd and Bob Todd.[1][2] Its alternative titles at various times have been Confessions of a Handyman, Confessions of an Odd-Job Man and The Happy Housewives.[3]

The Ups and Downs of a Handyman
cover of tie-in novel
Directed byJohn Sealey
Produced byKenneth F. Rowles
Written byDerrick Slater
John Sealey
StarringBarry Stokes
Sue Lloyd
Bob Todd
Music byVic Elms
CinematographyDouglas Hill
Edited byJim Atkinson
John W. Carr
K.F.R. Productions
Distributed byCannon Films
Release date
Running time
100 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom


After his wife inherits a cottage in the countryside, her husband takes up a job as the local handyman, but soon becomes entangled with the women of the village.



Critical reception

The Radio Times noted "another cheap-and-cheerful sex comedy in the vein of Timothy Lea's naughty bestsellers. Barry Stokes brings a certain cheeky charm to the title role, while Gay Soper, Sue Lloyd and Valerie Leon find him plenty to do around the house. What little comedy there is comes from Benny Hill stalwart Bob Todd, as the local magistrate, and Chic Murray, as a harassed bobby. Derrick Slater's script is one long smutty gag, while John Sealey's direction is perfunctory at best."[3]


  1. "The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  3. "Ups and Downs of a Handyman | Film review and movie reviews". Radio Times. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
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