Based on the blockbuster novel. Jilly Cooper's The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous is a lavishly entertaining romantic comedy. Lysander Hawkley is almost 23, and heart-stoppingly handsome. He is tall, broad-shouldered, wildly affectionate and has a wall-to-wall smile which withers women. Athletic and good at almost everything, except making a living, Lysander is shepherded through life by his friend, Ferdie Fitzgerald. When Lysander's name is all over the newspapers for having been caught in bed with another man's wife, Ferdie gets the idea that Lysander might make a career of making husbands jealous. In the small village of Paradise, peoples' marriages are under stress. Paradise husbands seem to have misstresses like they have fax machines and mobile phones. The wives are losing confidence. What better than to make their husbands jealous by seeming to start an affair with an extremely attractive younger man? From rock stars to wealthy women, Lysander leaves a trail of feminite delight and husbandly rage.
Runtime: 150 minutes
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The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous is a British television film of 1997 based on Jilly Cooper's book of the same name in the Rutshire Chronicles series, directed by Robert Knights and produced by Sarah Lawson. The title role of Lysander Hawkley is played by Stephen Billington. With a length of 146 minutes, broadcasters usually divide the production into a serial of three episodes. It is available on DVD.
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The People commented on the production that only Jilly Cooper could get away with “a preposterous hero with a name that sounds like an RAF Transport plane”. It continued
Looking alarmingly like Superman, newcomer Stephen Billington as Lysander lies under every silken boudoir sheet of the Pimms and champagne set. A wicked wastrel, he's an ex-horseman and tennis pro whose foreplay is more impressive than his forehand - and emerges as the man who put the giggle in gigolo.
In The Independent, David Aaronovitch noted that “Lysander is not predatory, it's just that every woman in the world wants his first service, and what can a guy do?” Aaronovitch went on to compare Hawkley with Peter Mandelson, “The Man Who Makes Politicians Jealous”. In The Daily Mirror, Richard Wallace commented “If Tim Henman thinks the pressure's on as Wimbledon approaches, he ought to try stepping into the tennis shoes of Stephen Billington.”
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