A Bit of a Do: Season 1, Episode 6

The Registry Office Wedding (17 Feb. 1989)

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Liz and Neville get married,though Laurence's recent suicide throws a shadow on the proceedings.Jenny and Paul have reconciled as she is pregnant again, Elvis is dating Carol and Simon,... See full summary »

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Nicola Pagett ...
Liz Rodenhurst / Badger
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Nigel Hastings ...
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Carol Fordingbridge
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Monsieur Albert
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Andrew Denton
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Liz and Neville get married,though Laurence's recent suicide throws a shadow on the proceedings.Jenny and Paul have reconciled as she is pregnant again, Elvis is dating Carol and Simon,under Elvis's tutelage,having an affair with a married woman. The reception is held at a small restaurant where not only are the Sillitoes dining but Ted working as a waiter alongside young waitress Sandra,whom he is dating. He is terribly embarrassed to have to serve his ex-wife,especially as she too has a younger squeeze,the handsome politician Gerry Lansdown,with whom she announces her engagement as soon as her divorce comes through. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The title of the episode refers to "Registry Office". The correct term is "Register Office". It is unlikely that an official sign on a door in the building would say "Registry Office", even if this is the phrase that is used in common parlance. See more »

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Liz becomes a badger!
5 July 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Season 1 of David Nobbs' 'A Bit Of A Do' climaxed with this uproarious instalment. So much had happened over the course of six weeks that it was almost impossible to identify the characters from 'The White Wedding'. I'll do my best to summarise events; firstly, Neville Badger ( Michael Jayston ) asked Liz Rodenhurst ( Nicola Pagett ) to return to husband Lawrence ( Paul Chapman ), but she refused, so he asked her to marry him, and she accepted. Poor Lawrence committed suicide by gassing himself in his own dentist's chair. Ted now works as a waiter at Monsieur Albert's restaurant ( where the reception is taking place ). Unsurprisingly, he is unhappy at being made to serve the woman who walked out on him following his bankruptcy. Ted is now dating clumsy waitress Sandra ( Tracy Brabin ). Paul ( David Thewlis ) has separated from Jenny ( Sarah-Jane Holm ) following his one-night stand with the gorgeous Carol Fordingbridge ( Karen Drury ). Carol is now hooked up with his philosophy student brother Elvis ( Wayne Foskitt ). Rita ( Gwen Taylor ) has reinvented herself following her marriage break-up - she turns up not only with a new hairstyle but a handsome prospective M.P. named Gerry Lansdown ( David Yelland ) in tow. Neville's nephew Andrew ( Philip Bird ) keeps making jokes no-one finds very amusing. The Sillitoes just happen to be having a quiet meal when the guests arrive. Both get drunk, decide their chicken firm is basically immoral, and release them from their cages...

The suicide of Lawrence cast a shadow over the final episode, as he was such a good character ( excellently played by Chapman ), but I suppose Nobbs felt he had done all he could with him. What is disturbing is that no-one seems sorry that he is dead. Liz never mentions him, nor do his children. Ted tells Sandra: "nobody ever thought that man felt anything.". You have to feel sorry for Ted here. He looks so pathetic waiting on the very people who ruined his life. Still, sexy Sandra is some consolation. There is a lovely moment as the Sillitoes realise they are both paralytic ( usually they take it in turns ) at the same time.

Thanks to Elvis, Jenny's estate agent brother Simon has become confidant with women, and managed to seduce a prospective client. Unfortunately, she is Andrew's wife.

Gerry proposes to Rita, laying the groundwork for the opening of the next series. 'A Bit Of A Do' had the critics and viewers singing from the same hymn sheet for once - everyone loved it. Nobbs was wise to restrict it to two seasons though. Sadly, David Thewlis declined to return for the second, so 'Paul' had to be dropped, a move that affected the show's quality.


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