Episode complete credited cast:
Adam Faith ...
Iain Cuthbertson ...
Lynn Dalby ...
Hazel Fletcher
Johnny Shannon ...
Leopold King
Judith Arthy ...
Anouska Hempel ...
Eleanor King
Frank Mills ...
Talfryn Thomas ...
June Lewis ...
Mrs. Endell
Hani Borelle ...


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28 May 1971 (UK)  »

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"They're naked and they move!"
11 December 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Adam Faith once had a hit with 'Someone Else's Baby' which might have served as an alternative title for this episode of 'Budgie'. Inga ( the gorgeous Margaret Nolan ), a buxom stripper at Charlie Endell's club, gives birth, but does not know ( nor care ) who the father is. Charlie sends Budgie along to visit her in hospital ( along with three other strippers ). Whilst waiting for them to return, he witnesses a man dumping a teddy bear in the hospital dustbin. He is Leopold ( Johnny Shannon ), a Jewish book maker. His wife has just given birth to a dead child. As he is in his early Fifties and she in her Twenties, their chances of having another are slim indeed. Knowing Inga cannot stand the sight of her offspring, he arranges to sell it to Leopold for £300. The sale takes place. Leopold gets his child and Budgie gets the money

  • £20.00 of which he passes on to Inga. But then things go wrong. The

stripper changes her mind and wants the child back...

I seem to recall 'Coronation Street' did a similar plot in the '90's. It was Terry Duckworth ( Nigel Pivaro ) selling his son Tommy to his partner's grandparents, upsetting his mother greatly. This is a good episode sure enough, and things get really rough between Budgie and Hazel when the latter discovers he gave £20.00 to Inga. Margaret Nolan holds the distinction of having been in both 'Carry On' and James Bond films, along with Valerie Leon. Johnny Shannon was 'Wacky' ( also a bookie ) in 'Beryl's Lot'.

Funniest moment - Hazel accuses Budgie of being the father of Inga's child. He points out he could not have been as he was in prison at the time. "What do you think I am? Elastic Man?".

At the end, Budgie deduces Charlie must be the baby's father. Endell swears him to secrecy.

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