Doctor at Large: Season 1, Episode 22

A Joke's a Joke (25 Jul. 1971)

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Michael and Paul decide to boost their reputations by becoming demonstrators at anatomy classes. Dick is keen to join in too but only for the money, so they cross his name off the list. As ... See full summary »

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Michael and Paul decide to boost their reputations by becoming demonstrators at anatomy classes. Dick is keen to join in too but only for the money, so they cross his name off the list. As a result he forms a surprising coalition with Bingham to sabotage the classes by substituting children's drawings and pornographic slides instead of the items being used. The jokers are eventually exposed - in Bingham's case literally, as he ends up showing off most of his anatomy. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Jokers Wild!
18 June 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

His Primary Fellowship looming, Upton decides to earn some extra money as an Anatomy Demonstrator, a job widely believed to be a cushy number. But on learning that Bingham has concealed the existence of a job vacancy list in St. Swithins, he is livid. After taking their revenge, Upton and Collier apply, and are duly accepted. But Dick loses his cool when Collier admits to having crossed him off the list. To get his own back, he teams up with Bingham to turn Upton and Collier's first lecture into an unmitigated shambles...

Laurel and Hardy once did a film called 'Tit For Tat' in which they got involved in a war of practical jokerism with a neighbour. Here its Dick and Bingham versus Upton and Collier, and the results are, as you might expect, uproarious. Upton's desk collapses, he cannot write on the blackboard because wax has been sprayed on it, pornographic slides have been swapped for medical ones, and a child's drawing substituted for a anatomical diagram. Needless to say, the jokers are eventually routed, and Upton and Collier give them their just desserts.

Upton is shown to be somewhat nastier here than usual; witness his harsh treatment of Bingham. For trying to boost his chances of getting the job, the doctor is stripped naked, and dumped in Loftus' office, wearing only part of a suit of armour and a strategically placed book. Upton then goes on to do the very thing he punished Bingham for. Dick and Bingham would team up again to cause more mayhem in the excellent 'In Charge' episode 'A Night With The Dead'.

Funniest moment - the prudish Bingham is so shocked by some of Dick's naughty slides he tumbles off the top of a desk!

When this was first broadcast - July 25th 1971 - if you lived in the Anglia television area, you could have seen the 1946 film 'Somewhere In The Night' ( starring John Hodiak and Richard Conte ) immediately afterwards, followed by the Sunday Night Theatre presentation 'Mr.Pargiter' with Roland Culver and Clive Morton, with an episode of 'The Saint' called 'The Reluctant Revolution' ( guest starring Barry Morse and Jennie Linden ) rounding off the night's viewing.


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