Doctor at Large: Season 1, Episode 20

Operation Loftus (11 Jul. 1971)

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Not only is Michael back at St. Swithins but Professor Loftus also returns, now on the board of governors. Dick has been running an illicit drinks operation and the professor is about to ... See full summary »

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Barry Evans ...
Arthur English ...
Gareth Forbes ...
Ambulance Driver
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Richard O'Sullivan ...
Ernest Clark ...
George Layton ...
Brian Stirner ...
First Student
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The Dean
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Not only is Michael back at St. Swithins but Professor Loftus also returns, now on the board of governors. Dick has been running an illicit drinks operation and the professor is about to protest when he suddenly collapses and needs an operation. The dean has got drunk at the England-France rugby match and cannot perform it so it's down to Michael to don his gloves and mask and save the day. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"He was so piddled he went to the wrong hospital!"
17 June 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Upton is back at St. Swithins, and by an eerie coincidence, so is Professor Loftus, now Professor of Surgery and member of the Board of Govenors. This news is a blow to the fortunes of Dick Stuart-Clark, who had been running the hospital bar quite profitably. He had even managed to hide illegal alcohol in a bedpan cupboard, made to look like a storeroom for radioactive isotopes.

Loftus discovers Upton hiding in said cupboard, but before he can take serious action, falls gravely ill. He requires an operation to unblock an artery. The team of surgeons includes Upton, Bingham, and an inebriated Dean...

Its hard to believe that this is the first appearance of 'Loftus' this season, despite it being the twentieth episode. Ernest Clark once again delivers an impressive performance, his deadpan face providing a marvellous counterpoint to the madness around him. He would become a permanent fixture in the L.W.T. 'Doctor' series after this.

With Upton's wanderlust apparently sated, it was back to St. Swithins, and how good to see the place in all its glory again. The seeds of 'Doctor In Charge' were sown here.

Spot The Mistake - Geoffrey Davies flubs a line, saying 'illugal' instead of illegal, much to Barry Evans' amusement.

Funniest moment - a drunken Dean attempting to gatecrash Loftus' operation.


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