Doctor at Sea: Season 1, Episode 3

A Healthy Ship Is a Happy Ship (5 May 1974)

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There is a loss of manpower on the Begonia because Dick has been doling out sick notes or chitties to the crew. Captain Loftus discovers this and threatens to sack him. Industrial action is... See full summary »

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There is a loss of manpower on the Begonia because Dick has been doling out sick notes or chitties to the crew. Captain Loftus discovers this and threatens to sack him. Industrial action is called. However, when the ship arrives in Madeira nobody wants a chittie, as it would mean missing shore leave. Dick has been fooled by the crew. He has, however, made money by selling the chitties at two pounds a time. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"There is no such thing as a strike at sea!"
10 November 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Concerned at the number of chitties ( medical certificates ) being issued to the ship's crew, Captain Loftus orders that the practice must cease. Dick persuades Duncan that the chitties have been issued for legitimate reasons, namely that the crew really are ill. An angry Duncan protests against Loftus' decision by organising industrial action, which in nautical parlance is known as a 'mutiny'...

George Layton and Jonathan Lynn deliver the goods once again; a funny script which pits Duncan's 'Fletcher Christian' against Loftus' 'Captain Bligh'. Of course the mutiny doesn't go smoothly, and Dick finally comes clean and admits he has been selling the chitties to the crew. Bob Todd is introduced as the permanently depressed 'Entertainments Officer'. He appeared as a police sergeant in the 'In Charge' episode 'Which Doctor?'.

Funniest moment - the Entertainments Officer going for a dip in the pool, only to find out that it is empty!

There's a 'Billy Liar'-type dream sequence in which Duncan sees himself as the hero of a pirate movie and with Loftus as 'Long John Silver'. The action is courtesy of 'Havoc', a stunt team who also worked on some of the Jon Pertwee episodes of 'Dr.Who'. Ten lashes to the person who decided it needed to be shot through a red filter.


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