Reggie Grace is a hapless, clumsy medical student but Collier has given him a good report because he fancies his sister, so when a party of big-wigs come to visit the hospital Grace is ... See full summary »

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Reggie Grace is a hapless, clumsy medical student but Collier has given him a good report because he fancies his sister, so when a party of big-wigs come to visit the hospital Grace is charged with showing them round. To cause a diversion Collier feigns illness and collapses. The plan is that he supposedly has glandular fever but Reggie correctly diagnoses a slipped disc and is declared the hero of the hour by the visitors. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"Ooops!"
10 June 2008 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Duncan is in charge of a group of first year students, among them the incompetent Reggie Grace. If there's a bedpan to be dropped, a stethoscope to fall to pieces, a kneeling patient to trip over, he is the man to find them.

Loftus tells Duncan he is being considered for a top job at the hospital, all because Lord Hartford is impressed with his work with the students.

Duncan faces the impossible task of making Reggie Grace seem like ideal doctor material. He has the idea of getting Paul to feign an illness ( glandular fever ) so that Grace can make a snap diagnosis. But things don't work out as well as planned...

'Amazing Grace' provides an early television role for Tony Robinson, over a decade before his stint as the downtrodden 'Baldrick' in 'The Black Adder' and its sequels. With his Beatle-styled hair, milk bottle glasses, and irritating habit of going 'oops!' every time he makes a mistake, Grace is definitely the Frank Spencer of the medical world. He would return the following year in 'The Epidemic'.

Sally Stephens makes her debut as 'Nurse Dottie Grace', Reggie's sister, and also Duncan's second love interest this season.

The late Richard Hurndall plays 'Lord Hartford'. 'Steptoe & Son' fans will recall him as the flamboyant antique dealer in 'Any Old Iron'. 'Mrs.Laing' is portrayed by Barbara Keogh, a.k.a. 'The Fenn Street Gang''s 'Mrs.Eversleigh'.

A good episode, although the sight of Duncan faking a heart attack is no longer amusing as it once was. Robin Nedwell died from a real one in 1999.

Funniest moment - Reggie causing a young boy to swallow a 50p piece.


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