Doctor in Charge (1972–1973)
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Long Day's Journey Into Knighthood 

Professor Loftus is to go Buckingham Palace to receive his knighthood but rivalry between Waring and Bingham means that his Rolls Royce is cancelled. Duncan sets out to drive him but runs ... See full summary »

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Robin Nedwell ...
George Layton ...
Geoffrey Davies ...
Richard O'Sullivan ...
Ernest Clark ...
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Geoffrey Cheshire ...
Lefty
Louis Mansi ...
Victor
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Gordon
Desmond Jones ...
Ted
Peter Davidson ...
Burly Patient
Roger Avon ...
Garage Man
James McManus ...
Workman
Fred Beauman ...
Jack (as Frederick Beauman)
Iris Fry ...
Woman
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Professor Loftus is to go Buckingham Palace to receive his knighthood but rivalry between Waring and Bingham means that his Rolls Royce is cancelled. Duncan sets out to drive him but runs out of petrol and, when Collier offers to drive, Bingham lets his tyres down so that eventually the journey has to be made in an ambulance. Since some robbers have also used an ambulance as a getaway vehicle, confusion reigns as the hospital party is arrested. Sir Geoffrey misses his appointment but they do get a reward for catching the villains. Written by don @ minifie-1

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8 October 1972 (UK)  »

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Parts of the car chase scene in the latter half were filmed in Kenton, Harrow; in particular Lindsay Drive, the Mall and Windermere Avenue roundabout (where the Carousel waltz is played) can be recognized. The coach to the actors parked outside a house in Chapman Crescent which encouraged fans to climb onto the dwarf wall which was subsequently broken down by the people standing on it. Compensation was not forthcoming. See more »

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"Good God! They're Enormous!"
30 October 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Duncan, Dick and Paul chastise Bingham for admiring some candid photos of a female patient. "Just because one is on a diet, it doesn't mean one can't look at the menu.", he tells them. They seem impressed by this unexpected display of wit.

Loftus' big day has arrived. Bingham has booked a Rolls Royce, but Paul is so disgusted by his obsequiousness he cancels it, forcing the Professor to travel in Duncan's car.

En route to Buckingham Palace, they run out of petrol. In desperation, they send for a St.Swithins' ambulance. Unfortunately, another ambulance is being used by bank robbers making a getaway. A high-speed chase ensues...

Funniest moment - a finale straight out of 'The Lavender Hill Mob'. As the ambulances and police cars endlessly circle a roundabout, the strains of 'Carousel' can be heard on the soundtrack.

This was the last episode of the first season of 'In Charge'. The show had pulled off the seemingly impossible feat of successfully replacing its original leading man. It was also the last to be written by Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie, who left to devote their energies exclusively to 'The Goodies' ( Oddie returned in 1991 to pen episodes of the ill-fated 'Doctor At The Top' ).

Of the 27 episodes made, only three were out-and-out stinkers, not a bad average.

With Robin Nedwell 'In Charge', the show had found its feet, and the cast stayed the same for the next season. But there was a blip on the horizon - Richard O'Sullivan had been offered a sitcom of his own, a Johnnie Mortimer and Brian Cooke creation entitled 'Man About The House'...


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