Professor Loftus believes there should be a junior doctor on the board but only Duncan and Bingham apply. Dick tries to swing things for Duncan by saying that his mother is a countess but ... See full summary »

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Professor Loftus believes there should be a junior doctor on the board but only Duncan and Bingham apply. Dick tries to swing things for Duncan by saying that his mother is a countess but Bingham, coincidentally called out to treat her, finds she is a policeman's wife and sends the board to see her. Dick thinks quickly and drags up to impersonate the countess and Duncan gets the post. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"Call Me Madge!"
27 October 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

There is a place for a junior doctor on the Board Of Governors at St. Swithins. Duncan wants the position so he can push for the building of a new research unit, but Bingham feels it should be his because he ( in his view ) is the best doctor in the hospital.

Because the Board are a bunch of senile old fogeys, Dick tries to impress the Chairman by telling him Duncan's mother is a Countess. Unfortunately, Duncan's mother is currently at the hospital, being treated for a minor injury. She's a policeman's wife, a nice woman, but no Countess. Desperate to keep the Chairman and Mrs.Waring apart, Dick resorts to female impersonation...

Just as Leslie Phillips put on drag for a scene in the film 'Doctor In Trouble', so then Geoffrey Davies follows suit here. Wearing blue eyeshadow, a blonde wig and in women's clothing, he bears an uncomfortable resemblance to the flamboyant Australian comic Bob Downe. He is able to use his knowledge of the Chairman's 'friendship' with Lady Molly Cornford to his advantage.

Surprisingly, the deception isn't exposed at the end, leaving Duncan to get onto the Board with ease.

Meadows White plays 'Mr.Reeves', a role normally occupied by Harold Bennett. Presumably Bennett was unavailable.

Funniest moment - our first sighting of Dick in drag!


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