Collier is feeling stressed and when he climbs out of a window onto scaffolding to retrieve a paper that has blown there it is assumed he is suicidal. Duncan goes out to rescue him but they... See full summary »

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Collier is feeling stressed and when he climbs out of a window onto scaffolding to retrieve a paper that has blown there it is assumed he is suicidal. Duncan goes out to rescue him but they both have to be saved by the fire brigade. Bingham has also tried to get them using his rock-climbing skills. Unfortunately he is left dangling. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Is Paul Heading For A Fall?
7 June 2008 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Paul Collier has been transferred to Radiology, and hates the job as it is incredibly boring. His friends are shocked to find him unkempt, exhausted, and irritable.

Dick tells Duncan that Paul is exhibiting the early signs of a nervous breakdown. It had once happened to a old friend, who wound up stark naked on the roof of the nurses' hostel, with a pink ribbon tied around ( censored ).

Bingham is showing a black charlady how to use the vacuum cleaner when a sudden gust of air blows Paul's report out of the window. Spotting it on some scaffolding, he makes his way outside. His nerve breaks and he is too terrified to move. He clings to the scaffolding for dear life while on the ground below people look up in horror.

Duncan and Dick think their friend has snapped, and is trying to commit suicide. Duncan tries to rescue him, only to wind up in the same predicament...

Following the dismal 'The System', 'In Charge' got back on track with this very good Garden and Oddie-penned episode. George Layton gives a good performance as the deteriorating Collier, though its a bit unbelievable that anyone should willingly put his life on the line just to retrieve a report he could easily have duplicated in half an hour. He obviously could not have been thinking straight.

Then as now, overworked doctors were a major N.H.S. problem.

Stanley Meadows guests as the 'Inspector'.

Funniest moment - Bingham attempting to get into Loftus' good books by rescuing Paul and Duncan. Dressed in full mountaineering gear, he lowers himself from the roof, only to find them gone - the fire brigade having beaten him to it!


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