Doctor in Charge (1972–1973)
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Shut Up and Eat What You're Given 

Considering the food in the hospital canteen to be inedible, Duncan and Paul go on a macrobiotic diet, but Professor Loftus is appalled to find they have scurvy, due to a lack of vitamin C,... See full summary »

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Robin Nedwell ...
Dr. Duncan Waring
George Layton ...
Dr. Paul Collier
Thelma Ruby ...
Dolores
Ernest Clark ...
Professor Geoffrey Loftus
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Mrs. Elizabeth Loftus
Mischa De La Motte ...
Harold Meadows
Edith Saville ...
Edith Meadows (as Edith Savile)
Jonathan Sherwood ...
First Doctor
Jeremy Higgins ...
Second Doctor
Edna Doré ...
Cashier
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Considering the food in the hospital canteen to be inedible, Duncan and Paul go on a macrobiotic diet, but Professor Loftus is appalled to find they have scurvy, due to a lack of vitamin C, and makes them eat in the canteen. To bring him on side they get him to eat the canteen food and he agrees that it is dreadful. However the new menu he orders proves to be so expensive that the old fare is served up again. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"Did you bring a rubber plant?"
31 October 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Disgusted by the poor quality food at St Swithins, Duncan and Paul both go on a macrobiotic diet, which entails them eating seaweed, millet and stuff normally found at the bottom of bird cages. Loftus invites them to dinner. They experience an evening of hell as they eat their own food whilst Loftus and his guests tuck in to succulent roast beef and crispy roast potatoes. Loftus refuses to believe the food in the hospital canteen is substandard - so he volunteers to try it himself...

The then-trendy science of macrobiotic cooking is given a kicking here. As with the 'Mr.Moon' episode of 'Large', the characters want to be healthy but learn the hard way that the lure of rich food is simply too great. Funniest moment - Duncan ordering a rump steak in the 'new, look' canteen - and then having a fit when he is told the price.


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