Doctor in Charge: Season 1, Episode 23

That's My Uncle! (10 Sep. 1972)

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When Professor Loftus goes on holiday, his replacement is Dick's uncle, Jeremy De Quincy, who is easy-going and initially seen as a breath of fresh air. However, eventually he gets on ... See full summary »

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Robin Nedwell ...
Richard O'Sullivan ...
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Emma Livingstone
George Layton ...
Geoffrey Davies ...
William Franklyn ...
Jeremy de Quincy
Andre Van Gyseghem ...
Mr. Phipps
Grazina Frame ...
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When Professor Loftus goes on holiday, his replacement is Dick's uncle, Jeremy De Quincy, who is easy-going and initially seen as a breath of fresh air. However, eventually he gets on everybody's nerves as he is a lecherous scrounger, borrowing money from both patients and doctors. When Dick tells him he knows he is not qualified to be a chief surgeon, he leaves - but appoints Lawrence Bingham as his successor. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"Goodbye Mr.Phipps!"
14 June 2008 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Duncan has patched things up with physiotherapist Emma Livingstone ( last seen in 'The Taming Of The Wolf' ).

Loftus is away for three weeks. His replacement, Jeremy de Quincey, is Dick's uncle, and seems more interested in golf than medicine. He is not qualified to do the job either, and only got it by cheating.

Initially, Duncan and co. find him a breath of fresh air after the stuffy Loftus, but when he starts borrowing money off them ( with no intention of returning it ), they grow to dislike him. Furthermore, he makes no secret of his interest in Emma.

de Quincey is sponging off a rich patient by the name of Phipps, so Duncan discharges him in order to cut off de Quincey's main source of income...

The late William Franklyn is best remembered for those ads for Schweppes ( 'sch...you know who' ), but did an awful lot of comedy too, including a stint in the I.T.V. sketch show 'What's On Next?'. 'de Quincey' is very much like an older version of Stuart-Clark; lazy, lecherous, fond of drinking, and permanently broke. When he first claps eyes on Emma, he exclaims in a silky tone of voice: "Hello, hello, hello!" which makes one wonder whether the role was originally written with Leslie Phillips in mind.

This was Deborah Watling's second and last appearance as 'Emma'.

Andre Van Gyseghem, who plays 'Mr.Phipps', was the father of Joanna, a.k.a 'Linda Cochrane' in the '80's sitcom 'Duty Free'.

Funniest moment - in an effort to keep Mr.Phipps from leaving St. Swithins, the wily de Quincey persuades him that Duncan is nothing but a figment of his own imagination!


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