Sir Geoffrey wants bright ideas for the hospital's annual garden party. Duncan suggests a beauty contest but has trouble finding contestants and is upset when Annabel, whom he is dating, ... See full summary »

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Robin Nedwell ...
Geoffrey Davies ...
Ernest Clark ...
Richard O'Sullivan ...
George Layton ...
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Nurse Annabel Davenport
Chris Gannon ...
Donkey Man
Olive Mercer ...
Matron
Peter Greene ...
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Andrea Lawrence ...
Nurse Doreen Willett (as Andria Lawrence)
Ronald Mayer ...
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Sir Geoffrey wants bright ideas for the hospital's annual garden party. Duncan suggests a beauty contest but has trouble finding contestants and is upset when Annabel, whom he is dating, puts herself forward, as does Mary Bingham. Lawrence suggests donkey rides but the donkeys arrive early and have to he kept hidden. Paul will do conjuring tricks as The Great Collieto but he turns out to be a disaster as does Dick's puppet show when, after an encounter with Punch, Sir Geoffrey discovers it is a ploy to sell booze and children have to be sent away from it. Amidst all the chaos the beauty contest gets won by one of the donkeys and any profits made disappear as everybody wants a share. Written by don @ minifie-1

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A Fete Worse Than Death!
12 May 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Loftus asks Duncan, Paul, Dick and Bingham to come up with ideas for the 1973 St. Swithins Annual Garden Fete. Duncan wants a beauty contest, Paul wishes to do conjuring tricks ( as 'The Great Collieto' ), Dick ( rather bizarrely ) suggests a puppet show, and Bingham's big idea is...donkey rides.

Duncan is horrified when he learns his current girlfriend Annabel is to be one of the beauty contest contestants. Paul's expertise at magic rivals that of Tommy Cooper. Bingham's donkeys turn up four days early ( which means he has to hide them in one of the lecture theatres ), while Dick's puppet show turns out to be a sneaky ploy to sell beer...

Almost every sitcom at one time or another has featured a plot about a garden fête, from 'Terry & June' to 'Father Ted'. This Phil Redmond scripted episode, though playing on familiar turf, manages to be good fun. Though referred to ( she's one of the contestants ), Helen Fraser's 'Mary Bingham' is not in this episode. The oft-mentioned 'Nurse Doreen Willett' is again played by Andrea Lawrence ( last seen in the 'Doctor At Large' episode 'Pull The Other One' ).

Funniest moment - Loftus attacked by Mr.Punch!


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