Learning that he may receive a knighthood if St. Swithins can produce a medical breakthrough, Professor Loftus takes up Bingham's suggestion that they research plastic catheters but sacks ... See full summary »

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Learning that he may receive a knighthood if St. Swithins can produce a medical breakthrough, Professor Loftus takes up Bingham's suggestion that they research plastic catheters but sacks him when he finds he has stolen the idea from a magazine and assigns Duncan to the research instead. Duncan can't quite get the experiment to work but when an irate Bingham blows the whistle on Collier making home brew in the lab and takes a journalist there, it's Bingham's attempt to sabotage the research that causes its success. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"Bloody Loftus!"
11 April 2008 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Following a party at Loftus' house, Duncan wakes up in the spare room, naked except for woollen gloves and wellington boots. What has happened here? As it turns out, those arch-jokers Dick and Paul have struck again.

The Chairman of the Board tells Loftus that he is being considered for a knighthood. To boost his chances, Loftus commissions a new medical research unit, to be headed by Duncan. Bingham is livid, as he had proposed a similar idea a while back.

But the unit is soon used for purposes other than than for which it was originally intended - doctors are sneaking into it to enjoy a crafty kiss and cuddle, while Paul is fermenting wine...

This episode begins a story arc that would be resolved in the final instalment of Series 1 - 'Long Days Journey Into Knighthood'.

Sammie Winmill gets to a deliver a classic double entendre. Giving Duncan coffee, she says: "You should always start the day with something hot inside you. I do!". Her character appears to have been modelled on 'Nurse Sandra May' from 'Carry On Doctor'. Like Babs Windsor, Winmill is cute, blonde, and squeaky voiced, though not so well endowed. Note her excitement when Dick confides to her that it was he and Paul who undressed Duncan the night before. On hearing that it was only to put him to bed, she sounds disappointed: "How boring!". I think I detect the influence of Graham Chapman in that line.

Though not formerly in this episode, Joan Benham is seen briefly in a fantasy sequence in which Loftus imagines his big day at Buckingham Palace.

Richard O'Sullivan is on good form here. Bingham's fury at being passed over for the job of heading the unit is hilarious.

Upton's fate is again mentioned, presumably for the benefit of those who had missed the previous episode.

There's a good running gag in which the doctors are forced to retreat to a corner of the unit every time an alarm sounds, signifying a possible radiation leak from the X-Ray Department below.

Funniest moment - Paul taking a sip of what he thinks is wine. It turns out to be blood!


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