Mrs. Loftus returns to work as a nurse at the same time that Annabel, Lady Cornford's daughter, starts work. Annabel does not want preferential treatment and disguises her parentage but ... See full summary »

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Mrs. Loftus returns to work as a nurse at the same time that Annabel, Lady Cornford's daughter, starts work. Annabel does not want preferential treatment and disguises her parentage but when she lets it slip that she has had dinner with the professor and has been seeing a married man called Geoff, it is assumed that she and Loftus are having an affair. Mrs. Loftus eventually explains the truth but, to save face, Duncan tries to tell everybody about another of the professor's indiscretions. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"I think we have made a hideous mistake!"
26 May 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

While Loftus awaits to be officially confirmed for a knighthood, he receives some surprising news from his wife. She is bored at home and wishes to return to full-time nursing. He is dead against the idea, but she goes through with it anyway.

Lady Cornford's daughter, Annabel, also wishes to be a nurse at St.Swithins. On her first day, she meets Duncan, and they are mutually attracted to each other. But she accidentally lets slip that she had dined with Loftus a few nights before. Duncan jumps to the wrong conclusion. A wicked rumour spreads round the hospital that Annabel and Loftus are conducting an affair...

Angharad Rees had played 'Frances' in the 'Doctor In The House' episode 'Getting The Bird', here she returns as a different character. 'Annabel' would make several appearances in the second season of 'Charge'.

This episode is more like a Whitehall farce, with misunderstandings piling on top of misunderstandings, angry wives, and pretty girls in their underwear. But its one of the best written episodes of the entire series, and the cast throw themselves into the piece with commendable enthusiasm, even if the notion of Loftus as 'Casanova' is a little hard to swallow, and Richard O'Sullivan's 'Bingham' is utterly wasted.

Funniest moment - Loftus' anger on finding Waring with Annabel.


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