Doctor in the House: Season 1, Episode 12

All for Love... (26 Sep. 1969)

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Michael falls for a girl called Valerie, only to discover that she is Professor Loftus's daughter. Whilst Mrs. Loftus is civil to Upton, her husband is less so and the point is made that if... See full summary »

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Michael falls for a girl called Valerie, only to discover that she is Professor Loftus's daughter. Whilst Mrs. Loftus is civil to Upton, her husband is less so and the point is made that if they get married he should renounce medicine as one doctor in the family is enough. Though Michael does consider this, it's Valerie who breaks with him...and is soon after seen dating fellow medic Huw. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Upton In Love
3 June 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Mike Upton asks the attractive Valerie out on a date. They go to a park. Escorting her home, he is invited in for tea. But he has a shock in store - she is Professor Loftus' daughter.

Mrs.Loftus is polite to Upton, while her husband treats him disdainfully. Suddenly, talk of marriage is in the air, and the law is laid down to Mike in no uncertain terms - if he wishes to have Valerie as a wife, he must first give up any hope of being a doctor.

Mike is so smitten by her he contemplates doing just that, much to his father's horror. Huw and Duncan do not like the situation either, and attempt to talk him into dumping Valerie.

Eventually, the girl ends the relationship. Upton is naturally distraught. But, then, unexpectedly, she begins dating Huw...

One of the better Season 1 episodes, signposting the direction the show would take in future, with less drunken revelry and greater emphasis on character and storyline. Alan Tew's theme tune appears in a mellower form during the park scenes. Difficult to see why Valerie ditches the clean-cut, clean-living Mike for the unlikeable drunkard Huw. The final shot of Upton alone on a park bench with Valerie and Huw kissing in the background is poignant. Lynn Dalby, who plays 'Valerie', was 'Hazel' in the excellent Adam Faith series 'Budgie' in 1971.

Funniest moment - Upton walking along the top of a wall in a park, before falling off and landing on top of a kissing couple!


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