Doctor in the House (1969–1970)
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Without a car to take the lads to a rugby match in Cambridge, Collier invests in a hearse, which he parks outside the mortuary. Two orderlies load a coffin onto it and the lads drive off ... See full summary »

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Robin Nedwell ...
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Ernest Clark ...
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Mortuary Keeper
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Hearse Driver
Bert Simms ...
First Old Man
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Kenneth Thornett ...
Policeman (as Keneth Thornett)
Charles Workman ...
Poacher
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Without a car to take the lads to a rugby match in Cambridge, Collier invests in a hearse, which he parks outside the mortuary. Two orderlies load a coffin onto it and the lads drive off unaware of their cargo. The police, alerted by the mortuary attendant, give chase and Collier drives the hearse to some woods where the coffin is revealed to contain a curious poacher. After the match the coffin is returned. Written by don @ minifie-1

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Cemetery
22 December 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Upton and Duncan are fed up because the nurses won't go out with them. Collier suggests they buy a car - and knows where he can lay his hands on a cheap one. Unfortunately, it turns out to be a hearse.

Parking outside the St. Swithins' mortuary, Collier goes to fetch the others, but an over-efficient mortician puts a coffin in the vehicle. Not realising it is there, the students then drive off.

When they discover they have an extra passenger on board, they think of ways to get rid of him. In the meantime, the mortician has phoned the police to report that a body has gone missing en route to the cemetery...

Very funny episode by Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie. In many ways, this is a forerunner to the celebrated 'The Kipper & The Corpse' episode of 'Fawlty Towers'. Director David Askey milks every last drop of black comedy out of the ghoulish premise. On the down side, its a little uncomfortable to watch now, with the knowledge that neither Robin Nedwell and Barry Evans are with us any longer.

Funniest moment - the 'corpse' coming to life! Actually, its only a curious poacher.


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