Doctor in the House: Season 1, Episode 13

Pass or Fail (3 Oct. 1969)

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Whilst the boys enjoy themselves at a local club reality starts to bite with the fact that their exams are only a fortnight away and no manner of excuses can alter the fact that if they ... See full summary »

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Barry Evans ...
Robin Nedwell ...
Geoffrey Davies ...
George Layton ...
Simon Cuff ...
Yutte Stensgaard ...
Helga
Patrick Fyffe ...
Tonie Poitrine
Bruce Calder ...
M.C.
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Michelle Karlli ...
Helen
Michael MacKenzie ...
Mickleton
Michael Harbour ...
Holdsworth
Ernest Clark ...
Gregory Scott ...
Physiology Professor
Ralph Michael ...
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Whilst the boys enjoy themselves at a local club reality starts to bite with the fact that their exams are only a fortnight away and no manner of excuses can alter the fact that if they want to get qualified they will have to act in a responsible fashion - the more so as Professor Loftus has cancelled his proposed trip to Australia and will be breathing down their necks all the way. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The students are watching a drag act in a nightclub. Their exams are fast approaching, hence this is to be their last 'bit of fun' before the rigours of studying set in. Studying in St.Swithins is not easy, however, with the students constantly dashing about, and sexy Helga proving a distraction. There is one bit of good news on the horizon, though - Loftus will be in Australia for the next three weeks, and therefore won't be on hand to supervise.

So they think. Striding into the students' bar, Loftus proudly announces he is sending someone else in his place, and will be able to do the exams after all. A wave of terror sweeps over Upton and co...

The final episode of the first season of 'In The House' provides an effective conclusion, with the students having to ( temporarily ) knuckle down and begin acting like prospective doctors. The finals would not be for another year, hence if the sitcom was a hit, the possibility for a follow-up series was there. As it turned out, this is exactly what happened.

Michael MacKenzie had appeared in 'Getting The Bird' as 'Second Medic'. Here his character - if it is the same one - is named 'Mickleton'.

Two characters did not survive beyond the first season. 'Huw Evans', played by Martin Shaw, was one, and Yutte Stensgaard's 'Helga' the other. Evans did however made a brief return to St. Swithins in the 'At Large' episode 'Mother & Father Doing Well'. Barry Cryer never wrote for the show again, although Graham Chapman stayed on board until the second run of 'In Charge', teaming up with first Bernard McKenna and then Douglas Adams ( for one episode of 'On The Go' ).

During the studies, Dick suggests a mnemonic system as an easy way to remember medical facts. It would be employed again in the 'On The Go' episode 'Learning By Heart'.

The drag act is Patrick Fyffe, who a few years later hit the big time as one half of 'Hinge & Bracket' - as the waspish 'Dame Hilda'.

Funniest moment - Duncan nearly starting a fire in the examination room.


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