Doctor in the House: Season 2, Episode 7

The Royal Visit (22 May 1970)

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A Royal couple are to visit and unveil a plaque, commemorating the opening of a new ward. Anti-Monarchists Collier and Hooley, an Irish medic, steal the plaque and replace it with a toilet ... See full summary »

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A Royal couple are to visit and unveil a plaque, commemorating the opening of a new ward. Anti-Monarchists Collier and Hooley, an Irish medic, steal the plaque and replace it with a toilet seat cover. Upton and Waring save the day by retrieving the plaque and replacing it but, as it is unveiled it is seen to be upside down - and then falls off the wall. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"Plaque? Looks more like 'plague'!"
31 May 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Excitement rages at St. Swithins. A pair of Royals - presumably Princess Anne and Prince Philip ( they are not named ) - are due to open a new laboratory. Upton is ordered by the Dean to make a short speech. Briddock's father ( Arnold Diamond ) - a Bishop - will also attend.

Opposing the visit are anti-Monarchists Collier and Hooley, who set about trying to sabotage the event. A fur-covered toilet seat cover is stolen, along with a brass chain, the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon goes wrong because the scissors is blunt, the memorial plaque goes missing, and then a helicopter lands on the very tree the Princess has just finished planting.

It is down to Upton and Waring to try and save the day...

Very funny episode highlighting the insanity that often accompanies Royal visitations. As Billy Connolly once observed: "everywhere the Royals go, there's a poor man running about somewhere with a pot of paint!". The premise of St. Swithins' medics becoming practical jokers would later be re-used in the 'At Large' episode 'A Joke's A Joke' and the 'In Charge' instalment 'A Night With The Dead', though it was Stuart-Clark and Bingham behind the mayhem on those occasions.

For some unexplained reason, the Dean is sporting a beard and a moustache ( possibly Ralph Michael was working on some other project at the time ).

Funniest moment - in his haste to replace the plaque, Waring accidentally puts it on upside down. The screws missing, he has had to use chewing gum and sellotape to keep it in place. Unsurprisingly, it falls off the wall during the ceremony and shatters!


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