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Episode credited cast:
Noel Howlett ...
Joan Sanderson ...
Richard Davies ...
Erik Chitty ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zena Clifton ...
Brinsley Forde ...
Linda Jolliff ...


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16 October 1971 (UK)  »

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Enter Ffitchett-Brown
14 May 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Recovered from chicken pox, Mr.Dix is back at Fenn Street School, and once more making everyone's life hell.

A new teacher arrives - David Ffitchett-Brown, ex-army officer ( Potter takes a shine to him immediately ), good-looking, trendy, and, best of all, unafraid of Dix.

Noticing Dix continually picking on an obese pupil, David gets the headmaster to sign a note excusing the boy from P.E.

Dix is determined that his authority should not be undermined, and heads for the staff room to have it out with the younger man...

The late Richard Warwick was no stranger to fictional schools, having been one of the anarchic Fifth Formers in Lindsay Anderson's classic 'If' in 1968. His character in 'Please Sir!' is more like Richard O'Sullivan's 'Robin Tripp' than John Alderton's 'Hedges'. Unlike the nervousness displayed by Hedges on his first day, David glides up to the gates in a flash sports car, a pretty blonde at his side. The pupils take to him instantly, as do the teachers, who are glad to see Dix toppled. This is a good debut episode for the character, which makes it all the stranger why he was effectively sidelined from then on.

The nadir of this Esmonde and Larbey episode is the scene where 'Elisabeth' ( Linda Joliff ) spins a ridiculous romantic tale in class, which 4C sees through. The character tries to combine 'Sharon Eversleigh''s easy-going attitude to life with 'Frankie Abbott's' penchant for exaggeration. Joliff is no Penny Spencer, however, and the studio audience do not sound very amused as she prattles on and on and on.

Funniest moment - Potter attempting to do the high jump!

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