Please Sir!: Season 4, Episode 2

The Pruning of the Hedges (25 Sep. 1971)

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Episode credited cast:
Noel Howlett ...
Joan Sanderson ...
Richard Davies ...
Erik Chitty ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Liz Gebhardt ...
Jill Kerman ...
Arnold Peters ...
School Governor


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"I wish to resign!"
11 May 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Hedges wishes to take a year off from teaching to read Sociology at London University. The trouble is, he cannot bring himself to hand in his notice. Even the threat of Penny withdrawing her conjugal rights is not enough to give him courage.

When he calls on the Chairman of the Board of Governors, he finds him entertaining a pretty young woman named Rita, and riles him so much he only succeeds in getting the sack.

Miss Ewell, Smithy and Price call on Hedges to make one final bid to get him to stay...

John Alderton bowed out of 'Please Sir!' with this episode, although it wouldn't be the last viewers saw of the character. A week later, he resurfaced in 'The Fenn Street Gang'.

Interestingly, no pupils appear.

Wendy Richard acts a bit of sparkle to an otherwise flat episode as the Chairman's 'niece' Rita.

Funniest moment - Hedges absentmindedly hands Miss Ewell a copy of 'The Naked Ape' by Desmond Morris ( then a major bestseller ), the cover of which shows a naked man, woman and child. The schoolteacher glances at it, then flings it away in disgust!

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