Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em: Season 2, Episode 3

The P.R. Course (6 Dec. 1973)

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Michele Dotrice ...
Betty
James Cossins ...
Watson
Zulema Dene ...
Miss Gibbons
David Griffith ...
Lang (as Mark Griffith)
Robin Halstead ...
Roberts
Christopher Biggins ...
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Jill Damas ...
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Tired of disappointing Betty as breadwinner, Frank signs up for a PR training course. One introductory reception, a night in the dorm and a morning class with Frank being his bumbling, naive self suffice to cause fights, damage and utter break-down of concept and confidence, even for seasoned instructor Watson. Written by KGF Vissers

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"Every day in every way, I'm getting better and better!"
9 March 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

My very favourite episode of 'Some Mothers'. It proves if nothing else that the show was not reliant on elaborate stunts, when needed the scripts and performances could carry the comedy.

After getting fired from his latest job - a sewer worker - Frank applies to go on a course to become a Public Relations officer. At a house in the country, he meets Watson ( James Cossins ), and impresses him with his use of 'every day in every way, I'm getting better and better'.". Frank makes friends with Eddie Roberts ( Robin Halstead ) with whom he shares a dormitory. Also present is Lang ( Mark Griffith ), a recalcitrant figure who despises public relations and is only there because his rich parents paid for the course. With Frank thrown into the mix, things are bound to go disastrously wrong...

For the second episode in a row, Frank is away from home ( though the R.A.F. experience took place before he met Betty ), and living in confined quarters with a bunch of men. Fortunately, the plot manages to be different enough for this to not become a major problem. Frank accidentally starting a fight in the dormitory is a good example. The late James Cossins is wonderful as the manager of the course, who believes the P.R. man's overwhelming priority must be loyalty to his company. Frank points out that this conflicts with another priority, that of honesty.

The others agree and walk out en masse. Watson explodes with anger and chases after Frank.

Funniest moment - the cafeteria scene. Frank is given a plate of beans which he cannot eat as he has had 'a bit of trouble'. He tries to replace it, only to get another, then another, and when he tries to push the plates back into the dispensing machine, succeeds in wrecking it, sending food flying everywhere ( I'm sure a similar scene appeared in a 'Hancock's Half-Hour' episode but I'll be blowed if I can recall which one it was ).

Mark ( later to change his name to David ) Griffith is also good as 'Lang', who despises Watson and all that he stands for. Jill Damas appeared in a couple of sex comedies, one of which was the wonderfully-titled 'Can You Keep It Up For A Week?' ( 1975 ). Christopher Biggins, another one of the would-be executives, was 'Lukewarm' in 'Porridge'.

Second funniest moment - Watson trying to tell his pupils what every P.R. man/woman has to do. He gives them a letter at a time, starting with "P". Frank looks horribly embarrassed. Watson continues: "E!". Nothing. He tries again. "R!". Same. On uttering "S!", Frank thinks he has the answer: "Perspires?".


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