Rab is informed by his GP that he must give up alcohol or he will only have less than a year to live.




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Episode credited cast:
Elaine C. Smith ...
Tony Roper ...
Eric Cullen ...
Andrew Fairlie ...
David Troughton ...
Iain McColl ...
Brian Pettifer ...
Laurie Ventry ...
Mary Riggans ...
Prim Lady
Bruce Morton ...
Man in Therapy Group
Charlie Sim ...
Russell Hunter ...
Pink Elephant (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Little ...
Drunk Man in Bar


Rab's doctor advises him to stop drinking or else he will be dead within six months. To add to Rab's annoyance Jamesie decides to pack in the booze and the family hide his drinks money. However, he does finally agree to attend an A.A. meeting, whilst the doctor discovers that too much exercise is not necessarily a good thing. Written by don @ minifie-1

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18 October 1990 (UK)  »

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Mary Nesbitt: Listen, yer big boy's noo. I've git somethin terrible tae tell yaes. Yer da found oot the day, that unless he gies in thae drink, he's only got a year left tae live.
Burney Nesbitt: I see, I see. So what's this somethin terrible?
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''I can take drink or I can leave it!''
12 January 2016 | by (Wallyford, East Lothian, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Following a visit to his local G.P, a fitness freak if ever there was one, Rab discovers he may have cirrhosis of the liver and has been advised to give up alcohol lest he will be dead within twelve months.

Paying no heed to his doctor's warning, Rab continues to knock back the booze like there is no tomorrow, however upon visualising a pink elephant ( which Rab refers to as 'the heebie jeebies' ) during a hard drinking session, Rab decides to start attending a therapy group for alcoholics, which, as one could imagine, ends in disaster.

However, Rab soon discovers that clean living is not all it is cracked up to be when, during a lecture from his doctor about how he should take care of his body and exercise more, the doctor suddenly drops dead from a massive heart attack....

Not a bad episode, though there are better ones. Natually, Rab ends up going back to his old ways. With over six million viewers tuning in each week, Pattison had no intentions of killing off Rab so soon. David Troughton, who plays the doctor, was one of Farmer Whitlow's sons in David Clime's dreadful Anglia Television sitcom 'Backs To The Land' and is the son of the late Patrick Troughton ( who was the second actor to play 'Doctor Who' ) and brother of Michael Troughton, who is best known as Piers Fletcher Dervish from Laurence Marks' and Maurice Gran's wonderful political farce 'The New Statesman'.

Norman Lovett, who appears here as a boring middle aged man who Rab locks horns with at the therapy class, would later work with writer Ian Pattison on another BBC sitcom - the short lived 'I, Lovett'. The pink elephant ( constructed by 'Spitting Image' ) was voiced by the late, great Russell Hunter. There is a moment during the A.A. meeting in which Rab takes a hairspray can and sprays the aerosol in his mouth in a bid to intoxicate himself. This was omitted from repeat screenings and DVD releases, which is a pity as it is one of the funnier moments from the episode. Presumably, it was deleted so as not to encourage solvent abuse.

Funniest moment - Rab's reaction to seeing the pink elephant standing before him! Second funniest moment - Jamesie's reaction to seeing the pink elephant standing before him!

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