Mr.Cromwell has a new secretary - the sexy Miss Patricia Knightley. The whole school falls under her spell, in particular Mr.Price, who is reminded of a girl from the Valleys called 'Blodwyn'. Each time he claps eyes on her, he hears a Welsh male voice choir singing 'All Through The Night'. So he tries to woo her. But there's a snag - Patricia is a 'friend' of the Chairman Of The Board Of Govenors...
Back in the days when he was funny, Harry Enfield did a sketch in which 'Kevin' and 'Perry' are smitten by a good-looking teacher, played by Lynsey Baxter. Here is an earlier version of the same idea, penned by Geoff Rowley and Andy Baker.
Madeleine Mills will be familiar to 'On The Buses' fans because she appeared in three episodes; 'Vacancy for Inspector', 'The Inspector's Niece' and 'Going Steady'. She was certainly sexy, and its not hard to believe she could mesmerize an entire school's menfolk. This is a different 'niece' to the one the Chairman had in 'The Pruning Of Hedges'; the other one was called 'Rita' and was played by Wendy Richard.
Richard Davies walks off with the acting honours here, his big scene when he angrily confronts Cromwell and the Chairman is powerfully done. Of course his passion for Patricia goes unrequited. But there's a happy ending as the teachers toast Potter's birthday in the staff room. With the series end imminent, it seems symbolic.
Funniest moment - Price and Patricia having a quiet drink together. "Bottoms up!", exclaims the secretary. Jumping to the wrong conclusion, Price replies: "Oh yes, please!".
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