Doris Ewell has married Mr.Sibley, but has no time for a honeymoon as she is snowed under with work. But her new husband has a surprise for her - he has booked a week in Tunisia. Potter, meanwhile, is bragging about how rock-solid his marriage to Ruby is. He is therefore astonished when a note on his kitchen table informs him that his wife has run away as she cannot stand him any longer. The caretaker arranges to meet Ruby at 'our place', but takes this to mean the place where they first met, now a seedy strip-joint. As the clock ticks away, Doris and Sibley rush to catch their plane, with the Fenn Street teachers in tow...
Season 4 of 'Please Sir!' is a mixed bag; following the departure of the original 5C and 'Bernard Hedges', various new characters were tried out. 'Ffitchett-Brown' would have worked with better scripts. Classes 4C and 5C were truly horrid.
Things worsened with the merger between the Fenn Street and Weaver Street schools, and the arrival of 'Mr.Hurst' and 'Miss Petting'. Terry, Gobber, Des, Daisy and Celia were no match for the old line-up. John Hurst was more like Hedges than Ffitchett-Brown had been, but again suffered from being given little to do. Nervous 'Gloria Petting' provided some much-needed laughs as Cromwell's new love interest.
L.W.T. obviously decided that 'Please Sir!' did not work without Hedges and the old 5C, hence no fifth series.
As the axe fell on its parent show, 'The Fenn Street Gang' sailed on, occasionally allowing for guest appearances from the likes of 'Smithy' and 'Price' ( 'Rough Justice' ), and the 'Look-In' comic strip lasted until 1973.
Deryck Guyler went straight from this into the B.B.C.'s revival of 'Sykes'.
On Christmas Day 1976, the 'Please Sir!' movie premiered on I.T.V. in a post-Queen's Speech slot.
In the mid-'80's, I.T.V. repeated the second season on Saturday afternoons along with 'On The Buses' in the slot vacated by the recently cancelled 'World Of Sport'.
Channel 4 considered the show important enough to include as part of its 'T.V. Heaven' series in 1991. The episode chosen was 'The Welcome Mat'.
'Please Sir!', while never a classic, gave enjoyment to a lot of people, and for that reason alone, deserves to be fondly remembered.
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