Billy Liar: Season 1, Episode 5

Billy and the Freudian Slip (30 Nov. 1973)

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May Warden ...
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Billy Sees A Shrink!
7 March 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Concerned by his son's inability to tell a truthful word, Mr.Fisher consults eminent psychiatrist Dr.Smiley. Questioning Billy, the doctor concludes that the elaborate fantasies are as a result of his craving for affection. Hence the Fishers, Gran, and even Mr.Shadrack, endeavour to be as nice to Billy as possible. But the strain of smiling all day long proves too much for them, and they start hitting the bottle...

The peerless Roy Kinnear guest stars as 'Dr.Smiley'. If nothing else, this episode gives us a chance to see George A.Cooper's father in a different key, being quieter and less aggressive towards Billy. By this stage in the series, Mr.Shadrach was almost one of the family. Though he does not really need to go along with the 'be nice to Billy' deception, he pitches in all the same.

Funniest moment - Gran sneakily helping herself to Mr.Fisher's whisky!


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