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Episode complete credited cast:
Stanley Bowler
Paul Whitsun-Jones ...
Roger Brierley ...
Michael Earl ...
Fred Beauman ...
Committee Member
Derek Deadman ...
Maurice Bush ...


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5 August 1973 (UK)  »

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Bowler meets his Waterloo
28 October 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Our hero, dressed like 'Steed' from 'The Avengers', attempts to enter an exclusive gentleman's club called The Waterloo, only to be thrown out by the doorman for not being a member. He does not take his rejection well, seeing membership of such an establishment to be a starting point to becoming 'one of the creme'.

He gets his big chance when a well-to-do customer ( Roger Brierly ) at his casino urgently wants cash, and in return for it promises to endorse Bowler's application for membership of The Waterloo. The interview is, however, a disaster. Bowler betrays his ignorance of military history, and is rejected outright by the committee.

Outraged, he decides to convert one of his properties into a gentleman's club, which he will call The Napoleon. All members applications will be processed by him personally. The staff - including Cockney waitress Greta ( Wendy Richard ) - must undergo 'My Fair Lady'-style education to turn them into ideal posh club staff...

A decent enough second episode, though for some reason its never as funny as it might have been. As I mentioned earlier, the lovely Wendy Richard ( who alas passed on this year ) has a small role as 'Greta' the waitress. She had appeared previously ( as different characters ) in both 'Please Sir!' and 'The Fenn Street Gang'. Anthony Sharp plays the President of the Committee of The Waterloo. It would take ages to list this aristocratic-looking actor's credits, but one of his last roles before his death in 1983 was as 'Lord Ambrose' in Sean Connery's 007 comeback 'Never Say Never Again'.

Funniest moment - Bowler telling the first applicant ( Willoughby Gray ) that it will be a hundred times harder to join than The Napoleon than The Waterloo. The disgruntled man gets to his feet and leaves, taking the other would-be applicants with him. Only one man is left, apparently asleep with a newspaper over his face. Bowler presses a Membership Card into his hand, before realising the man is, in fact, stone dead!

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