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Episode credited cast:
David Barry ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mr. Finch
Tony Bateman ...
Mr. Neville
Raymond Graham ...
Mr. Buckley
Andonia Katsaros ...
Miss Julia
Jill Kerman ...
Mr. Frazer


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15 October 1971 (UK)  »

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For My Next Trick...
27 April 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

In a cruel irony, ex-teacher Bernard Hedges is out of work, while his former pupils have landed good jobs. The Labour Exchange offers him the exciting prospect of 'wizarding' - demonstrating kitchen appliances at a department store whilst dressed as a wizard. But the food mixers and blenders cannot be turned off and, on pulling the plugs, he inadvertently causes a power failure.

His next job is as debt collector for the same firm of private investigators which employs Frankie Abbott. In yet another cruel irony, he is sent to the very department store which had dismissed him...

John Alderton was once quoted as saying he would be happy if a crane were to fall on his 'Please Sir'/'Fenn Street Gang' character 'Bernard Hedges'. After three seasons, various Christmas specials, a movie and two episodes of the spin-off, he was bored with playing the mild-mannered teacher. To his credit, his boredom is not evident on screen. This was his penultimate appearance in the role.

Hedges may have been unemployed, but there was no danger of anything similar happening to Alderton. After 'Fenn Street', he was next seen in the second season of L.W.T.'s hugely successful Edwardian drama 'Upstairs, Downstairs' in which he played Welsh manservant cum chauffeur 'Thomas Watkins'. He went on to star in a further five hit television series in the '70's alone.

Robin Askwith makes a guest appearance as 'Eddie', Craven's friend. Unconfirmed reports suggest he may have been a last minute replacement for Peter Cleall's 'Duffy'. Two years later, Askwith was to be seen running around bare-arsed in the 'Confessions' series of sex farces.

Funniest moment - Hedges finding Penny in a massage parlour ( she works there as a masseuse, but hasn't told her husband ) and jumping to the wrong conclusion!

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