The lads make their way up to Lancashire to train as nursing attendants, Smith's delighted when he finds that there are WAAFs on the camp, and any thoughts of an easier life go up in smoke when an old face walks in.

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The lads make their way up to Lancashire to train as nursing attendants, Smith's delighted when he finds that there are WAAFs on the camp, and any thoughts of an easier life go up in smoke when an old face walks in.

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20 January 1977 (UK)  »

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The Midham cuckoos
19 March 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Their time at R.A.F. Skelton over, the 'erks' enjoy a short leave before being sent by train to their new posting at R.A.F. Midham, Lancashire. It is Butlins by comparison; the lads have a room all to themselves, there are W.A.F.'s close-at-hand ( a fact that delights Jakey ), and they are just ten miles away from Blackpool. Best of all - no Marsh. But the euphoria does not last; Marsh arrives unexpectedly ( having failed to get the posting he wanted ) and the easy-going 'Group- Captain Brice' stands down to be replaced by 'Group-Captain Ruark' ( Nigel Pegrum ) whose attitude to discipline is on a par with Marsh's. Far from being 'happy days are here again', its back to the old square-bashing routine...

Good episode, although its heartbreaking to see the lads back in Marsh's orbit when they'd thought they'd seen the last of him. As 'Flight-Sergeant Wells' ( no relation to Lori ) is the splendid George Innes, whose credits include 'Upstairs, Downstairs' ( in which he played 'Alfred' the footman ) and 'Danger U.X.B.' ( which cast his as 'Sapper Wilkins'. Nigel Pegrum appeared in several children's programmes from this era such as 'Robot's Robots', 'The Tomorrow People', and 'Sing To The Animals'.

Funniest moment - no moment stands out as such, although the look on Marsh's face when he realises he is just another nursing attendant trainee and will be treated as such is a gem. He displays his breathtaking knowledge of nursing when he refers to a cut-away diagram of the human anatomy as a 'skellington'.


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