A Sharp Intake of Breath: Season 1, Episode 3

Happy Motoring (27 Feb. 1978)

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"You silly bitch!"
11 March 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Peter is trying to teach Sheila to drive. She damages the car and he has to call the local garage. A pair of mechanics ( Alun Armstrong and Malcolm Storry ) turn up, take one look at the vehicle, and pronounce it as being not worthy of repair.

When Peter calls at the garage days later to collect the car, he has to deal with Mr.Myers ( Richard Wilson ) who is completely unhelpful. Called away to deal with another problem, Myers leaves Peter to answer the phone - an irate customer venting his spleen.

The car back on the road again, he resumes his wife's learning, but she is utterly hopeless and backs into an articulated lorry. When he gets out to deal with the angry driver ( the term 'road rage' had not been coined then, but it existed believe you me ), she drives off, forcing him to give chase on foot...

The second episode of 'Breath' will ring a bell with anyone who's been ripped off by garages ( I used to work in one ), staffed by shysters who exploit their customers' general ignorance of motor cars. The guy I was unlucky enough to have as my boss once overcharged a customer simply out of contempt for the make of car he was driving! At the end, when Peter revisits the garage, Mr.Myers tries to flog him a new vehicle. Typical! As 'Victor Meldrew' of 'One Foot In The Grave', Richard Wilson would experience similar problems with mechanics.

Interesting to compare this with another 'lost' David Jason sitcom - 'The Top Secret Life Of Edgar Briggs'. Briggs only reacted to events, here Barnes was responsible for them.

Funniest moment - cleaning the windscreen, Sheila complains of one impossible-to-shift speck of dirt. Peter points out it is the other side of the tax disc!


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