Peter is looking forward to England playing West Germany at Wembley Stadium. Walking past a post box, he absent-mindedly pops in the envelope containing his ticket. A policeman, seeing him trying to put his hand inside, wanders over. The postman ( Albert Moses ) opens the box, but refuses to hand back the ticket as tampering with Royal Mail is illegal.
Barnes snatches it but, before he can do a runner, a boy on a skateboard grabs it from him, and races off. The chase is on...
I do not know if this was a remake of one of Powell's earlier shows ( as 'Wheels' was ), but it is an okay episode, giving David Jason a chance to do physical stuff such as climbing over the fence of a factory, running, and ( in a 'Billy Liar' type dream sequence ) fantasising about being part of the English football team. Richard Wilson is still missed though.
Alister Williamson, cast as the stadium's 'security officer', was Eric Duffy's dad in both 'Please Sir!' and 'The Fenn Street Gang'. A young Linda Robson plays one of Peter's colleagues, whom we see in a pub. Albert Moses was, of course, in 'Mind Your Language', scripted by Powell.
Funniest moment - in the pub, Peter bends down to pick up his dropped ticket and, when he rises, knocks over a tray of drinks a man is carrying.
CODA: I note that the fourth season did not carry a credit for the late Ronnie Taylor, such as 'Series Created By...'. Bearing in mind that the show was originally his idea, it seems somewhat odd.
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