Tessa is Henry's goddaughter is visiting just before her wedding. However, Tessa and her fiancé are virgins and she wants Henry to give her some experience. He is reluctant and, eventually, unable to oblige. It all ends happily - but why?


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Episode cast overview:
Jan Holden ...
Madeline Smith ...
Tessa Finlay
David Simeon ...
Peter Mitchell
John Baker ...
John Mitchell
Lois Penson ...
Margaret Mitchell
Peter Bennett ...
David Finlay
Elizabeth Broom ...
Mrs. Finlay
Merlyn Ward ...
John (as Merlin Ward)


Tessa is Henry's goddaughter and is visiting the Newhouses with her fiancé, Peter, just a few days before her wedding. She has always called Henry 'uncle' and he has trouble adjusting to the fact she is now a beautiful young woman. She turns up at his office the next day saying that she (and Peter) are sexually inexperienced and demands Henry sleep with her. He is reluctant but is blackmailed into the act. Come the time, Henry is unable to perform what she wants. However, the wedding and honeymoon both end happily and it seems Peter was not as inexperienced as she thought. But the question is, where did Peter get his experience? Written by jem

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22 October 1973 (UK)  »

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The God-Daughter!
28 March 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

A good one for Maddy Smith fans this. Made the same year she played 'Miss Caruso' in 'Live & Let Die'. I had the privilege of meeting the lady herself the year before. Actually, meeting is too strong a word - seeing would be nearer the mark ( and my goodness, there was plenty of her to see! ). She came to my town to be Guest of Honour at the Summer Carnival. My uncle, a taxi driver, was her personal chauffeur ( lucky devil ) for the day and took her through the packed streets in a limousine.

I wanted to meet her but it was no use. She had loads of admirers - mostly men - and everyone wanted a glimpse of those famous...eyes. I got close enough to see she was stunningly beautiful - sexy, but with an air of innocence, with a face like that of a China doll. I got her autograph ( which sadly I no longer have ) but never got to talk to her. She returned to London and our lives took very different paths.

Here she plays 'Tessa Finlay', Henry's god daughter. Tessa is about to be married to nerdy Peter ( David Simeon - later to grace the marvellous 'End Of Part One' ). Listening to her sing at his home, Henry mentally undresses her, picturing her in kinky clothes. Later, when the gathering is over, he dismisses Peter as an 'iron hoof'.

Finding a note in his pocket from Tessa, Henry suspects something is up. The next day, she turns up at his office. She confesses to being sexually inexperienced ( as is her husband-to-be ) and, fearing the honeymoon will be a disaster, wants 'Uncle' Henry to take her virginity away. He suddenly turns puritanical and refuses to do the dirty deed. Tessa announces that unless he does it, she will sleep with the first lorry driver she sees on leaving the building. He agrees to her demand, but then finds that he cannot ( ahem! ) rise to the occasion. After much debate, she agrees to stay chaste until the wedding.

Like I said, there's plenty of Maddy here. She was not merely beautiful, but also a great little actress. Her scenes with Phillips have fire in them. It is good to see Henry showing a different side to his character - the heartless seducer suddenly develops a strong moral conscience.

Funniest moment - the twist ending. Spotting nerdy Peter holding hands with his wife Carol, the penny drops for Henry!

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