Down on the health farm something stirred
Pardon the Expression
Episode number 36
Episode Down on the Health Farm Something Stirred
ITV broadcast date 27th June 1966 (Monday)
Writer Charles Hart and Peter Bishop
Director Michael Cox
Designer Roy Stonehouse
Previous episode The Cup That Cheers
Next episode None


Leonard Swindley decides to streamline himself for the summer. He gives up Mrs Edgeley's steak and kidney pudding with dumplings but he finds it more difficult to persuade the food-happy Mr Hunt that a diet would be good for him. When Mrs Hunt goes away for the weekend, Swindley tricks Mr Hunt into spending two days at the Hinton Hydro - a health farm. It is not until the following morning at breakfast - a glass of hot water and lemon - that Hunt realises where he is. By nightfall he is at the end of his tether and is resorting to the most underhand methods to satisfy his craving for food by calling Mrs Edgeley and Miss Sinclair on the phone and getting them to smuggle a basket of food over the wall. However they are caught by Miss Buttress, the fearsome trainer in the Spartan establishment who, horrified at this lapse of standards, resigns on the spot. This causes a problem for Swindley and Hunt as the owner of the Hydro is none other than Lord Penge, Chairman of Dobson and Hawkes, who was hoping to sell the Hydro to American millionaire Warren T. Collingwood together with current staff as a going concern. Swindley and Hunt step into the breach but an accident causes Collingwood to be trapped in a red-hot steam bath. The prospective buyer loses three stone in a record seven minutes but, somewhat ungratefully, drops out of buying the hydro and sues Lord Penge for fifteen thousand pounds. He summarily sacks Swindley and Hunt from Dobson and Hawkes.


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This episode was included in Network DVD collection Pardon the Expression - The Complete Second Series, released on 24th August, 2009.

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