|Pardon the Expression|
|Episode||Rustle of Spring|
|ITV broadcast date||25th April 1966 (Monday)|
|Writer||Harry Driver and Vince Powell. From an original idea by Patrick Scanlan.|
|Previous episode||A Sheik in the Night|
|Next episode||The Ghost of Batsworth Castle Walks Again|
Leonard Swindley has heard some good news: his Uncle Ralf who deserted from the army in 1914 in France has died and left Swindley the estate he accumulated over there. Suddenly everyone at Dobson and Hawkes starts to be especially nice to the Assistant Manager, even Wally Hunt. However the person at the front of the queue for Swindley’s attentions is Miss Fiona McBride, a Scottish colleague and acquaintance of Miss Sinclair who is standing in for her when she goes on holiday. Matters are complicated when Swindley spends a leisurely hour in the local Granville Park where Norman Burton, the porter is watching the local beauties. Swindley has been chatting with one of these girls, admiring the dog on her knee and confides to Norman that he wants a similar companion, preferably an Aberdonian and the young lad takes it to mean that he is interested in getting matched with a Scottish lady. Telling Miss McBride this, she steps up several gears in her pursuit and invites Swindley to her home to meet her father. Several verbal misunderstandings ensue before father and daughter become painfully aware of Swindley’s real intentions. His luck runs out next day when he discovers that, after tax, his inheritance now consists of two sheep, a hundredweight of cheese and a vat of rose wine. Suddenly everyone is not so keen to make Swindley’s life sweet and comfortable…
- Leonard Swindley - Arthur Lowe
- Wally Hunt - Robert Dorning
- Miss Sinclair - Joy Stewart
- Mrs Edgeley - Betty Driver
- Fiona McBride - Fanny Carby
- Norman Burton - Julian Holloway
- Girl with Dog - Wendy Richard
- James McBride - John Laurie
- Arthur Lowe is paired with John Laurie in this episode, two years before they would work together in the classic series Dad’s Army.
- This episode was transmitted on Wednesday 27th April at 9.10pm by both Border Television and Tyne Tees Television; on Thursday 28th April at 6.30pm by Television Wales and the West and on Friday 29th April at 9.10pm by Scottish Television. Anglia Television did not transmit the episode and along with the rest of the second season the episode was not transmitted by Westward Television, Ulster Television, Channel Television or the Teledu Cymru service of Television Wales and the West either.
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 6,550,000 homes (5th place).
This episode was included in Network DVD collection Pardon the Expression - The Complete Second Series, released on 24th August, 2009.