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|Pardon the Expression|
|Episode||The Annual Stocktaking|
|ITV broadcast date||7th February 1966 (Monday)|
|Writer||Harry Driver and Vince Powell|
|Previous episode||Self Defence|
|Next episode||The Home Help|
Leonard Swindley keeps the entire store up all night doing the annual stocktaking. The next day he visits the travel agents to book the tickets for Mr. Hunt's annual vacation in Spain and then almost causes Mr. Hunt to crash his car when he steps into the road in front of him. His boss is not in a good mood as a result and even less so when Swindley appears to have lost the stocktaking results which he took home to collate and which Sir Charles Dobson is eagerly awaiting on the other end of the phone. Swindley goes back over in his own mind where he could have left them and realises that they may have been put out with the rubbish but a visit to the local tip results in him being covered in the latest delivery of household waste and in the binmen threatening a strike when they suspect him of being a council snooper. Hunt forces Swindley to ring Head Office in London and confess to the result when, at the last minute, the travel agents turn up at the store with the stocktake which he left at their shop. All would seem well but there is another more alarming puzzle - what has Swindley done with Hunt's holiday tickets...?
- Leonard Swindley - Arthur Lowe
- Wally Hunt - Robert Dorning
- Miss Sinclair - Joy Stewart
- Mrs Edgeley - Betty Driver
- Josie Lumsden - Julie Samuel
- Dot Fletcher - Judi Bloom
- Woman customer - Thelma Falls-Hand
- Tommy - George A. Cooper
- Alf - Norman Chappell
- Julie Goodyear appears in a non-speaking, walk-on role as a customer in the store, first working with Betty Driver almost five years before beginning their joint multi-decade stint behind the bar of the Rovers Return Inn.
- This episode was transmitted on Wednesday 9th February at 9.10pm by Tyne Tees Television, on Thursday 10th February by both Border Television and Television Wales and the West (at 7.30pm and 10.10pm respectively) and on Friday 11th February by both Scottish Television and Anglia Television (at 9.10pm and 10.52pm respectively). 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.
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 5,458,000 homes (chart placing unknown but outside the top twenty).
This episode was included in Network DVD collection Pardon the Expression - The Complete Second Series, released on 24th August, 2009.