|Pardon the Expression|
|Episode||The Big Hotel|
|ITV broadcast date||21st February 1966 (Monday)|
|Previous episode||The Home Help|
|Next episode||The Gaolbirds|
Leonard Swindley and Wally Hunt are in London for the purpose of exhibiting Dobson and Hawkes dressware at a trade fair at Olympia. Mr Hunt has told his beloved wife that such visits are hard work and far too strenuous for her, meaning that he intends to enjoy himself in the capital. He orders Swindley to obtain two models for the clothes - by which he means plastic dummies - but Swindley assumes he means catwalk models and the willing porter of the hotel, used to helping with such requests, gives him the telephone number of a callgirl agency in Mayfair. Two girls, Dawn and Samantha, are sent along to Swindley and Hunt's hotel rooms. Things look bad but get even worse when Mrs Hunt turns up, concerned for the stress that her husband will be suffering over the trade fair. Hunt passes off the girls are Swindley's affair and the little man, somewhat out of pocket, is beleaguered by the girls for their fees...
- The Hon Mrs Wentworth Brewster - Betty Driver
- Hotel Manager - Geoffrey Palmer
- Dawn - Christine Hargreaves
- Samantha - Geraldine Moffatt
- Receptionist (Miss Ashton) - Bernadette Hughson
- Porter (Johnson) - Jack Woolgar
- Mrs Hunt - Avis Bunnage
- The name of this episode in the 1966 TV Times was "The Big Hotel" whereas the 2009 Network DVD named it just "Big Hotel".
- Betty Driver appears, not in her usual rule of Mrs Edgeley, but as her exact double, The Hon Mrs Wentworth Brewster, an upper-class lady who is also in the hotel.
- Former Coronation Street regular Christine Hargreaves (who played Christine Appleby from 1960 to 1963) appears once again with Arthur Lowe in this episode.
- This episode was transmitted on Thursday 24th February at 10.10pm by Television Wales and the West and on Friday 25th February by both Scottish Television and Anglia Television (at 9.10pm and 10.52pm respectively). It was scheduled to be transmitted on on Wednesday 23rd February at 9.10pm by both Border Television and Tyne Tees Television but was replaced by coverage of international football. 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 - 5,225,000 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.