The brain drain
Pardon the Expression
Episode number 12
Episode The Brain Drain
ITV broadcast date 18th August 1965 (Wednesday)
Writer Geoffrey Lancashire
Director Walter Butler
Designer Terry Pritchard
Previous episode The Old One-Two
Next episode The Economy Drive


This IQ of the Dobson and Hawks' salesgirls leaves much to be desired. And the girls are just not interested in Mr Swindley's proposition of night school current affairs. But Swindley finds the answer - catch them before they leave school. Swindley tries to induce the Brookfield High School girls to join Dobson and Hawks when he attends their careers day (or "slave auction" as Headmistress Miss Buxton refers to it) but the attractions of the store cannot compete with the multinational companies also in attendance and Swindley only manages to bag one recruit - a bright girl called Mary. This however is one more than expected so Mr Parbold is well pleased with the result.


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This episode was included in Network DVD collection Pardon the Expression - The Complete First Series, released on 4th May, 2009.