The cup that cheers
Pardon the Expression
Episode number 35
Episode The Cup That Cheers
ITV broadcast date 20th June 1966 (Monday)
Writer Christopher Bond
Director Michael Cox
Designer Peter Caldwell
Previous episode The Switched-on Scene
Next episode Down on the Health Farm Something Stirred


Wally Hunt arrives for work in an even worse mood than usual. He has had no sleep all night as his new "Charmaster" teas-made has been brewing cups all night - 244 of them - and constantly ringing its alarm. His temper is not helped by the thought of their new sports department being opened that day by the fearsome Lady Dobson. Pride of place in the department, and due to be unveiled by her ladyship is the FA Cup, on loan from Everton FC. The problem is that two crooks, "Fingers" Ferguson and Judy O’Grady plan to steal the cup, keep it for several weeks and then "find" it, claiming the inevitable reward. Ferguson clears the store by making a hoax bomb call and then puts the cup in the pram that Judy is pushing but they are stopped in their tracks by a police constable who recognises the pair and retrieves the trophy. The only matter left open now is the bomb and Swindley and Hunt continue their investigations round the store and come across a ticking parcel in the canteen. They dump it in Mrs Edgeley’s tea urn as Miss Sinclair comes in with the news that “Fingers” has confessed - there was no bomb - and she’s there to collect the package she left behind: Mr Hunt’s Charmaster which he was on the point of returning. A livid Hunt goes for Swindley’s neck...


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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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