The economy drive
Pardon the Expression
Episode number 13
Episode The Economy Drive
ITV broadcast date 10th January 1966 (Monday)
Writer Harry Driver and Vince Powell
Director Michael Cox
Designer Peter Caldwell
Previous episode The Brain Drain
Next episode January Sale


Brigadier Hawk, the Chairman of Dobson and Hawks, gives orders for a big economy drive. Leonard Swindley, Assistant Manager, throws himself into the task, switching off the heating (even though it's January) and closing some of the staff amenities such as the rest area. However when certain of his instructions are ignored he takes drastic action and pulls some of the fuses out of the switch box to force the issue, but one of the fuses is the wrong one and it stops the lift - trapping the Brigadier on his six-monthly tour of inspection inside it together with a livid Wally Hunt for several hours. The situation seemingly restored to normal, Swindley fetches the chairman a coffee but a problem with the new automatic vending machine results in him being doused in tomato soup. After a disastrous day, Swindley leaves the store for the night and pulls the main electricity switch to conserve energy, not knowing that he has again trapped Hawk and Hunt inside the lift, this time for the night...


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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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