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|Pardon the Expression|
|Episode||The Home Help|
|ITV broadcast date||14th February 1966 (Monday)|
|Writer||Harry Driver and Vince Powell|
|Previous episode||The Annual Stocktaking|
|Next episode||The Big Hotel|
Wally Hunt's wife has gone off on her annual winter holiday and he is desperate to find someone to tend to his cooking, washing, ironing and cleaning needs. Having been duped once before Miss Sinclair and Mrs Edgeley avoid the task but Leonard Swindley eagerly offers to fill the gap and stay with him for the weekend. Hunt though starts to have second thoughts when Swindley wakes him up at what he considers to be an ungodly early hour on Sunday morning having already cleaned up round the house and cooked his breakfast. Hunt's temper starts to fray when his best shirt is burnt under a left iron and his wristwatch is mangled in the waste disposal unit but events reach a climax when the bath taps are left running and the water overflows through the living room ceiling...
- Leonard Swindley - Arthur Lowe
- Wally Hunt - Robert Dorning
- Miss Sinclair - Joy Stewart
- Mrs Edgeley - Betty Driver
- Indian salesman - Norman Chappell
- From comments made by Miss Sinclair and Mrs Edgeley, Wally Hunt has been at the store for over a year which would clash with the plotlines of previous episodes. Presumably the episode was written for the character of Ernest Parbold and the discrepancy was either not spotted or ignored for the sake of the plot.
- This episode was transmitted on Wednesday 16th February at 9.10pm by Tyne Tees Television, on Thursday 17th February by both Border Television and Television Wales and the West (at 7.30pm and 10.10pm respectively) and on Friday 18th 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 - 5,685,000 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.