|Pardon the Expression|
|Episode||The Little Boy Lost|
|ITV broadcast date||4th August 1965 (Wednesday)|
|Writer||Richard Harris and Dennis Spooner|
|Previous episode||The Birthday Present|
|Next episode||The Old One-Two|
Little Alexander Field is lost on a day trip to his aunties' from his Edinburgh home or so he tells the staff of Dobson and Hawks when they find him playing bagatelle in the store's toy department. But soon they discover they have been hooked by a ten-year old confidence trickster. The task of looking after him falls to Mr Swindley, who has to keep him entertained for the day before he can be reunited with his relatives when they are due to return to the store at six o'clock. After visits to the park and the cinema Alexander reveals that in fact he only lives a few streets away but he's afraid to return home as his father is violent. Outraged by the tales he hears Swindley takes Alexander home only to find that he's been had again - Mr Field is an upright police constable and his wayward son pulls this same stunt almost once a month, although as Alexander tells Swindley, today was his most enjoyable day out yet - so much so that he reappears at the store again the following morning!
- Leonard Swindley - Arthur Lowe
- Ernest Parbold - Paul Dawkins
- Miss Sinclair - Joy Stewart
- Mrs Edgeley - Betty Driver
- Alexander Field - Martin Cook
- Terry Field - Warren Clarke
- Tramp - William Wymar
- Mr Field - Clifford Cox
- Mrs Field - Fanny Carby
- This episode was transmitted at 9.10pm on 4th August by Grampian Television and on Thursday 5th August at 7.00pm by both Scottish Television and Border Television. Along with the rest of the series, the episode was not transmitted by Westward Television, Channel Television or the Teledu Cymru service of Television Wales and the West.
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 5,160,000 homes (12th place).