The pensioner
Pardon the Expression
Episode number 7
Episode The Pensioner
ITV broadcast date 14th July 1965 (Wednesday)
Writer Vince Powell
Director Walter Butler
Designer Peter Caldwell
Previous episode The Wedding
Next episode The Visitor


Leonard Swindley is facing staffing problems at Dobson and Hawkes during the holiday season and one particular area of concern is the greengrocer section on foods. Enjoying his lunch in the local park one day he meets Jacob Elijah Burgess, known to all as Jeb, who can ill-afford any of life's luxuries on an old-age pension and sneaks onto the park's boating lake to avoid paying. When Jeb mentions that he is a retired greengrocer Swindley sees an opportunity and employs him as a holiday relief. What he doesn't know though is that Jeb has a Robin Hood complex and gives liberal amounts of goods away to pensioners like himself while charging extravagant sums to richer customers. Maths is not his strong point however and when Mr Hammond, who is standing in as relief for Mr Parbold, discovers that huge amounts of stock have moved but only ₤6.10s are in the till, he orders Jeb to be sacked. The old man feels betrayed by Swindley who makes it up to him by a present - a year's season ticket to the boating lake.


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

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