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|Pardon the Expression|
|ITV broadcast date||24th January 1966 (Monday)|
|Writer||Harry Driver and Vince Powell|
|Previous episode||January Sale|
|Next episode||Self Defence|
Walter Hunt is visited by Chairman Brigadier Hawk who drops hints to Hunt as to the reason why he has not been invited to the next manager's meeting. Knowing from past experiences of his colleagues that this is a prelude to being fired, he writes an abusive resignation letter to Hawk letting him know in no uncertain terms what he thinks of him, Sir Charles Dobson and the firm itself. He is then shocked to hear from Miss Cavendish, Hawk's domineering secretary that the reason he has not been invited to the meeting is so that his colleagues can discuss what to get him to mark his twenty-five years with the firm. The problem is that Leonard Swindley has already taken the letter to be posted. Stopped in their attempts to retrieve the letter from a postbox by a passing policeman, Hunt and Swindley travel down overnight to London and attempt to get the letter from Hawk's desk before he arrives for work. Thinking they have the letter, Swindley rips it up and deposits the remains in a flowerpot, only to find that the real letter is still in his own pocket (and was never actually posted) and that the missive that he has destroyed is a cheque for the chairman for over four thousand pounds...
- Leonard Swindley - Arthur Lowe
- Wally Hunt - Robert Dorning
- Miss Sinclair - Joy Stewart
- Mrs Edgeley - Betty Driver
- This episode was transmitted on Thursday 27th January by both Border Television and Television Wales and the West (at 7.30pm and 10.10pm respectively) and on Friday 28th January at 9.10pm by Scottish Television. 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. Tyne Tees Television also failed to transmit this episode.
- Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 5,260,000 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.