Mans best friend
Pardon the Expression
Episode number 31
Episode Man's Best Friend
ITV broadcast date 23rd May 1966 (Monday)
Writer Harry Driver and Vince Powell
Director Michael Cox
Designer Peter Caldwell
Previous episode How to Succeed in Business Without Really Frying
Next episode Thunderfinger - Part 1


Mr Hunt is supposed to be going on a holiday to the Scilly Isles but there is a problem – his dog, a St Bernard called Marmaduke Christopher Goldenpaws St. John of Flint (or "Fluff" for short) has been banned from his twenty-eighth and latest kennels for chewing a pair of gumboots (with the wearer still inside them) and tunnelling out of his enclosure during the night. Hunt’s problem is which idiot can he persuade to look after Fluff for the duration of his vacation? Enter Swindley. The canine disaster zone is brought to the store, assaulting a Woman Customer, a Traffic Warden, a Taxi Driver and a Police Sergeant on the way, and then Swindley takes it home to his flat where Fluff takes over. He refuses to sleep on his blanket, far preferring Swindley’s bed, and raises the ire of irksome neighbour Miss Battle who points out that dogs are not allowed under the terms of the lease. Mr Hobson, the live-in agent at the flats says that the dog must go by morning but changes his mind at 3.00 in the morning when Fluff returns from his 11.00pm walk (having decided he’s had enough and not bothering about Swindley’s earlier protests) and then waking the residents of the block. Mr Hobson says the dog must go now but Fluff has used the communal balcony to get into Miss Battle’s bedroom. She is so incensed she gives in her immediate notice, pleasing Mr Hobson no end as he’s had to put up with her constant complaints for three months. Fluff is allowed to stay for the duration.


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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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