Rustles of spring
Pardon the Expression
Episode number 27
Episode Rustle of Spring
ITV broadcast date 25th April 1966 (Monday)
Writer Harry Driver and Vince Powell. From an original idea by Patrick Scanlan.
Director Michael Cox
Designer Peter Caldwell
Previous episode A Sheik in the Night
Next episode The Ghost of Batsworth Castle Walks Again


Leonard Swindley has heard some good news: his Uncle Ralf who deserted from the army in 1914 in France has died and left Swindley the estate he accumulated over there. Suddenly everyone at Dobson and Hawks starts to be especially nice to the Assistant Manager, even Wally Hunt. However the person at the front of the queue for Swindley’s attentions is Miss Fiona McBride, a Scottish colleague and acquaintance of Miss Sinclair who is standing in for her when she goes on holiday. Matters are complicated when Swindley spends a leisurely hour in the local Granville Park where Norman Burton, the porter is watching the local beauties. Swindley has been chatting with one of these girls, admiring the dog on her knee and confides to Norman that he wants a similar companion, preferably an Aberdonian and the young lad takes it to mean that he is interested in getting matched with a Scottish lady. Telling Miss McBride this, she steps up several gears in her pursuit and invites Swindley to her home to meet her father. Several verbal misunderstandings ensue before father and daughter become painfully aware of Swindley’s real intentions. His luck runs out next day when he discovers that, after tax, his inheritance now consists of two sheep, a hundredweight of cheese and a vat of rose wine. Suddenly everyone is not so keen to make Swindley’s life sweet and comfortable…


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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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