The birthday present
Pardon the Expression
Episode number 9
Episode The Birthday Present
ITV broadcast date 28th July 1965 (Wednesday)
Writer Jack Rosenthal and Harry Driver
Director Walter Butler
Designer Peter Caldwell
Previous episode The Visitor
Next episode The Little Boy Lost


It is Mr Swindley's birthday and every year a heavy parcel arrives from Great Aunt Ellen - a squashed birthday cake. A quick pay-day whip-round results in enough for the perfect birthday treat for the popular Assistant Manager - a set of Pablo Casals records. Ernest Parbold springs his own anniversary surprise as the day of Swindley's birthday also marks Parbold's twentieth year with the firm and he modestly tells Swindley that he expects a present too. Knowing that he has no chance to get enough money for the unpopular manager for the staff, Swindley's solution is to pretend to Parbold that the records are his gift from the staff. Being more of an Eartha Kitt fan, Parbold 'generously' donates his records back to Swindley, telling him that he's satisfied as it's the thought that counts.


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Commercial releases

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

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