Sunday, 27 September 2009
Doctor In the House - All For Love…
After tea with the Loftus family, Mrs Loftus informs Michael that Valerie would never be allowed to marry a medical student or even a Doctor, much to the Professor's disapproval. Michael responds with the answer that she shouldn't worry, as he is very serious about Valerie and intends to give up his career in medicine!
Michael's father, Duncan and Huw try to reason with him, however after a talk with her father, it is up to Valerie to bring the young medic to his senses...
The theme tune Bond Street Parade is used to great effect in this episode as Upton and Valerie take their romantic walk in the park, it is played on a violin and given a far softer arrangement. Barry Evans again displays wonderful timing in these scenes with Lynn Dalby.
Here, we see the return of Peter Bathurst as Doctor Upton, originally seen in "Why Do You Want To Be a Doctor?". Bathurst had a lengthy career in film and television spanning back to the 1940s. TV appearances ranged from "Dixon of Dock Green" to two appearances in Doctor Who, The Power of the Daleks (1966) and The Claws of Axos (1971). He would make one further appearance in the Doctor... series as Dr. Upton in the 1971 Doctor at Large episode "Trains and Notes and Veins".
Joan Benham also makes the first of several appearances as Mrs Loftus in the series. Benham's career in film went back to the 1930s in some uncredited roles. However, by the 1960s she had become a strong character actress on television particularly in drama. Other TV appearances would include Six Dates with Barker, Romany Jones and a regular role as Lady Fairfax in the LWT drama series Upstairs, Downstairs.
Doctor In The House – All For Love... Based on the books by Richard Gordon (Broadcast: ITV, 27 September 1969) Producer: Humphrey Barclay, Director: Mark Stuart and Bill Turner, London Weekend Television