Sunday, 27 September 2009

Doctor In the House - All For Love…

Upton is in love with the beautiful Valerie. However, there are two slight problems, he is distracted from his study and secondly he discovers after a romantic date in the park and going back to her home for tea, her father is Professor Loftus! Whats more, Loftus is none to impressed having excused the student from writing an essay earlier that day so he could apparently attend his Grandmother's funeral.

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...

Background Notes

The penultimate episode of the first Doctor... series takes a turn away from the usual drunken antics of the characters and has more emphasis on character development and storyline.

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".

Actress Lynn Dalby had already made appearances on other TV shows such as Crossroads and The Gnomes of Dulwich prior to Doctor In The House. However; she would go on to greater acclaim as Budgie's girl-friend Hazel in the Adam Faith comedy-drama Budgie, as well as appearing in the early episodes of Emmerdale Farm.

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

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