A totally brilliant episode. Very funny and well written with some excellent lines but so much is in the delivery. At one point when Terry is trying to get some cash off Arthur to take Debbie out Arthur is not keen on this and explains that Debbie does not deserve or need this expenditure. Arthur then says "Dave knows what I mean don't you Dave?" and Dave says "No." George Cole and Glynn Edwards deliver even simple lines like these so brilliantly. An excellent episode.
Watched tonight, didn't realise it, but probably the first time "nonce" was mentioned on TV when Arthur describes to Terry if someone is guilty, "if he's one of your own, not guilty, but if it's a nonce in the dock, having it with kids, it's up the shovel and porridge" (or something like that) Dave's line of asking his brother in law for a favour is cut, "the aggravation I get asking that ponce a favour" is omitted altogether on this broadcast, as was John Bardons classic line, "you've got to play the white man". And is it accidental that Dave refers to his wife as Joyce considering he was married to Yootha Joyce?
Anorak point- Graham Cole also played a Cyberman in Doctor Who and was an extra in The Bill before getting the part of Tony Stamp in The Bill. I last saw him in WHITE Christmas on stage up the west end in 2014.
He also suffered greatly as the Melkur in Tom Baker's penultimate Doctor Who story in 1981! I think he was also in Kinda, the Doctor Who story that had both Jeff Stewart and Simon rouse from The Bill! I've been watching some old DVDs of The Bill, the ones that Drama decided to ignore in favour of the safer hour ones that everyone and his Mother has seen five times over from when they were on UKGold back in 2005!
I love the part when Arthur says he is doing his duty for Queen and Country and Chisholm just replies 'B******t!' It's funny and the perfect way for the character to reply. given his opinion of Arthur. The word couldn't have been used on a broadcast American TV show of that era.