Carry On Matron. Image shows from L to R: Cyril Carter (Kenneth Cope), Matron (Hattie Jacques).

Carry On Matron

1972 British comedy film set in a maternity hospital. Stars Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Hattie Jacques and others.

Carry On Matron. Image shows from L to R: Cyril Carter (Kenneth Cope), Sid Carter (Sid James). Copyright: Peter Rogers Productions.

Carry On Matron

Medical-based comedy from the Carry On team. A gang plan to raid a maternity hospital to steal a gigantic stock of birth control pills

Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Hattie Jacques, Bernard Bresslaw, Kenneth Cope, Terry Scott and others
Talbot Rothwell
Gerald Thomas
Peter Rogers

As Finisham Maternity Hospital welcomes its latest group of freshly qualified young nurses, one appears to be a little taller, a little broader, and a little gruffer than the others...

Cyril Carter - going by the rather clumsy moniker 'Cyrille' - is in drag, tasked by his petty crook of a father, and his accomplices, to find out where the hospital keeps its large stock of 'the pill'. This may be England and the permissive society with such medication freely available on the NHS, but there are other countries where customers will pay a pretty penny for such treatment! As soon as Cyril has located the stock, his father's small gang intend to steal the entire lot...

However, this is Cyril's first job and he's neither too keen to be put in drag nor too clued up on how to even begin to fit in. His father may be quick thinking, but he certainly is not! It's not long before he's raising the suspicions of more than a few of his fellow staff - and the ardour of ever-randy Doctor Prodd!

Meanwhile, hypochondriac head surgeon Sir Bernard Cutting is concerned he's caught Asian flu. That is unless he's actually turning into a woman. A brief word with psychologist Dr Goode leads him to decide that he is, in fact, in subconscious need of a woman in his life... Could the stern but kindly Matron be the answer?

Over in the nurse's quarters, Cyril has quickly fallen for his room-mate Susan, and it's not much longer before she figures out his real gender. But will she help him go through with it, or is this yet another spanner in the works of the plot?

Production Details

Part of

Carry On Films

UK certificate
87 minutes
Release date
Thursday 18th May 1972

The Rank Organisation

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Sunday 4th April 2021 at 4:35pm on ITV3

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