- Alastair Sim, Ronald Shiner, Claire Bloom, Margaret Rutherford, Claude Dauphin, Jimmy Edwards, James Copeland, Gaby Bruyere and more
- Anatole De Grunwald
- Gordon Parry
- Anatole De Grunwald
A disparate group of Brits descend upon The London Airport, all aiming to catch the same BEA flight to Paris for the weekend.
Amongst them are Scotsman Andy; a naval band; single traveller Susan; a jovial Englishman, George Stilton; and - almost missing the plane - keen painter Gwladys Inglott. A politician and diplomat, Sir Norman Barker, is also on board, travelling with the aim of breaking Russian-lead deadlock at an important global economic conference currently being held in the French capital.
Arriving safely across the channel, most successfully catch the bus to transfer them into the heart of the capital - except 20-something Susan; however, she quickly chances upon the charming Max, who promises to show her the delights of his home city.
Meanwhile, Sir Norman heads straight to the conference and is quick to find the Russian delegation, lead by Comrade Panitov, are being extremely difficult and continue to hold talks at a stalemate. As they break up for yet another day he retires to the bar with his official where they chance upon Panitov - who insists on imbibing some very strong vodka with him. As the unique concoction goes quickly to Baker's head, Panitov insists he knows the one place in the city that can provide a cure...
Elsewhere, Andy is discovering the casual entertainment of Paris and stumbles across a fairground. He is less pleased, however, when the throngs of locals find great amusement in the traditional kilt he wears. Embarrassed, he makes a quick departure, but he seems to have already caught the eye of one young lady.
Captain Stilton, on the other hand, has ensconced himself comfortably in the Britannia Bar: a British-style pub, keeping British opening hours, staffed by an English barman, serving only British beer. It seems that this Englishman's idea of a relaxing weekend getaway on the continent is in thoroughly familiar surroundings!
Gwladys heads to the traditional artists' haunts around Montmartre to pick up her own paints, before visiting the Louvre to gaze at the infamous Mona Lisa. Bandsman Dicky Bird, meanwhile, finds his own entertainment amongst the Parisienne nightlife, catching a show at the renowned Moulin Rouge before enjoying a meal, dancing, and some further feminine company far more closely.
As the weekend progresses, each of the travellers finds their expectations and experiences challenged in one way or another, and for a lucky few the memories of a lifetime are made.
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- UK certificate
- 90 minutes
- Camera set-up
- Single camera
- Black and white
- Most recent repeats
- Wednesday 18th March 2020 at 3:15am on TPTV
- Tuesday 19th November 2019 at 9:15am on TPTV
- Monday 29th July 2019 at 8:10am on TPTV
- Paris - Location filming
- The Gate Studios