Don't Drink The Water. Cyril Blake (Stephen Lewis). Copyright: London Weekend Television.

Don't Drink The Water

ITV sitcom about siblings living in Spain. 13 episodes (2 series), 1974 - 1975. Stars Stephen Lewis, Derek Griffiths, Muguette de Braie, Frank Coda and others.

Series 1

1. Home From Home?

First broadcast: Saturday 27th July 1974

Almost from the minute he arrives with his spinster sister Dorothy, ex-Inspector Cyril Blake realises that he has swapped one set of problems for another. His dreams of sun, sea & señoritas and the quiet life are shattered by the reality of a beach-side flat in the Spanish sun!


2. The Food

First broadcast: Saturday 3rd August 1974

Now a little more settled into their flat, all Cyril and Dorothy want is some peace and quiet - and perhaps some decent food. If they can find any. Unfortunately, the promised glistening modern supermarket could still be 3 years from being built, so Carlos steps in to help...


3. Dry Run

First broadcast: Saturday 10th August 1974

The Blakes discover that fresh water is a precious commodity in Spain: there's no mains supply, and it's brought in by lorry from Madrid! Cyril's well used to breakdowns after working on the buses, but this is ridiculous.


4. The Lift

First broadcast: Saturday 17th August 1974

After Bill and Beryl take Dorothy on her first shopping trip into the local town, the journey home proves far more problematic when she gets stuck in the list half-way between floors. But 'fixing' it only seems to make it worse...


5. Careful What You Eat

First broadcast: Saturday 24th August 1974

The constant power cuts back home was one of the reasons they left, but now there's a day-long power outage at the flats - just when Dorothy had managed to stock up on fresh food! Venturing out to the café across the road, what they end up with for dinner leaves her feeling decidedly unwell!


6. The Fuse

First broadcast: Saturday 31st August 1974

Having changed the plugs on all their electric appliances, Cyril is aghast to discover that none of the power sockets are earthed and so begins rewiring the entire flat. Unfortunately his efforts only serve to get the police involved.


7. The Smell

First broadcast: Saturday 7th September 1974

An awful smell is pervading the flat, and it doesn't take Carlos long to sniff out the cause: a blocked drain thanks to clogged English tea leaves! As he attempts to clear the blockage, the rest of the plumbing becomes an issue and Dorothy decides she really has, finally, had enough of the Spanish life.


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Don't Drink The Water - The Complete Series

Don't Drink The Water - The Complete Series DVD

Release date: Monday 1st November 2010

This sequel to On The Buses follows the further misfortunes of the newly retired Inspector Blake (Stephen Lewis), erstwhile scourge of the Luxton Bus Company Depot. Dreaming of peace and quiet, sun and senoritas, he's decided to warm up the autumn of his days in a little flat in Spain...