Pardon The Expression. Leonard Swindley (Arthur Lowe). Copyright: Granada Television.

Pardon The Expression

ITV sitcom set in a shop. 37 episodes (2 series), 1965 - 1966. Stars Arthur Lowe, Paul Dawkins, Robert Dorning, Betty Driver and others.

Series 2, Episode 14 - A Sheik In The Night

There's no business like show business for Leonard Swindley when he decides to be the compère for the cabaret at Dobson and Hawks' Annual Ball. There is a definite Middle-Eastern air to the proceedings and Mrs. Edgeley takes a leading role ...


The song "In Sunny Samarkand" lyrics by Christopher Bond, music by Derek Hilton.

Broadcast details

Monday 18th April 1966
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Arthur Lowe Leonard Swindley
Robert Dorning Mr Walter Hunt
Betty Driver Mrs. Edgeley
Joy Stewart Miss Sinclair
Anthony Sharp Brigadier Hawk
Guest cast
John Barrard Sheik Harun El-Kebir
Norman Chappell Emissary
Jerry Desmonde Grand Vizier
Leon Greene Capt. of the Guard
Jimmy Gay Edgar Edgeley
Writing team
Christopher Bond Writer
Production team
Michael Cox Director
Derek Granger Producer
H.V. Kershaw Executive Producer
Terry Pritchard Production Designer
Christopher Bond Composer
Derek Hilton Composer