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 20 - Thunderfinger Pt 1

Leonard Swindley is involved in a story of spies, intrigue and danger. Will he find out who the mysterious Mr. Neptune is or will the beautiful Miss Solare outwit him?


The two-part Thunderfinger episodes unashamedly parodied the James Bond films, and even dispensed with the normal theme tune in favour of the Bond theme.

Broadcast details

Monday 30th May 1966
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Arthur Lowe Leonard Swindley
Robert Dorning Mr Walter Hunt
Betty Driver Mrs. Edgeley
John Le Mesurier Sir Charles Dobson
Anthony Sharp Brigadier Hawk
Guest cast
Alexandra Stevenson Miss Buxton
Pauline Collins Miss Wainwright
Lisa Daniely Miss Solare
Nita Valerie Woman in phone booth
Ken Parry Astronomer
Writing team
Harry Driver Writer
Vince Powell Writer
Production team
Michael Cox Director
Derek Granger Producer
H.V. Kershaw Executive Producer

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