Soon after medical student Simon Sparrow arrives at St. Swithin’s Hospital to begin his training, he’s engulfed in a high-stakes world that includes sports cars, cocktails and women. With all these distractions, it’s difficult to keep his eye on his books — and that’s where strict chief surgeon Sir Lancelot Spratt comes in. Ralph Thomas directs this farcical comedy, based on a novel by Richard Gordon.
Know your place! British comedy in its most comfortable pair of slippers: seemingly innocuous, inoffensive and innocent – which it is on some levels – but perniciously middle-brow in its complacent view of the world. All’s well, so long as you don’t step outside. Status quo maintained and cast in tasteful formaldehyde.