1 9 8 6 – 1 9 8 8 (UK)
15 x 60 minute episodes
The saga of a medical practice run by four doctors – Young bashful Dr Stephen Daker (Peter Davison) who joins the health clinic of the fictitious Lowlands University, and his blackly funny colleagues – Bob, a nasty Tory, Jock, an old alcoholic conspiracy theorist and Rose, a manipulative feminist.
Andrew Davies’ scripts took a savage swipe at modern academia, and by the second series the university had been taken over by an American company interested only in asset-stripping and weapons technology research.
One of the main storylines in 1986 was an epidemic of VD – what David Troughton’s gleefully beastly Dr Bob Buzzard called “a bit of tool trouble”. Boozy Doctor McCannon (Graham Crowden) told one stuttering youth, “out with it!” – only to be instantly sorry.
Dr Daker and Barbara Flynn’s Dr Rose Marie (“Illness is a thing men do to women”) worked overtime treating infected parts and broken hearts, sewing up the catering manager’s trousers and telling the Vice-Chancellor what he’d caught.
A 1992 one-off – Screen One – followed Daker’s sojourn in Poland following his marriage to Lowland’s Polish art historian, Grete Grotowska.
Dr Stephen Daker
Dr Bob Buzzard
Dr Jock McCannon
Dr Rose Marie
Jack B Daniels
Michael J Shannon