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A Very Peculiar Practice

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.

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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
Peter Davison
Dr Bob Buzzard

David Troughton
Dr Jock McCannon
Graham Crowden
Dr Rose Marie
Barbara Flynn
Grete Grotowska
Joanna Kanska
Jack B Daniels
Michael J Shannon