Phil Hammond.

Polyoaks

BBC Radio 4 sitcom set in a doctor surgery. 26 episodes (5 series), 2011 - 2017. Stars Nigel Planer, Simon Greenall, David Westhead, Margaret Cabourn-Smith and others.

Phil Hammond.

Polyoaks

Radio 4 sitcom about two sibling doctors who are struggling with the NHS reforms. Written by Dr Phil Hammond and David Spicer

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2011 - 2017
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
26   (5 series)
Starring
Nigel Planer, Simon Greenall, David Westhead, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Phil Cornwell, Jane Whittenshaw, Polly Frame, Celia Imrie and others
Writers
Phil Hammond and David Spicer
Director
Frank Stirling
Producers
Frank Stirling and David Spicer

Satire on the NHS, set in the bewildering new world of Coalition healthcare. The show is set around a clinic always at odds with itself over diagnoses, funding, clinical commissioning groups, and the ever more dubious commercial activities of their associate.

The Polyoaks surgery is plagued by strikes, endless new management initiatives, staff shortages, militant patients, 'eight day weeks', privatisation - and all these things are entirely their fault, apparently.

The dysfunctional Bristol surgery - which is run by warring doctors, brothers Roy and Hugh Thornton - alternates between embracing and collapsing under reforms. The brothers also has to deal with the ever more dubious commercial activities of their associate - TV's Dr. Jeremy - who is juggling Dictionary Corner, a series of malpractice suits and forgotten alimony payments.

Production Details

Production companies
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 3rd June 2011 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Last new broadcast
Friday 21st July 2017 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Sunday 3rd February 2019 at 11:00pm on Radio 4 Extra