Phil Hammond
Polyoaks

Polyoaks

  • Radio sitcom
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2011 - 2017
  • 26 episodes (5 series)

Radio 4 sitcom about two sibling doctors who are struggling with the NHS reforms. Written by Dr Phil Hammond and David Spicer. Also features Nigel Planer, Simon Greenall, David Westhead, Polly Frame, Margaret Cabourn-Smith and more.

Phil Hammond

Key details

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

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.

Additional details

Production
Studio

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 3rd June 2011 at 11:30am on BBC Radio 4
Most recent repeats

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