Phil Hammond.


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.

Series 1, Episode 4

The staff of the Polyoaks clinic are faced with an enormous fiscal hole.

Further details

To Practice Manager Betty's horror, Hugh discovers an enormous fiscal hole in the Consortium budget. Polyoaks has no money, even though they're swamped with patients, most of whom are 'frequent flyers.'

The worried well may well have not very much wrong with them, but they can prove very expensive to treat. The practice has to come up with a way of getting rid of them.

Hugh is advocating swingeing cuts in the treatments on offer and Roy's beloved therapies are under threat. Could the brilliant bedside manner of the incompetent Dr Jeremy provide them with a surprising solution?

Broadcast details

Friday 24th June 2011
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Nigel Planer Dr Roy Thornton
    David Westhead Dr Jeremy
    Phil Cornwell Mr Devlin
    Celia Imrie Betty Crossfield
    Carla Mendonca Vera Duplessis
    Tony Gardner Dr Hugh Thornton
    David Holt Ensemble Actor
    Kate O'Sullivan Ensemble Actor
    Writing team
    Phil Hammond Writer
    David Spicer Writer
    Production team
    Frank Stirling Director
    Frank Stirling Producer

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