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 2, Episode 2 - Distance Healing

Dr Hugh Thornton is in a tussle with his brother Roy over a new 'Distance Healing' app, an online diagnostic system which obviates the need to meet patients face to face.

Further details

Hugh is pioneering a new online diagnosis system that will save time, money and any necessity to meet patients face to face. This promises to be a money spinner too, if he can persuade other West Country Clinical Commissioning Groups to buy it.

The two flies in the ointment are Mrs. Lewis, their most persistent hypochondriac who will insist on arriving at the surgery unannounced, and of course Roy, who has his own ideas about contact healing.

Broadcast details

Friday 16th November 2012
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Nigel Planer Dr Roy Thornton
    Simon Greenall Dr Hugh Thornton
    David Westhead Dr Jeremy
    Phil Cornwell Mr Devlin
    Jane Whittenshaw Betty Crossfield
    Polly Frame Vera Duplessis
    Guest cast
    Melanie Hudson (as Mel Hudson) Mrs Lewis
    Duncan Wisbey Mr Wring
    Writing team
    Phil Hammond Writer
    David Spicer Writer
    Production team
    Frank Stirling Director
    David Spicer Producer

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