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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