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A Very Peculiar Practice
A Very Peculiar Practice

A Very Peculiar Practice

  • TV comedy drama
  • BBC Two
  • 1986 - 1992
  • 15 episodes (2 series)

Comedy series about a young doctor in his new job as part of a group practice at Lowlands University. Stars Peter Davison, Graham Crowden, David Troughton, Barbara Flynn, Amanda Hillwood and more.

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A Very Peculiar Practice. Image shows left to right: Stephen Daker (Peter Davison), Lyn Turtle (Amanda Hillwood)

Key details

Genre
Comedy Drama
Broadcast
1986 - 1992
Channel
BBC Two
Episodes
15 (2 series)
Stars
Peter Davison, Graham Crowden, David Troughton, Barbara Flynn, Amanda Hillwood, Takashi Kawahara, John Bird, Sonia Hart and more
Writer
Andrew Davies
Company

Lowlands University is a swamp of fear and loathing. A showpiece Sixties campus looking increasingly anachronistic in the paranoid, profit-driven Eighties, it is staffed by angst-ridden academics desperate to hang onto their privileged status amid swingeing cutbacks. It also houses what may well be the worst medical practice in the British Isles.

Fresh-faced Stephen Daker sees his new job at the Medical Centre as a chance to pursue excellence among a dedicated team. He's somewhat shaken when he meets his colleagues: the once-great Jock McCannon, practice head, proponent of alternative psychiatry, and a wildly unpredictable dipsomaniac; public school-educated fascist Bob Buzzard; and Rose Marie, an uber-feminist who sees illness as something men do to women. Dark secrets, sinister experiments, demented academics, STD epidemics, the Yankee Dollar, a desperate Creative with writer's block and a couple of nuns all conspire to make life on campus a hair-raising experience for Stephen.

Additional details

Also known as
  • A Very Polish Practice (1992 special.)
  • Screen One: A Very Polish Practice (1992 special.)
Production
Studio
Picture
Colour

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 21st May 1986 at 9:25pm on BBC Two

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