Green Wing. Image shows from L to R: Guy Secretan (Stephen Mangan), Caroline Todd (Tamsin Greig), Mac Macartney (Julian Rhind-Tutt). Copyright: Talkback Productions
Green Wing

Green Wing

  • TV sitcom
  • Channel 4
  • 2004 - 2007
  • 18 episodes (2 series)

Comedy about the childish and slightly mad staff working in a hospital. Stars Tamsin Greig, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Stephen Mangan, Mark Heap, Pippa Haywood and more.

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Series 1, Episode 2 - Rumours

After spending the night at Guy's flat, Caroline finds herself subject to rumours that she had sex with him. Statham tries to get his white coat to flow more, Mac finds out that his ex-girlfriend Holly is getting married, and Martin has problems with the cleaners moving his yoghurt.

Further details

Rumours are rife about what actually happened when Caroline stayed over at Guy's house the night before - rumours which Guy is quite happy to promote until Caroline discovers what he has been up to. Joanna tries her best to hide her relationship with Dr Statham, who is getting more and more clingy. However, Dr Statham is more interested in getting his coat to "sweep and flow" as he walks around corners. Elsewhere Mac finds out that his ex -girlfriend is getting married and Martin goes on the search for his Soya yoghurt which the cleaners have moved.

Broadcast details

Friday 10th September 2004
Channel 4
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Tuesday 1st March 2011 11:55pm Gold
Saturday 11th February 2012 1:05am Gold
Monday 2nd April 2012 11:25pm Gold
Thursday 28th June 2012 11:35pm Gold
Friday 29th June 2012 1:50am Gold
Tuesday 17th July 2012 2:05am Gold
Monday 30th July 2012 1:20am Gold
Wednesday 12th September 2012 11:35pm Gold
Thursday 8th November 2012 1:30am Gold
Monday 3rd December 2012 12:40am Gold
Wednesday 8th October 2014 10:00pm London Live
Monday 13th October 2014 9:00pm London Live
Tuesday 14th October 2014 11:00pm London Live
Monday 22nd December 2014 10:00pm London Live
Wednesday 25th February 2015 10:00pm London Live
Friday 27th February 2015 11:00pm London Live
Sunday 1st March 2015 10:00pm London Live
Tuesday 17th November 2015 9:00pm London Live
Wednesday 6th April 2016 2:30am London Live
Thursday 7th April 2016 2:00am London Live
Tuesday 20th September 2016 4:00am London Live
Wednesday 28th December 2016 3:00am London Live
Friday 6th January 2017 2:50am London Live
Thursday 12th January 2017 4:00am London Live
Tuesday 31st January 2017 3:45am London Live
Tuesday 28th February 2017 4:00am London Live
Monday 16th October 2017 1:45am Gold
Sunday 7th January 2018 12:05am Gold
Sunday 18th March 2018 2:25am Gold
Saturday 16th February 2019 1:10am Gold
Tuesday 5th November 2019 11:20pm Gold
Monday 11th November 2019 1:10am Gold
Saturday 16th May 2020 11:30pm Gold
Sunday 17th May 2020 2:45am Gold
Wednesday 20th May 2020 1:15am Gold
Tuesday 9th June 2020 1:15am Gold

Cast & crew

Tamsin Greig Caroline Todd
Julian Rhind-Tutt Mac Macartney
Stephen Mangan Guy Secretan
Mark Heap Alan Statham
Pippa Haywood Joanna Clore
Michelle Gomez Sue White
Karl Theobald Martin Dear
Olivia Colman (as Olivia Coleman) Harriet Schulenburg
Oliver Chris Boyce
Sarah Alexander Angela Hunter
Lucinda Raikes Karen Ball
Sally Bretton Kim Alabaster
Katie Lyons Naughty Rachel
Writing team
Victoria Pile Writer
Robert Harley Writer
James Henry Writer
Stuart Kenworthy Writer
Oriane Messina Writer
Fay Rusling Writer
Richard Preddy Writer
Gary Howe Writer
Production team
Dominic Brigstocke Director
Tristram Shapeero Director
Victoria Pile Producer
Peter Fincham Executive Producer
Nick King Editor
Billy Sneddon Editor
Peter Oliver Editor
Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
Jonathan Whitehead (as Trellis) Composer


The search for comedy goes on. The latest serious attempt to make you laugh is Green Wing (Friday, C4). Medical comedies are a genre all of their own. Medicine has come a long way since Doctor in the House, James Robertson Justice and all that "Ooh er, matron" bedpan stuff - but, sadly, medical humour hasn't, like the military tattoo. Hospital jokes are still rooted in the past.

If I had reviewed the first episode of Green Wing last week, I would have given it a much rougher proctological examination than I am prepared to now. Having seen the second, its setup, dynamics and dialogue are quite clearly attempts to join in the subgenre of comedies that want to be the next Office (the last one was The Smoking Room). In the first episode, I found the style imitation annoying, but by the second, the cast had taken over. Green Wing has a better ensemble of actors than any comedy you have seen for ages, and they have created some amusing, repulsive and compulsively weird characters. What the drama lacks is a coherent overall sense of purpose and direction. So much of it is too much like plaiting with double acts; it needs an infrastructure, an injection of M*A*S*H.

A. A. Gill, The Sunday Times, 12th September 2004

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