TLC. Image shows from L to R: Dr. Laurence Flynn (Reece Shearsmith), Mr. Benedict Ron (Richard Griffiths), Dr. Stephen Noble (Alexander Armstrong)


  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 2002
  • 6 episodes (1 series)

Surreal sitcom set inside a dysfunctional London NHS hospital following a neurotic, bumbling, shy junior house surgeon. Stars Reece Shearsmith, Alexander Armstrong, Richard Griffiths, Georgia Mackenzie, Llewella Gideon and more.

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Series 1, Episode 1 - Staying Awake

A newly qualified junior doctor fights to stay awake during his first shift

Further details

It's Laurence's first day and his heavy anxiety is giving him nightmares. He still has the shame of his failed finals, due to the tension pnenumothorax procedure he messed up in his practical exam.

When he gets his first patient Mr Copperfiled, a coffee salesman, he becomes convinced that he will need the operation that he previously failed on, and it's not long before this obsession makes him a laughing stock among the rest of the staff.

Broadcast details

Monday 11th November 2002
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Reece Shearsmith Dr. Laurence Flynn
Alexander Armstrong Dr. Stephen Noble
Richard Griffiths Mr. Benedict Ron
Georgia Mackenzie Nurse Judy Conway
Llewella Gideon Sister Charity Hope
Erich Redman Gasman
Benedict Wong Terry Cheung
Martin Trenaman The Wheelchair Man
Tom Watt Sid Potter
Tim Brooke-Taylor Reverend
Guest cast
Pip Torrens Mr. Copperfield
David Savile The Examiner
Pooja Kumar IVF Doctor
Ann Wenn IVF Patient
Gael Johnson Woman in Labour
Simon Thomson Dad-To-Be
Jimmy Roussounis Coma Patient
Tim Mitchell (as Timothy Mitchell) Coma Anaesthetist
Paul Kemp Junior Doctor
Shereen Ibrahim Junior Doctor
Laurence Howarth Junior Doctor
Andrea Hall Cleaner
Susan Scott Lady in Wheelchair
Charlotte McDougall Mrs Copperfield
Aileen Gonsalves Obstetrician
Chris Geere Medical Student
Naomi Taylor Medical Student
San Shella Medical Student
Writing team
Fintan Coyle Writer
Production team
Geoff Posner Director
Geoff Posner Producer
David Tyler Producer
Jed Leventhall Associate Producer
Mark Wybourn Editor
Les Stephenson Production Designer
Tracey Gillham Casting Director
Anna Stubley Costume Designer
Rob Kitzmann Director of Photography
Diane Chenery-Wickens Make-up Designer
Pete Baikie Composer
Willie Dowling Composer
Martine Cooper Costume Designer
Xanthia White Make-up Designer
Nick Rae 1st Assistant Director

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