The Flying Doctors (1986–1992)

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Series cast summary:
Lenore Smith ...
 Kate Wellings / ... (211 episodes, 1986-1992)
 Dr. Geoff Standish / ... (194 episodes, 1986-1992)
Maurie Fields ...
 Vic Buckley (162 episodes, 1986-1992)
Val Jellay ...
 Nancy Buckley (121 episodes, 1986-1992)
George Kapiniaris ...
 Dimitrios 'D.J.' Lonniadis / ... (98 episodes, 1987-1991)


This series chronicles the events surrounding the activities of the Royal Flying Doctors Service, which operates its own aircraft -in this case from the base at Coopers Crossing, an otherwise hardly notable town- to fly its medical staff throughout the Australian outback, where roads are too scarce and distances too immense to reach patients for medical care or get them to hospital by car in time. Doctors, nurses, pilots and base staff change throughout the seasons, often coming from the city and finding it difficult to adapt to life in the godforsaken countryside and be accepted by the isolated local community; there are of course the usual colleague stories. In most episodes they make one or more flights for routine medical examination sessions and/or emergency help, sometimes continued on board and/or in the hospital. Furthermore there are various sidelines, mainly concerning the local characters such as bar-owners Vic and Nancy, who also provide the only rooms, and some of their ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

15 May 1986 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

De flyvende læger  »

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The show is running again in Denmark 28/01 2015 See more »


[to Tom Callaghan]
David Gibson: There's an aging hippie in there somewhere, struggling to get out.
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Referenced in Laat maar zitten: Klik in de kabel (1991) See more »

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Forget Neighbours - this is the real 80s Aussie drama
14 October 2001 | by (Yorkshire, England) – See all my reviews

Recent reruns of this well-acted and well-written drama from the mid-eighties have reminded me just how good 'The Flying Doctors' was. The key word for me is realism, maybe because the plotlines were based on actual RFDS (Royal Flying Doctor Service) cases, and checked for accuracy by the real Flying Docs. The acting was very believable, and the characters became like old friends. The publicans' wisdom of Vic, the pub landlord in Cooper's Crossing, still makes me laugh - true blue Australian humour. And I still cry every time I see the last episode from the first series, where the pilot dies, because he was one of my favourites. But each series had its bonuses - this show is very easy to dip into, as well as follow as a soap.

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