A Very Peculiar Practice (1986–1988)

TV Series  -   -  Comedy | Drama
8.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.5/10 from 265 users  
Reviews: 20 user

A surreal comedy series tracking the career of Stephen Daker, a young doctor who works for the health centre of a modern British university.

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 100 titles
created 11 Apr 2011
 
a list of 134 titles
created 14 Sep 2012
 
a list of 63 titles
created 08 Oct 2012
 
a list of 69 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 22 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Very Peculiar Practice (1986–1988)

A Very Peculiar Practice (1986–1988) on IMDb 8.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Very Peculiar Practice.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



2   1  
1988   1986  
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mystery!: Campion (1989–1990)
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In 1930's England, a man from an aristocratic family takes up the pseudonym Albert Campion and, with the help of his ex-burglar manservant, solves mysteries.

Stars: Peter Davison, Brian Glover, Andrew Burt
Mother Love (TV Mini-Series 1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A British yuppie couple have a presumably idyllic existence. Yet there is one troubling factor in their lives - an eccentric, and possibly, difficult mother-in-law. Her odd behavior is ... See full summary »

Stars: Diana Rigg, James Wilby, David McCallum
Jenny's War (TV Movie 1985)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

This fact-based story follows a woman who launches a rescue of her Royal Air Force pilot son, who was shot down over Germany in 1941. Getting no help from the underground, she sets up her own rescue mission.

Director: Steve Gethers
Stars: Dyan Cannon, Elke Sommer, Robert Hardy
Our Friends in the North (TV Mini-Series 1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

A nine part series depicting the varying fortunes of four friends - Nicky, Geordie, Mary and Tosker - from the optimistic times of 1964 to the uncertainties of 1995. Taking nine pivotal ... See full summary »

Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Mark Strong, Gina McKee
The Irish R.M. (1983–1985)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

When Major Sinclair Yeates leaves his home in England to work as the Irish Resident Magistrate, he finds that the justice system needs tempering somewhat to suit the local needs - and that ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Bowles, Bryan Murray, Anna Manahan
Boys from the Blackstuff (TV Mini-Series 1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Five unemployed men would do anything just to have a job in Thatchers era Britain.

Stars: Michael Angelis, Bernard Hill, Alan Igbon
Take a Girl Like You (TV Series 2000)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Stars: Sienna Guillory, Rupert Graves, Robert Daws
Harnessing Peacocks (TV Movie 1993)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The beautiful Hebe has been cast out by her family after a teenage pregnancy to a masked stranger during a fiesta in Italy. She makes ends meet and pays for her son's school fees by cooking... See full summary »

Director: James Cellan Jones
Stars: Serena Scott Thomas, Peter Davison, John Mills
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The trials and misadventures of the staff of a country veterinary office in 1940's Yorkshire.

Stars: Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy, Peter Davison
The Gil Mayo Mysteries (TV Series 2006)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Stars: Jessica Oyelowo, Louise Brealey, Huw Rhys
In the Red (TV Series 1998)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A series of killings of bank managers has London in a turmoil, all the way up to Parliament. And the killer regularly calls about his handiwork, but only to a street-wise, and usually ... See full summary »

Stars: Rachel Fielding, Siobhan Redmond, Sally Phillips
The Diary of a Nobody (TV Movie 2007)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Susanna White
Stars: Hugh Bonneville
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Dr. Stephen Daker (14 episodes, 1986-1988)
...
 Dr. Jock McCannon (14 episodes, 1986-1988)
...
 Dr. Rose Marie (14 episodes, 1986-1988)
David Troughton ...
 Dr. Bob Buzzard (14 episodes, 1986-1988)
Sonia Hart ...
 Nun (14 episodes, 1986-1988)
Elaine Turrell ...
 Nun (14 episodes, 1986-1988)
Lindy Whiteford ...
 Maureen Gahagan / ... (13 episodes, 1986-1988)
Amanda Hillwood ...
 Lyn Turtle / ... (8 episodes, 1986-1988)
Gillian Raine ...
 Mrs. Kramer (8 episodes, 1986-1988)
John Bird ...
 Vice Chancellor Ernest Hemmingway (7 episodes, 1986)
...
 Vice-Chancellor Jack Daniels (7 episodes, 1988)
Joanna Kanska ...
 Grete Grotowska (7 episodes, 1988)
Takashi Kawahara ...
 Chen Sung Yau (7 episodes, 1986)
Clive Willbond-Hill
(7 episodes, 1986)
...
 Charlie Dusenberry (6 episodes, 1988)
Edit

Storyline

A surreal comedy series tracking the career of Stephen Daker, a young doctor who works for the health centre of a modern British university.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

university | medical | clinic | See All (3) »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 May 1986 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Doktorn som visste för lite  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Andrew Davies originally wanted to film the series at UEA (University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK). But UEA where unhappy as to how the University would be portrayed. Instead, the exterior shots we all done at either Keele or Birmingham University. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Kidnappers (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

"They don't make them like this anymore..."
2 February 2004 | by (Bath, England) – See all my reviews

Firstly, this series is not to everyone's taste. I also wouldn't be at all surprised if it didn't travel too well.

Secondly, it is a 'high comedy', no laughter track, 60 minutes (without adverts) episodes, deliberately slow plot, complex dialogue scenes.

However, now the first series is available on DVD, many can now found out what an absolutely fantastic series this was.

It is based on a 'new' English University Campus, the type built in the 1950's and 60's which display concrete cancer out of every nook and cranny. It has a medical practice to serve students and staff, and every one is slightly mad and eccentric except for the star, Stephen 'Touch Taboo' Daker, his open relationship partner Lyn Turtle, and his roommate (Chen).

Do you like 'The Office'? Well, it is often cited that the prototype for David Brent was Basic Fawlty; but just watch this, and you will know it is Dr Bob Buzzard, what a fantastic creation!

Why is it good?

The acting, the scripts and the direction (even the set design) is fantastic; multiple viewings will be rewarded. Be prepared for a black-edged, intelligent, highly satirical look at University life, complete with a couple of nuns. Andrew (let's do another adaptation) Davies has never really topped this.

I don't think they dare to make slow moving, intelligent, character-based comedy dramas anymore - this is a big pity.

I am curious to know how other people view this, I wouldn't be surprised if there were many who didn't like it. But if you watch this, because of this, or other reviews, and you like it, you will be forever grateful!


15 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Barbara Flynn cathy_johansen
Theme tune OOPS_Syntax_Error
Keele rocks becksrules_uk
Season 2 showing on Sky Arts jayne-parsons
A Very Polish Practice wendtjl
Ridiculously overpriced DVD swaroberts
Discuss A Very Peculiar Practice (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?