A Very Peculiar Practice (1986–1988)

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

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 Dr. Stephen Daker (14 episodes, 1986-1988)
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 Dr. Jock McCannon (14 episodes, 1986-1988)
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 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)
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 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)
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 Charlie Dusenberry (6 episodes, 1988)
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A surreal comedy series tracking the career of Stephen Daker, a young doctor who works for the health centre of a modern British university.

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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 »

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Followed by Screen One: A Very Polish Practice (1992) See more »

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A Very Peculiar - But Very Enjoyable - Experience
1 February 2005 | by (Maidenhead, UK) – See all my reviews

The early morning light struggles to penetrate the dark, litter-strewn walkways of the University Campus - no trees here, just concrete, tarmac, and murky glass windows that only reflect grime and misery.

Not the most obvious setting for a comedy, but it's fitting that the dark, forbidding structures of Lowlands University match the richly dark humour of A Very Peculiar Practice. We see the Medical Practice, with it's share of social outcasts (dour, drunken Scot Jock McCannon, self-centred, self-obsessed Bob Buzzard, and scheming, feminist man (and woman) trap, Dr Rose Marie). We see the University Chancellor, the inappropriately named Ernest Hemingway. We see the students, scared, drunk, clever, confused, horny - all finding their own way. And into all this, we see cast the misplaced and well-intentioned Dr Steven Daker, who is wonderfully played by Peter Davison. Daker is so out of his depth to start with, but slowly he managed to learn the way of survival, then life, then enjoyment, as he learns from his colleagues, his friends, and the lovely Lyn Turtle.

As has been said before, this is a story about life - as we all have to live it. It's superbly written, excellently played, and delightfully spiced.

Come on, BBC - release Series 2 on DVD!!!


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