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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Another gem from a golden age for the BBC
26 December 2004 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

A Very Peculiar Practice is another example of the intelligent and thought-provoking television which the BBC went through a phase of producing during the mid to late-1980s. Along with the likes of Edge of Darkness and the Singing Detective this is a series which demands the attention of the viewer.

Andrew Davies has a proved track record in writing for television and this series is no exception. Peter Davison made the successful leap from being the confident, self-assured and cheeky Doctor Who for 3 years to being the clumsy and nervous but capable Stephen Daker.

Graham Crowden's performances as Jock McCannon are seemingly bizarre but do keep with the series' title. Barbara Flynn is the slightly enigmatic Rose-Marie but David Troughton steals the show as Bob Buzzard, a typical example of the many right of centre profit-seekers who populated Thatcher's Britain at the time.

The series has aged somewhat but its dark humour and memorable theme music give it a great degree of uniqueness and those who don't mind being challenged while watching television could do a lot worse than adding this gem of a comedy-drama to your DVD collection.


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