Surgical Spirit (1989–1995)

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Sheila Sabatini is a brilliant surgeon, but her sharp tongue gets her into trouble with fellow consultant surgeons George Hope-Wynne and Neil Copeland. They think she's a "ghastly woman", ... See full summary »


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Series cast summary:
Nichola McAuliffe ...
 Sheila Sabatini (50 episodes, 1989-1995)
Duncan Preston ...
 Jonathan Haslam (50 episodes, 1989-1995)
Marji Campi ...
 Joyce Watson (50 episodes, 1989-1995)
David Conville ...
 George Hope-Wynne (50 episodes, 1989-1995)
Emlyn Price ...
 Neil Copeland (50 episodes, 1989-1995)
Suzette Llewellyn ...
 Sister Patching / ... (50 episodes, 1989-1995)
Beresford Le Roy ...
 Michael Sampson (48 episodes, 1989-1995)
Simon Harrison ...
 Giles Peake (31 episodes, 1989-1995)
Lyndam Gregory ...
 Simon Field (23 episodes, 1989-1992)


Sheila Sabatini is a brilliant surgeon, but her sharp tongue gets her into trouble with fellow consultant surgeons George Hope-Wynne and Neil Copeland. They think she's a "ghastly woman", mainly because she likes to unearth their lazy and hypocritical behavior at every opportunity. However, her best friend Joyce and her anesthetist Jonathan Haslam thinks she's marvelous. Can she make it in the hospital's old boy network, keep her relationship with her teenage son at least semi-functional at the same time as sorting out how she feels about Jonathan? Written by Roseanne Hodge <>

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14 April 1989 (UK)  »

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Tira y afloja  »

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Excellet British Comedy
15 October 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Having watch 95% of British Comedy shows over the years, this has got to be one of my favourites. I can't believe "Simon Rodgers from Birmingham, United Kingdom", thinks it is rubbish, obviously no sense of humour in Birmingham. The casting of Nichola McAuliffe as Sheila Sabatini was brilliant and Duncan Preston as Jonathan Haslam was the perfect balance. I have seen every episode of this wonderful series numerous times. With a bit of luck it will be released on DVD in the not too distant future. Anyone who likes British Comedy should try and catch this show next time it is on. One of the best scripts revolves around an escaped lunatic, who manages to gain access to the theatres. The Inspector in charge (Halliwell) is having an argument with Sheila and says, "I don't think you caught my name, its Halliwell no Plod." Later in the show when the lunatic takes hostages, Sheila says, "Well Inspector Halliwell spelt P-L-O-D......". Other episodes worthy of mention are:- The where Sheila's mother dies The wedding day when everyone in theatre staff think they have won the lottery and Sheila must remind everyone that they decided not to participate in the syndicate of another department. The other department however was not informed of the decision, so they think the theatre staff are still members. In the end they only get about £40 each. Some of the staff were planning on buying islands and retiring etc. all the usual stuff only to find out they could ever buy a flight to anywhere. There are many more brilliant episodes in this wonderful series. Come on ITV release it on DVD asap.

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