Following his service in World War II, Dr. Finlay returns to the practice at Arden House, at a time when the National Health Service is about to be instituted.

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1996   1995   1994   1993  
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Series cast summary:
Gordon Reid ...
 Angus Livingstone / ... 24 episodes, 1993-1996
Margo Gunn ...
 Brenda Maitland 17 episodes, 1993-1996
 Dr. Jennifer Napier / ... 14 episodes, 1995-1996
 Rhona Swanson / ... 13 episodes, 1994-1996


Following his service in World War II, Dr. Finlay returns to the practice at Arden House, at a time when the National Health Service is about to be instituted.

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AJ Cronin's famous characters are lovingly recreated in the popular Scotish period drama.




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Release Date:

9 May 1993 (USA)  »

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Dr Finlay  »

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(27 episodes)

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Soundtrack Album released on Total Records label. Distributed by Total Record Company via BMG (Uk) Ltd. TOT CD 2. Barcode: 5018524049424. 19 tracks including sections of Richard Harvey's score, plus opening and closing themes and traditional/classical music i.e. 'Fingal's Cave', arranged by Harry Gregson-Williams. Music recorded at CTS Studios, Wembley, London (now demolished) and Snake Ranch Studios, London. Music published by Altissimo/EMI Music Publishing (Richard Harvey material), Fireworks Music Ltd (Harry Gregson-Williams track). See more »


Follows Dr. Finlay's Casebook (1962) See more »

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Gynocentrism and female irresponsibility glorified in otherwise fine Scottish series
21 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

The Scots and the Irish are much better than the English when it comes to quality TV production. This series is no exception. The settings are gorgeous, the costumes spot on, and the acting mostly very persuasive. Where it falls down, as almost every British program since the 1990's, is in the morally irresponsible way it portrays women.

Put simply, the female characters are almost never shown to receive just reward for their irresponsible actions. Whether it is a poorly chosen love interest, or a false molestation accusation, or driving a hapless but honest husband to suicide, the women are almost always given a free pass. To add insult to injury, there's always some chest-thumping white knight around to deploy the all-too-common violence-by-proxy that victimhood-obsessed women love to use against men.

So what, you say? Well, the episodes more often than not end with the wrong people getting away with things and the doctor heroes doing nothing more than looking pained. One has to wonder why the stories are being told at all. Nothing is proved. Nothing is resolved. No-one is properly punished. The doctoring is interesting, but there's no moral resolution other than some shallow half-reference to old-fashioned values. It's like watching too-serious children playing at being adults.

In summary, this show is beautifully produced and well-intentioned but ineffective, indeterminate and morally impotent. If you have an interest in feminine moral delinquency and pompous but complicit masculine patronage, or a lesson in treating women like irresponsible children, then this is the show for you. Others will find it pretty frustrating.

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