Set in the 1960s, this British medical drama follows the staff and patients of St Aidan's Royal Free Hospital.
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Series cast summary:
Amy Robbins ...
 Dr. Jill Weatherill / ... (83 episodes, 2003-2011)
 Matron (83 episodes, 2003-2011)
 Sister Brigid / ... (82 episodes, 2003-2011)
 Lizzie Hopkirk / ... (82 episodes, 2003-2011)
Robert Daws ...
 Dr. Gordon Ormerod / ... (81 episodes, 2003-2011)
Denis Lill ...
 Mr. Rose (81 episodes, 2003-2011)
Andy Wear ...
 Alun Morris (81 episodes, 2003-2011)
Michael Starke ...
 Kenneth 'Ken' Hopkirk / ... (61 episodes, 2003-2008)
 Dr. Jeffrey 'Jeff' Goodwin / ... (42 episodes, 2003-2007)
Zoie Kennedy ...
 Staff Nurse Meryl Taylor (40 episodes, 2003-2006)
Scott Taylor ...
 Frankie Robinson / ... (37 episodes, 2004-2008)
 Stella Davenport / ... (36 episodes, 2005-2008)
John Axon ...
 Mr. Nigel Harper / ... (35 episodes, 2003-2005)


British Drama aired 2003-2011. Total of 86 Episodes A dedicated staff of doctors and nurses care for patients at the fictional St. Aidan's Royal Free Hospital in the seaside town of Elsinby in this spinoff of the popular British show "Heartbeat." Set in the 1960s, the series focuses on the medical issues faced by patients and the moral dilemmas those emergencies bring about. Written by goffpartners

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Release Date:

6 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kyläsairaala  »

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(39 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The building used for the setting of the hospital (externally) is actually a residential property on Scarborough's south cliff esplanade. It's split into flats and cottages. See more »


Although she is a nun, Sister Brigid clearly has plucked eyebrows and is often shown wearing lipstick, all highly unlikely for a woman who has taken the veil. See more »


Dr. David Cheriton: I make you laugh.
Staff Nurse Meryl Taylor: My aunt's dog does that.
Dr. David Cheriton: Well I don't sniff lamp posts or bark at strangers.
Staff Nurse Meryl Taylor: Wait 'til you're a consultant!
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Referenced in Britain's Got More Talent: 2015: Live Semi-Final 3 (2015) See more »


Somebody Help Me
(Theme song)
Performed by Michael Starke
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The Royal T.V. Series Review updated since 2003 by PAS
17 December 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I Originally reviewed this television series in 2003, and I still see the repeats on ITV 3, and I still enjoy them. my other review still stands in what I think about new bosses, when you work for an old boss, everything is happy until the old boss retires, then when a new boss arrives you get his way of doing things at your work, often not how you like to do them, this is what happened at the Royal hospital Middleditch retired and Harper came and changed everything I did like Ken Hopkirk and Lisa Hopkirk, and Alan vending machines make awful tea and you do not get a lot for your money, I also thought that DR.Omarod (Gordon) is a good doctor and I would not of minded if he was my doctor or Gilian his wife I also admired Mr.Rose as a good surgeon and Sister Bridget as a good nurse and listener to our problems I also remembered Mr. Carnige he was also a different boss to Mr. Middileditch but mellowed after the staff had meetings with him about his methods at working practises. I also remembered Matron she was a very good one as well

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