Doctor at Large: Season 1, Episode 27

The Viva (29 Aug. 1971)

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Michael, Paul and Bingham are due to take their viva, an oral exam set by Professor Loftus and Professor Sinnott, whom Paul immediately antagonizes though Bingham does well. Michael is ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview:
Barry Evans ...
Geoffrey Davies ...
Jonathan Sherwood ...
Barman
Ernest Clark ...
Clifford Mollison ...
Professor Sinnott
George Layton ...
Richard O'Sullivan ...
Arthur Brough ...
Mr. Begley
Susan Richards ...
Mrs. Begley
Melita Manger ...
Girl Hitch-hiker
Stuart Sherwin ...
First Man in Pub
David Webb ...
Second Man in Pub
Cyril Cross ...
Publican
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Michael, Paul and Bingham are due to take their viva, an oral exam set by Professor Loftus and Professor Sinnott, whom Paul immediately antagonizes though Bingham does well. Michael is unfortunately in the country, where his car has broken down, so he is allowed to take the exam over the phone in the local pub where he is surrounded by noisy distractions. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Viva Upton!
7 July 2007 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Upton, Collier and Bingham must undergo a verbal exam to qualify for a Primary Fellowship - also known as 'the viva'. Collier blows it before he even makes to the examination room; he spills a drink over Professor Sinnott ( the examiner ) and is rude to the man when he refuses his offer of a refill.

Bingham, predictably, sails through the whole thing, but what of Upton? Returning from a fishing holiday, Mike gives a lift to a pretty hitch-hiker, but then his car won't start. With time running out, he must get back to St. Swithins at all costs...

Sound familiar? This episode basically rehashes the plot of the final episode of 'Doctor In The House', though with a slight variation - Loftus decides to conduct the examination over the telephone. Unfortunately, Mike is in a country pub, and the noise is so great he can barely hear the questions.

One of the drinkers - seen playing a slot machine - is Stuart Sherwin, a regular on the B.B.C. children's show 'Crackerjack!' in the early '70's. Arthur 'Are You Being Served?' Borough is seen fleetingly during Upton's fishing trip.

Funniest moment - Bingham's outrage over Loftus' decision to test Upton over a phone line. He regards it as unfair to other candidates. Tired of his constant whining, Collier hits him, knocking him out of his chair. Bearing in mind that part of the exam involves the identification of organ specimens, Bingham does seem to have a point.


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