Doctor in the House: Season 2, Episode 12

Doctor on the Box (26 Jun. 1970)

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A cameras crew is to make a television documentary at St. Swithins and Professor Loftus asks Michael and Dick Stuart-Clark to appear. The other medics are riled and try to sabotage the show... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Evans ...
Geoffrey Davies ...
Ernest Clark ...
Richard Hampton ...
Robin Nedwell ...
George Layton ...
Simon Cuff ...
Petra Davies ...
Jean MacFarlane ...
Maisie MacFarquhar ...
Mrs. Crabtree
Suzanne Heath ...
Miss Flanders
Kirsten Lindholm ...
Graeme Garden ...
TV Chairman
Lionel Wheeler ...


A cameras crew is to make a television documentary at St. Swithins and Professor Loftus asks Michael and Dick Stuart-Clark to appear. The other medics are riled and try to sabotage the show, such as Danny Hooley pretending to be an elderly female patient. The crew also capture Loftus and Dick disagreeing over a diagnosis and some very rowdy behaviour in the student bar. It is ultimately revealed when everybody watches the show that its point was to highlight failings in the N.H.S. but Professor Loftus has had enough and wants it switched off. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Upton In Living Colour!
14 November 2008 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

London Television wants to come to St. Swithins to record an item for a current affairs programme about the state of the N.H.S. Loftus asks Dick and Mike to appear with him. Both are naturally thrilled.

But the other students are unhappy about being left out and try to disrupt the proceedings, firstly by painting a clown's white face on Upton prior to taping, then Hooley masquerades as an 82 year old patient named Mrs.Crabtree in order to be interviewed. His performance ends abruptly when Upton tries to give him an enema. Dick has a disagreement with Loftus over a diagnosis which the cameras manage to capture.

Things come to a head in the students' bar when the crew catches them at their drunken worst...

Its one of the oldest sitcom plots in the book. A film/T.V. crew turns up so people start showing off, but the broadcast item is not what was expected. A similar idea was later done in I.T.V.'s other great medical sitcom - 'Only When I Laugh'. But it works well enough here. The big twist is that the footage is for a damning indictment about the N.H.S., and Loftus is naturally furious.

Things To Look Out For: Graeme Garden, co-writer of this and many other 'Doctor' episodes, appears briefly as a T.V. presenter.

Another Thing To Look Out For: Dick mentions Dirk Bogarde, the star of the 'Doctor' movies.

Spot The Mistake: Jonathan Lynn slipping on spilt beer in the students' bar. To everyone's credit, the scene continues as planned.

Funniest moment - Hooley's impersonation of 'Mrs.Crabtree'. His head wrapped in a shawl, and without make-up, Lynn is totally convincing as an old Irish woman.

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