Doctor on the Go: Season 1, Episode 2

When a Body Meets a Body (4 May 1975)

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Confusion reigns at the hospital when the non-English speaking Ciappossoni family take over Casualty, a hypochondriac demands an operation, a corpse goes astray and convicted criminal Melia... See full summary »

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ernest Clark ...
Michael Napier Brown ...
Police Sergeant Gould
Robin Nedwell ...
Frank Jarvis ...
Albert Melia
Derek Martin ...
Prison Officer Sykes
Merdelle Jordine ...
First Nurse
Andrew Knox ...
Tina Ruta ...
Mrs. Ciappassoni
Larry Noble ...
'Operation' Man
Geoffrey Davies ...
Reg Lye ...
First Porter
Derek Deadman ...
Second Porter
Tony Hughes ...
Mr. Spencer
Felicity Harrison ...
Sister
Alison King ...
Nurse Reynolds
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Confusion reigns at the hospital when the non-English speaking Ciappossoni family take over Casualty, a hypochondriac demands an operation, a corpse goes astray and convicted criminal Melia, brought in under guard for a gallstone operation, has his trolley accidentally switched with that of the corpse and ends up in the morgue, where he assumes he is on a ward and chats to the other 'patients' - to nil response. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"What a hospital!"
16 November 2006 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

A cracking episode from George Layton and Jonathan Lynn.

Duncan goes to Pentonville prison to collect a convicted burglar named Albert Melia ( Frank Jarvis ) who requires a gallstone operation at St. Swithins. En route to the theatre, the incompetent orderlies ( Derek Deadman and Reg Lye ) manage to lose him, and, thinking he might have escaped, the doctors frantically search for him. On top of that an annoying little man ( Larry Noble ) wants an operation even though there's nothing wrong with him, an Italian family ( all thirty of them ) with no command of English takes over Casualty, a Welshman called Mr.Spencer ( Tony Hughes ) in grave need of physiotherapy winds up in the operating theatre, a corpse is left unattended in a corridor, while the unconscious Mr.Melia is placed in the morgue...

This blackly comic script is packed with subplots - any one of which could have made for an adequate episode - which merge magnificently, and there's a nice twist before the end credits roll. Frank Jarvis is particularly good as the wily Melia. Alison King - who plays love-starved 'Nurse Sheila Reynolds' - looks like a female Marty Feldman and no, I do not mean that as an insult. Another nurse is played by the lovely Merdelle Jordine, who was in the children's sci-fi classic 'Timeslip'.

Funniest moment - Melia wakes up in the morgue. Thinking he is in a hospital ward, he starts idly chatting to the 'patients'. On finding them all dead, he panics!


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