Sheila Sabatini is a brilliant surgeon, but her sharp tongue gets her into trouble with fellow consultant surgeons George Hope-Wynne and Neil Copeland. They think she's a "ghastly woman", ... See full summary »

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Nichola McAuliffe ...  Sheila Sabatini 50 episodes, 1989-1995
Duncan Preston ...  Jonathan Haslam 50 episodes, 1989-1995
Marji Campi ...  Joyce Watson 50 episodes, 1989-1995
David Conville ...  George Hope-Wynne 50 episodes, 1989-1995
Emlyn Price ...  Neil Copeland 50 episodes, 1989-1995
Suzette Llewellyn ...  Sister Patching / ... 50 episodes, 1989-1995
Beresford Le Roy ...  Michael Sampson 48 episodes, 1989-1995
Simon Harrison ...  Giles Peake 31 episodes, 1989-1995
Lyndam Gregory ...  Simon Field 23 episodes, 1989-1992
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Sheila Sabatini is a brilliant surgeon, but her sharp tongue gets her into trouble with fellow consultant surgeons George Hope-Wynne and Neil Copeland. They think she's a "ghastly woman", mainly because she likes to unearth their lazy and hypocritical behavior at every opportunity. However, her best friend Joyce and her anesthetist Jonathan Haslam thinks she's marvelous. Can she make it in the hospital's old boy network, keep her relationship with her teenage son at least semi-functional at the same time as sorting out how she feels about Jonathan? Written by Roseanne Hodge <rosie@ihug.co.nz>

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A true comedy gem.
14 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Seldom do you see a TV show prepared not to dumb down the comedy, and keep it so very cutting as is found in Surgical Spirit.

I was hooked from the very first episode when the show first aired in 1989 and I find the humour as fresh today as ever.

The characters are rich and the casting places very talented artists in roles where they can make the most of a carefully constructed script, that delivers some of the most memorable lines I've ever heard.

It has the guts to tackle such fundamental questions like the nature of the dying process, with intelligence, sensitivity and great humour, without trivialising or dodging the realities.

Surgical Spirit clearly won't be to everyone's taste, but it has a huge amount to offer anyone who likes their wit sharp, their delivery punchy and their comedy not at all watered down.


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