A 1950s set, British drama series about life in the fictional Lancashire village of Ormston. The main focus of the series was the two doctors, father and son, who run the cottage hospital under the new National Health Service.




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Series cast summary:
Jenna Russell ...  Deborah Gilder 36 episodes, 2002-2005
Maggie Steed ...  Phyllis Woolf 36 episodes, 2002-2005
Clive Swift ...  Reverend Brewer 36 episodes, 2002-2005
Naomi Radcliffe ...  Jean Bradshaw / ... 36 episodes, 2002-2005
Tracey Childs ...  Linda Cosgrove 36 episodes, 2002-2005
Samuel J. Hudson Samuel J. Hudson ...  Eddie Mills 36 episodes, 2002-2005
Peter Gunn ...  Len Cosgrove 36 episodes, 2002-2005
Polly Thompson Polly Thompson ...  Catherine Gilder 35 episodes, 2002-2005
John Henshaw John Henshaw ...  Wilf Bradshaw 34 episodes, 2002-2005
Ross Little Ross Little ...  Michael Gilder 34 episodes, 2002-2005
Donald Gee Donald Gee ...  Mr. Boynton 34 episodes, 2002-2005
Michael French Michael French ...  Dr. Tom Gilder 26 episodes, 2002-2004
James Bolam ...  Dr. Arthur Gilder 22 episodes, 2002-2004
Shirley White Shirley White ...  Miss Matthews 22 episodes, 2003-2005
Joan Worswick Joan Worswick ...  Miss Matthews 22 episodes, 2003-2005
Charlotte Salt ...  Helen Gilder 20 episodes, 2002-2005
Evan Fortescue Evan Fortescue ...  Philip 'Pip' Gilder / ... 19 episodes, 2003-2005


A 1950s set, British drama series about life in the fictional Lancashire village of Ormston. The main focus of the series was the two doctors, father and son, who run the cottage hospital under the new National Health Service.

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21 April 2002 (UK) See more »

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Doktor og søn See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The main filming location Downham near Clitheroe, Lancashire is a privately owned village. It's owned by Lord and Lady Clitheroe. Every house is rented, and certain modern things are banned from being used in the town by the tenant's contract, for example external aerials and satellite dishes. This keeps the buildings looking like they did many years ago, which is fitting for a series set in the '50s. See more »


Referenced in Comedy Connections: Drop the Dead Donkey (2006) See more »

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Cosy, Unoriginal Sunday Night Drama
12 August 2002 | by MarkhoniSee all my reviews

A desperately contrived attempt by the BBC to recapture the Sunday Evening family audience it once dominated with shows like 'All Creatures Great and Small' and 'Miss Marple'. Take a picturesque northern country village, populate it with a bunch of good character actors, build in a few rivalries and mild generational conflict based around a crusty doctor and his more progressive son and back-date the whole thing to a Never-Never-Land 1950's and hey presto! Ten million viewers are drafted almost wholesale from rival ITV's 'Heartbeat' (Set in a picturesque Northern Village in the 1960's but now rather tired and stale and lacking most of the original cast.)The thing is professionally made and generally well-acted but the first series suffered from some appalling scripts. The storylines and plot twists can usually be fully worked out from the first few minutes of each episode (if not the pre-credit sequence) and most shows centre round the illnesses of villagers whom we have mysteriously never seen before and will assuredly never see again, played by this week's special guest star. The plots are retreads of family shows of yore, such as 'All Creatures...' and 'Doctor Finlay's Casebook' and the whole show has the calming soporific qualities of a warm cup of cocoa.It was a bit unnerving to watch this closely followed by a weekly dose of '24'!The series is mainly shot on location in the beautiful village of Downham in East Lancashire but there is a real problem with this. The village is tiny-a church, a pub and a few houses and is clearly far too small to support a busy cottage hospital as it does in the show let alone the railway station, factory etc. which crop up in various episodes. Coming soon to a PBS or Hallmark network near you.

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