Doctor Finlay (1993–1996)
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Childsplay 

Not Rated | | Drama | Episode aired 20 November 1994
Dr. Finlay's surgery is visited by 13 year-old Hannah Berry who brings in her two younger sisters when they appear unwell. He finds that Hannah is mature beyond her years and wonders what ... See full summary »

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Patrick Lau

Writer:

Peter Hammond
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
David Rintoul ... Dr. John Finlay
Annette Crosbie ... Janet MacPherson
Ian Bannen ... Dr. Alexander Cameron
Jason Flemyng ... Dr. David Neil
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lisa Adams Lisa Adams ... Sarah Berry
Stephanie Elliot Stephanie Elliot ... Miriam Berry
John Fernon John Fernon ... Cheeky Boy
Janette Foggo Janette Foggo ... Mrs. Hamilton
David Fox David Fox ... Alistair
David Gallagher David Gallagher ... Newagent
Margo Gunn Margo Gunn ... Brenda Maitland
Anne Lacey Anne Lacey ... Mrs. Berry
Ross McKay Ross McKay ... School Attendance Officer
Lawrie McNicol Lawrie McNicol ... Dr. Reid
David Meldrum David Meldrum ... Laboratory assistant
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Dr. Finlay's surgery is visited by 13 year-old Hannah Berry who brings in her two younger sisters when they appear unwell. He finds that Hannah is mature beyond her years and wonders what her family situation is about. He learns from Brenda Maitland that Hannah's mother works in a local factory and that her father works somewhere in England. He also learns that she's not going to school. Dr. Neil meanwhile continues to fret about his misdiagnosis of little Robbie Hamilton. He tries to get his hands on a new drug that may save him. Janet puts a card in the local shop window advertising her job at Arden House but is not very pleased when Angus tells her that his niece Rhona Swanson may be staying on beyond their planned wedding day. Written by garykmcd

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Childsplay
15 July 2020 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Dr Finlay's plan to revamp the surgery falls into disarray. The estimate is on the high side. Janet helps to redo the sum on his behalf.

The story about little Robbie Hamilton from the previous episode continues. Dr Neil upset about his initial misdiagnosis attempts to get some experimental drugs to treat him for tuberculosis.

Frank Middlemass plays Professor Chalmers who is leading the testing of the experimental TB drugs, he gives some important advice to Dr Neil about not getting too emotionally involved.

Something Dr Finlay should note. He becomes concerned that 13 year-old Hannah Berry seems to be the main carer for her two younger sisters. Their father has gone to work in England and their mother works all the time in the factory and herself feeling unwell.

The episode was written by Peter J Hammond, better known as the creator of Sapphire and Steel. A more sedate approach here. A tale focusing on children, in those days it would not be unusual for an older child to be a carer for other siblings.


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