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Clive Mantle, Casualty's Mike Barratt, introduces an evening of programmes celebrating television doctors, with a line-up of medical dramas from past and present. See today's choices.
8.05 Dr Kildare
Starring Richard Chamberlain , Dr Kildare was the first popular medical drama on American television. Set in Blair General, a typical city hospital, it charted the rise of its central character from his shaky beginnings as a naive intern to his position as hospital doctor. Tonight's classic episode is from 1965.
A Life for a Life. Dr Kildare finds himself having to save the life of truculent burns consultant Dr Maxwell Becker (played by guest star James Mason).
Another chance to see one of the most memorable episodes of this medical drama.
Cat in Hell. Holby City's accident and emergency department race to the scene of a major train accident.
Episode written by Ginnie Hole
Producer Michael Ferguson ; Director Charles Beeson
9.30 Playing Doctor
A documentary in which a host of stars, writers and medical consultants reflect on the genesis and the history of medical drama. Narrated by actor Neil Pearson. Director/Producer Peter Lydon
Colour and B/W
The crises, love affairs and humour of the surgical team saving lives of American soldiers in the Korean War caught the imagination of viewers worldwide when the series began in 1972. This episode is set entirely in the operating room.
O.R. Hawkeye (Alan Alda) continues to flirt with the nurses, but Hotlips (Loretta Swit) fails as ever to fall for his charms. Her relationship with the uptight Frank (Larry Linville) remains the source of much ribaldry. Rpt
11.00 In Stitches
A look at some of the hilarious doctor/patient encounters created by Britain's top comedians.
Producer Janet Lee Subtitled.....
11.30 Dr Finlay's Casebook
First aired in 1962, millions of viewers tuned in to watch Dr Finlay and Dr Cameron as they dealt with a variety of medical mysteries and social crises. Tonight's episode is from 1970.
Comin' thro' the Rye. Dr Finlay can't quite see the funny side of the hallucinogenic experiences affecting the inhabitants of Tannochbrae.
Episode written by Anthony Steven
Producer John Henderson: Director Eric Hills
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