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Docs on the Box


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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).

8.35 Casualty
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

10.30 MASH
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


Unknown: Clive Mantle
Introduces: Mike Barratt
Unknown: Richard Chamberlain
Unknown: Dr Maxwell Becker
Unknown: James Mason
Written By: Ginnie Hole
Producer: Michael Ferguson
Director: Charles Beeson
Unknown: Neil Pearson.
Producer: Peter Lydon
Unknown: Loretta Swit
Unknown: Larry Linville
Producer: Janet Lee
Written By: Anthony Steven
Producer: John Henderson
Director: Eric Hills
Charlie Fairhead: Derek Thompson
Lisa Duffin: Catherine Shipton
Mike Barratt: Clive Mantle
Karen Goodliffe: Suzanna Hamilton
Kenneth Hodges: Christopher Guard
Martin Ashford: Patrick Robinson
AdeleBeckford: Dona Croll
Josh Griffiths: Ian Bleasdale
Jane Scott: Caroline Webster
MarkCalder: Oliver Parker
Norma Sullivan: Anne Kristen
Marion: Rowena Cooper
Bernard: John Cater
DrFinlay: Bill Simpson
Dr Cameron: Andrew Cruickshank
Janet: Barbara Mullen
MrRobsart: James Hayter
William McAfee: Hamish Roughead
Bruce: Don McKillop
Mrs Robsart: Honora Burke
Jenny McAfee: Elspeth Charlton
Alec McAfee: Jake D'Arcy
Robert McAfee: Bill McCabe
MrsHamish: Beth Boyd
Hamish: Crawford Lyall
DrSnoddie: Eric Woodburn
Professor Macfaflane: Hector Ross

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