Doctor in the House

ITV (ended 1991)
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  • show Description
  • The "Doctor" series follows the misadventures of the Medical personnel at St Swithin's Hospital. the first 2 series entitled "Doctor In the House" sees a group of students trying to achieve the "Doctor" title Inside St Swithin's. This Group was constituted by Michael Upton (Barry Evans), Dick Stuart- Clark (Geoffrey Davies), Paul Collier (George Layton), Duncan Waring (Robin Nedwell), Huw Evans (Martin Shaw), Dave Briddock (Simon Cuff) and Danny Hooley (Jonathan Lynn). The third series Entitled "Doctor At Large sees Robin Nedwell, Martin Shaw, Simon Cuff and Jonathan Lynn out of the series. By this time we get the chance to see Doctor Upton's career as a medical doctor, and the obvious disasters that come with it. Also in that series is Richard O'Sullivan's introduction as Dr. Lawrence Bingham. The 4th and 5th series Entitled "Doctor In Charge" Saw Barry Evans departure from the series, and the return of Robin Nedwell.moreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 10 : Ep 7

    Waring Goes Private

    Aired 4/4/91

  • S 10 : Ep 6

    It's All Right, I Am A Doctor

    Aired 3/28/91

  • S 10 : Ep 5

    Bye Bye, Bickerstaff

    Aired 3/21/91

  • S 10 : Ep 4

    The Kindest Cut

    Aired 3/14/91

  • S 10 : Ep 3

    The VIP

    Aired 3/7/91

  • Cast & Crew
  • Richard O'Sullivan

    Lawrence Bingham [ 3-5 ]

  • George Layton

    Paul Collier [ 1-5,8,10 ]

  • Ernest Clark

    Professor Sir Geoffrey Loftus/Captain Norman Loftus

  • Barry Evans

    Michael Upton [1-3]

  • Robin Nedwell

    Duncan Waring [ 1-2,4-10 ]

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (155)

    • (Upton is disappointed when he has to shave off his moustache)

      Upton: Six weeks I spent growing this!

      Collier: Good Lord. A whole hair per week.

    • Collier: Right, Mr Wale, what seems to be the trouble?

      Wale: I'm worried about my sex life, doctor.

      Collier: Oh?

      Wale: It's dropping off.

    • (Collier gets stopped for speeding in his hearse)

      Policeman: You could kill someone driving like that.

      Collier: Well, I've got to make a living.

    • Stuart-Clark: Hypnotist? I could have used him on my date. Randy Mandy has gone moral re-armament. She spent the afternoon talking about the collective conscience and drinking prune juice.

    • Loftus: What do you think I'm going to do?

      Collier: I don't know, sir.

      Loftus: Well, what do you think? Cut his toenails?

      Collier: No, sir.

      Loftus: Well, what?

      Collier: Make an incision, sir.

      Loftus: Excellent. I usually like to start any operation with an incision. Easier than punching my way in.

    • Waring: You're pretty handy with that needle, sir.

      Loftus: Thank you. If you've got any socks you want darning ...

    • Waring: We all made suggestions, sir. Loftus: I bet you did. Dean: I'd like to hear some of them. Upton: Oh no, sir, I don't think so. Some of them were a bit ... er.. Dean: Were they? Well, never mind. You can tell us, Upton. Matron is a man of the world.

    • Collier: We're going to need a title, something catchy. Waring: Eh, Measles! Collier: I said catchy, not catching.

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    Notes (63)

    • This season the show is called "Doctor at Large".

    • Due to a TV company strike, this episode was transmitted in black-and-white.

    • Ernest Clark does not appear in this episode.

    • Due to a TV company strike, this episode was transmitted in black-and-white.

    • Geoffrey Davies, Ernest Clark and Richard O'Sullivan do not appear in this episode.

    • Due to a TV company strike, this episode was transmitted in black-and-white.

    • Geoffrey Davies, Ernest Clark and Richard O'Sullivan do not appear in this episode.

    • Due to a TV company strike, this episode was transmitted in black-and-white.

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    Trivia (10)

    • Stripper Rita does an act as a meter maid to the song 'Lovely Rita', The Beatles' ode to traffic wardens from 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'.

    • When the boys are in the flat, Duncan is reading Doctor at Large by Richard Gordon. This is one of the books upon which the series is based.

    • William Moore (farmer Prothero) was married to Mollie Sugden, who played Duncan Waring's mother on this show.

    • The doctors become victims of "gazumping", the practice of estate agents who go back on agreements when offered more money by another potental buyer. The word probably comes from a Yiddish term for "swindle".

    • Dick Stuart-Clark claims to be 31, Duncan Waring is 26. Geoffrey Davies was indeed 31 at the time of the recording, Robin Nedwell, however, was 27.

    • It is revealed that St Swithin's has been in existence as a hospital for four hundred years.

    • Goof: A close-up of Waring and Stuart-Clark in the fire truck was obviously made with the truck standing still and stagehands shaking the truck. However, after Stuart-Clark has stopped the vehicle and pulled the hand brake, the truck keeps shaking.

    • This is the second episode in a row in which Duncan gets doused by angry men in uniform.

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    Allusions (18)

    • Dick Stuart-Clark: Not bad on the old organ. Regular little Edward Heath. Edward Heath (1916-2005) was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at the time of the original broadcast. He was famous for being one of the few bachelor Prime Ministers and a trained organist/conductor.

    • Inspector: It's not like in the movies. Let's face it, you're no Bing Crosby. The inspector compares the chaplain unfavourably to Bing Crosby in his famous role as a priest in "Going My Way" (1944).

    • Dick Stuart-Clark confuses Alexander Fleming and Louis Pasteur. Alexander Fleming (1881-1955) discovered penicillin, Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) is seen as the father of the germ theory and inventor of the rabies vaccine.

    • De Quincy puts FRCS after his name, an abbreviation that refers to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons.

    • Professor De Quincy pretends to be phoning Dr Christiaan Barnard, the cardiac surgeon who performed the first heart transplant.

    • Waring: Goodbye, Mr Phipps. Waring giggles after saying this as it reminds him (and the audience) of the 1939 film "Goodbye, Mr Chips".

    • The title of this episode is a pun on Eugene O'Neill's play A Long Day's Journey Into Night (1956).

    • Loftus: There you are, Mutt and Jeff. Mutt and Jeff were two cartoon characters created by Bud Fisher in 1907. In World War Two these names were assigned to two German spies that MI6 turned and used to its advantage.

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  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Hilarious

    By gophone, Jul 06, 2005