A Very Peculiar Practice

Season 1 Episode 4

Black Bob's Hamburger Suit

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jun 10, 1986 on BBC Two
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Black Bob's Hamburger Suit
Bob tries to enlist Stephen's help in a doubtful research project which he sees as the answer to all his problems. The result, however, is far from what he expected.

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  • This episode, we see more of Bob Buzzard's character, as he oversteps the bounds of medical ethics chasing the pot of gold of a consultancy with a major pharmaceutical company. The car, the office, the salary, and above all the suits, are too tempting...moreless

    Bob Buzzard is a thrusting, high-achieving go-getter. At least, in his own mind he is. So when he's invited to breakfast by an old friend (who's been way too successful in business for Bob's comfort) he hopes it's the golden ticket at last. And so it appears. Hamburger Pharmaceuticals have a new 'wonder drug' that cures all ills. If Bob can provide a proper, sizeable field test (with the 'right' results, of course) then Jimmy can see him fitting into the Hamburger organization nicely.

    Bob ruches back and declares his intent to prescribe the drug for every patient, no matter what problem they have. Steven Daker is appalled, of course, but agrees to prescribe the drug where it is warranted, as part of Bob's tests. But then the side-effects kick in.....

    And it's a pretty obvious side-effect. Not the loss of balance or the headaches, of course - the bright red, glowing ears is enough. So Steven refuses to play ball, and in the end (after realizing that he's taken the drug himself) Bob Buzzard is forced to submit a negative test result on the drug. Bye-bye suits, car, Hawaii conferences, money. Hello yet more obscurity.

    This episode really displays Bob's character to the full. Whilst we see a little more of the others, centering an episode around a single character works very well indeed, as we see how all the other sub-plots are affected by Bob's ambition.moreless
David Gwillim

David Gwillim

Jimmy Partington

Guest Star

Kay Stonham

Kay Stonham

Daphne Buzzard

Guest Star

Nicholas Haley

Nicholas Haley

Simon Buzzard

Guest Star

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