A Very Peculiar Practice

Season 1 Episode 2

We Love You, That's Why Were Here

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 28, 1986 on BBC Two
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We Love You, That's Why Were Here
Stephen is filled with panic and terror when Jock gives him the prime job on the first day of term.

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  • With the new year starting, the job of greeting the students in the Induction talk gets given to Steven as the new man. It's just that he's never been able to give speeches....moreless

    Steven Daker's still trying to settle in at Lowlands University. His room-mate Chen tries to help, but it's all a bit too much for the young Doctor to cope with. His nightmares about being lost on campus, running through unfamiliar concrete mazes in his pyjamas, forever pursuing the lovely Lyn, are causing him to call out in his sleep.

    Fortunately, help is at hand from two sources: Bob Buzzard, who slips him a couple of pills to help calm his nerves, and Chen, who feels that a shot or three of whisky in his morning coffee will achieve the same result. When Steven realizes that he's taken both the pills and the booze, there's nothing he can do, but hope for the best.

    The best, of course, doesn't appear. Instead, the students get treated to a rambling, drunken, incoherent speech that ensures nothing except Steven's exemption from any other speeches ever.

    The backdrop to this episode are the new students, each coping with their new life in their own way. Angie and Megan are room-mates and old friends, but whilst drama student Angie determines to live life to the full, Religious Studies student Megan is very different. Angie falls for her teacher, and Megan becomes enamoured with a young preacher at the local church (played by a very young Hugh Grant).

    Both need help and advice, and they seek it from the one person in the University probably less in control than they are: Steven Daker.

    This episode really beds down the characters we met in the first episode, and begins to explore the relationships between Steven and Lyn, Steven and his colleagues, and Steven and his patients. As well as this, the other doctors are thrown into sharper and sharper relief, making their ability to create and contribute to comedic and dramatic situations more self-evident as the show progresses.moreless

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