A Very Peculiar Practice

Season 1 Episode 3

Wives of Great Men

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jun 04, 1986 on BBC Two
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Stephen has a problem on his hands when his diagnosis of Professor Furie's illness meets with violent opposition from the patient himself.

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  • Dr Daker attracts the attention of the aptly-named Professor Furie. The Professor is a workaholic: his wife is neglected, and Furie has suspicions of affairs. How can Steven get him to see that his work is slowly killing him, without getting hurt himself?moreless

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    Once more, we see a little more of the life of the university in this episode. Steven Daker appears to be a little more bedded into his new life now, although he is still newvous about voicing too many opinions. Lyn appears to me far more of a fixture in his life (and his bed) although it\'s all a bit of an academic rather than a sexual exercise at this point. Doctors Buzzard, McCannon and Rose Marie are still scheming in the background, and more and more appear to be using Steven as a pawn in their own power games.



    The focus this time is on Professor Furie (played excellently by Timothy West). Usually a patient of Jock Mcannon, he has to see Steven one day, and after a consultation fraught by mis-understandings and threats, he takes a prescription so that he can concentrate more on his work. When they actually help, he takes \'the excellent young doctor\' under his wing. And then Steven learns what\'s really going on.....



    Furie\'s wife is delightful, but very neglected. And so as she fills her day with trips out, Furie fills his day stalking her, convinced in his fatigue/alcohol riddled mind that she\'s having an affair. In the end, he almost runs himself into the ground, and it\'s only a combination of Steven\'s medical care and his wife\'s emotional support that gets him through. But was he right to suspect?



    Once more, the sharp edges of the university surroundings are thrown into sharper relief against the blurred lives of the characters, whose inability to distinguish work from play, fact from fiction and truth from lies. Only Lyn appears to be a stable influence, and it\'s she that Steven increasingly clings to. Not such a distasteful task, as this is usually in bed.......moreless

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