Bramwell

Season 2 Episode 4

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Aired Unknown May 06, 1996 on ITV
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When Lord Palfrey, from whom Eleanor hopes a substantial donation, arrives for a guided tour of the Thrift, every patient in sight seems to be practicing projectile vomiting. Eleanor thinks it's food poisoning, but Robert diagnoses cholera. Eleanor is forced to notify Dr. O'Neill (who is the designated Medical Officer), who calls in the public-health inspector. The source of the infection is quickly determined to be an unsanitary condition in the immigrant colony at Jacob's Island, but the ill patients must still be treated.
Dr. O'Neill, as it happens, is the leading authority on cholera, and has developed a pioneering though as yet unproven cure (called, somewhat unpromisingly, Compound 108). Eleanor authorises O'Neill to administer his treatment, though Robert is not convinced that it is safe.
Two twin children are both doing well when one suddenly dies. Robert discovers she was given 12 grams of O'Neill's cure, which contains an arsenic compound, whereas the other was given only 4 grams. It transpires that Dr O'Neill was guessing at the dosage, and 4 grams might have been too little.
Then Daniel Bentley, who ate some of the bread brought by the Polish immigrants for their children, suddenly comes down with the disease when Dr. O'Neill is out of the infirmary and Eleanor must decide on the right dosage herself. When Bentley dies, is it from cholera or from an overdose of Compound 108?moreless

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    Andrew Connolly

    Andrew Connolly

    Dr. Finn O'Neill

    Guest Star

    Robert Lang

    Robert Lang

    Lord Palfrey

    Guest Star

    Toby Salaman

    Toby Salaman

    Finch

    Guest Star

    Kevin McMonagle

    Kevin McMonagle

    Joe Marsham

    Recurring Role

    Cliff Parisi

    Cliff Parisi

    Daniel Bentley

    Recurring Role

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      • When challenged by Dr. Robson in the gallery at St. Judes, Eleanor assures him, "I'm a doctor. "Oh, yes? And I'm Lillie Langtry", replies Robson. After her appointment, Eleanor encounters Robson in the corridor, and brightly addesses him as "Lillie Langtry".

      • "I've heard a lot about you, sir," says Dr Marsham, on being introduced to Finn O'Neill, to which the Irish egotist solemnly replies, "It's all true."

    • NOTES (2)

      • More crew:Production Accountant ... Linda GregoryLocation Manager ... Robert JordanConstruction Manager ... Geoff KingsleyProduction Buyer ... Ray LeeStandby Props ... Bill Hargreaves and Darryl PatersonConstruction Chargehand ... Bob DevineChargehand Painter ... Michael SotheranAssistant Costume Designer ... Robert WorleyWardrobe Mistress ... Sarah TouaibiDubbing Editor ... Michael HopkinsDubbing Mixer ... Colin MartinMake-Up Designer ... Anne Spiers

      • Concerning the chronology of the series, Eleanor remarks in this episode: "This is 1896, Nurse Carr", with reference to how far medical science has progressed in the treatment of cholera.

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