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A Very Peculiar Practice 

The various misadventures of Stephen Daker, a young doctor who works for the health centre of a modern British university.




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Complete series cast summary:
Peter Davison ...  Dr. Stephen Daker 14 episodes, 1986-1988
Graham Crowden ...  Dr. Jock McCannon 14 episodes, 1986-1988
Barbara Flynn ...  Dr. Rose Marie 14 episodes, 1986-1988
David Troughton ...  Dr. Bob Buzzard 14 episodes, 1986-1988
Sonia Hart Sonia Hart ...  Nun 14 episodes, 1986-1988
Elaine Turrell Elaine Turrell ...  Nun 14 episodes, 1986-1988
Lindy Whiteford ...  Maureen Gahagan / ... 13 episodes, 1986-1988
Amanda Hillwood Amanda Hillwood ...  Lyn Turtle / ... 9 episodes, 1986-1988
Gillian Raine Gillian Raine ...  Mrs. Kramer 8 episodes, 1986-1988
John Bird John Bird ...  Vice Chancellor Ernest Hemmingway 7 episodes, 1986
Michael Shannon ...  Vice-Chancellor Jack Daniels 7 episodes, 1988
Joanna Kanska Joanna Kanska ...  Grete Grotowska 7 episodes, 1988
Takashi Kawahara Takashi Kawahara ...  Chen Sung Yau 7 episodes, 1986
Clive Willbond-Hill Clive Willbond-Hill 7 episodes, 1986
Colin Stinton ...  Charlie Dusenberry 6 episodes, 1988


The various misadventures of Stephen Daker, a young doctor who works for the health centre of a modern British university.

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university | medical | clinic | See All (3) »


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Release Date:

21 May 1986 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Doktorn som visste för lite See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Andrew Davies originally wanted to film the series at the University of Warwick, Coventry (UK). The University were unhappy as to how they would be portrayed. Instead, the exterior shots were all done at either Keele or Birmingham University. See more »


Referenced in The Kidnappers (1999) See more »

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A Very Peculiar - But Very Enjoyable - Experience
1 February 2005 | by Paul ShrimptonSee all my reviews

The early morning light struggles to penetrate the dark, litter-strewn walkways of the University Campus - no trees here, just concrete, tarmac, and murky glass windows that only reflect grime and misery.

Not the most obvious setting for a comedy, but it's fitting that the dark, forbidding structures of Lowlands University match the richly dark humour of A Very Peculiar Practice. We see the Medical Practice, with it's share of social outcasts (dour, drunken Scot Jock McCannon, self-centred, self-obsessed Bob Buzzard, and scheming, feminist man (and woman) trap, Dr Rose Marie). We see the University Chancellor, the inappropriately named Ernest Hemingway. We see the students, scared, drunk, clever, confused, horny - all finding their own way. And into all this, we see cast the misplaced and well-intentioned Dr Steven Daker, who is wonderfully played by Peter Davison. Daker is so out of his depth to start with, but slowly he managed to learn the way of survival, then life, then enjoyment, as he learns from his colleagues, his friends, and the lovely Lyn Turtle.

As has been said before, this is a story about life - as we all have to live it. It's superbly written, excellently played, and delightfully spiced.

Come on, BBC - release Series 2 on DVD!!!

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