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A rather naive, middle-class man is admitted to a hospital ward and finds that he is sharing it with a working-class layabout and an upper-class hypochondriac. All three of them cause headaches for the hospital staff.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
James Bolam ...  Figgis / ... 29 episodes, 1979-1982
Peter Bowles ...  Glover / ... 29 episodes, 1979-1982
Christopher Strauli ...  Norman / ... 29 episodes, 1979-1982
Richard Wilson ...  Gordon Thorpe / ... 29 episodes, 1979-1982
Derrick Branche ...  Gupte 22 episodes, 1979-1981
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A rather naive, middle-class man is admitted to a hospital ward and finds that he is sharing it with a working-class layabout and an upper-class hypochondriac. All three of them cause headaches for the hospital staff.

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A Hospital comedy guaranteed to make you H.A.P.P.Y.

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UK

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English

Release Date:

29 October 1979 (UK) See more »

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(29 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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A very funny series!
20 February 2005 | by AriSquadSee all my reviews

I saw this series when it originally aired many years ago. It was something the folks watched that caught my eye at a young age & it wasn't until recently that I rediscovered this great series on the newly released DVD sets. The show, the cast, the writing, is as funny now as it was way back when. The basis of the series is three hypochondriacs who are under the care of an unsympathetic doctor. The cast couldn't be better & Peter Bowles is as great as always. I wish they could have crammed more than 6 episodes on a 2x DVD set. Seems a bit small.. Regardless, I am glad to get to enjoy this series all over again.


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