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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 / ... 8 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
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The various misadventures of Stephen Daker, a young doctor who works for the health centre of a modern British university.

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English

Release Date:

21 May 1986 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Doktorn som visste för lite See more »

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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 »

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Followed by Screen One: A Very Polish Practice (1992) See more »

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Peculiar, but more practice required!
5 February 2003 | by hugh-dornanSee all my reviews

Two successful series and a one-off "return" in 1992.This intriguing comedy based at a fictional university, satirically attacks changes to Britain, and in particular the entrenched establishments of the time,and the faceless,self-serving individuals that gained from their destructive demise.The university is plainly a metaphor of the country at that time,and the skillful script and expertise of the superb cast illustrate the changes then, as darker forces take over control of the university whilst the various departments and individuals fight for their own ends;like Bob Buzzard's refusal to accept that he may not graduate to a 'series 5 BMW',from his existing 'series 3',let alone his dream of a 'series 7',and all of this taking precedence over the fact that his wife and kids have left him, and his house is starting to fall apart all around him.Barbara Flynn's portrayal of Rose-Marie is one of the sexiest memories I have of that time.Strangely enough,although I seem to remember an obscure screening on a cable channel about ten years ago,the show,as best as I can tell,was never re-shown on UK television and was never released on video.Perhaps some nerves were touched in places that do not like to be touched?


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